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Alex Brett
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May 15 2003 A Morgan O'Brien Mystery (Book 1)

It seems like a plum assignment to Morgan O'Brien. A government investigator specializing in science fraud, O'Brien snatches the opportunity to travel to her former home in Vancouver for what appears to be a simple case: the investigation of a fisheries researcher suspected of siphoning funds for his own use.

But once in Vancouver things get complicated, and it becomes clear that more than money is involved. O'Brien uncovers a ruthless offshore fishing conglomerate with a plan to gain unrestricted access to one of the world's most lucrative fisheries: the Fraser River sockeye. But who is the linchpin?

As the investigation heats up, Morgan is distracted by ghosts from the past that force her to question a powerful friendship and confront her own ambiguous sexuality.


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It seems like a plum assignment to Morgan O'Brien. A government investigator specializing in science fraud, O'Brien snatches the opportunity to travel to her former home in Vancouver for what appears to be a simple case: the investigation of a fisheries researcher suspected of siphoning funds for his own use.

But once in Vancouver things get complicated, and it becomes clear that more than money is involved. O'Brien uncovers a ruthless offshore fishing conglomerate with a plan to gain unrestricted access to one of the world's most lucrative fisheries: the Fraser River sockeye. But who is the linchpin?

As the investigation heats up, Morgan is distracted by ghosts from the past that force her to question a powerful friendship and confront her own ambiguous sexuality.



An excellent debut novel in what, I hope, will become a series. (Globe and Mail 2003-07-19)

compelling, well written, and instructive entertainmentlooks like a winner. (London Free Press 2003-08-30)

Alex Brett loves her salmon; mystery fans will love her book." (Ottawa Citizen 2003-08-10)

a good, solid mystery. (New Brunswick Reader 2003-11-01)

Morgan O'Brien is a definite find, tough but tender and smart as a whip. (The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK) 2004-01-24)

About the Author

Alex Brett has a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and did graduate work in fisheries biology at the University of British Columbia. She also spent ten years at the National Research Council of Canada as press officer, writer, and editor. Now living in Ottawa, she works on contract for the National Research Council as well as several astrophysics institutes.


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An excellent first mystery...can't wait for the next books in the series. Anyone who enjoys good, crisp writing -- particularly anyone in science or research or academia -- will enjoy this book. The strong protagonist is a science-savvy, female Travis McGee, wise about the world. A fast read, but with a lot of good science explained along the way. A must-read for anyone in fisheries research!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, intelligent mystery writing with a unique context Oct. 4 2003
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An excellent first mystery...can't wait for the next books in the series. Anyone who enjoys good, crisp writing -- particularly anyone in science or research or academia -- will enjoy this book. The strong protagonist is a science-savvy, female Travis McGee, wise about the world. A fast read, but with a lot of good science explained along the way. A must-read for anyone in fisheries research!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Water Creek May 22 2005
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Do you like fish stories? Morgan O'Brien must, because she found herself up to her neck in fish and murder, an unpalatable mix that smelled up the laboratory of her best friend Elaine. A complaint about funding from a scientist brought Morgan to Vancouver to investigate the financial aspects of research on salmon without annoying the researchers. But the combination of a missing research assistant, missing funds, a fraudulent resume, broken love affairs, all added up to a case of missing fish, secret formulas and murder. Complex relationships and tender egos add to the chaos as Morgan enlists the help of Dinah, another assistant, to unravel the puzzle's many loose ends. Talented author Alex Brett takes the reader behind the scenes of research and its complexities and variations. A look into academic deceit that has far reaching consequences in the world of fisheries. A recommended read for the mystery buff who enjoys a bit of science while following the trail of a killer. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New idea in mysterys May 26 2008
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This is the most unique mystery I have read in years. I hope there are more to come.
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