Darkness at the Stroke of Noon

by Dennis Richard Murphy | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1554683211 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 11/16/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Went looking for this after seeing it recommended as part of the Canadian reading challenge - set in Nunavut.

When Booker Kennison is sent to investigate a pair of apparently accidental deaths at an archeological site in Nunavut, he discovers a murder connected to the lost Franklin Expedition instead. With the polar night looming and the body count growing, he must get to the bottom of things before time runs out for everyone in the camp.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, January 13, 2014
Well, set *mostly* in Nunavut: some scenes are in Yellowknife, and just a few are in Maryland (too bad, otherwise I could count it for the States challenge too).

It didn't register until the names of Franklin's ships were mentioned, but this is the second fictional treatment of the fate of his expedition I've read: I found The Terror rather bizarre, so perhaps that's why Franklin's name didn't ring a bell for me when this book was mentioned. On the whole, I prefer Murphy's approach to Simmons's drawn-out terror fantasy, but since there are still so many unanswered questions about the Franklin Expedition I guess there is room for a wide variety of fictional treatments. (I love the quote in the CBC article describing the expedition as "marvellously catastrophic".)

It's too bad that the author didn't live to write more books; following up on Kennison might have been interesting.

This is book 10 of 13 for my Canadian reading challenge.

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at UH Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, January 18, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (1/18/2014 UTC) at UH Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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