Time for another set of book reports before I get too far behind. Darn library keeps giving me things I want to read!
First off, Tragic by Robert K. Tanenbaum – the latest in his “Butch Karp” series and, in my mind, not the best. This is more of a standard courtroom drama rather than the court-related thriller of his previous novels. We barely see Butch and Marlene’s twin sons and genius daughter Lucy doesn’t enter the picture at all. I’ve enjoyed these books more when the stories are a little more fanciful and exciting rather than just routinely dramatic legalese.
Paul Doiron’s Massacre Pond features Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch, still working to escape the legacy of his poacher father and prove himself to the rest of the warden service. The indiscriminate killing of a group of moose found on the property of a local uber-wealthy environmentalist leads Mike on a hunt for the reasons behind the deaths in the insular communities in the backwoods of Maine. His attention is divided, however, by a family crisis that is left unresolved at the end of the book. A good read, like the others in this series, but it felt like a little bit of a struggle to get through.
Finally, The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt is the second book featuring Ontario police detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme. Provincial Algonquin Bay, Ontario is first in the grip of an unseasonably warm spell in midwinter and then struck by a freezing ice storm that knocks out power to most of the region. Meanwhile, a dismembered body is discovered in the snowy woods – apparently partly devoured by bears – and a local young doctor goes missing. Clues lead Cardinal and Delorme to link recent events with an unsolved case from 30 years previously as everyone struggles to survive amid the shifting weather conditions. These books are a refreshing shift from many cop-buddy teams as Cardinal and Delorme play off one another – male vs. female, English vs. French Canadian, slightly dirty vs. clean-cut. More to come in this series!