A student is knifed in the library of a University in Ottawa. Did it happen because of his love life, his role in the investigation of a possible res..Show More »earch scandal or due to his family's circumstances.
I thought the mystery and the investigation were fairly strong and entertaining. The bits that I found maddening involved the characterization and the backstory of Inspector Green and the other detectives. I don't have to have likeable and moral characters in the mysteries I read, in fact the ones I enjoy the most involve shades of gray. Inspector Green however almost seems to have been done by the numbers: Obsessed investigator-- check. Marriage in trouble-- check. Father dying-- check. New baby-- check. He was a total jerk to his wife and she wasn't a strong enough character to stand up to him in any meaningful way. I was rooting for her to dump him by the time the book ended.
The author has written more in this series so I will maybe dip into a later book to see if I'm still as annoyed by Inspector Green's family life as I was in this one. There's potential if the author could just find the right balance.
The narrator didn't really add anything to the book. Competent but uninspiring.
The premise of this book is a challenge--on a freezing day, an elderly man dies in a parking lot in what looks like either a fall or heart attack, and..Show More » that belief is checked off on by everybody. Except Inspector Green, who decides, based on slight evidence but mostly some sort of intuition, that it was murder, and the book is written around his persistence in solving a crime nobody else believed existed.This is not an unusual plot setup for a mystery. And even the idea is good--because we'd all want someone to care that much if something happened to us or someone we cared about.
It would have made a more credible story if the author had been more convincing in how she presented it. While listening, I kept having the feeling that Barbara Fradkin must be a very kind person, so kind that she found it hard to imbue the mystery she wrote with the kinds of murderous intentions and undertones that creep in through description, dialogue, etc. And Inspector Green was just too "nice." Hard to believe he was a seasoned member of the police. That's what I finally decided this (otherwise interesting story) lacked. The mystery was good, but somehow it just didn't jive with some simplistic aspects of her writing that felt as though she was, through a good bit of the book, holding back the kinds of indicators that would bring the reader into the imagined reading world of murder. It just left me feeling something was missing stylistically.
This is the first book I have ever listened to by Barbara Fradkin. I think it is probably the first I've listened to that was set in Canada as well. T..Show More »he performance is enjoyable. I wanted to listen to more by this author after listening to this book.
I'm glad I chose the audio version of this Barbara Fradkin book. The narrator, Kevin Kraft did an excellent job distinguishing between the characters..Show More » and just the right amount of inflection, accent and emotion to keep me interested and involved in the storyline.