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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926607082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926607085
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 19.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Beautiful Lie the Dead is Barbara Fradkin's best Inspector Green mystery yet... Fradkin really shines with this story." --The Globe and Mail

"Beautiful Lie the Dead is one of the finest novels I've read this year. While its core is a mystery, it is also a story that poignantly illustrates that the road to hell is often paved with good intentions - the road being 30 years ago and the hell being murder." --Hamilton Spectator

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This is the eighth book in the acclaimed Inspector Green series. Two titles in the series have won the Arthur Ellis Award for best novel, honouring Canada's finest crime fiction.

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"Beautiful Lie the Dead" is the eighth Inspector Green book by Barbara Fradkin. When a young woman, shortly to marry, goes missing and then the body of a woman is found in an Ottawa snowbank, it takes a little while for the police to discover that the dead woman is not the missing one, but the two are nevertheless linked. Why did the bride disappear, first to Montreal and then apparently off the face of the earth? Inspector Green must travel to Montreal for the answers, which appear to lie buried deep in the past.... I've been enjoying this detective series, set primarily in Ottawa but sometimes moving to other parts of Canada; this one was especially fun for me since I live in Montreal. The mystery is complex but fairly clued, and the culprit was unexpected, which is always a plus in a mystery! It's not necessary to know the earlier books in the series to enjoy this one, although of course having the back story is always preferable. Recommended - although how anybody could prefer Lester's smoked meat concoctions over that of Schwartz's famous deli is beyond me!
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A very well-written crime novel. The story unfolds with bits of information that puzzle and tantalize. I found I couldn't put this book down because I was so caught u in the plot and wanted to know what exactly happened. I love that the story takes place in familiar places in Ottawa and Montreal. Streets that I had actually once lived on are described in the novel. This is one I would like to read a second time.
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Fradkin won me over with her Inspector Green mysteries. This book is as good or better than the earlier ones. Very much worthwhile. For me, the fact that Green is cast as an Ottawa police inspector adds to the fun of reading it. Very Canadian - well written.
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HASH(0x9bae0324) out of 5 stars Intriguing puzzler Jan. 2 2011
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I picked this book up hastily at a Canadian bookstore, unsure if it would be terrible or good. I was pleasantly surprised.

I enjoyed the writing style - descriptions were pleasant and not overdone, and despite a large number of characters, I was easily able to follow along and understand the relationship between all without having to flip back to remind myself. The characters were nicely developed where necessary, and this author is the type that doesn't write anything without a purpose.

The ending was a bit less sinister than I had hoped given the amount of build up to the last 10 pages. Being a mystery junkie, I actually predicted one of the crucial elements of the storyline and was hoping for it to be expanded upon more deeply with some kind of twist, but that wasn't really there.

Regardless, it was a quick, enjoyable read with a lot of thought put into the characters and the details. It also proved to be an interesting historical perspective on the relationship between the French and the English in Canada. My mother is Canadian (I am American), so it taught me quite a bit.

Overall, definitely recommended for those who enjoy puzzle piece mysteries. An intriguing, character-driven plotline with an interesting end. Not super poignant, but a solid read.
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HASH(0x9bae0378) out of 5 stars Family ties, family secrets Aug. 31 2013
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Beautiful Lie the Dead is a solid part of the Inspector Green series. This one deals with the sudden disappearance of a beautiful young woman about to be married. At around the same time, the body of a middle-aged woman is found frozen in the snow in Ottawa, where Green works on the police force. Is it possible that the disappearance and the death -- which appears to be murder -- are related?

Without giving away too much of the plot, I can say that this story has a satisfying number of twists and turns, and plenty of deception, before Green finds the truth. I found it a satisfying read and plan to check out more of Barbara Fradkin's Inspector Green series.
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HASH(0x9bae0654) out of 5 stars Excellent Police Procedural April 26 2012
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Excellent police procedural that takes place in Ottawa with stops in Montreal and smaller Canadian towns as Inspector Green marshalls the members of the Major Case Squad to locate a woman missing, but feared dead, only to discover the relationship between her fiance, the rich mother, the man's long dead father, and a woman, later identified as Lise Grevelle, found dead on the street who had known the missing woman.

To say any more would turn this into a spoiler. Very enjoyable, well written, suspenseful, and seemingly realistic police procedures.
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HASH(0x9bae054c) out of 5 stars Beautiful Lie the Dead Jan. 16 2013
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I have read all of Barbara Fradkin's Inspector Green Series and have never been disappointed. Each book provides a new case, a new event or area around Ottawa; plus a continuation of the lives and events of the police force characters and Inspector Michael Green's family. After each book I can hardly wait for the next one to see how the characters have faired. Living in the Ottawa area all of my life, I feel like I could be involved in the stories.
HASH(0x9bae075c) out of 5 stars I really think this is a good read. But Green irritates me so much that ... Sept. 24 2015
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I really think this is a good read. But Green irritates me so much that I begin nitpicking, and in the end cannot give it more than 2 stars...
Reading through all Green's books, I also begin to wonder whether the author likes her hero....
His investigating talents just aren't there. He is running around hassling people led by his so-called "hunches". But really valuable information is found by his subordinates. He does not like to look at dead bodies, so he never goes to postmortems. He states he never fired his gun in 20 plus years of service, and avoids all situations where he might need to use his weapon. His heart goes up into his throat every time there's a slight danger. He is a coward, in more ways then just one. He does not know anything about computers, so he cannot do even simple search on the Internet. Hell, whatever comes up - he never seems to be good at it. All he's good at is eating "enormous succulent" smoked meat sandwiches at one or another kosher joint.
The author spreads a lot of hints, chapter after chapter, as to whodunit. Yet he fails to see what a reader sees right away, and it vexes me to watch him following obviously wrong "leads" instead of looking into what I already figured out from the author's tips.
Interesting choice of words used describing Green's movements: He jumps, and pounces, and snaps, and snatches, and snags, etc. So, he definitely suffers ADD. Not a good quality for a detective! At least he does not grin as much any more as he used to in earlier books. Must have been very irresistible to the author, the word combination "Green grinned". And it is always either wryly, or sheepishly.
There are quite a few expressions, descriptions, associations, etc., that I personally find odd, and in some cases plainly incorrect. Here are a few samples:
In a description of a female corpse, first - "approximately 190 cm, 60 kg" Seems a VERY skinny corpse, and very tall for a woman, should be easy to find who she was :) Well, I discarded it for a typo.. Then, few pages farther on, Green is offended by the younger colleague who thinks he does not understand decimal system and translates centimeters to inches for him."194 cm, it's 5 foot 5". Really? 5'5" is about 162 cm, a whole foot off the marker. Looks like they both have not got a clue.
"....looking like an undertaker in a navy blue pullover and white dress shirt..." - interesting. I wonder if Ottawa's undertakers wear blue pullovers? Usually when they say "looking like an undertaker" one would imagine a black suite. No?
"...The house smelled of thousand foods - chocolate, basil, cabbage, vinegar".... Hmmm.... Since when vinegar is FOOD? Neither is basil, as matter of fact.
Seeing a person first time, Green says "Mr. Longstreet, I assume?" This is not correct word in context, the correct would be "presume", and greatly educated Green whose English is not an immigrant's newly learnt language should know the difference.
"Occasional Volvo and Subaru suggested that gentrification was sneaking in"... Volvo maybe, but surely not Subaru? I guess, because Green drives a Subaru himself, he thinks it's a sign of gentrification.