As a child Joanne was friends with Sally Love and her parents, but the friendship languished after Sally’s father died and she moved away, eventually becoming a very controversial artist. When the Mendel Gallery opens an exhibition of Sally’s work, Joanne is eager to attend and to renew their friendship. But it’s not so easy being Sally’s friend anymore, and soon Joanne finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and violence. When the director of a local private gallery is brutally murdered, Joanne finds that the past she and Sally share was far more complicated, and far more sordid, than she had realized.
GAIL BOWEN's Joanne Kilbourn mysteries have made her one of Canada's most popular crime-fiction writers. The first book in the series, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. SmithBooks in Canada Award for best first novel. It was followed by Murder at the Mendel (1991), The Wandering Soul Murders (1992), A Colder Kind of Death (which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel of 1995), A Killing Spring (1996), Verdict in Blood (1998), Burying Ariel (2000), The Glass Coffin (2002), The Last Good Day (2004), and The Endless Knot (2006). Bowen has also written five plays that have been produced across Canada, and one, The World According to Charlie D, for CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina.
"A tense, masterfully written character study; then the killing begins. . . . Bold and powerful."
— Publishers Weekly
"Virtually everything about Murder at the Mendel is first rate."
— London Free Press
"A highly literate mystery. . . . The brew of sex and art is intriguing."
— Whig-Standard (Kingston)
"A splendid novel."
— Times Colonist (Victoria)
"Exciting. . . . The art is described with delicious humour and all the characters are vivid."
— Quill & Quire
"Classic . . . with enough twists to qualify as a page turner. . . . Bowen and her genteel sleuth are here to stay."
— StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)