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The Trickster's Lullaby

(An Amanda Doucette Mystery #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A winter camping trip turns deadly as two missing teenagers, a twisted love triangle, and the spectre of radicalism create turmoil in the remote Laurentian wilderness.

Amanda Doucette’s cross-Canada charity tour is in for a cold snap when she organizes a winter camping trip for inner-city young people in the stunning setting of the Laurentian Mountains. With a view to
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Published September 2nd 2017 by Dundurn
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery fans
4 stars
I enjoyed reading this book, which is the second book in the Amanda Doucette series. Amanda was an aid worker in Nigeria who barely escaped from a horrific massacre. She is now back home in Canada, gradually recovering from the emotional trauma she suffered. She wants to recover by giving back to the community and has organized a winter camping trip for refugee teenagers in the Quebec wilderness.
But first one, then a second teenager goes missing and when a dead body is found, Amanda
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I received a copy of The Trickster's Lullaby from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The beautiful cover of Trickster's Lullaby grabbed my attention on Netgalley and, after reading the description, I thought this would be a good, entertaining read. Unfortunately, it never really gripped me and I never warmed up to Amanda, the protagonist. It also felt very ambitious and overloaded, and I don’t think it truly lived up to its full potential.

Amanda Doucette runs a charity that takes
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Trickster's Lullaby is an action packed mystery thriller that explores themes of self-radicalization of Canadian youth who are groomed and recruited by terrorist groups. Fradkin dives deep into the psychology of those vulnerable to the tactics used by terrorist organizations and what these tactics might be.

What initially drew me to The Trickster's Lullaby was the author herself. Fradkin is a retired psychologist who now writes novels that explores different facets of the human psyche, more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly, can I just say that this was cover love at first sight – what an absolutely gorgeous cover! I couldn't resist it! Plus, I have discovered a lot of fantastic reads published by Dundurn in the past, so picking this book up was a double temptation for me.

The Trickster’s Lullaby was my first introduction to the Amanda Doucette mystery series, and I really enjoyed discovering a new interesting, multi-layered female protagonist who stands out from other fictional amateur sleuths by offering
Rosemary Standeven
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an addictive and compelling thriller, that is very difficult to put down until the last page is read. It starts innocently enough as a planned adventure in the Canadian wilderness for disadvantaged teenagers – most of whom are recent asylum seekers from war-torn countries. The idea is to expose these young adults to the glories of Canadian nature, to challenge them physically and socially, and to allow them to escape the problems of their past and their everyday lives, at least for a ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the second book in the series, I can safely say that this isn't just an Amanda Doucette mystery. There are three solid characters that all seem to contribute to both the action of the story and the gathering of clues: Amanda Doucette, a former aid worker who has seem the damage war and violence can cause and is hoping to help heal some of that back home in Canada through at-risk youth camps, Chris Tympko from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who has a crush on Amanda and never seems to be ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an exciting, action packed book. I am enjoying the Amanda Doucette series immensely. The sense of place and the characters are well written and described. A feeling of suspense with never a dull moment was maintained throughout. There were twists and turns I never saw coming.

I do not care much for Amanda’s behavior so far. She has her faults but cares deeply for people in need of rescue and seems to have abiding friendships. As an international aid worker she witnessed much poverty,
Ivory Castle
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda is still recovering from the psychological effects of a traumatic experience which occurred during her time as an international aid worker. Seeking a new purpose she forms a charity designed to help teenagers and their families coming from disadvantaged and migrant backgrounds. She takes a group of teenagers from Montreal on an adventure trip through the Mont Tremblant National Park. The camping plans don’t go as expected when two of the teenagers go missing and the remote location delays ...more
Craig Sisterson
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, canada

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this one's striking jacket grabbed my attention, prompting me to read the blurb and then give this new-to-me author a go. (I'm also a fan of Canadian crime writing, and books set in the wilderness, so several boxes ticked even before I'd read a page).

