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Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada, are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal? Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective, is Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada, are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal? Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective, is close to retirement. He’s been through three marriages and two stints in rehab. He is on probation with the force. He knows the Anchorage Police department has given him this case because they don’t want it investigated fully and there’s no booze in the Arctic oil camps. Bernadette Callahan, the Canadian Detective, is in her mid thirties with a lot to prove on the force. She is Cree Indian and Irish, raised on a native reservation in Northern Canada. She’s been ingrained with the ways of the ‘people,’ by her grandmother that have given her instincts. Her instincts tell her there is something more than four dead people—someone is settling a score. The real crime will happen soon. The oil companies think the deaths are bad for publicity and they want them solved quickly. The detectives are under pressure to come up with a verdict they know is wrong. Callahan begins to unravel a series of unlikely suspects. A Chemistry Professor with a grudge against big oil, a Mexican low life gangster and Wall Street Executives. How are they connected? Something is about to happen to oil supplies in the Arctic. The two Detectives can sense it. They know it’s real—can they convince others to act?


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Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada, are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal? Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective, is Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada, are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal? Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective, is close to retirement. He’s been through three marriages and two stints in rehab. He is on probation with the force. He knows the Anchorage Police department has given him this case because they don’t want it investigated fully and there’s no booze in the Arctic oil camps. Bernadette Callahan, the Canadian Detective, is in her mid thirties with a lot to prove on the force. She is Cree Indian and Irish, raised on a native reservation in Northern Canada. She’s been ingrained with the ways of the ‘people,’ by her grandmother that have given her instincts. Her instincts tell her there is something more than four dead people—someone is settling a score. The real crime will happen soon. The oil companies think the deaths are bad for publicity and they want them solved quickly. The detectives are under pressure to come up with a verdict they know is wrong. Callahan begins to unravel a series of unlikely suspects. A Chemistry Professor with a grudge against big oil, a Mexican low life gangster and Wall Street Executives. How are they connected? Something is about to happen to oil supplies in the Arctic. The two Detectives can sense it. They know it’s real—can they convince others to act?

30 review for Polar Bear Dawn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Polar Bear Dawn is an action thriller that includes murders committed to advance an elaborate plot to enrich Wall Street investors. There are other murders and deaths and many complex plots and counter-plots, and a large cast of characters that are woven together over a long and winding novel. The author tells us that this is the first book in a series featuring detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but very little of this book is told from Bernadette's perspective, Polar Bear Dawn is an action thriller that includes murders committed to advance an elaborate plot to enrich Wall Street investors. There are other murders and deaths and many complex plots and counter-plots, and a large cast of characters that are woven together over a long and winding novel. The author tells us that this is the first book in a series featuring detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but very little of this book is told from Bernadette's perspective, and without the author's supertitle on the cover, it's hard to tell while reading it that Bernadette is the "main" character. The story starts out as the investigation into a murder, actually two murders, at an Arctic oil sands facility. Only one of the victims is partially eaten by a passing polar bear, which accounts for the title. The plot quicky moves to the conspiracy to interrupt the oil processing, staged by shadowy figures working for unethical Wall Street Barron's who want to make millions by manipulating the price of crude. There are several investigators picking at pieces of the puzzle in Alaska and Canada, Bernadette being only one of them. On the positive side, the books action and plot development in the first half is pretty good, and it is easy to get involved with the story early. The science around the sabotage plot is a bit far fetched, but the reader can go with it to a point. It's an engaging story and parts are well-written. The book is worth reading and includes many interesting characters. Particularly if you love long complex plots and far flung conspiracies, combined with sporadic action, you will enjoy this read. On the negative side, the book is WAY too long and drags considerably after the fist third. There are no real mysteries left after the halfway mark and the protagonist and his band of soldiers are not particularly sympathetic. There are far too many convenient circumstances, including how the heroes have unlimited access to all information due to their computer hacking prowess, and they have unlimited funds and an omnipotent network of allies anywhere in the world. It's just too easy. The author is going for suspense, but it is lacking The book is also riddled with copy editing errors, which become a distraction. I stopped noting them after the first 40. The writing generally is loose and wandering. The book would be much better if a good editor cleaned it up and cut a hundred pages or so. But, this is what we have. At the end of the long story, I am not a fan or Bernadette and I will not be spending any time reading the next book in the series. (There is a long preview at the end of this book) The author just didn't make me care enough about her or convince me that the next book's plot and writing will be worth my time. But, your interest level may vary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Michael

    Enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the main character was presented, sensible and aware of the difficulties a woman faces in a very masculine world and balances working around these problems or, when she feels it necessary, crosses lines. I very much prefer the touch the author has with the police procedural ... no major sex scenes, no stupid 'go in without backup' scenes and especially, a main character that is not addicted to alcohol, drugs, dealing with PTSD flashes or some weird phys Enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the main character was presented, sensible and aware of the difficulties a woman faces in a very masculine world and balances working around these problems or, when she feels it necessary, crosses lines. I very much prefer the touch the author has with the police procedural ... no major sex scenes, no stupid 'go in without backup' scenes and especially, a main character that is not addicted to alcohol, drugs, dealing with PTSD flashes or some weird physical problem. She is sensible, intelligent, work oriented and very much dealing with reality, my kind of character, and the supporting characters, some with major roles, were well developed as well for the most part. There were some formatting issues which were a bit troubling, but I find those easier to ignore than lack of characterization and poor storyline. The final "confrontation" with the villains was a bit over the top but I also suspect a bit tongue in cheek as well, which again, I can deal with. Overall, a good read especially for a free download and I have already purchased the next book in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Two sets of double murders at Oil Camps in Alaska and Canada, involving employees of the same company. Coincidence? Hardly. That the cases are connected quickly becomes obvious, but detectives Frank Mueller of Anchorage PD and Bernadette Callahan of the RCMP have their hands full trying to figure out the reasons behind these deaths. The excellently rendered settings are probably the strongest part of this book. The problem, for me at least, was that it couldn't quite seem to decide what it wanted Two sets of double murders at Oil Camps in Alaska and Canada, involving employees of the same company. Coincidence? Hardly. That the cases are connected quickly becomes obvious, but detectives Frank Mueller of Anchorage PD and Bernadette Callahan of the RCMP have their hands full trying to figure out the reasons behind these deaths. The excellently rendered settings are probably the strongest part of this book. The problem, for me at least, was that it couldn't quite seem to decide what it wanted to be and ended up somewhat all over the place. The story starts out as a murder mystery - and a murder mystery is what I was in the mood to read. But all the puzzle pieces are quickly spread out before the reader, with the obvious consequence that there really isn't a lot of mystery to be found in this mystery. Instead, the plot moves into a convoluted, longwinded and rather farfetched tale of a scheme to sabotage the oil industry that suffers from too many characters and POVs to really keep track of anything and I eventually lost interest.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Chilling thriller" Action adventure of high quality. Fast-paced, with good characterisation. "Chilling thriller" Action adventure of high quality. Fast-paced, with good characterisation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Haira

    This book is a thriller. The plot: a conspiracy by a number of bad parties to get a lot of money by turning water into gel so that the oil beneath it cannot be drilled out. How do they make money? No oil, production shut down, stock price down, they buy the shares. The plan was to release and sell the antidote to get the water ungelled, then sell back the shares at higher price. Hmmm. Hope I get that right. The good guys were a rebellious female detective and her many contacts (new and old) in th This book is a thriller. The plot: a conspiracy by a number of bad parties to get a lot of money by turning water into gel so that the oil beneath it cannot be drilled out. How do they make money? No oil, production shut down, stock price down, they buy the shares. The plan was to release and sell the antidote to get the water ungelled, then sell back the shares at higher price. Hmmm. Hope I get that right. The good guys were a rebellious female detective and her many contacts (new and old) in the world of law enforcement and private security. This is the first book in a series. Available for free (legally) in Kobo. Would I purchase next books in the series? Not now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tony Duxbury

