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Volume VII Number 21 . . . . June 22, 2001
"Ross, are you sure you can't think of any reason why Tessa mightChloe Yan was shocked when she heard about Tessa's murder. Tessa had been asking to see Chloe's stepfather Levesque, the chief of police, only a few days before. Chloe can't get rid of the notion that, if she had only talked to Tessa, the murder might never have happened. Levesque has ordered Chloe to stay out of the investigation: the last time she involved herself in a murder inquiry she was nearly killed. Things aren't as clear to Chloe. Her best friend, Ross, who is a suspect in the murder, has his own ideas about who is guilty. Can Chloe help to find out who the guilty party really is?
McClintock's third mystery featuring Chloe Yan is a solid and well-crafted tale. Chloe finds herself involved in the murder investigation almost against her will, with dire consequences. Her character continues to evolve and will appeal to teens, even those who haven't read her earlier mysteries, Over the Edge and Double Cross. Chloe's relationships with her friends and family are warm and realistic - not storybook perfection but complete with squabbles and close moments that help to move the story along and provide a backdrop to the plot. Mystery fans will enjoy the latest novel by the three-time winner of the Arthur Ellis award, a novel which will easily entice new readers to the genre.
Betsy Fraser is a mystery fan and a librarian with Calgary Public Library.
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