Fatal Harvest

A Hunter and Tate Mystery #3

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Pub Date Apr 15 2024 | Archive Date Apr 22 2024
Ivy Bay Press | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Small Towns can be Murder

Eleven-year-old Matt Clark is staying in the outlying village of Ashton for the summer while his parents work out their separation. He’s been told to keep his head down and to stay off social media. Labour Day has come and gone, and Matt believes he’ll be home soon, completely unaware that someone has been posting his photo and location on one of the sites, and trouble is on its way.

Detective Liam Hunter gets the call — a double murder and a missing boy. While he spearheads the investigation, true crime podcaster Ella Tate undertakes her own search for the killer with mixed results. Meanwhile Homicide and Major Crimes is undergoing a major upheaval and the top position is up for grabs as Hunter’s partner struggles to keep her job.

The rainiest September in recent history proves a fitting backdrop for this haunting story of lies, betrayal, and deadly repercussions. 

Small Towns can be Murder

Eleven-year-old Matt Clark is staying in the outlying village of Ashton for the summer while his parents work out their separation. He’s been told to keep his head down and...

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eBook: 9780978428471

eBook: 9780978428471

Advance Praise

If you’re looking for a mystery with intrigue, heart, a finely drawn setting and relatable characters finding their way through tragic circumstances, Fatal Harvest is for you. Brenda Chapman knows how to tell a story and is, quite frankly, one of the most readable Canadian mystery writers of our time.

– Anthony Bidulka, author of Going to Beautiful, Crime Writers of Canada 2023 Best Crime Novel, and the Merry Bell trilogy (including 2024’s From Sweetgrass Bridge)

"This was hugely readable and compelling. And there are enough dangling threads regarding the principal characters to make Book 4 a must!"

- Susan Rothery, Editor 

If you’re looking for a mystery with intrigue, heart, a finely drawn setting and relatable characters finding their way through tragic circumstances, Fatal Harvest is for you. Brenda Chapman knows...

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Great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!! This book had a bit of everything! It had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, mystery, cheating, revenge, a great who done it, great police work, and some crazy twists and turns! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! I definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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Thank you NetGalley and Ivy Bay Press for the eARC.
Brenda Chapman is one of my favorite Canadian authors and I loved this, the 3rd book in the Hunter & Tate series and there's going to be no. 4!
A double murder and a missing young boy, just outside of Ottawa, keeps Hunter and Tate on their toes. Hunter is working with Rosie, who shows promise, except for the fact that Augur wants to destroy her and her career. I really hope Augur gets his comeuppance in book 4!
A great read, loved it, highly recommended!

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Thank you Netgalley and Ivy Bay Press Publishing for an ARC ♥️
Wow, just wow! Brenda Chapman's "Fatal Harvest" is an absolute page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The story masterfully unwinds like a dark, atmospheric thriller, with a double murder and a missing kid setting the stage for a heart-pounding investigation. I loved how Chapman expertly weaves together multiple storylines, from Detective Liam Hunter's dogged pursuit of the truth to true crime podcaster Ella Tate's parallel search for answers. The characters leap off the page, their complexities and vulnerabilities making them feel achingly real. And let's talk about the setting - the relentless rain of September creates a chilling backdrop that'll send shivers down your spine. Trust me, you'll devour this book in one sitting, and the cliffhangers will leave you begging for more ,but before reading make sure to clear your schedule, because you won't be able to put it down!

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This book is a well-written whodunit that kept my interest til the end. It was suspenseful, mysterious and, let's talk about the setting. In Fall, my favorite season, even though this is the third instalment in a series, it is perfect as a standalone. I will certainly check out other books by this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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I would like to thank Netgalley and Ivy Bay Press for an advance copy of Fatal Harvest, the third novel to feature Detective Liam Hunter of Ottawa’s Major Crimes Unit and podcaster/freelance journalist Ella Tate.

Eleven year old Matt Clark is staying with Stu and Devina Petrie over the summer in the rural town of Ashton while his parents work out some troubles. He comes home to find the Petries murdered and realises it isn’t safe for him. Hunter heads the investigation into the double murder and Matt’s disappearance while Ella takes her own approach to the case.

I thoroughly enjoyed Fatal Harvest, which is an interesting police procedural with a twist in the tail. It is, however, a novel of two halves. The first half is slow as it sets the scene and the investigation, which is necessarily slow with apparently harmless victims and no clues, while the second half pulls all the scene setting together and ramps up the action/tension culminating in a big twist.

The novel is in some senses character driven. Liam and Ella don’t give much away emotionally and are more drivers than participants in the plot. The emotion lies in Matt, his friend Jimmy and Liam’s investigative partner Rosie Thorburn, who goes through a different wringer in this novel. There is one unusual theme in the novel, that of acceptance and unwillingness to fight, especially when the examples of trying to change things always end badly. I think that what I’m trying to say is that passivity seems to be the way forward otherwise bad things happen. It may be realistic but it’s a bit depressing in fiction.

The plot follows the typical procedural trope by starting with a wide open field of suspects and narrowing it down with sold investigating. The reason for Matt’s stay in Ashton gets a lot of attention and might well have a bearing on the murders, but it might not. The author isn’t saying before the denouement and creates such a mystery that the solution comes as a big surprise.

Fatal Harvest is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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This is a page turner from the very beginning! I was hooked. The pacing is fast and the mystery intense. I love these complex characters. This is definitely my favorite so far. I was stunned by the reveal! I love when a mystery surprises me. I can't wait for the next one.

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I was not aware that this is the third book in a series. I didn't have any problems getting right into the story as, I'm guessing, each volume functions as a stand alone story. This was a great read and I highly recommend it. I want to track down the rest of the books in this series and start reading them.
Thank you NetGalley, Ivy Bay Press and Brenda Chapman for allowing me to read this ARC.

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