The Unlocking Season

A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2020

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Arthur Ellis Award-winning author and the “queen of Canadian crime fiction” (Winnipeg Free Press) returns with a new installment in the Joanne Kilbourn series

On a Saturday bright with harbingers of spring, Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, her husband, Zack, and their family prepare to celebrate the season. Joanne’s life is full, and at 60, she has been given the chance to understand a part of her history that for years was shrouded in secrecy.

Living Skies is producing Sisters and Strangers, a six-part TV series about the tangled relationships between the families of Douglas Ellard, the father who raised Joanne, and Desmond Love, her biological father. Joanne is working on the script with Roy Brodnitz, a brilliant writer and friend. The project’s future seems assured, but before the script is completed, Brodnitz disappears while scouting locations in northern Saskatchewan. Hours later, he’s found — sweat-drenched, clawing at the ground, and muttering gibberish. He dies in a state of mortal terror. 

Heartsick and perplexed, Joanne resolves to learn what happened in the last hours of Roy’s life. What Joanne discovers threatens Brodnitz’s legacy, and the decision about whether or not to reveal the truth is hers to make. The Unlocking Season is another deeply satisfying and thought-provoking novel from one of Canada’s finest crime writers.

Arthur Ellis Award-winning author and the “queen of Canadian crime fiction” (Winnipeg Free Press) returns with a new installment in the Joanne Kilbourn series

On a Saturday bright with harbingers...

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This is a welcome return to the Joanne Kilbourn series.
This is a true Canadian treasure in the realm of mystery novels.
I recommend you read the series in order, you won’t be disappointed.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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A relaxing and enjoyable read. A fast moving plot with enough suspense that makes it hard to put the book down. The characters are well written and the dialogue easy to follow. I have read the whole series and although you can read this as a stand alone , I recommend them All to anyone who enjoys a light mystery. Gail Bowen is my favourite Canadian author and to me there is no better location than Saskatchewan.

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I have been a fan of Joanne Kilbourn and this series since the very beginning and the series gets better and better as it goes along. It has a wonderful protagonist, a great family of characters, a wonderful setting in Regina, which I enjoy learning more about, and, as always, a compelling plot. This is truly one of the best mystery series out there and I highly recommend it.

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