    I really enjoyed this thriller set in the frozen north. I thought the concept was very good and loved the characters. Loved detective Callahan. The author struck the right balance between tough cop and a woman with her own feminine worries. Unlike other female protagonists, Callahan doesn`t set out to prove that she is as tough or tougher than the boys. She uses her intelligence and not her gun to stalk her prey. I would recommend this as a good read for any thriller fan. I really enjoyed this thriller set in the frozen north. I thought the concept was very good and loved the characters. Loved detective Callahan. The author struck the right balance between tough cop and a woman with her own feminine worries. Unlike other female protagonists, Callahan doesn`t set out to prove that she is as tough or tougher than the boys. She uses her intelligence and not her gun to stalk her prey. I would recommend this as a good read for any thriller fan.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    The setting is what attracted me to this novel: cold and remote. The story delivered on that end. I also enjoyed the oil business aspect. However, the plot develops too slowly and there are way too many characters. In addition, the book is in dire need of editing: typos, spelling errors and major punctuation errors. I must say I laughed out loud when I read "The screen showed a navel destroyer." Many of the errors should have been picked up at editing. The setting is what attracted me to this novel: cold and remote. The story delivered on that end. I also enjoyed the oil business aspect. However, the plot develops too slowly and there are way too many characters. In addition, the book is in dire need of editing: typos, spelling errors and major punctuation errors. I must say I laughed out loud when I read "The screen showed a navel destroyer." Many of the errors should have been picked up at editing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thea

    I liked this book and I needed a break from reading all the post apocalyptic books that I have been reading since this COVID 19 outbreak.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz Wood

    Just getting interesting? What a fascinating world Canada has become. The concept of polywater seems possible, even probable. How to solve the problem seems to be found in plain old scientific methods, not in some high-falutin scheme.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cam

    A great, fast paced thriller with engaging characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    patricia

    The story opens with a dead man falling unto the snow at an oil field in the far north and a polar bear who thought he found a meal. Shortly after two more are dead and then another. Lots of characters in Polar Bear Dawn. Who is trying to sabotage the oil fields and why. The person who puts it together is Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She was told to stand down but Bernadette couldn't let it go. This is the first in a series by Lyle Nicholson. The story opens with a dead man falling unto the snow at an oil field in the far north and a polar bear who thought he found a meal. Shortly after two more are dead and then another. Lots of characters in Polar Bear Dawn. Who is trying to sabotage the oil fields and why. The person who puts it together is Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She was told to stand down but Bernadette couldn't let it go. This is the first in a series by Lyle Nicholson.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Whipp

    The mystery regarding sabotage and murder while trying to manipulate oil stocks started off well enough. It takes place mainly in Alaska and Canada. Interesting premise, but it was soon bogged down by plot holes, way too many characters and side stories, and lots of spelling errors in the Kindle edition. Why does a professional hit team think they need to bring in outside help to kill an elderly professor on a remote island? At that point in the book, McAllen's military history was completely un The mystery regarding sabotage and murder while trying to manipulate oil stocks started off well enough. It takes place mainly in Alaska and Canada. Interesting premise, but it was soon bogged down by plot holes, way too many characters and side stories, and lots of spelling errors in the Kindle edition. Why does a professional hit team think they need to bring in outside help to kill an elderly professor on a remote island? At that point in the book, McAllen's military history was completely unknown to them. Which also reminds me that professional killers that fail to do their homework on their targets probably don't last very long. I honestly never really connected to any of the characters, and there were plenty from which to choose. My favorite was the polar bear, but he wasn't destined for a happy ending...

