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A Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe
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Oct 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: police-procedural, canadian
Read from October 02 to 05, 2012

Mystery and police procedural readers should pick up a book by Inger Ash Wolfe (a pseudonym for Michael Redhill - who??) But that's beside the point. Inger/Michael writes a mean police procedural with a distinctive protaganist for this genre. Hazel Micallef is a small town Ontario police chief in her 60s. Hazel doesn't care to be politically astute and she doesn't waste a lot of time on niceties, but she gets the job done. In this entry in the series, a popular local man is murdered on the nearby First Nations reserve. Originally, the death appeared to be based on natural causes. This didn't sit right with Hazel because she couldn't come up with a valid explanation as to why the victim was in that particular spot late at night. Hazel's dogged determination pays off when a second autopsy reveals they have a homicide victim on their hands. Soon Hazel and company are dealing with a mini-crime spree with an unidentified young woman as the culprit.

The pace is fast and the writing is great. Having said that, this book was my least favourite in the series. The plot seemed overly complex in parts, stretching the believability factor for me. Nonetheless, Inger/Michael is one of my favourite mystery writers. If you haven't read anything by Inger Ash Wolfe, you're missing out on a great series.


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