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John Brooke

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John Brooke lives mainly in Montreal, near Marché Jean-Talon Market and Parc Jarry, and often in an old schoolhouse up the hill from the village of Dunedin, Ontario.

He has been a freelance business writer and translator for twenty-five years.

As of January, 2016, John has published seven Inspector Aliette Nouvelle mysteries.

He gathers information on the world of French police during regular trips to a village in France with his French-born love Annie.

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John Brooke So far, I have 2 books set aside for peaceful summer reading:
1. Linda, As in the Linda Murder (that's really the title), a police mystery by mordantly…more
So far, I have 2 books set aside for peaceful summer reading:
1. Linda, As in the Linda Murder (that's really the title), a police mystery by mordantly funny Swedish author Leif G. W. Persson, whose voice I love.

2. The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie, historical fiction by Canadian author Cecily Ross (who also happens to be a neighbor in the small southern Ontario village community where I will pass the summer). FYI: Susanna Moodie was one of 2 upper class English sisters who came with their families to settle in eastern Ontario in the 1830's, just as Canada was being formed. Her ordeals "in the bush" have turned her into a female (and feminist) icon of sorts, the subject of poetry, much historical investigation, as well as her own actual diaries, Roughing it in the Bush. This book is Cecily's fictional take on Mrs Moodie.(less)
John Brooke What mystery in my own life could be a plot for a book?

Who left the copy La Presse (which I could barely read at the time) in the empty Montreal…more
What mystery in my own life could be a plot for a book?

Who left the copy La Presse (which I could barely read at the time) in the empty Montreal apartment I had just rented? – a copy which had a short report about a female cop in France who tracked and arrested Jacques Mesrine, France’s celebrated Public Enemy No 1 – a small bit of news which inspired me to create my Inspector Aliette Nouvelle mystery series, now 7 books and counting.

Was it my new landlord? the former tenant? or another apartment hunter who’d been there before me but said no thanks? Or was it someone more spiritually tuned-in to Me? Who saw where I was headed, got there first and laid a literary trap? ... I never did find out. So this could be a “prequel”, a literary mystery in advance of a literary mystery series, a search for a vital source who brought me to my new life. Voila... and merci!
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The Voice of Aliette Nouvel...

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Stifling Folds of Love: An ...

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The Unknown Masterpiece: An...

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Last Days of Montreal

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Walls of a Mind: An Aliette...

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This is the third book in the Konrad Simonsen series, by Danish brother/sister writing team Lotte and Soren Hammer. I enjoyed the first - The Hanging, reviewed in this space. I missed the second – The Girl in the Ice, but I will seek it out.

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And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
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This is a lovely book from Coach House Press in Toronto (where noted Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje were first published). It is a translation from the French, first published by Montreal house XYZ. Jocelyne Saucier is from New ...more
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Canada is blessed with an entire “other” culture of French-Canadian literature. I was happy to discover New Brunswick-born Acadian author Jocelyne Saucier when I happened upon And the Birds Rained Down, the English translation of Il pleuvait des oise ...more
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The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller
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I knew nothing about Romanian author Herta Muller till I tried this book. Better late than never.

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This was my first turn with Lawrence Osborne. I knew nothing about him. I chose this book from the shelves at a Montreal library on a whim. Luck? Karma? Turns out to have been a good choice in a long, bleak January made colder still by the coming of ...more
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Hill by Jean Giono
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Hill (Colline in the original French) is the first novel by Jean Giono, who went on to publish 50+ works of fiction. Not long (the NYRB edition is 107 pages) and without chapters, Hill is delivered in short, poem-like fragments. Published in 1929, th ...more
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