Joanne’s Mystery Picks

51fgzw0h0ll-_sx322_bo1204203200_THE DELICATE STORM  by Giles Blunt

Blunt’s second novel in the John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme series, though gruesome in its description of the crimes, is not as soul-destroying as that of his first:  Forty Words for Sorrow.

When an unidentified, dismembered body is found in the woods, it is evident that bears have been at work on it but not before someone made sure that this person would never again hear the wind whistling through the trees.  Thus begins an investigation to find the identity of the victim and his murderer.  Information surfaces concerning cases from the past and the two detectives soon find themselves enmeshed in a political quagmire.

Cardinal is able to focus on the case much more readily now that his homelife has settled down since Catherine’s bipolar disorder is under control.  However, his Dad is having health issues and it’s a fight to get him to see a doctor.

With the introduction of WUDKY (the dumbest criminal in the world), we are given a moment or two of comic relief in this sometimes confusing story.  The ending left me disappointed and questioning Blunt’s motivation in concluding the book in the way that he did.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW51sgygqguml-_sx322_bo1204203200_ by Giles Blunt

I’ve been meaning to read Giles Blunt for a long time.  The recent serialization of this book to television prompted me to do so and I’m certainly glad that I did.  The book made a giant impact with me even though I was well aware of the story, having watched it on TV.

Deep down, Cardinal has always known that the disappearance of four teenagers is criminal.  But without proof, he’s removed from the Homicide Department and assigned to investigating burglaries.  And then a body is found and he’s back doing what he does best.

“Evil” is defined as “profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity” and describes, perfectly, the perpetrators of the horrific murders that John Cardinal and Lise Delorme must investigate.  The bits and pieces that they gather seem insignificant by themselves until they’re placed side by side, like the pieces of a puzzle, and a picture starts to form.  As they work the case, they each have an additional agenda that they’re following.  Delorme is investigating Cardinal for corruption and Cardinal is trying to keep his family together.

This is a powerful novel and not meant for the faint of heart.