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Death's Golden Whisper: A Meg Harris Mystery (Meg Harris Mysteries #1)

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In the remote wilderness of West Quebec, where trees outnumber people a million to one and lakes a thousand to one, Death’s Golden Whisper opens with the sudden arrival of float planes bringing what Meg Harris believes are fishermen to the isolated northern lake she lives on. Within hours, she discovers that these men have come to develop a gold mine. She combines forces w ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Napoleon and Co (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'll take me a while to come down and comment but It's a long time since I stayed up this long past my bedtime to finish a novel!
This is an extremely well written book with two separate but intertwined plots of which either could be considered the main plot. Most of the characters are pretty well drawn and some of them are quite colourful, memorable and likeable especially Eric. At first I thought Meg Harris was a bit dumb but then I decided she was just a little slow to pick up on some things
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first Meg Harris book in a longer series by a Canadian author from Ottawa. I'm not sure how I discovered it, but decided to start with the beginning book. I enjoyed this book, set in western Quebec and within a couple of hours or so of driving to Ottawa. The plot themes resonate with issues and concerns across our country, and I suspect around the world, of the clashes and common causes between indigenous people and those who moved into the various countries, of power and politics, o ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very Canadian! Meg Harris, a recent divorcee from Toronto is now living at the isolated wilderness home of Three Deer Point, Quebec, which she inherited from her great aunt Agatha. Gold miners arrive in float planes to develop the sacred aboriginal island she can see across from her home. Tempers flare and the potential mine threatens to divide the tribe. When Meg's friend and employee, Marie, goes missing and the body of Marie's husband turns up, Meg discovers that their families are entwined w ...more
Phyllis Bohonis
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The setting for this mystery novel was a refreshing change from the usual urban crime scene. From the first chapter I was drawn into the beautiful Quebec wilderness with its many secrets. Meg Harris is a woman in search of her past. A past which has as many twists as the roots of the majestic old growth trees on Whispers Island. The strong characters, interesting mystery, and beautiful Canadian settings are enough to bring me back for more. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this se ...more
Mary Ann
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story that included a bit of history and Native American culture. What better idea to wrap a plot than greed and lust whether in the past of the present. Both can deliver drastic results!
Andra Weis
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-writers
Review Outstanding
Arlene Richards
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy books that include Canadian geography and culture intertwined in the plot.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Canadian historical mystery, a great read!
Joanne Lecuyer
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm usually not a mystery reader, but I enjoyed the story. It was a fairly quick read. Thinking of getting book 2 for my summer reading! J:O)
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book quite well. The main character does not always make the best choices and there were times when I wanted to shake her because she was being so dumb but the plot was interesting and spanned back into her family's past - which is always fascinating. Also there was quite a bit about the local tribe.
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I ended up enjoying the end more than the beginning. Once I figured out that the book was set several decades in the past I enjoyed it more as that time setting explained many of the irritations that I had with the book. For at least the third-half of the book when I thought the book was from current times, I found that it read fairly 'American' - using 'Indian' to describe First Nations and aboriginal peoples, citing distances in miles, the casual sexism, and
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Called "queen of Canadian wilderness fiction", R.J. Harlick writes the acclaimed Meg Harris mystery series set in the wilds of Canada with an underlying native theme. There are currently seven books in the series with the eighth, Purple Palette for Murder, due out in October 2017.

The fourth book, Arctic Blue Death, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel award. Silver Totem of Shame was nam
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