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Monday, January 7, 2019

Book Review: Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Orca Books, via EdelweissPlus, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Starting off Mystery Monday, we take a turn up to chilly Canada!

A chilling mystery set deep in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec where the sins of the past come back to wreak devastating consequences on the present. 

birds that stay cover


In a small village in the Laurentians north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years, and reluctantly answers the call on the case. Roméo suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry—or was the old woman a victim of a violent hate crime?

Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. Marie becomes an inadvertent detective when her mother, suffering from dementia, offers a startling clue that links the woman's murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie's suburban Montreal street in the 1970's. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, to another crime during the darkest days in Hungary at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a cast of characters from the Quebec of yesterday and today; where no one and nothing is really as it seems.


Cold case meeting modern day in this tricky web spinner! This is the first book in this new series from Ann, and I know there will be many more to come! Lambert does an excellent job in putting us in the middle of Leduc and Russell's lives, yet gives enough background for both, that you feel that you truly already know them, and throughout the story as more tidbits come out, you hope that there may be more than just a murder solved! Ann weaves a cold case subtly into modern time, with interesting bits of Canadian history (to make history buffs want to learn more), and gives the reader a book they just can't put down! Kudos to Ann and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

About the Author:

Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home

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