Joanne Kilbourn is looking forward to a relaxing weekend at the lake with her children and her new grandchild when murder once more wreaks havoc in Regina, Saskatchewan. A young colleague at the university where Joanne teaches is found stabbed to death in the basement of the library.
Ariel Warren was a popular lecturer among the students and staff, and her violent death shocks – and divides – Regina’s small and fractious academic community. Kevin Coyle, a professor earlier accused of sexual harassment, is convinced the murder is connected to his case, even as Ariel’s long-time lover, Charlie Dowhanuik, a radio talk-show host, seems to point the finger at himself in his on-air comments on the day of the murder.
Aghast at Charlie’s indiscretion, his father, Howard, asks his old friend Joanne for her help. But before Joanne has a chance to start searching for the truth, she is scorched by the white-hot anger of militant feminists on campus when a vigil for the dead woman turns ugly. Instead of a tribute to Ariel’s life, the vigil becomes an angry protest about violence against women. Some of the women there are certain they know who killed Ariel, and they are out for vengeance.
The everyday family problems and joys Joanne Kilbourn experiences as she solves baffling murder cases have endeared her to a growing number of fans, as have the television movies, starring Wendy Crewson as Joanne. The seventh novel in Gail Bowen’s much-loved series, Burying Ariel offers readers an imaginative, compassionate, and, above all, challenging mystery.
Mysterious Press is celebrating 25 years of quality mystery publishing with The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology. Among the 18 contributors who have written stories especially for this book are such major authors as Donald Westlake, Marcia Muller, Ed McBain, Margaret Maron and Peter Lovesey. Mysterious Press editors Sara Ann Freed and William Malloy supply an introduction, while in his foreword Mysterious Press founder Otto Penzler provides a succinct inside history. Mystery aficionados will snap this one up. (Mysterious, $25 360p )In Closing Stages: A Phyllida Moon Mystery, the fifth in the series, Eileen Dewhurst's (Double Act) spunky heroine lands after gallbladder surgery in a convalescent home, where she investigates the allegedly natural deaths of several patients. Despite foregoing a vacation in pursuit of a love interest, actress-cum-PI Phyllida charms as she snoops on doctors, nurses, nuns and the bereaved. (Severn, 192p )Burying Ariel: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, by Canadian author Gail Bowen (A Killing Spring), enmeshes the series star in an unofficial investigation of the murder of a female university colleague. Grief, feminist retribution for male violence, the self-incriminating words of the victim's boyfriend and competing theories and theorists on the case all conspire, however unsuccessfully, to lead stoic Joanne astray. (McClelland & Stewart, 264p )Shane Maloney (Nice Try) presents The Big Ask: A Murray Whelan Mystery, the fourth raucous adventure featuring the charming and reckless Australian political adviser. Murray makes dizzying, sleep-deprived leaps between high-stakes union infighting, his missing 13-year-old son, various love interests, his boss's potential public disgrace and his old friend's murder. (Arcade, 256p )In What Now, King Lear?: A Gil Yates Private Investigator Novel, the sixth installment by Alistair Boyle (Ship Shapely), Yates sleuths and wisecracks his way through a privileged world of breathtaking inheritances, intra-family lawsuits, people who "marry rich" and a murdered patriarch. (Allen A. Knoll, $22 224p )Set in 1950s Paris, Hannah Blank's Brave Man Dead: An Alphonse Dantan Mystery, the sequel to A Murder of Convenience, focuses on the young inspector's attempts to solve the murder of an American lieutenant in an Army administrative outfit also under investigation for fraud. Fans of Blank's debut novel should be pleased. (Hightrees , 224p )In Just Your Everyday People by Fred Yager and Jan Yager (Untimely Death), the friendship between two married couples begins to unravel when one of the wives seduces a stranger in a bar. Blackmail, betrayal and murder ensue, and the danger seems to come from all directions. (Hannacroix Creek, paper 248p X)High school science teacher Will is accused of rape by a student whom he'd befriended, after he witnesses the strange relationship between the student and her brother. In Tom Eslick's Deadly Kin: A Will Buchanan Mystery, sequel to Tracked in the Whites, Will's bail is paid anonymously and his accuser skips town, leading Will on a convoluted and dangerous trail to clear his name. (Write Way, 280p )