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(Martine LeDuc #1)

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Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor's office in Montreal. When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine's boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department. The women we ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Minotaur Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Diane S ☔
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 A spade of murders, and a chilling storyline dating back to Québec's past. This was a chilling read because interspersed between chapters are entries in a diary from an orphan who became a patient, a sane patient, in an asylum. What made it, chilling is that the story has a basis in actual fact, a dark period in Québec's and the Catholic Churches past.

Hard to read and definitely not for the faint of heart, but a good story with some likable characters.

ARC from NetGalley.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars.

ASYLUM is the first book I have read by author Jeannette de Beauvoir. The story takes place in Montreal, Canada, and I quickly found that many of the sentences incorporated some French into them to accentuate the French-Canadian characters. Although French is the one other language I'm able to read (not quite fluently!), this took some getting used to. Several times I had to pause to translate something, which derailed the train of thought somewhat.

Thankfully, this did lessen as the bo
I think I have quite a realistic approach to life.
I have read some really good books with quite horrific subject matter.

When it came to the parts where I was reading a child's diary as the pages unfolded and more of the diary was introduced, my gut started churning. It was reading matter very high on the emotional rector scale. So this is most definitely not a book to read for the faint hearted.
Or, if you are easily shocked.

The reason (for me) why I gave it 3.5 stars is because it's like watchin
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy of Asylum. This book was an unexpected treat. Set in Montreal, it's a mystery focusing on the plight of orphans sent to an "asylum" in Montreal in the 1960s -- based on real and very sad historical events. What made this book a treat for me is that the author does an excellent job of depicting Montreal in its bilingual/bicultural complexity. The detective, Martine, is French Canadian, but married to an anglophone ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This gripping novel took me back to Montreal--one of my favorite cities to visit--offering both likeable and interesting protagonists, a good mystery, and a history lesson in the horrors and cruelties inflicted on orphans and children of unwed mothers in 1940s-1960s Quebec by the Catholic Church, the Provincial government, and parts of the medical establishment. De Beauvoir is a strong writer with a social conscience. She had me from the Prologue's poignant vignette of a grief-filled mother and ...more
First Sentence: The woman sitting in the backseat shivered and drew the child closer to her side.

Four women have been murdered and left displayed on park benches in Montreal. With it being an election year, this is not good PR for the tourist season. Martine’s boss, the city’s mayor, asks her to act as liaison between his office and the police. Although both agencies would like a quick and easy solution, Martine and Lt. Dec. Julian Fletcher suspect there is much more to this case relating back t
Dianne Landry
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book had everything I should like in it. It is about Montreal, a city I love; it is a murder mystery, which I love; it has a connection to a true historical event; it has great characters and is well written. Unfortunately there is one thing that drove me insane. It probably is a case of me being nit-picky but when an author, who supposedly lives in Canada, continuously refers to our Prime Minister as the Premier of Canada, I want to scream. If it had only happened once I could have dismiss ...more
Cristian (The Bookish God)
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I have a love/hate relationship with mystery novels. I used to read a ton of them a couple of years ago but I’ve grown tired of how predictable some of them are. Right now, I rarely read mysteries or thrillers at all. It had been a very long time since my last thriller read so when I saw this title on NetGalley I became interested and decided to give it a chance. This book was extra cool because I got to learn some Canadian history that I didn’t know a
Megan Elizabeth
Honestly, I only started reading this because I confused Asylum, in the Martine LeDuc series, with Asylum by Madeleine Roux.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"How can we be sure it won't happen again, if we don't understand why it happened in the first place?
If people get away with treating other people like objects, no matter where or when or for what reason, then it can always happen again, and it will always happen again!"

The story was absolutely magnificent, I didn't have any idea of who the killer was, until the very end and I was surprised. I had no suspicions, unlike other books of the same kind where I always have suspicions on who the killer
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asylum is a mystery thriller that takes place in Canada. Jeannette de Beauvoir took actual events from Montreal's past, the skeleton in the closet that no one likes to talk about and and weaves a fictional story around these events. The fact that this was based on actual events makes the story all that more enjoyable and heart breaking. This book is not a romance it is strictly a mystery thriller. The main character Martine LeDuc is the head PR for the mayor's office, she is married to a quite a ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of Asylum: A Mystery, in exchange for a fair and honest review. The city of Montreal is being terrorized by a serial killer who has murdered four people and put them on public display. Martine DeLuc, publicity director for the City of Montreal, is picked by the Mayor to be the liaison between his Office and the Police. Julian Fletcher, a Detective Lieutenant with no real clout in the department, was chosen to be her contact person to keep them out of any serious investigation. ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was getting a police procedural similar maybe to Chris Carter or Linda Fairstein. So was really pleasantly surprised that actually this was a completely different story. One that was based on true facts.

