Gail Bowen The Deadly Appearances: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, Book 1 (Unabridged)

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The first of Gail Bowen's popular Joanne Kilbourn mystery series, originally published in print in 1990 and reprinted again and again, as well as leading to a popular TV series, is now available in audio. Andy Boychuk is a successful Saskatchewan politician - until one sweltering August afternoon when the party faithful gather at a picnic. All of the key people in Boychuk's life - family, friends, enemies - are there. Boychuk steps up to the podium to make a speech, takes a sip of water, and drops dead. Joanne Kilbourn, in her début as Canada's leading amateur sleuth, is soon on the case, delving into Boychuk's history. What she finds are a Bible college that's too good to be true, a woman with a horrifying and secret past, and a murderer who's about to strike again.
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    The Deadly Appearances: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, Book 1 (Unabridged)

    kleinegrauewolke

    21. June 2015 um 15:02

    I have a weakness for mysteries set in Canada, and so it’s surprising that I stumbled over Gail Bowen’s Saskatchewan-based* Joanne Kilbourn series only now. In a way that’s an advantage because it means that I have fourteen (to date) more entries in the series to catch up on. Up-and-coming provincial politician Andy Boychuk is about to hold a speech before party supporters. Everything has been organized in detail, and everything seems to be going well, but then his speechwriter Joanne Kilbourn watches in horror as he takes a sip from his water and drops dead. Andy was not only Joanne’s boss, however, he was also a close friend – and in the course of setting out to write his biography, she cannot help but being drawn into the mystery of who killed him and why. „The Deadly Appearances“ was written in 1990 but apart from a few contemporary references – nobody has a cell phone, of course, and at one point, the banks being closed on a holiday presents an organisational issue in a pre-ATM world – it has held up very well. Joanne, an academic in her mid-forties, widowed mother of three, is a likeable and realistic heroine, and her friends and family are people one would not mind having in one’s own life. Her involvement in this case did not seem overly farfetched, and I’m curious to see how Bowen will pull this off in future volumes (a slight suspension of disbelief will naturally be necessary as I doubt that the murder rate in real-life Regina would support a murder with Joanne’s involvement every couple of years or so. I listened to this book in the audio version read by Lisa Bunting and published by Post Hypnotic Press, and I have already bought the next instalment. *Full disclosure: I once hitchhiked from the east coast to Saskatoon just so I would be able to say I had been to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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