Beautiful Lie the Dead

Beautiful Lie the Dead

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Inspector Green explores a web of betrayal and deceit. In the dead of night, the phone rings in the missing persons unit of the Ottawa Police. A brutal blizzard is howling, and a wealthy social activist has not heard from his fiance in over twenty-four hours. Friends, family and police are mobilized to search the snowbound city. He comes to believe that his partner is fleeing for her life, possibly from his own family. When a frozen body is found in the snow, just blocks from the mans home, Green knows that someone is conspiring to keep the truth hidden.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : RendezVous Crime, c2010.
ISBN: 9781926607085
Characteristics: 346 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.


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Feb 17, 2014

A good novel to read while winter is around as the setting is Toronto and Montreal in a snow storm. Author is successful in throwing out red herrings whereby almost every non-police officer could be the culprit for the murdered woman found in the snow. I skipped over the parts of Green's family life...uninteresting diversions, IMO. Also didn't like Green's fellow officers with their incapacities. As the plot thickens, I kept turning the pages even though I had an inkling of the problem facing the love birds.

Apr 13, 2013

I enjoyed this book and the fact that it mostly takes place mostly in Ottawa and Montreal. Detective Green and the Montreal detective are interesting characters. It is well written and I did not want to put it down, although like some of the others, you begin to see who dunnit by midway point or a little later. I thought the ending was a little overdone or contrived too - a bit hollywood suspense thriller but overall it was good.

Feb 03, 2013

Beautiful Lie the Dead is the eighth book in the Inspector Green mystery series. The setting is Ottawa and Montreal in the winter and the weather plays a role in the plot. The story revolves around the search for a missing fiancee which transforms to a more serious situation. The uncovering of family secrets and several coincidences drive the plot forward but the writing keeps the reader involved even though the suspicion of what the end might be begins to build midway through the read. Characters from the earlier volumes continue to evolve and develop and new readers will feel comfortable with their various narratives.

Jan 17, 2012

After the last book in this series, I thought maybe the author was losing their touch. It was not the strongest in the bunch. But in this outing, Insp. Green has regained his stride. There are new challenges at work & at home that play out during the investigation of a missing person case that started 30 years ago. Enjoyable read.

Cdnbookworm Jan 13, 2012

This is the second book in the Inspector Green series that I've read (This Thing of Darkness is the other one). They are very well done and involve Green's personal life as well as his work life. Set in Ottawa, they evoke the flavour of the city. This is a winter novel, with snow a key part of the plot.
When a young woman vanishes less than a month before her wedding, there is uncertainty as to whether there is foul play. Bodies are discovered, trails are followed, and leads go back decades to earlier events. Some of the trail leads to Montreal as well, and the detective introduced there is an intriguing new character I'd like to see more of. Lots of family themed plot here and a glimpse into the power of wealth to change outcomes. A great mystery for this time of year.

Oct 14, 2011

Frankly, I'm not sure why I bothered finishing this book. Plotting/structure are ok but I guessed the big twist about halfway thru. Character development is weak and superficial, and a lot of the dialogue is simply unbelievable. Oh, and note to local authors - sure, mention local landmarks and/or addresses, but you don't need both for the same item - locals know where the main police station is, and it won't matter to out-of-town readers. Gets in the way of the story flow and seems a pretty small-town approach. I guess reading to the end was better than staring out the bus windows.

May 08, 2011

Good story line, Ottawa based

Mar 31, 2011

This was an excellent book. It took me a little bit to actually read, and understand, but it was very good. It's nice to read a book where you know the location. Makes it more personal and interesting.

Mar 08, 2011

A solid classic mystery with Inspector Green and many believable characters.

Feb 28, 2011

This is an interesting fast paced police crime read, another in the Insp Green series set in Ottawa. This story also involves a side trip to Montreal and for anyone familiar with the two cities it provides many interesting points of reference. Ms Fradkin has crafted another book worth reading.

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