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Alberta - Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman and Nancy Freedman
British Columbia - The Suspect by L. R. Wright; Among the Departed by Vicki Delany
Labrador - The Moravians in Labrador by an anonymous author
Manitoba - I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby
New Brunswick - The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier
Newfoundland - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
Northwest Territories - Far North by Will Hobbs
Nova Scotia - My Famous Evening by Howard Norman
Nunavut - Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy
Ontario - Death of a Sunday Writer by Eric Wright
Prince Edward Island - Land of the Red Soil by Douglas Baldwin
Quebec - The Cruelest Month, A Rule Against Murder, The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, and A Trick of the Light all by Louise Penny; Windflower by Gabrielle Roy
Saskatchewan - Who Has Seen the Wind by W. O. Mitchell
Yukon - Journey by James Michener
Nova Scotia: My Famous Evening by Howard Norman. Howard Norman discovered Nova Scotia in the late 1960s while a graduate student working on a folklore project at Indiana University. He's been returning ever since because of his attachment to it. He shares stories with us that he has learned from the locals as well as from his own personal encounters. There is a small thread which each seemingly unrelated story to the other. While I enjoyed Norman's writing, I wasn't particularly drawn into his style of writing. My favorite story was the first which was largely a collection of previously unpublished letters shared with him by the letter writer's sister. Persons with an interest in Joseph Conrad, Elizabeth Bishop, or birding may enjoy the stories featuring each. 3 stars.
Sgt. Kennison, a Mountie, has been sent to Yellowknife, NWT, because of the threat he poses his superiors. When the body of Dr. Kneisser, a scientist researching the Franklin Expedition, and another person turn up dead in Victory Point, King William Island, Nunavut, he is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, Ruby Cruz has been sent by Kneisser's sponsors to fetch him back to the Washington, DC area along with a journal he's discovered. For such a cold and dark destination, there's a surprising amount of action and adventure packed into these pages. I'd love to revisit the characters, but the author's death after completing this book makes that an impossibility. I'll just have to imagine what might have happened. 4 stars.
Among the Departed by Vicki Delany - When RCMP officer Adam Tocek along with his girlfriend Constable Molly Smith of the Trafalgar police locate a boy who wandered from his campsite in the nearby provincial park, they happen across some human bones. The first person that pops into Molly's mind is the father of one of her childhood friends who went missing about 15 years earlier. Can the bones be identified? Was foul play involved? If so, who committed the deed and why? It will be up to Molly's colleagues to find out. I loved the characters of Adam and Molly and of most of the people in the town. They were quite fun and pleasant. This novel, however, did have a few problems. The one that nagged at me from early in the book is an error which showed poor research on the part of the author. They were discussing the find of the bones and how identification could be made through DNA. One of the characters made the statement that mitochondrial DNA could be collected for comparison. Then they went to the son of the person to whom they believed the bones belonged to attempt to collect a sample. Mitochondrial DNA is passed along by the mother instead of the father, so the son would not have been a match had he agreed to give a sample. Instead, they should have been collecting a sample from a sibling of the person. Fortunately, the son refused to give a sample, and they ended up making identification through dental records, so I didn't have to congratulate them upon finding their mother's brother. There were a few proofreading errors that would not have been caught by spell check that were present. I'm also pretty sure that the dish one of the characters enjoyed while dining was huevos rancheros instead of huveros rancheros as the book stated. In spite of the problems, the characters make this an enjoyable read. This review is based on an Advanced Readers Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. 3 stars.
As far as NetGalley, this one was downloadable on my Kindle since it was a drm-free PDF from Poisoned Pen Press. I much preferred the font size on the first and last pages of each chapter because I had it set on "fit to screen" so that I wouldn't have to do a lot of scrolling. The font was a little smaller than I would have liked on the internal pages, but it was manageable. Fortunately, the Kindle button is supposed to be back next month for most NetGalley books, I think. I have read a couple of NetGalley books on my iPhone with the Bluefire app. It's not bad, but I prefer my Kindle.
Sad that she made the factual error you describe. Something like that can discourage me from ever again picking up a book by the author.
Wouldn't the mother's brother and the mother have identical mtDNA? My brother and I share the same mtDNA passed down the maternal side from my mother. I've passed my mtDNA along to my sons, but the passage stops there, only a daughter can pass mtDNA along further. Anyway I've read two books in the Molly Smith series and plan to read the others so I'll see for myself if there is indeed a factual error in the story. I haven't noticed any blatant errors in her stories before this.
I just finished reading 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs, which is set in Montreal btw, and which also uses mtDNA to make an identification from an old skeleton. Sometimes mtDNA is the only DNA that is collectable in older bone specimens.
The problem with the Delany book is that the person being tested was the son of a male victim. He would have been a Y-DNA match (and shown similarities in autosomal DNA), but the chances of the deceased having the same mtDNA as his wife is very remote (although not impossible if the right cousins intermarried at the right time).
Windflower by Gabrielle Roy - This is the story of an Eskimo woman living in northern Quebec's Nunavit region, specifically in Fort Chimo along the Koksoak River, who becomes pregnant by an American serviceman. She did not know the soldier's name because it was a difficult name for her. She refused to name the soldier, even though she recognized him, because she realized he would be disciplined for his conduct. The story is also about her son Jimmy's growth and coming of age. This is a beautiful story with rich language that paints a picture of the harsh life in the Arctic regions of Quebec. The attitudes of the people in that area along with the clashes in cultures between the white man and the natives is also depicted. The novel does a good job of showing the role of religion and the clergy in the area. This is a book that deserves a much wider audience. 4.5 stars.
Vivienne - I decided to download a free title for my Kindle to fill the Labrador category. I downloaded four, but I know which one is my first choice. I'm a little hesitant when the books are older titles. Some are more readable than others. I figured that at least one of these four would hold my attention.