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.
With her Joanne Kilbourn mystery series, Gail Bowen has become “a name to reckon with in Canadian mystery letters” (Edmonton Journal). The first book in the series, Deadly Appearances, which was published in 1990, was nominated for the W.H. Smith-Books 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), and A Killing Spring (1996). Gail Bowen is also head of the English Department at the First Nations University of Canada.
From the Hardcover edition.
"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)
From the Trade Paperback edition.