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By the Time You Read This (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Detective John Cardinal is on the hunt for an ingenious killer even as he mourns his own wife’s tragic death in this thriller of heart-stopping suspense Autumn has arrived in Algonquin Bay, and with it an unusual spate of suicides. The most shocking victim yet is Detective John Cardinal’s wife, who has finally succumbed to her battle with manic depression. As Cardinal take ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Random House Canada (first published 2006)
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Arlene Richards
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Giles Blunt is considered one of the best mystery writers in Canada. How come this is his first book I have read of his? It did not read like part of a series but more like a stand alone novel with a tragic twist.I am anxious to read more of the "John Cardinal Mystery" series but I am also concerned that I might be disappointed.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: John Cardinal, homicide detective
SETTING: Algonquin Bay
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 3.75

Live has never been easy for Catherine Cardinal. A brilliant and passionate photographer, she has spent decades dealing with bipolar disorder. Several times, she has been hospitalized as she entered a manic phase of her disease. Throughout all of her illnesses, her husband, police detective John Cardinal, has stood stalwartly by her side. Truly, he is a living embodiment of the marriage vow, to stay to
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book to read......which is a shame since the writing and plotting are so damned good. The two storylines are very dark and serious issues will arise for most any reader. It can be an ugly world and I don't want to bury my head in the sand, but I'm glad this one is finished.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all mystery fans
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: previous experience
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Ellen Keim
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This is the fourth book in Giles Blunt's John Cardinal and Lise Delorme series. So far none of the subsequent books have topped the first one, Forty Words for Sorrow, but that doesn't mean that I haven't enjoyed them. I would recommend them for the fine writing alone!

It's unfortunate that the reader knows going in (thanks to the book description) that John's wife dies in this novel because I think it would have been better if it had been a surprise. Although his wife's death is not entirely unex
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even knowing the "who" about 40-odd% in did not reduce the climbing tension in this smoothly written Canadian police procedural. Blunt weaves a compelling story of murder, abuse of power, love and hate.

Detective John Cardinal's wife has suffered with clinical depression, and bi-polar disease for all of their married life. She is an award winning photographer, brilliant in composition. And, surely her disease is pretty much under control with a caring psychiatrist, one that combines drug therapy
Lucy Crowe
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"By the Time You Read This" is the fourth installment in the John Cardinal series, and, while I have loved each of them, I think this one is the most powerful. By now, I have come to care about Cardinal, and so, the death of his wife Catherine (no spoiler! This is given away right on the cover!) while expected, is still so sad. The author handles this situation beautifully - the emotions of Cardinal and his daughter Kelly are raw and real.
But did Catherine actually commit suicide? Cardinal is d
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine 4th novel in the series of police procedurals featuring Detective John Cardinal, which are set in the fictitious town of Algonquin Bay in rural Ontario. In this tale, Cardinal's wife dies from an apparent suicidal jump from the roof of a building where she was doing a photographic session. While John deals with his grief and tries to come to terms with the sad outcome of his wife's bipolar illness, his team investigates a cold case of child pornography and child abuse. Blunt's development ...more
Carla Gunn
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep picking up more 'literary' novels this summer and then putting them down and grabbing Giles Blunt's murder mysteries instead. This is the fourth book in his John Cardinal series and it is as fabulous as the other three. In particular, Blunt's description of loss and mourning in this one is as literary as anything I've read. Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario (and now - after many years in N.Y. writing scripts for tv crime series - is based in Toronto) and can he set a frigidly cold scene ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good mystery
Excellent mystery. I've read 3 other John Cardinal mysteries and they have all been excellent stories. John Cardinal is a troubled cop, but an excellent cop as well. His partner, Lise Delorme, is also great. The mystery is well-paced, interesting and resolved satisfactorily. Giles Blunt is an excellent writer. Loved it.
Alison Hardtmann
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
This is the fourth novel in Giles Blunt's detective series set in Algonquin Bay, Ontario. John Cardinal's wife is bipolar and has often been hospitalized, but she seems to be doing better, working and interacting with her family, when she suddenly commits suicide. Cardinal can't believe he didn't see it coming and begins to suspect she was murdered when he starts receiving nasty sympathy cards. Meanwhile, Delorme, his occasional partner, is given a stack of photographs by the Toronto police of a ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best IMHO in the John Cardinal series thus far. The subject matter is unsettling, makes the reader squirm in disgust and yet it pushes you through. The sincerity Blunt has given to Detective Cardinal makes this such a believable read, transporting you to Algonquin Bay. This is a stand alone read but the backstory from the previous novels in the series definitely aids in the story-telling. Here's hoping this is one of the plotlines in an upcoming season of CTV's "Cardinal".
Shirley Mytnowych
I can't get enough of this John Cardinal series!!! This was the best one yet and I hear they are following up the TV series about the first John Cardinal book, (Forty words for Sorrow) with a second installment based on the 3rd and 4rth! Keep writing Giles, as I don't want to run out of books to read with John Cardinal and Lise Delorme!!
Brian O'Leary
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good combinations of intertwined stories
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found it dragged in middle. Liked ending. Bad guys put away. child abuse angle a bit gross
Margaret M.
I DID NOT see this coming. Great story. Again. Please put more "seasons" of Cardinal on the air!
Gerry Brown
I'm still enjoying the settings of these john Cardinal books but I'm not sure about the overall series.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Kathryn Rouse
Not the best Cardinal and Delorme of the series. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

Great plot, good pacing, subject matter - depression/suicide and sexual exploitation - timely. Dialogue well done.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, canadian
John Cardinal is a detective in the small police force, in Algonquin Bay, Ontario a small rural town in Canada. The local mayor keeps reporting his wife missing, when everybody else in town knows exactly what she's up to. Rather than just try to convince the poor delusional husband what's really going on, Cardinal is sitting in a car, with the mayor, outside the local motel, when there's a call over the radio about a body.