Overall, I enjoyed the read. The Trickster's Lullaby is a good page-turner where Fradkin, who was a psychologist before becoming a well-established author with two previous mystery series,
Grace Koshida
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
As part of her charity, Amanda Doucette organizes a group of culturally mixed Montreal inner-city teens to the remote Quebec wilderness for a winter camping adventure. But things go wrong when two of them go missing. Luc Prevost is a young man with a history of drug abuse and was someone whom Amanda was wary of from the start. When the group learns that a man has been killed not far from their camp, they suspect it might have been Luc. Unable to get any more information, Amanda and the group ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chilling. Terrifyingly real read. This is movie material!

Amanda Doucette wants to do something good for immigrant teens in Canada. She wants to teach them about Canadian life, and also about each other. She sets up a five-day camping trip in the snow covered Laurentian mountains.

The teens are chosen from a variety of backgrounds and the idea is to rough it and enjoy a part of life most of them know nothing about. When you choose a person though, you cannot see into his heart, that which is
Steven Buechler
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fradkin’s experience as a psychologist has no doubt given her insight to the darkness of humanity and it shows in her writing. But she also adds day-to-day concerns and fears that we all have (i.e. Am I sacrificing to much for my career? What about my love life?etc.) that gives a careful reader pause to consider in their own lives. And Fradkin has a nice clear style of writing that makes this book truly enjoyable, especially at the end of long, busy day that we all seem to suffer from.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Before I get into my thoughts about this story and try to justify why I have downrated it so severely I want everybody to know that I don't think this is a bad book but, on the contrary, I think it is a very good action/adventure story that explores some very current and serious topics and is, as is every book by Barbara Fradkin, very well written with great settings, well developed characters and , as usual, a couple of surprising twists and a spectacular ending. And, yes, I will most ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amanda Doucette and her dog Kaylee are going on a trip to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada, leading a group of immigrant teenagers from the inner city of Montreal. Amanda, still having flashbacks from her harrowing time in Nigeria, fleeing from Boco Haram, wants to help youth from different countries build bridges, despite differing faiths and customs, as well as show them the beauty of their new country. A week in the winter wilderness; snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing and outdoor ...more
Margaret Bryant
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent follow-up to first book in the series Fire in the Stars. Love the setting in the Laurentian Mountains, and the contemporary issues that Amanda Doucette has to deal with.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 and 1 / 2 stars

Amanda Doucette is a survivor of a Nigerian horror who is still trying to cope with it. She leads a group of culturally mixed inner-city teens to the wilderness for a camping adventure. Two go missing, an eighteen-year old youth and a young Muslim girl.

The young man, Luc Prevost is someone of whom Amanda was wary of from the start of the adventure. When they receive a report of a man killed not far from their camp, they suspect it might have been Luc. Unable to get any more
Schuyler Wallace
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

Barbara Fradkin, a Canadian mystery writer, tried to follow the age-old advice to write about something she knows. But, after producing a couple of novels that “mined the themes of my life,” she decided that different topics might be less dull and more productive. “The Tricksters Lullaby” is her effort at change, journeying into the psychological unknown, a place familiar to her as a retired child psychologist. She does it well.

This is her second book featuring adventurous foreign aid worker
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you find the notion of reading adult Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew etc. to be a worthy pastime, then this book is undoubtedly for you. Just the front cover illustration and the back cover synopsis serve amply to indicate what lies between. The evidently astute Ms. Fradkin, a retired psychologist, has divined that there exists considerable profit to be made exploiting a deep-seated neurosis afflicting seemingly numerous adults - those who yearn for the riveting adventure of childhood fiction. For ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Trickster's Lullaby: An Amanda Doucette Mystery is the second book in the Amanda Doucette Mystery series by Canadian author Barbara Fradkin. As a Canadian I love to support Canadian authors who are fantastic writers and storytellers. Fradkin has produced a contemporary Canadian mystery that is right out of today's headlines.

