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Sorrow Lake

(A March and Walker Crime Novel #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer's field in rural eastern Ontario.

Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover the victim had a dark secret--one that m
Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 30th 2015 by Plaid Raccoon Press (first published March 19th 2015)
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I am grateful to NetGalley for my copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Detective Constable Kevin Walker is called to the scene of a murder. He recognises the victim as a local man. D. I Ellie March is brought in to oversee the investigation. She is well regarded by many officers but there are some who resent an outsider being brought in, and particularly when that outsider is a female!!

I struggled slightly with this book. I think I didn't like the characters and felt the story was a li
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Detective Inspector Ellie March of the OPP arrives in southeastern Ontario to take charge of a murder investigation after Bill Hansen, a business owner, was shot execution style in a farmer’s field. Assisting her is Detective Constable Kevin Walker. Since the book is described as “A March and Walker Crime Novel,” it is presumably the first in a new series.

The best adjective to describe this book is plodding. It is a tediously slow police procedural offering a detailed look at a homicide investig
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Review: SORROW LAKE by Michael J. McCann (A March and Walker Crime Novel)

A really inventive and deeply-characterized mystery/police procedural with a finely-delineated background of rural Ontario, SORROW LAKE is the first of a series, which I can tell will be one of my favorites. The characters are peeled down to the grain, and it's wonderfully gratifying to read of individuals who might be our friends, our neighbors--or even ourselves.
Dianne Ascroft
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A couple years ago I reviewed Michael McCann’s crime novel, The Rainy Day Killer. When reading crime fiction, I gravitate toward cosy mysteries so it was not what I was used to. It is much darker. So, when I began reading his most recent novel, Sorrow Lake, I steeled myself, expecting it to be similar. But, it isn’t. I found myself immersed in an interesting police procedural that doesn’t contain too much gore.
Sorrow Lake is the first book in McCann’s new March and Walker detective series and,
First, I'm going to backtrack a little and mention that I really like McCann's series featuring Donaghue & Stainer. The characters are well-fleshed out, both the main characters and the secondary characters, and McCann manages to get the reader involved in their lives and their compelling cases.

My two favorites in that series are Blood Passage and The Fregoli Delusion because each had such an interesting premise.

From my review of Blood Passage:

"What makes this book so interesting is the past
Alison C
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Sorrow Lake , by Michael J. McCann, is subtitled "A March and Walker Crime Novel," indicating that it is the first of a new series. Detective Constable Kevin Walker, formerly a small town police officer and now a member of the Ontario Provincial Police after that law enforcement agency took over the policing of his town, is given his first homicide case as lead investigator when a local used-car salesman is found executed in a field; El
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A small-town man is shot to death in an execution-style murder in a farmer's field in rural Canada, and Detective Constable Kevin Walker must deal with his first homicide investigation. The experienced Detective Inspector Ellie March is called in to lead the investigative team. All the trappings of the typical police procedural are outlined in an introduction featuring an obvious murder, a cold Ontario morning, and a team of investigators.

In Sorrow Lake the real surprises don't lie in the invest
Darcia Helle
Reading Sorrow Lake is like stepping into the midst of a homicide team at work. We have no vivid, gory scenes to make us cringe. The focus here is on the investigation, and McCann handles this with expertise. We follow along as evidence is collected, suspects are interviewed, and new leads are uncovered and followed. Throughout the story, we are completely immersed in the world of forensics and crime-solving.

This is one of the most detailed, well researched police procedural novels I've read. Th
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murder is not unknown in Sorrow Lake, a small village in eastern Ontario – in a long-ago murder suicide, a man killed his wife and kids, and a couple were once murdered in a break-in. But the killers were quickly identified and these murders were easily solved. When the body of a man is found shot execution style in a farmer’s field and there is nothing pointing to the perpetrators, the local constabulary is ill-equipped to deal with it. The Ontario Provincial Police send in Detective Inspector ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review originally posted at

This is the first in a new series of novels by Canadian crime fiction writer Michael J. McCann, the author of the popular Donaghue and Stainer crime novels, and is a strong first outing for the series. The plot is complex, but at the same time easy to follow, something that I have noticed is disappearing from a number of novels in this genre that are currently being released. The main two characters are well developed, although developmen
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorrow Lake is a wonderful murder mystery. I enjoy reading books with familiar locales and this one couldn't get any closer as it takes place right in my own neighbourhood.

