Meg Harris, an amateur sleuth who drinks a little too much and is afraid of the dark, returns to her home in the West Quebec wilderness after a trip. Upon her arrival she discovers that a friend's daughter has been missing from the Migiskan Reserve for more than two months. Meg vows to help find the missing girl and starts by confronting the police on their indifference to the disappearance. During her investigation, Meg discovers that more than one Native woman has gone missing. Fearing the worst, Meg delves deeper and finds herself confronting an underside of life she would rather not know existed.
This is the fifth instalment in the acclaimed Meg Harris series. Arctic Blue Death, the previous title, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. The other Meg Harris novels are The River Runs Orange, Red Ice for a Shroud, and Death's Golden Whisper.
R.J. Harlick is a lover of the outdoors and can often be found roaming the forests or canoeing the waterways. Her fourth Meg Harris novel, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. She divides her time between her home in Ottawa and a log cabin in West Quebec.
“A Green Place for Dying…spins around an important theme.”
“…Harlick’s intimate knowledge of Ontario and Quebec landscapes and her insights into modern First Nations people and cultures combine to make this book an endearing read.”
“R.J. Harlick has picked a tragically relevant focus for her latest Meg Harris crime novel -- the disappearances, far too often officially ignored and unexamined, of aboriginal women.”
“I found a lot to like about this book; solid writing, strong characterization, a tight plot and a wonderful sense of place. I will be adjusting my radar settings and looking forward to Harlick's next book.”
Harlick underscores the serious problem of missing Native women while providing valuable insight into Native customs. Meg’s continuing battle with alcoholism and her guilt over a childhood incident add emotional depth.