Joanne’s Mystery Picks

10189364A Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe

Henry Wiest’s death just doesn’t sit right with Hazel.  The coroner concludes that he was killed by a wasp sting, but without a stinger left in the body, Hazel is sceptical. When the results from a second post-mortem come back saying that his death was not due to a wasp sting but to a taser, Hazel turns up the heat on the investigation.  What was this man, a well-liked hardware store owner, doing in the parking lot of the local First Nations reserve?  Where did the wad of money that his wife found in a drawer in their home come from?

When Cathy Wiest, Henry’s widow, is tasered in her own home by a young, foreign, grubby-looking woman, Hazel knows that she won’t be getting any sleep any time soon.

Wolfe takes us on a wild ride with each new chapter revealing shocking details of a disturbing network of depravity and horror.  Hazel needs to keep her wits about her and a strong team around her in order to crack this case.

51pngnsxunl-_sx344_bo1204203200_The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe

Wolfe’s latest novel could easily read as a headline from today’s newspapers.

The remains of teenaged boys are found and linked to an orphanage which closed

many years before.  However, none of the deaths are listed in the records of that time.  Hazel has a flash-back to when she was a teenager in Port Dundas, Ontario when the coroner dates the bones to the 1950s.  Her half-brother, Alan, aged twelve, was a suspect in the disappearance of a local girl, Carol Lim and Hazel will never forget the day that Carol disappeared.

When one of Hazel’s constables is kidnapped and people who’ve talked to the police are targeted, Hazel is sure that this case reaches further than the defunct orphanage.  Lies, corruption, and the blurring of the lines between innocence and guilt meet her at every turn.  “The evil that men do” is not just a cliché.  It’s the heart of this story.

RedhillBWInger Ash Wolfe, aka Michael Redhill, will be joining the Library as part of STARFest 2016.  He will be hosted by Writer in Residence Marty Chan on Saturday Oct. 22 7:00pm.

Tickets are $5, and available from the St. Albert Public Library or through Eventbrite.

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