A body is found in an isolated farmer's field in rural south-eastern Ontario. The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) are called and quickly set up an investigation team to solve the crime. Kevin Walker is a young detective and familiar with the victim as well as the area, his home town. An experienced detective inspector, Ellie
Nolene Driscoll
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Michael McCann and although I enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away. There were no edge of the seat, anxious page turning, wanting to know what happens next moments. For me the strength of this book was that it is a well written police procedural novel introducing a new crime fighting duo. The weakness was that nothing really happened, police procedure was followed, clues were found an
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An exciting Canadianpolice procedural mystery that had me hooked from the very first page. A great strong female lead and a nice male counterpart just learning the ropes of homicide. Twists and turns I never saw coming especially leading up to the ending.i would and will recommend this book to friends and family, even strangers should the time and place present itself.
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on another site's giveaway. It's a book soon to be published. I was drawn to enter the giveaway given the novel takes place in Canada, specifically Ontario. I knew many of the terminology used by the police forces, their hierarchy, and even place names. It was a murder mystery, and was an easy read with sympathetic, likable and definable characters. I think this will be a series.
Melanie Robertson-King
This is the first Mike McCann novel I've read and I loved it! What immediately drew me in was the area in which it's set - Eastern Ontario near where we currently live and my husband grew up.

I can't wait to read more by this author.
Romancing the Book
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Reviewed by Amy W
Book provided by Tribute Books
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

With Sorrow Lake, author Michael J. McCann introduces a new set of characters to readers in what promises to be a thrilling police procedural series.

Detective Inspector Ellie March spearheads the team as a seasoned investigator. When faced with an investigation of a shooting death, her advice to Detective Constable Kevin Walker proves to be the foundation for the story. With seemingly no clues, March simply sai
Kenneth Nordqvist
Know and then i find a New favorite writer

I really like the slow pace in this good story and i left it with a great smile thank you
Sarah Langstaff
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent read. A true page turner. I can’t wait to hear more about Ellie.
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sorrow Lake "His breath visible in the early morning air, Detective Constable Kevin Walker made his was down the hill and across the farmer's field toward the body. There was a crust on the snow from freezing rai that had fallen tow days ago, and hos books punched crisp holes as he followed the footprints of the old man who'd spotted something in the middle of his field just after dawn and had come down to investigate." Thus starts Sorrow Lake by Michael McCann. Sorrow Lake has a reputation, the ...more
Faith Flaherty
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In criminal investigations one has to be thorough. This is what the main character, Detective Ellie March, personifies in Sorrow Lake, by crime writer Michael J. McCann. Upon first meeting Detective March, the reader doesn’t warm up to her. She’s a terrible mother. But the reader will have to admit that she knows how to lead a criminal investigation.

Conversely, March’s cohort, Constable Kevin Walker is likeable, immediately. Even though, the plot puts Kevin in a compromising position, the reade
Jackie Roche
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and open review.
This is the first book I've read by this author but it certainly won't be the last.
The story is set in a small town called Sorrow Lake in Ontario, Canada and focuses on the police investigation of a murder.
I loved the description of the area. I could close my eyes and picture myself there.
I was slightly confused at first due to the number of characters that
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice mystery with the gorgeous backdrop of a Canadian winter. This book has everything, disgruntled cops, seemingly nice victim, hidden drug trafficking, dirty cops, lots of snow and really good burgers. All in all it was a satisfying read, the pace was great, the characters were well developed. Hard to write a review of a mystery novel. Sorrow Lake
J. Ewbank
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book by McCann cries out for more, more stories about some of these same people. I received this book from Goodreads first reads. The characters are well developed and the plot is thick and interesting. What more could a reader of mysteries want?

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Hope more follow.
Gail O'Connor
I need to have engaging characters. I couldn't find any connection.
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