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Arctic Blue Death: A Meg Harris Mystery [Paperback]

R.J. Harlick

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Sept. 16 2009 A Meg Harris Mystery (Book 4)

Short-listed for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel

The sparsely populated Arctic is no stranger to murder. The fourth in the Meg Harris series follows Meg's adventures into the Candian Arctic as she searches for the truth about the disappearance of her father when she was a child. Many years ago, her father's plane had gone missing in the Arctic and he was never seen again. What happened on that fateful flight? Thirty-six years later, her mother receives some strange Inuit drawings that suggest he might have survived. Intent on discovering the answers, no matter how painful, Meg travels to Iqaluit to find the artist and is sucked into the world of Inuit art forgery. Arctic Blue Death is not only a journey into Meg's past and the events that helped shape the person she is today, but it's also a journey into the land of the Inuit and the culture that has sustained them for thousands of years. Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel.

This is the fourth book in the Meg Harris Mystery series. The next book is A Green Place for Dying.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co; 1st edition (Sept. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894917871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894917872
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth book in the excellent Meg Harris series by Ottawa author R.J. Harlick is the best. The earlier novels introduced a woman who was settling into the Quebec wilderness, drinking too much, recovering from a bad marriage, and, of course, solving mysteries. This outing is more carefully plotted as Meg has to go to the High Arctic to uncover the mystery of her own father's death. The records show his plane crashed decades ago, but Inuit drawings sent to her mother seem to indicate that, after 36 years, he may be alive. Harlick has a great plot here and she takes it and runs. -- The Globe & Mail

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Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel

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5.0 out of 5 stars Meg Harris mystery March 20 2014
By Janet E. Bridgford - Published on
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Love Meg Harris and R. J. Harlick's writing. The locales are different and I learned something about native art while enjoying a very engaging mystery.
5.0 out of 5 stars arctic blue Nov. 6 2013
By Rhea Pollock - Published on
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great author, well plotted and great character development....i have all of her series and so on nd so on and so
5.0 out of 5 stars All in all, this is a great read and appeals to any age group Dec 17 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
R.J. Harlick is an erstwhile techie, who escaped to Western Quebec for a back-to-nature lifestyle that includes canoeing the waterways of Canada. She currently lives in Ottawa.

ARCTIC BLUE DEATH is her fourth Meg Harris mystery.

Meg Harris is also a bit of a hermit, choosing a modest home in the wild, much to the chagrin of her upper crust family. But the family hides a secret...or a series of secrets. When Meg was a little girl, her father, Sutton Harris, disappeared in a plane crash in the Arctic. It's thirty-six years later, and on a visit to her mother, Meg discovers that her mother has been receiving Inuit folk art that hints that her father may have survived the crash and chosen to live in Iqualuit. Inuit art has come of age, but there are dark forces that threaten the integrity of the art. Meg takes a journey to the Arctic to settle the question of her father's death once and for all. She meets an Inuit artist on the flight, and his reluctance to talk with her is underscored by his violent death hours later:

"I rushed towards the sound to see Pete bending over someone lying outside on the sand. He shook the still figure and cried, 'Johnnie! Johnnie! Don't die on me, you bastard!'"

Harlick portrays the rich array of cultures in Canada beautifully, whether it's the upper classes with their penchant to buy folk art, or the indigenous peoples who occupy the inhabitable lands to the North. Her character, Meg Harris, is a curious mix of all of the cultures, which makes her the perfect heroine. When Meg isn't rushing around looking for answers and placing herself in hairpin situations, she is busy trying to placate a mother with aristocratic expectations. But there is true love in the family, and Meg's courage helps to heal a gaping wound left from a horrible plane crash.

Harlick's writing fairly jumps out at the reader, pulling one in to her unique and fascinating plot. She nails her character types perfectly, adding a psychological component that makes this mystery absolutely appealing. Her plot moves right along, ending with the usual exciting denouement. All in all, this is a great read and appeals to any age group.

Shelley Glodowski
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