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Blutiges Eis (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,276 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
The author of Forty Words for Sorrow-winner of Britain's Silver Dagger Award-returns with a crime thriller challenging our most cherished belief: that, in fiction, there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

The small city of Algonquin Bay in northern Ontario: A freak warm front has moved in, making it feel like April and rousing hungry bears from hibernation. So when Iv
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Knaur (first published January 1st 2003)
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RobertS I would say that it doesn't matter. While there is some progression in character and plot development between books, there is not enough to make it…moreI would say that it doesn't matter. While there is some progression in character and plot development between books, there is not enough to make it necessary to read them in order. You certainly wouldn't encounter any significant spoilers.(less)
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Bev Taylor
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
set in algonquin bay in canada, a dog finds a human arm

cardinal and delorme r called in and a search discovers other missing parts of a human body. the bones have been eaten by bears but the person was dead before hand

natural causes or murder? another body appears - female and naked. r the 2 related in any way?

one of the victims is american so that mounties r called in but the canadian secret service r also showing an unusual amount of o interest. needless to say u have interdepartmental warf
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much Canadian politics, it was confusing. Then the ending wasn't very satisfying.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most superbly Canadian mystery books I have read in years. It is not just Canadian in setting, it does not just draw on Canadian political and social history, from first page to last line the reality of the way different Canadians feel about themselves, each other, their history, their culture suffuses the text.

It is also a well plotted, well paced and entertaining.

Lucy Crowe
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad I discovered Giles Blunt! In this, the sequel to "Forty Words for Sorrow", he weaves an extremely intricate plot that didn't lose steam for even a moment. The finding of a severed human arm leads detectives Cardinal and Delorme down an unexpected path involving not only the current mystery but a number of unresolved crimes from the past as well. The old crimes are of a political nature and, as such, require the mingling of several branches of law enforcement. Which, inevitably, leads to ...more
Ryan Henry
This is a good read in parts, but the ending is disappointing for a mystery/crime novel. I have an idea of how the story could have ended--and it would have been satisfying. But alas, Giles Blunt lost a good opportunity with this book. It's a shame too, because he has good characters and good sense of atmosphere and poetry to his work.
As I did last year, I read this to coincide with the release of the new season of Cardinal - the show they've based on this series. Only to find out that they skipped this book!

After I'd read for a while I could see why - this was a hard one to get through if you don't already have knowledge of the October crisis and it's ripple effect on Quebecoise independence movements through the years. Which, not being Canadian or having an interest in the field, I didn't!

Additionally, the overall tone is p
Charlotte Lisbon
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow start but overall quite an enjoable thriller. I could almost feel the cold 😉 just a bit tough with 37°C all around 😄
Lukasz Pruski
Giles Blunt's "The Delicate Storm" is surprisingly unremarkable. It is the second novel in the Cardinal/Delorme series, and it does not match the quality of the first book in the series ("Forty Words for Sorrow"), which is one of the better police procedurals I have read. Maybe the "sophomore slump" effect jinxed Mr. Blunt's effort.

Body parts of a man, severely nibbled on by bears, are found, and detectives Cardinal and Delorme have to determine the identity of the victim, and then find the kill
Vy Do
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To sum up the plot: a body of a man was found in the forest after the snow melted; then, another woman’s body showed up and polices supposed these 2 deaths were connected. As the investigation unfolded, many parties got involved, including the municipal polices where the crime took place, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (national police force) and Canadian Security Intelligent Service. The detectives assigned to the cases were lead to the discovery of an important event in Canada that happened ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really well and hinted around at the Cold War programs protecting us from Russian invasion -- programs such as the DEW Line. That got me very excited. As a Montana girl, where the DEW Line was definitely in evidence in the mid-50s and through to 1976 when McNamara shut down the radar bases, I was in the thick of that activity simply as a resident of the state living near one of those radar bases. Blunt carried on through war years when the young American men were finding th ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Een prachtig omslag in wintertinten wijst ons de weg naar een verhaal dat zich afspeelt in een kustplaatjes in Canada. In de winter. En dus is het koud... en het ijzelt de hele dag. Onder deze omstandigheden blijft de gemiddelde Nederlander gewoon thuis. John Cardinal en Lisa Delorme echter moeten er op uit, als in de bossen stukjes mens worden gevonden. En dat is niet de eerste moord in dit boek. Langzamerhand ontvouwt zich een verhaal van terrorisme en bedrog, dat zijn wortels heeft in de Cana ...more
Janice Forman
Nothing is straightforward with the latest case assigned to Detective John Cardinal and his colleague, Detective Lise Delorme. The dismembered corpse, partially eaten by bears, is identified as an American tourist forcing the Algonquin Bay police to liaise with the RCMP, which has not always been easy for Cardinal and Delorme. As they work to uncover the mystery surrounding the case, a well-respected local female is found frozen in the woods. Cardinal and Delorme realize these two seemingly unco ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could barely believe I was reading the same detectives - Cardinal and Delorme were much more intense and interesting, if hard to penetrate, in the last mystery. As well, their case was really taking a back seat in this story to the history of the FLQ. Even there, I was not captivated. Though Blunt had a lot of narrative to cover to make unaware readers of the events of that era, to my mind, his narrative was inadequate. He started about 1970, leaving out many years. I know, I was there, geogra ...more
Virginia Flowers
I began this series after falling in love with the TV show, Cardinal. I loved the first book and both seasons of the show. I now understand why they skipped this book for the show.

