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Beautiful Lie the Dead: An Inspector Green Mystery [Paperback]

Barbara Fradkin
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Sept. 1 2010 An Inspector Green Mystery (Book 8)

Inspector Green explores a web of betrayal and deceit. In the dead of night, the phone rings in the missing persons unit of the Ottawa Police. A brutal blizzard is howling, and a wealthy social activist has not heard from his fiance in over twenty-four hours. Friends, family and police are mobilized to search the snowbound city. He comes to believe that his partner is fleeing for her life, possibly from his own family. When a frozen body is found in the snow, just blocks from the mans home, Green knows that someone is conspiring to keep the truth hidden.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Entry in This Canadian Detective Series Feb. 22 2014
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery Feb. 14 2014
By Paul M.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing puzzler Jan. 2 2011
By A. Kensington - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Family ties, family secrets Aug. 31 2013
By Divascribe - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Lie the Dead Jan. 16 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 11 2012
By bw - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent Inspector Green book. Great sense of place and time (winter) in Ottawa & Montreal. I enjoy the insight into his family life, friends and colleagues which makes the story more human. Next please!
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Police Procedural April 26 2012
By ECW0647 - Published on Amazon.com
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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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