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Snow Job (Arthur Beauchamp #4)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In bestselling Deverell’s latest hilarious mystery, Arthur Beauchamp moves to Ottawa, and all hell breaks loose

Arthur Beauchamp has followed his wife, the leader and first elected member of the Green Party, to Ottawa. But he hates it there: the cold, the politics, and his place in his wife’s shadow. So when a delegation of government officials from Bhashyistan is blown sky
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2009)
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Feb 10, 2011 Milele rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
This book is so Canadian!! It's got Canadian weather, Canadian politics, Canadian cities. I know Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal well enough to recognize them all not just by name but by feel, in Deverell's descriptions. Beyond being deeply Canadian, this book is very hard to categorize, being part humour, part satire, and part spy novel. The tone is generally upbeat but sometimes ironically so, and the sad parts come off lightly (which could be considered a bug or a feature). Very readable and ...more
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Feb 13, 2013 Toni Osborne rated it liked it
Book 4, in the Arthur Beauchamp series

“Snow Job” is the first book I read from this author, it has been on my TBR list for a long time and I finally got around to reading it. Before writing my thoughts I needed to refresh why it ever made it on my list, digging deeper I discovered that Mr. Deverell is a crime writer who has won several major crime-writing awards and also the Stephen Leacock medal for Humour. Since I am a fan of thrillers and mysteries, it must have been a recommendation at one p
First sentence: “I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that … that thing over there, that statue or whatever you want to call it, is what the Criminal Code calls a disgusting object.”

Canadian lawyer Arthur Beauchamp is 60 years old, married to the country’s only Green Party MP, who is twenty years’ his junior. Arthur wants nothing more than to retire on his farm on Garibaldi Island in Vancouver. Instead, he ends up becoming the lawyer for the family of Abzal Ehrzan, a man accused of killing s
Feb 23, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it it was ok
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I'm really not having much luck with the set-in-Ottawa mysteries these days. Perhaps I just have higher expectations because of my familiarity with the city, like the detective thinking over the case while skating on the Rideau Canal, or raiding a grow-op in Barrhaven, is supposed to make the story that much better. It's like because I know the city so well, the book should simply radiate awesomeness. I wonder if that's a problem with people who read mystery novels set in other cities, like ...more
Richard Brooks
Jan 28, 2011 Richard Brooks rated it really liked it
If you enjoy humour in your novels and find the odd crime novel appealing, you'll love William Deverell. With a cast of characters rich in detail and fittingly unique, Deverell places the reader in the centre of the novel and you follow along as the novel moves from location to location.

In one particular scene, Deverell places you in a richly-appointed suite in the Chateau Laurier on the banks of the Ottawa River. Here, Charley...."just call me Charley" Thiessen, federal finance minister, met Ga
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Aug 22, 2016 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds, mystery
An Arthur Beauchamp novel. A delegation of Bashystani cabinet ministers are being wined and dined in Ottawa in an attempt to grease the wheels for a Calgary based oil company who has designs on the Bashistan oil fields. On their way to the airport on their way home, they are all killed in a “terrorist” attack. The suspect, Abzal Ehrzan, has disappeared. Beauchamp through the agency of a CSIS agent who may or may not be who he says he is, becomes the lawyer for Ehrzan’s family and eventually ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Marcy rated it it was ok
In Ottawa, where Arthur's newly elected Green Party wife is now a member of Parliament, a delegation of Bashystani cabinet ministers are killed in a terrorist attack. The main suspect disappears and Arthur suspects the true story involves big-oil interests and political shenanigans. An intelligence agent, who may or may not be who and what he says inserts himself as Arthur's ally in solving the mystery. This book was a mystery to me, Unlike Deverell's earlier book, April Fool, this story rambled ...more
TheIron Paw
An easy fun read of a humorous international spy-thriller featuring west coast greens and the realpolitik of Ottawa. While Deverell has a somewhat exaggerated view of the capabilities of the Canadian military, it does provide for an entertaining story of a government in Ottawa trying to hold on to power using a war against one of the "...stans" in central Asia. The book features a cast of wildly fun characters: the green converted CSIS spy, an Albanian kebab selling revolutionary, and of course ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Kendra rated it liked it
A Canadian satirical political mystery. Lots of spies, politicians, lawyers, and funny prose! I agree with one reviewer who compared Deverell's writing to Stephen Leacock; he's got downpat the deadpan silliness of people taking things way to seriously.
May 19, 2011 Veronica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The political intrigue in Ottawa was interesting but the espionage that occurs with the Bhashyistan murders became confusing especially when Arthur goes to Albania to find his client, Abzal. I really wasn't impressed with any of the characters as well.
Jul 19, 2013 Aimee rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
If you can accept the characters as broadly drawn stereotypes (the politician, the spy, the goofy stoner) it's an enjoyable mystery. Wanders a bit but that's ok. Just don't analyze it too much.
Brian Williams
Disappointing. The author has taken the barrister out of the courtroom and turned him into a political "husband". The story is hokey, has too many characters and is about 100 pages too long.
Jan 28, 2014 Krysta rated it liked it
It took me a while to get into it, but then I got really into it. Not my usual book, but rather enjoyable nonetheless.
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Jul 17, 2013 Beth J rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this fast-paced, witty, droll book. Here is a great send-up of our Parliament as well as the Gulf Islands. Brilliant!
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Complex "tongue in cheek", satiric terrorist plot with humour. Arthur Beachamp story.
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William Deverell was born in 1937 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He put himself through law school by working as a journalist for the Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Deverell served as counsel for over a thousand criminal cases and is a founding director and former president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He created the television series, Street Legal, and has ...more
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Arthur Beauchamp (6 books)
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  • April Fool (Arthur Beauchamp, #2)
  • Kill All the Judges (Arthur Beauchamp, #3)
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