Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review: The Trickster's Lullaby: An Amanda Doucette Mystery (An Amanda Doucette Mystery #2) by Barbara Fradkin

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Sept. 2 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MSH0L5M

Book Description

A winter camping trip turns deadly as two missing teenagers, a twisted love triangle, and the spectre of radicalism create turmoil in the remote Laurentian wilderness.

Amanda Doucette’s cross-Canada charity tour is in for a cold snap when she organizes a winter camping trip for inner-city young people in the stunning setting of the Laurentian Mountains. With a view to bridging cultural divides, she brings along a mixture of Canadian-born and immigrant youth.

Trouble begins when two of the teenagers disappear into the wilderness during the night: Luc, a French/English-Canadian with a history of drug use, and Yasmina, an adventurous young woman from Iraq who dreams of becoming a human rights lawyer. Although frantic, their parents are strangely secretive amid suspicions of drug use and forbidden romance. But when a local farmer turns up dead and terrorist material is found on Luc’s computer, the dangers turn deadly. Now in a battle against both the elements and police, Amanda and Corporal Chris Tymko discover a far greater web of secrets and deception.

As Amanda races to save the young people from danger, she finds herself fighting for stakes far higher than their own lives.

About the Author

Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie), an award-winning Canadian mystery writer and retired psychologist whose work with children and families provides ample inspiration for murder. She is fascinated by the dark side and by the desperate choices people make.

Her novels are gritty, realistic, and psychological, with a blend of mystery and suspense. She is the author of three series, including ten novels featuring the exasperating, quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green, and three short novels about country handyman Cedric O'Toole which provide an entertaining but quick and easy read. FIRE IN THE STARS is the first book in her new mystery thriller series which stars passionate, adventurous, but traumatized aid worker Amanda Doucette.

Fradkin's work has been nominated for numerous awards, and two of the Inspector Green books have won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada. Fradkin was born in Montreal but lives in Ottawa.

My Review

The Trickster's Lullaby: An Amanda Doucette Mystery is the second book in the Amanda Doucette Mystery series by Canadian author Barbara Fradkin. As a Canadian I love to support Canadian authors who are fantastic writers and storytellers. Fradkin has produced a contemporary Canadian mystery that is right out of today's headlines.

The Trickster's Lullaby is set in the woods of Northern Quebec. Amanda Doucette has brought a group of young multicultural Canadians on a camping trip to introduce them to the wonders of the Canadian woods. However, some members of the group have a hidden agenda that will take readers on a thrill ride.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Trickster's Lullaby. It was an excellent story set in Quebec which is always one of my favorite places to visit. The contemporary story line of young people drawn into the world ISIS was completely believable. The Trickster's Lullaby is filled with fascinating characters and a hint of romance for Amanda and RCMP Officer Chris Tymko.

I highly recommend The Trickster's Lullaby. It can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend enjoying the first book, Fire in the Stars, as well.

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