Murder, Eh? A Belle Palmer Mystery Paperback – May 1 2006
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About the Author
Lou Allin is the author of two series, the Holly Martin Mysteries and the Belle Palmer Mysteries. After teaching for many years at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, she now lives near Sooke on Vancouver Island.
Top Customer Reviews
Murder, Eh? is the fourth installment in a terrific series that captures the culture and geography of this area of Canada very well. Forty-something Belle Palmer is a strong, colorful character; an interesting blend of confidence and doubt, practicality and curiosity. These traits battle it out whenever she sets out to help someone, or do what is right, or simply make a living. A word of advice: as the days and nights grow colder in the story, you'll want to cozy up with a blanket and a warm drink. Enjoy!
In Murder, eh? Allin constructs the plot as meticulously as she presents the characters and the setting. Belle Palmer loves animals and sticks her neck out to protect them. While looking after the son of a murder victim, she discovers she also loves kids and risks her neck to save the boy's life. Allin knows how to keep us turning the pages. She has created a solid series and I'll be back to see what Belle Palmer does next.
I found Murder, Eh? to be a solid story that starts off with a bang, and has enough twists to keep the reader guessing till the end. And once again, Allin's crisp depiction of Northern Ontario lends atmosphere and tension to this suspenseful story.
Riding a high with the opportunity to show a large lakefront mansion of a prominent businesswoman, Belle is shocked to discover the lady strangled in her bathtub. Could this third break-and-enter death be the work of a serial killer at large in the Nickel Capital?
The woman's only child, a precocious 12-year-old nicknamed Micro, comes to stay with Belle's neighbors and quickly wins Belle's heart. But, following an argument with his guardians, the boy takes his bicycle and disappears into the cold September night. The police investigation leads to the boy's computer which shows a cryptic correspondence that sends the police checking pedophile registers as an Amber Alert is issued.
As days go by and fall temperatures plummet, Belle hooks up with a PI hired by the victim's husband and joins the search. After a near-death experience, Belle is convinced that there is more to the child's disappearance that the police want to believe. So, following her own leads, Belle heads out in hopes of saving the boy's life. She manages to find Micro but is nabbed by his captors in the process. Battered and bruised, they manage to escape into the bush, chased by murderers who will stop at nothing to protect a multi-million-dollar criminal empire.Read more ›
I liked the Northern Ontario setting. Lou captures both the scenery and the no-nonsense approach to life that characterize northern cities like Sudbury. I lived in Muskoka for a year, and this book felt really true to that kind of setting.
The characters were great. Complicated, scratchy, kind...very real. Particularly this sweet, quirky kid called Micro - he's still in my head and I read this book months ago.
I'm looking forward to reading about Holly Martin - Lou Allin's new protagonist based in British Columbia, and the star of And On the Surfact Die