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With her Joanne Kilbourn mystery series, Gail Bowen has become "a name to reckon with in Canadian mystery letters" (Edmonton Journal). The first book in the series, Deadly Appearances, which was published in 1990, was nominated for the W.H. Smith-Books in Canada award for best first novel. It was followed by Murder at the Mendel (1991), The Wandering Soul Murders (1992), A Colder Kind of Death (which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel of 1995), and A Killing Spring (1996). Gail Bowen is also head of the English Department at the First Nations University of Canada.
"A rare sort of comfort food: characters whose commitment to
tough ideals makes them worth caring about despite the secrets that
can drive them to murder -- and worse."
-- Kirkus Reviews "A study in human nature craftily woven into an intriguing whodunit."
-- Ottawa Citizen "This tale of love and academic intrigue grabs the reader from the beginning."
-- Globe and Mail "Nearly flawless plotting, characterization, and writing."
-- Joan Barfoot, London Free Press