The book is centred around Martine LeDuc the public relations director for Montreal. After four women have become the victims of what at first appears to be a rapist serial killer, Martine is ordered to liaise between the police and the mayor, providing daily reports of the progress t
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars/rounded up. A quick read. Compelling mystery with cover ups and conspiracies. Orphans being classified as mentally ill because the government gave bigger stipends to hospitals than orphanages. Then the orphans were used as human test subjects for new drugs used my the CIA for torture and hypnosis. Drugs are big money. And many were willing to cross the line and push the limits of science and ethics to speed up their development. Years later women are being murdered to protect the secre ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to looove this book. It has everything I love: mystery, psychological twists, a bad-ass lady, and murder. Unfortunately "Asylum" didn't quite make it. I thought the premise and story were really great, and I like Martine LeDuc as a protagonist, but what de Beauvoir did with all these elements just stopped short. The twist was mild compared to what I was imagining, and I was disappointed in the way everything wrapped up. I do really appreciate the lack of romance in "Asylum" between Mart ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read, especially knowing that the events in the book were based loosely on actual events in Canadian history. This kind of made the read a little more dark and upped the disturbance level. I do have to say I was disappointed at the path the book ultimately took. I thought when I started reading that I was getting a serial killer/police investigation storyline, but the story turned into a more historical/political/big corporation/investigation. The author did keep the stor ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book .
I don't often read mystery thriller books because I am usually picky when it comes to those genre but this book sounded interesting and it takes place in Canada and I really want to read more books that take place in Canada.

Anyway, I very much enjoyed this book and it is one I stayed up late reading just because I was so into this story.

I highly recommend.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, mystery
A good mystery based on disturbing real-life events. Starts off a little slowly, but builds momentum well.
nikkia neil
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
thanks to minotaur books and netgalley.
Edge of you seat, biting your fingernails suspense! This book has history, romance, and mystery. Canada has some great authors, must be the long winters
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
if you like mystery and historical fiction together, then this is your book. it's a bit disturbing but a fast read book
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
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"Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor's office in Montreal. When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine's boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to have nothing in common. Yet the macabre p
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one.

The story takes place in Montreal, Québec, Canada, and this was a first for me. I've never read a book that takes place in any part of Canada, let alone a province that's primarily Francophone. But I loved it mostly because now I got to put my three years of high school French lessons to use. So far it's the one book that didn't intimidate me with its foreign language.

Anyway, there have been four separate murders committed in Montreal, all seemingly random, no connection,
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book with plenty of detail of the unpleasant history of a certain period in my adopted city's history. Well written and readable (important that) ... but let down by two things. Firstly, the main character would never have been given such free rein to "investigate" the crime by real police. Secondly, the murderer turns out to be ... well, I won't spoil it for readers but far too many crime books have criminals who are, shall we say, somewhat unhinged. There are more than enough do ...more
Jenee Rager
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: legal, mystery
I just couldn't get into this book. There is a lot of French dialogue that isn't used in a context that I could figure out the meaning and I felt like I was missing things. The murder mystery that needs to be solved is a bit far fetched and requires the reader to suspend belief of the way actual criminal investigations are handled. As someone who works in the legal field I am unable to do that. Another reader may enjoy this book more than I did, but I simply couldn't.
Steph Pipes
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The story is great. It picked up around chapter 8 for me. It helped to learn that the story is fairly well based on a true story.The writing, However, is the reason for the 3 stars. It’s choppy, and made note challenging by the fact the author slips in and out of French. Not knowing French, this was a challenge.
The author does a wonderful job of honoring the little list lives of the duplessis orphans.
Cristy Clark
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought “ok this is starting out kinda typical.” But the further I got into it the better it got, I couldn’t put it down. You really can identify with the main character. And the more she uncovers the more you feel for these human lives that brought on the murders. By the end it throughs a twist at which I did not see coming!! There is second book I’m guessing the author is going to make it a series and I will definitely be reading it!!
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an enjoyable suspense novel.
Jess Myname
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time reading this author - Started and finished book in one day - couldn't put it down. Tragic story - written well. This story will be circulating in me for a long time.
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