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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (Nov. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894917111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894917117
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Death's Golden Whisper blends greed,[and] native spirituality...within a gripping murder mystery." -- Montreal Review of Books

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R.J. Harlick's love for Canada's untamed wilds is the inspiration for the six-book Meg Harris series. The fourth in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. She lives in Ottawa.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou Allin on Sept. 28 2005
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Ottawa author R.J. Harlick has moved from the established foundation of her renowned short stories to the larger stage of novels with DEATH'S GOLDEN WHISPER, and the transition is a sweet one. Still smarting from a bitter divorce, pushing forty, Meg Harris escapes Toronto to find serenity in her great-grandfather's quaint Victorian cabin in the wilds of West Quebec. Yet one morning her peace is invaded by the roar of float planes. Apparently a motherlode of gold has been discovered on mysterious Whispers Island, and development is not far behind. Standing by her side against the interlopers in an effort to preserve the environment is her good friend Eric, the local band chief of the neighbouring Migiskan Reserve. When her wheeling-and-dealing ex-husband Gareth arrives to make a speciously disguised offer on her property, she knows that the roots of greed run deep. Then her friend Marie Whiteduck disappears and Marie's drunken husband is found murdered. Why does Marie's lawyer son seem so hostile to Meg?
Harlick's characters are full-featured, bearing all-too-human faults. Whether she is describing the abused Marie, proud but stubborn, or the stoic Eric, facing a revolt within the band, or well-meaning but flawed Meg, facing her battles with the vodka bottle and taking her standard poodle for granted, Harlick never stints at the truth. Traditional themes run true in the book, the everpresent tensions among the three founding races trying to share the land, English Canadian, Quebecois, and First Nations. Will the environment pay the price in a war about resources? Or is it about jobs? Who can judge? Parallel to the plot weaves an old family secret that takes Meg back over eighty years into the dusty pages of letters in the attic.
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By MichaelM on Dec 6 2014
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A great mystery! Keeps you guessing until the end.
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Golden Beginnings Nov. 28 2004
By Lou Allin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ottawa author R.J. Harlick has moved from the established foundation of her renowned short stories to the larger stage of novels with DEATH'S GOLDEN WHISPER, and the transition is a sweet one. Still smarting from a bitter divorce, pushing forty, Meg Harris escapes Toronto to find serenity in her great-grandfather's quaint Victorian cabin in the wilds of West Quebec. Yet one morning her peace is invaded by the roar of float planes. Apparently a motherlode of gold has been discovered on mysterious Whispers Island, and development is not far behind. Standing by her side against the interlopers in an effort to preserve the environment is her good friend Eric, the local band chief of the neighbouring Migiskan Reserve. When her wheeling-and-dealing ex-husband Gareth arrives to make a speciously disguised offer on her property, she knows that the roots of greed run deep. Then her friend Marie Whiteduck disappears and Marie's drunken husband is found murdered. Why does Marie's lawyer son seem so hostile to Meg?

Harlick's characters are full-featured, bearing all-too-human faults. Whether she is describing the abused Marie, proud but stubborn, or the stoic Eric, facing a revolt within the band, or well-meaning but flawed Meg, facing her battles with the vodka bottle and taking her standard poodle for granted, Harlick never stints at the truth. Traditional themes run true in the book, the everpresent tensions among the three founding races trying to share the land, English Canadian, Quebecois, and First Nations. Will the environment pay the price in a war about resources? Or is it about jobs? Who can judge? Parallel to the plot weaves an old family secret that takes Meg back over eighty years into the dusty pages of letters in the attic. What made her maiden Great-Aunt Agatha so reclusive that she shut herself away in the cottage? And who is the handsome man in the picture hidden from prying eyes? What happened in the mists of legend to link her family with the Migiskans? The glorious fall setting is a character in itself, and Harlick paints with the talented brush of an ambassador for the pristine but amoral bush. The pines sing a symphony, and the shy stag comes to the lick as evening falls. Even the ominous landing of the first plane which threatens her privacy poeticizes the landscape: "With their wing tips shimmering in the autumn sun, the planes circled over the gold-drenched hills and back down towards the lake like giant ospreys, talons extended, zeroing in for the kill." She has laid the groundwork for a fascinating series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Death's Golden Whisper May 22 2005
By Anne K. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wanted to be alone to lick your wounds from a broken marriage? Have you ever hidden out in a cabin waiting for the pieces of you life to fit together again? That's what Meg Harris did. She fled to the isolation of a cabin inherited from an aunt in the wilds of Canada where her only neighbors were Algonquins. But life intruded here in the form of gold hunters on Whisper Island and they were a threat to more than Meg's peace of mind. Echo Lake was threatened with contamination from mind runoff, Meg's ex-husband, Gareth, was brought back into her life by the mining company, a double murder is committed, and a mystery from her dead aunt's past involves itself in the murders. The aunt is very much a character in the story. Can Meg and her friend from the Fishing Camp, Eric, save the lake? Who owns Whisper Island? How did her aunt's hidden secret come to involve Meg in murder? These are a few of the many questions that need answers while the search for a murderer goes on. Talented R. J. harlick invites us into the beautiful wilderness of Canada to take part in a hunt for a murderer and the unraveling of an intriguing secret from the past that affects the present. Bring your hiking boots and life preserver as you'll be venturing onto the surface of Echo Lake while low flying planes threaten you. Highly recommended as a read to hold your attention with characters you will either love or hate and want to know more about their lives. You'll be looking for other books by this creative author. Lots of action and mystery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Debut March 29 2005
By Tania Hutchison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful story with various subplots that are all interwoven superbly with the main (mystery) storyline. We learn about Meg's family history, the Algonquin way of life, and even a bit of the trials and tribulations with living with a dog! The author manages to paint a wonderful picture of life in the wilderness of West Quebec. This book made me smile, cheer, and think.

This was a much too brief introduction to a wonderful group of characters and setting. I can't wait to learn more in the second instalment in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
deaths golden whisper Nov. 6 2013
By Rhea Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a well crafted series. the author includes plot and theme as well as a commendable representation of the geography and the people who live there. very well done
Had I known how much I would enjoy it, I would have gladly paid for it Dec 3 2014
By MyNani - Published on Amazon.com
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I luckily stumbled across this book and it was actually free at the time. Had I known how much I would enjoy it, I would have gladly paid for it. In fact I loved it so much I ended up getting the 6-book bundle http://www.amazon.com/Meg-Harris-Mysteries-6-Book-Bundle-ebook/dp/B00JRDL71M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417626106&sr=8-2&keywords=Death%27s+Golden+Whisper%3A+A+Meg+Harris+Mystery

I’ve just finished the second book and can’t wait to start the 3rd. The books are intelligent, thought provoking and respectful [you’ll understand that better once you read her books]. Her descriptions of the area makes you feel as if you were there; you can also easily visualize the people. I don’t follow many authors, but I will follow R.J. Harlick. Looking forward to reading her seventh book.


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