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Prisoners of Hope: An Amanda Doucette Mystery

(An Amanda Doucette Mystery #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Amanda Doucette finds herself drawn into the world of exploited foreign workers when she rescues a Filipino nanny accused of murdering her wealthy employer.

Georgian Bay: a spectacular terrain of granite shores, deserted islands, and infinite sparkling bays. As part of her cross-Canada charity tour, Amanda has planned a kayaking trip in the area for abused families from a r
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Published October 6th 2018 by Dundurn
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Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Doucette travels to Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada to scout a future kayak trip she is organizing for a group of disadvantaged families. A young tour guide joins her to map out the excursion. However, the journey is interrupted when they rescue a woman stranded on the bay. From that point, many storylines take over: the murder of a cottager, the disappearance of the tour guide, the arrival of Amanda's RCMP love interest, the missing rescued woman, the search parties to find several lost pe ...more
Rosemary Standeven
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I had really enjoyed “Trickster’s Lullaby” and was looking forward to reading this next Amanda Doucette mystery. Once again, we are in the beautiful Canadian wilderness, and once again Amanda is trying to organise a charity trip for people, whose life has been damaged – this time a kayaking expedition for a party of abused mothers and their young children (all city folk). A lovely idea, but probably a bit too ambitious. Goodness knows who would sign off on the health and safety protocols for suc ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all this is not a bad book and there are many things to like about it but there are many things, some of which are probably just personal peeves of mine, that I didn’t like and have caused me to downrate it to a 2 star rating. I did finish it and it is well written and edited and does include Ms Fradkin’s great descriptions of the Georgian Bay setting, the weather and some quite violent action and her usual well developed characters but this is where I start to have problems with this s ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Publishing for this exciting and suspenseful book. I was thrilled to receive it because in the past week I had read with enjoyment the previous two books in the Amanda Doucette series and was anxious to know the Canadian location for her next adventure. There was a high probability that this impetuous, independent woman would rush into some sort of danger resulting in her most devoted friends also being in peril through efforts to help.

Amanda was an internationa
Grace Koshida
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amanda Doucette is in Georgian Bay, Ontario scouting for a suitable location for her charity to hold its next wilderness adventure for marginalized families. But things go wrong from the start. Excursion guide George Gifford bails and sends his son Ronny in his place. Ronny insists on a short trip by kayak to a tiny deserted island where they end up rescuing a drowning woman. Ronny then takes off with the woman leaving Amanda stranded on the island without any means of communication. Amanda gets ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amanda just keeps finding trouble. This time, she's in Georgian Bay (terrific setting) and stumbles into a murder and the topical issues of economic disparity and abuse of domestic workers. Along with her dog Kaylee, her friend Matthew, and, of course, her love interest Chris, she unravels the mysteries. As others have noted, Chris, an RCMP officer, is once again out of his jurisdiction but what the heck, it makes for an interesting read. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Don't worry if you h ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I wonder why this title? There must be two dozen other books with the same title (as I discovered when searching for it on Goodreads). And it doesn’t seem all that apropos to this story, in any case.
I just may not have been in the right mood , but I found myself skimming chunks of this. A bit frantic, and the motivations of a few main characters didn’t seem all that understandable (to me, at least.)
Fradkin is a respected local writer and this is a popular series. So I feel like I should have li
Randy Mccharles
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading "Prisoners of Hope" the third novel in the Amanda Doucette Mystery series by Barbara Fradkin. Like the previous two novels. which I thoroughly enjoyed, Prisoners of Hope explores problems faced by immigrants to Canada wrapped up in a mystery, this time in the island cottage country of Ontario's Georgian Bay. The book is a well-written who-done-it with intriguing characters, a brilliant setting, and plenty of action.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't love this to be honest. The case in itself was entertaining enough but I found Amanda to be much more annoying than in the other books. Maybe I've just got too used to Inspector Green?
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book- great series. Good descriptions of Georgian Bay- an area I am quite familiar with, so I enjoyed that aspect. The mystery aspect was good although not quite as good as the Inspector Green series . And I hope to see a new book in that series soon.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery and I like that Fradkin's characters confront the difficult realities of how undocumented immigrants in Canada are forced to survive. I especially love how the Filipina nanny was victimized by her employer and circumstances but wasn't herself a victim or wholly a good person, but rather a complex character driven to some dubious choices to survive and keep her family safe.
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Dundurn for the eARC.
In this 3rd Amanda Doucette mystery, Amanda is a preparing for an upcoming kayak trip in Georgian Bay, the beautiful East Coast area that teems with islands, big and small. It's one of Canada's best vacation areas; many of Canada's (and American's) rich and famous own lavish mansions there. Amanda and Kaylee, her faithful dog, are meeting with a tour guide to scope out the area's best spots to kayak and camp. Her plan is to take disadvantaged mothers
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Amanda Doucette mystery series. Amanda is a passionate and adventurous aid worker who returns to Canada to recover from a traumatic event overseas which continues to haunt her
Set in the Georgian Bay area Amanda sets out on a scouting expedition for her group kayaking adventure in July. When trouble occurs. Chris is her Mountie boyfriend who risks his life and job to track her down after she goes missing. I felt really felt sorry for him as it seemed every time he t
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #Netgalley #Bookcouture and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review "Prisoners of Hope" by Barbara Fradkin. This the third book in the series featuring Amanda Doucette, Chris Tymko and Matthew Goderich and I have to say that the quality of the story has not suffered in the least.
Part social commentary part murder mystery - as has been the case in the previous two installments - this time Amanda is dealing with the murder of a prominent physician, presumably by his children
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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 feat

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