The Trickster's Lullaby is set in the woods of Northern Quebec. Amanda Doucette has brought a group of young multicultural Canadians on a camping trip to introduce them
Cathy Cole
Barbara Fradkin's first Amanda Doucette mystery, Fire in the Stars, was one of my Best Reads last year, and this second book is a strong follow-up. Through reading these mysteries, I'm learning about parts of Canada that I previously didn't know a thing about, and I always enjoy that, especially since Fradkin does a marvelous job with her setting. The mystery itself is fast-paced and multi-layered, doing an excellent job of keeping readers guessing what's going on and who's responsible.

As in the
Jill Jemmett
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Canadian thriller.

Last fall, I went to Montreal and Mont Tremblant, so I could picture exactly where the story took place. I liked that it alternated between a city setting and the wilderness. It gave a full view of Quebec in the winter.

The mystery was so chilling. I really didn’t know what would happen. There were many possible explanations for disappearances, from drugs, to accidents, to escaping to terrorist groups, so I didn’t know what was the real answer.

I really liked that
Kathleen Gray
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Doucette is one of the best characters I've read in a long time. This second novel in what I hope will be a series explores issues beyond a camping trip gone wrong. The radicalization of young people, whether in Canada, the US, the UK, or elsewhere, is a growing and insidious problem. Luc and Yasmina are both bright teenagers but they are both facing problems larger than Amanda knows when she takes them to the forest in Quebec. When they go missing, she calls on her friends Chris and ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't quite love this one, although it had its moments. The first half was verrrry slow and I didn't really care about anyone. It took too long for the actual plot to get rolling and also too long for the underlying raison d'etre of the plot to get revealed. I won't get into spoilers but I didn't love the whole "ripped from the headlines" angle of this story. The action in the last quarter of the book was fun and kept me reading but was also highly incredible. I do like that Amanda's utter ...more
Margo Allore
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It really is 3.5. I liked it but parts were very unrealistic like Amanda Doucette going off in the 'wild blue' yonder without thinking - that did not make sense. The plot was interesting - a group of bright, misdirected Muslim students who plan on doing something really big for Canada's 150 birthday. That could happen. The character Yasmina is chilling - a bright woman who is very strict in what she wants to do or not do.

Lynne Baxter
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a means for coping with her horrible experiences in Nigeria involving displaced children, Amanda opens an adventure experience for children at risk. One of the campers disappears. Since it's in the middle of winter and freezing cold, Amanda is very worried about his survival. There are indications that at least one of the other campers may be involved in Muslim terrorism. As if a missing camper wasn't enough. Mystery and suspense combine to make this a very exciting read.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second on the Amanda Doucette series. I liked the first one but this one not so much. Amanda seems like an idiot -- naive about what she can achieve, and foolhardily leaping into every dangerous situation. There is a market for " female superhero" books, but Amanda does not seem like a feminist model at all.
Susan Ruffo
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Barbara is a compelling mystery writer. I first met her through her Inspector Green series and am following her next adventures with Amanda Doucette. I was lucky enough to meet her in person at our local bookstore (Lighthouse Books, Brighton)when she introduced the first in this series, set in Newfoundland. Now on to Quebec. Enjoy!
Patrick Frate
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The plot was interesting and I found myself reading it in two days. Sadly, I was neither surprised nor blown away by the story. I felt a somewhat unusual hatred for the main character and didn't really feel anything towards the other characters in the book.

was a quick read and decent storyline
Gail Bernstein
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters

This is a thriller and the pacing kept me eager to find out what happens next. However what makes the story come alive is the characters. They are so realistically drawn that it is easy to care about them. This the first time I’ve written a book review and I read a lot of mysteries. I look forward to reading her other books.
Rita	 Marie
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mysteries
Delightfully twisty plot, engaging characters, and by a Canadian author too -- total win!

The book did seem to bog down a bit in the end with too many different people charging about looking for bombs, but that was a minor issue.
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Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie), an award-winning Canadian mystery writer and retired psychologist whose work with children and families provides ample inspiration for murder. She is fascinated by the dark side and by the desperate choices people make.

Her novels are gritty, realistic, and psychological, with a blend of mystery and suspense. She is the author of three series, including ten novels

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