Verdict in Blood (Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries (Paperback))
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In this book, Joanne Kilbourn is spending the Labour Day weekend with her kids, her lover, Alex Kequahtooway, his nephew, Eli and her friend Hilda. Unfortunately Eli disappeared from the CFL game they were attending after he heard a racist remark. Then an early morning call for Hilda reveals that Madame Justice Justine Blackwell, a good friend of Hilda's, has been brutally murdered. Eli turns up but has no recollection of what he did in the intervening time. Although Justine has three grownup daughters, Hilda is asked to deal with the media and handle other matters. Just before her death Justine had asked Hilda to assess her mental capacity because some people thought she was acting irrationally. This irrationality was based on the fact that Justine had realized she had treated accused persons who appeared before her callously and she was trying to make amends. Hilda decides to continue the job Justine gave her. Joanne has her hands full with the start of school, the birth of her first grandchild and helping Alex with Eli but Justine's death hangs over them all.
Joanne is a superwoman. She teaches, she appears on a TV show, she's a great mom and a good cook. She even gardens and maintains a home and she has time to be in a loving relationship that brings its own trials. On top of all that, she solves crimes. When I'm reading these books Bowen makes it all sound so plausible but now I'm done I think it's a good thing this is a work of fiction. Nobody could be that perfect! But it does make for a captivating read.
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