As Cardinal pulls up outside the location, a part of him is wondering abou
Auf dem Umschlag wird dieser Fall als Cardinals härtester angepriesen - dies (und sein persönlichster) ist er sicherlich, denn Cardinal ermittelt rund um den Tod seiner Ehefrau. Natürlich tut er das auf eigene Faust, da er "Urlaub" hat, um den allzu plötzlichen Verlust überhaupt erst zu begreifen... [Kleine Anmerkung: Suspendiert, wie die Inhaltsangabe auf dem Umschlag verkündet, ist er allerdings nicht.]
Cardinal kann einfach nicht glauben, dass seine Frau ihm einen Selbstmord angetan hat. Einer
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Cardinal-Delorme book so far. The subject matters (suicides & child abuse) are affecting & tough to read, for different reasons. And the villain is interesting. Not your run-of-the-mill monster.
Lukasz Pruski
It would be quite hard to summarize the plot of Giles Blunt's "By the Time You Read This" in any depth without spoiling it. So here's just the beginning premise. Detective John Cardinal suffers a major personal tragedy and is on leave. He is trying, semi-privately, to find proof of foul play in a case that has been ruled an accident. His departmental colleague, detective Lisa Delorme is handling a gruesome child pornography case. I understand this is Mr. Blunt's fourth book in the Cardinal/Delor ...more
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Wieder steht der Ermittler aus dem kanadischen Algonquin Bay John Cardinal im Mittelpunkt eines Romans vno Giles Blunt. Dieses Mal ist er ganz besonders stark betroffen, ist das Opfer doch seine Frau. Als mansich-depressiv war sie seit Jahren in Behandlung, und dennoch will Cardinal nicht an den Freitod seiner Frau glauben. Da der Fall von der Polizei unter dem Titel Suizid bereits zu den Akten gelegt wurde, macht er sich in seiner Freizeit auf die Suche um seinen Verdacht zu bestätigen. Während ...more
Stacy  Alesi
Detective John Cardinal (Blackfly Season) is back, and this time it's personal. His wife, Catherine, who has been hospitalized on and off for depression for years, has seemingly leapt off of a roof to her death. She left a note and the coroner and police department rule it a suicide, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Frederick Bell, concurs. Cardinal starts having some doubts when disturbing notes arrive at his home, but he quickly realizes that he is the only one with doubts. Fellow police officer Lise ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
In his first novel, Blunt provided his main character, John Cardinal, with a set of rather clichéd complications: the disapproving elderly unloving father, his wife hospitalized with serious mental issues at the same time he's assigned an attractive single female partner, a crime in his own past for which he's never been caught, an antagonist criminal he put behind bars who knows about Cardinal's crime. Over the course of the first three books Blunt wisely avoided these, instead offering interes ...more
Sarah B.
Oh, so good. In this book, a detective (whom might will know if you knew this was a series when you picked it up, which I didn't) loses his wife to suicide, then goes a little too far in investigating her death (which is not an open case) and insisting that her death was actually a murder. I loved the setting, the passing of the trees from fall into winter, and I loved the main character teetering on the brink of a breakdown as he tries to understand why his wife finally did what she seemed to b ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read --I really enjoyed this book and I think it came close to, but didn't surpass, "Black Fly Season" as a mystery/suspense/Police Procedural or whatever you have novel. The first part and Cardinal's investigation was pretty dark but Delorme's case kinda lightened things up a bit. I think it was obvious that both cases would connect and there weren't many unexpected twists but, at the same time, I think the method of Catherine's death came as a bit of a surprise. I was glad to see the red ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I felt that the book kept a good balance between the two central crimes. John Cardinal, wrapped in grief over the apparent suicide of his wife, has the dark and introspective journey of piecing together his wife's last moments. Lise Delorme has the equally dark task of finding a sex offender. If the book had been wholly dedicated to the former, I think I would have been overwhelmed by the pain of it. But the latter crime, the sex crime, had a "let's nail that bastard!" quality that kept the book ...more
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Giles Blunt (born 1952 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, Cold Eye, was a psychological thriller set in the New York art world, which was made into the French movie Les Couleurs du diable (Allain Jessua, 1997).

He is also the author of the John Cardinal novels, set in the small town of Algonquin Bay, in Northern Ontario. Blunt grew up in North Bay, and Al
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Other Books in the Series

John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery (6 books)
  • Forty Words for Sorrow (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #1)
  • The Delicate Storm (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #2)
  • Blackfly Season (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #3)
  • Crime Machine (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #5)
  • Until the Night (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery, #6)