I'm excited to have discovered this murder mystery by a local author set in my home province of Quebec!
Book Title: The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert
Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery
Publisher: Second Story Press
Release date: Feb 19, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (language, references to child abuse, sexual scenes and references)
In a small village in the Laurentians north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years, and reluctantly answers the call on the case. Roméo suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry—or was the old woman a victim of a violent hate crime?
Marie Russell, a writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. Marie becomes an inadvertent detective when her mother, suffering from dementia, offers a startling clue that links the woman’s murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie’s suburban Montreal street in the 1970's. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, to another crime during the darkest days in Hungary at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a cast of characters from the Quebec of yesterday and today; where no one and nothing is really as it seems.
Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
|Photo Credit: Pierre Arsenault|
Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.
Virtual book launch for book two of the Russell and Leduc mystery series’ crime fiction
The Dogs of Winter by Ann Lambert (Second Story Press)
Reading and Q & A hosted by Anne Lagacé Dowson
Wednesday, October 28, 7-8pm
Second Story Press Instagram Live event: @_secondstory (+ available afterwards)
Montreal, October 2020 • Join awarded playwright, director and novelist Ann Lambert for a book reading and insightful Q & A at the launch of her ‘torn from the headlines’ sophomore mystery novel, The Dogs of Winter (Second Story Press). This latest book follows the success of The Birds That Stay; book one in the Russell and Leduc mystery series which was the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Concordia First Book Prize finalist. The launch is hosted by radio journalist and activist Anne Lagacé Dowson .