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Murder, Eh? A Belle Palmer Mystery [Paperback]

Lou Allin
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May 1 2006 A Belle Palmer Mystery (Book 4)

Northern Ontario realtor Belle Palmer is showing the lakefront mansion of a prominent businesswoman when she discovers the lady strangled in her bathtub. Could this third break-and-enter death reveal a serial killer at large in the Nickel Capital? The womans only child, a precocious twelve-year-old, comes to stay with Belles neighbours and wins her heart and theirs. Then after an argument, the boy disappears, riding off into the cold September night on his bicycle. Racing against time as fall temperatures plummet, Belle hooks up with a bumbling PI and joins the search. Belle must flee into the bush, where she has every chance of becoming lost and disoriented, chased by murderers who will stop at nothing to protect a multi-million-dollar criminal empire.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Like Belle Palmer Sept. 14 2006
By penny
I like Belle Palmer. She's intrepid, curious and full of information. And, like her creator, Lou Allin, Belle knows the Canadian North. Specifically, Northern Ontario. I'm more of a southern beach person, myself, but in Allin's hands, Sudbury and its environs become an "exotic" location for a murder mystery. The place is real and its inhabitants are deeply connected to it -- they know it and they love it. Allin wants us to know it and love it as much as she does, so she gives it life and fills it with history and folklore and other interesting stuff.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belle's Back and its Murder, Eh? July 12 2006
This is the fourth in the popular and award-nominated Belle Palmer mystery by Lou Allin. Set in Northern Ontario, this richly plotted and suspenseful mystery tells the story of Belle Palmer, a realtor struggling to keep her business afloat in the Sudbury region.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great summer reading! July 14 2006
If you haven't tried Lou Allin's series of Belle Palmer mysteries, you are missing out on some really fun reading. Allin's stories, set in Northern Ontario, give a good feel for life and culture in that area, as well as entertain us with a solidly built, fast-paced mystery. Murder eh!, her lastest offering, will, as usual, keep you reading until the wee hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Setting, Great Characters Oct. 6 2011
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Is a serial killer loose in Sudbury, Ontario? It certainly appears so when real estate agent Belle Palmer discovers her client's strangled body in a bathtub. She is the third woman to die this way, and the community is nervous. The victim leaves behind a twelve-year-old son nicknamed Micro, who winds up staying with Belle for a short while. Micro doesn't want to stay in the house with his step father, and when the boy goes missing, friends and family fear he's been lured away by a pedophile.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Canadian Voice Aug. 8 2010
I enjoyed reading this book. I was so wrong about who the killer was. Wrong by a landslide. But it worked. It was totally play-fair crime fiction. A great puzzle.

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
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