What a completely boring slog of a book. The plot wasn't interesting to me at all and full of 20 year old Canadian politics. The characters are still strong and that's what made me power through. Also the side plot of Cardinal and Kiki is way more entertaining than the murdered American and the doctor. I can't wait to
Natasha Penney
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I've been waiting for an opportunity to read it since I delved into "Forty Words for Sorrow" last year. I enjoyed the complexity of the historical events Blunt weaves into this book, as well as some of the family situation Cardinal finds himself confronting. The ending was mildly dissatisfying, but that's a personal quirk. (I won't go into detail because it would be a spoiler.) I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, primarily because John Cardinal is a character ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed this book as I read through the series of mysteries involving detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme; as I love Giles Blunt's writing, I had to 'go back' and read it and I'm so glad I did. Northern Ontario is in the grip of a major ice storm, making the detectives' hunt for a killer that much more difficult. When two bodies are found in the woods, the search begins and despite a paucity of clues and a series of dead ends, Cardinal and Delorme narrow the killer's identity down ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
A really fascinating read. Good detective story with two great investigators providing the archetypal police partnership. Throw in some sexual tension and interesting personal back stories. Add a couple of dead bodies, some political shenanigans, historical intrigue, the secret service and some really bad weather. What you end up with is a really exciting read with the added benefit of a history lesson and a travelogue. Highly recommended but do read the first in the Cardinal series before this ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Well plotted, well paced" to quote another reviewer. I also liked the main characters, but this was obviously a sequel and, as a stand alone book, I felt there were big gaps in the back story. The ending also felt unfinished and I thought there might be a series of these books; and there is. There were rave reviews on the jacket, but maybe I should've started with book 1. Liked it enough to go looking for it.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy Blunt's books, to which I was introduced by the television series 'Cardinal'. They are engrossing and intriguing, yet even violence written within them is somehow quiet and understated. There's also a great sense of atmosphere around the landscape and location and, in this particular novel, the weather which is very nearly an antagonist along with some bad humans. Finally, great revisiting of a hard historical time for Canada.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did not grab me as a murder mystery, which is evident by the two months it took me to finish it. However, it was a very interesting Canadian history lesson about the FLQ. So fascinatingly prescient (it was written in 2003) are the parallels between the current Justin Trudeau/Donald Trump governments and the Pierre Trudeau/Richard Nixon governments of the early 1970s when the FLQ crisis took place. And I have to give Giles Blunt 3 stars at least for his writing ability, as I have never ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable for me in that it brought back memories of the 1970's and the politics in Canada at that time. The ending is a bit off as it is more a stagger-to-the-finish line than a solid wrap-up. That aside, I found the characters engaging and realistically motivated--essential for this type of old Politics driven plot.
Kelly Macfarlane
Didn't love this one so much. It was enjoyable, but I found the (political) plot a bit convoluted with far too much talking heads; also, while I liked how Big Important Subplot was resolved, it seemed a bit forced nonetheless. All told, an OK story, and I'll read the next in the series but perhaps after a bit of a break to read Other Stuff.
Nilton Teixeira
It is good. Not as good as “40 Words For Sorrow” or “Blackfky Season”, but the writing is really good. I wasn’t crazy about the story line but it was a good entertainment. I guess I know now the reason the TV series is skipping this one.
Jim Willse
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
My second in the series, and I've ordered the next two. Again, engaging setting, plot and characters, although this one suffers from an overabundance of names and a somewhat unresolved ending. I'm recommending the series to friends who have enjoyed the Lydia Chi/Bill Smith series by SJ Rozan.
Dennis Osborne
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd in the Cardinal series and very entertaining
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had to read the books the show "Cardinal" was based on!
James Steele
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good read, you feel like you are part of the community when you read. Very much like when you read the Peter May books.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
John Cardinal and Lise Delorme are wonderful characters and Algonquin Bay is fun to read about. Also, Giles Blunt is a great writer. And those are the reasons I gave this book three stars, because it sure wasn't for the story. I'll be back for the next book, but I hope the plot doesn't turn on conspiracy theory about an exhaustively studied period in history (October Crisis/ FLQ) and I hope the tale is told with some action, some suspense, not as a series of endless, if entertaining, monologues. ...more
Margaret M.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for the Hulu Original Series "Cardinal" I would probably not have uncovered this author. A very good read - on to the next title!
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as well. The angle of the mystery that involved the FLQ crisis was interesting as I had forgotten a lot of what had happened at that time.
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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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