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December 31, 2010

Termination Dust by Sue Henry

Filed under: Mystery — Randolph @ 6:05 pm

Termination Dust by Sue HenryTermination Dust is the second book in Sue Henry’s series on Jessie Arnold, set in Alaska.  This book is set in the Yukon.  Ok, so this isn’t Alaska.  When the book opens, Jim Hampton is kayaking in the Yukon River.  En route, he discovers a body and a few artifacts dating back to the 1890s.  Among these items is the diary of a gold miner heading for the Klondike gold rush and a few nuggets of gold.  Part of this book is uncovering the events of the miner and what became of his gold.

Next, Jim is attacked by two men in a zodiac, an inflatable motorized boat, who destroy his kayak and steal his gear.  Jim makes camp, but when he wakes, there are two policemen, a dead body, and most of his gear is back.  All the evidence points to Jim as the murderer, but he has no motive.

Termination dust is an Alaskan term for the first light dusting of snow on the mountains.  This is taken as a sign of the big snows to come.  Both stories see this moment come and pass.

I enjoyed the story a lot, but felt it could have been more.  I kept expecting more from the historical story.  It was pretty obvious who dunnit, especially that Jim hadn’t.  And the evidence seemed to hinge a lot on a simple error by the guilty.  But it is still a very enjoyable read.

As a bonus, the last chapter of the book is the full diary of the gold miner, Addison Harley Riser.  It is an enjoyable tale in its own right.

December 3, 2010

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Filed under: Favorites,Mystery,Series — Tags: — Randolph @ 9:35 pm

This is the sixth mystery in theThree Pines series involving Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.  It is set in the bitter winter of Quebec.  This story involves four intertwined mysteries that Gamache has to unravel, one of which played out in Quebec’s distant past.

This book continues from the last book, The Brutal Telling , following Oliver’s conviction.  Gamache is convinced Oliver is innocent, but there is no proof.  Nor does Gabri, who sends Gamache daily letters: “Why would Oliver move the body?

Now there are further events, a murder in a library, a mysterious archaeologist, and an officer is shot.  Louise Penny drops clues of events to come starting with page one: with a police raid, [Gamache] had made a mistake.

Louis Penny has an extraordinary ability to tell a story, and in this book she takes the art to a new level.  The stories interweave very naturally as Gamache works on all the issues and works his resources.

As usual, her characters are rich with histories, interests, and deep interactions with each other.  She brings the town to life with its English-speaking culture within the Francophones of Quebec.  She researches her information well and it shows in her details.

Gamache is exposed to us a little more with a chink in his armor.  His relationship with is fellow officers and the community of Three Pines grows.  There are some questions that still need answering.  I’m looking forward to book 7.

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