Joanne’s Mystery Picks

61vonbd6otl-_sx340_bo1204203200_CRIMSON SNOW: Winter Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards

Cozy up with a hot drink and a warm blanket and immerse yourself in these winter mysteries by some of the best writers of this genre (eg. Margery Allingham), and some not so well known (eg. Fergus Hume).  This seasonal collection serves up a variety of stories from a “locked-room” mystery to the typical “puzzle” story.  Many of these authors belonged to the Detection Club so you can be guaranteed of a good detective story with every page that you turn.

Edited by Martin Edwards, himself an award-winning crime writer, each story has been chosen to bring a frisson of excitement to the reader and succeeds admirably.

old-city-hall-9781451673494_hrOLD CITY HALL by Robert Rotenberg

When Kevin Brace confesses to his newspaper delivery man, Mr. Singh, that he has just killed his wife, his status as Canada’s most famous radio personality is quickly replaced by that of “murderer”.  With his confession it’s an open- and- shut case, isn’t it?  It might appear so, initially, but as Detective Ari Greene begins his investigation, he finds inconsistencies in Brace’s story, and family secrets that lead him to believe that this is anything but an open-and-shut case.

In a legal drama, very much reminiscent of Scott Turow, Rotenberg treats us to the court-side of Toronto.  His characters are richly fleshed out and “real”.

Rotenberg himself is a criminal lawyer, and his knowledge of the law, the court system, and forensics adds the necessary authenticity to this novel to make us believe the story as it’s laid out in front of us.  This gripping novel keeps us guessing right un553px-lib_maple_leaftil the end, and with the little “twist” that we encounter there, we just keep on guessing.

It’s a great read, book 1 of a series and Canadian.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

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