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On a warm August evening in 1905, a 12-year old boy is shot in the back and killed near the Orford Mountain Railway construction site in rural Quebec. The crime is all the more shocking for being the second such murder on a railway in three days. A 14-year old had been killed in nearby Farnham very near an existing rail line. Like the murder in Farnham, the Orford Mountain Railway murder leaves the nearby communities in a state of shock and terror. The killing is puzzling in the extreme and while the police investigation eventually leads to an arrest, it soon becomes clear that the two suspects, while possibly guilty of other crimes, are definitely not the murderers. Fast forward a century to the moment the archivist of a local historical society comes across an unusual document. It is the diary of a teenage girl who chronicled the few weeks she spent with detested relatives near Melbourne Township in August 1905. More by accident than design, she provides clues that help the narrator investigate and solve the century-old case of the murder on the Orford Mountain Railway.
So much to relish here . . . the plot is gripping, there's a beautifully handled thread on reading and writing, and the writing is just lovely! DIANE SETTERFIELD, author of Once Upon A River The year's most memorable narrator . . . An unusual and intriguing crime story SUNDAY TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR Niemi succeeds in constructing a story that works as a murder mystery and as a compelling study of a dangerously inward-looking community SUNDAY TIMES A riveting, psychologically astute mystery . . . It is not to be missed BOOKLIST An original and gripping crime story THE TIMES It is 1852, and in Sweden's far north, deep in the Arctic Circle, charismatic preacher and Revivalist Lars Levi Laestadius impassions a poverty-stricken congregation with visions of salvation. But local leaders have reason to resist a shift to temperance over alcohol. Jussi, the young Sami boy Laestadius has rescued from destitution and abuse, becomes the preacher's faithful disciple on long botanical treks to explore the flora and fauna. Laestadius also teaches him to read and write - and to love and fear God. When a milkmaid goes missing deep in the forest, the locals suspect a predatory bear is at large. A second girl is attacked, and the sheriff is quick to offer a reward for the bear's capture. Using early forensics and daguerreotype, Laestadius and Jussi find clues that point to a far worse killer on the loose, even as they are unaware of the evil closing in around them. To Cook a Bear explores how communities turn inwards, how superstition can turn to violence, and how the power of language can be transformative in a richly fascinating mystery. Superb suspense . . . Simply a great literary experience! V.G. (Sweden) A masterpiece of narrative La Vanguardia (Spain) A philosophical novel, a crime novel, a historical novel and a coming-of-age story complement one another La Stampa (Italy) One is transported into a strange time and a fascinating world that is both beautiful and brutal Politiken (Denmark) Formidable delivery . . . Unlike anything else you have read . . . An incredible novel Adresseavisen Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner
'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players...'When an undercover assignment for the Bow Street magistrate sees prostitute Lizzie Hardwicke trade Ma Farley's Bawdy House in Soho for life as a theatre seamstress on Drury Lane, it becomes clear quite quickly - what goes on in the wings is much more intriguing than the theatrics being played out on stage... Soon Lizzie is once again thrown together with the handsome Inspector Will Davenport when a high profile investor is brutally hanged at centre stage and Lizzie discovers the body. With the suspect list rivalling any casting call, Lizzie will have to use every trick she's hidden up her sleeves to unravel the tangled threads and bring the culprit into the spotlight. Praise for The Corpse Played Dead I loved everything about this ingenious story! It is every bit as sparkling and twisty as the first book Celia Anderson, author of 59 Memory Lane Georgina Clarke has shown considerable focus in maintaining a steady momentum of the plot and the natural developments in solving the crimes. The throbbing atmosphere and landscape of historical London are superbly depicted and vividly brought to life... Reader Review The Corpse Played Dead is an intriguing whodunit with lots of wit and even a bit of romance. Reader Review This book is so atmospheric and the characters so real that it is easy to imagine you are back in that era. This is a fast paced story full of interesting characters Reader Review This is well-written, well-researched and well done. Lizzie is such a wonderfully entertaining and complex character, and I hope she will have many more adventures ahead of her...I'll be reading! Reader Review An intricate, well plotted mystery in another age, and I highly recommend it. Reader Review Entertaining, witty historical crime reads for people seeking well-plotted stories with creatively put together characters, some emotional moments, dangerous criminals and an investigating prostitute at the helm! Reader Review