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Three new crime fiction has been released by Canadian novelists.

A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny

It is set in to cement author Louise Penny as one of the greatest gems Canada has ever seen in crime fiction.

The Great Reckoning is loaded with complex and masterful plots, profound compassion, and luminous prose.  The hero of the series, Armand, is a Montreal detective that has retired. He decided to accept the challenge of heading the police academy in Quebec. Unfortunately, the academy is very corrupt. He takes on the daunting task of cleaning it up.

The mysterious death of an academy instructor adds further spice to the plot, as Armand is one of the suspects. The nuanced story is woven with the theme of finding hope, especially when circumstances seem hopeless.

The Little Parachute – J. Robert Janes

Janes is well-known especially for his work on thrillers set in WWII. This book is centered in Paris, with Angélique, a woman protecting a boy, Martin who is mute as a result of trauma.

Martin holds a secret about a parachute, an image he draws continuously.

The book has its irritatingly choppy narrative, however, it is extremely detailed and brings Paris of WWII to life.

The Night Bell – Inger Ash Wolfe

The main character is Hazek Micallef. Micallef is a detective with caustic humor and sardonic wit.

This book is a fantastic example of a well-written police procedural genre. A housing project creates rising tension with residents due to the corrupt practices of the developers.

Micallef’s team discovers skeletons of children on the plot of land. This is followed by 3 deaths, a kidnapped policeman, and many other twists and turns.

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