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Autero

    I had a chance to read “Polar Bear Dawn” by Lyle Nicholson and found it to be quite enjoyable. It’s a thriller/mystery that brings in aspects of technology, detective work, military involvement as well as the harsh realities of life in the frozen wilderness of Canada. An organization has devised a plan to throw the oil business into anarchy. People and equipment are put into place to carry out the plot, but things start to go sideways. Detective Bernadette Callahan from the Royal Canadian Mounte I had a chance to read “Polar Bear Dawn” by Lyle Nicholson and found it to be quite enjoyable. It’s a thriller/mystery that brings in aspects of technology, detective work, military involvement as well as the harsh realities of life in the frozen wilderness of Canada. An organization has devised a plan to throw the oil business into anarchy. People and equipment are put into place to carry out the plot, but things start to go sideways. Detective Bernadette Callahan from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is given the task to derail the "terroristic" plan and bring those responsible to justice. I am intentionally trying to be vague with my description here because this is a mystery and I don’t want to tip you off to any of the surprises. There are a variety of characters in the story, so pay close attention to who is doing what. And keep your eyes open for hints in the storyline that twist themselves together into some “Ah Ha!” moments. One of the characters that reveals itself as the story goes on, is the frigid cold of the region. Life in such a frozen place has certain nuances that folks in warmer climates have never experienced or even thought about. I found this aspect of the story likeable and interesting. Mr. Nicholson does a nice job of leading us through the story and since this book is a part of a series, wraps it up realistically, but with us still wanting more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    The book wasn't too bad for a free book. However, none of the characters had any depth to them (including the so called main character Bernadette Callahan) nor could I relate to any of them. Moreover, the book is meant to be a mystery not a Sci Fi story. This book was neither. The story wasn't well thought out, it seemed to be a vehicle for gun fights as in'the expendables', some sci fi, some policing and mystery mixed in, throw a shaman in there who can turn a stone cold cartel head into a relax The book wasn't too bad for a free book. However, none of the characters had any depth to them (including the so called main character Bernadette Callahan) nor could I relate to any of them. Moreover, the book is meant to be a mystery not a Sci Fi story. This book was neither. The story wasn't well thought out, it seemed to be a vehicle for gun fights as in'the expendables', some sci fi, some policing and mystery mixed in, throw a shaman in there who can turn a stone cold cartel head into a relaxed person in a matter of days, and you get the gist of this story. No more from this writer for me, even if it's for free.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Witherspoon

    Fantastic Read I could not put this book down. The intrigue was captivating and all the characters were some of the most captivating folks you could ask for in a mystery novel. Even the bad guys were captivating. The action was constant from page one and continued throughout. It had the best plot I've read in a long time and the ending was exactly what I hoped for especially regarding the instigator in the whole plot who was just great. You have got to read this book so of course I'm recommending Fantastic Read I could not put this book down. The intrigue was captivating and all the characters were some of the most captivating folks you could ask for in a mystery novel. Even the bad guys were captivating. The action was constant from page one and continued throughout. It had the best plot I've read in a long time and the ending was exactly what I hoped for especially regarding the instigator in the whole plot who was just great. You have got to read this book so of course I'm recommending it. Put it at the top of your must read list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I found it difficult to follow the story line initially, with the first impressions coming from the point of view of the polar bear who then dies within the first few chapters. After overcoming this obstacle, I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the insight into the law enforcement process in areas far separated from my own. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime literature.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keith Withers

    Thrilling drama What a great start to the series of Bernadette Callahan mystery stories. In an action packed series of events we are led through an attempt at disabling oil production in an Aretha was in Canada. The plot thickens very quickly and in the thick of it all stands our heroine, Detective Bernadette Callahan, fighting to control the situation. A thoroughly entertaining story and great introduction for the following books in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    carl sand

    Pretty good book, Dude VERY nice! Fast paced and good story content. Characters were personable and believable. I read 3 or 4 books a week and this one was a pleasure! Doom and gloom and graphic sex was kept to a minimum which I appreciated. Looking forward to others

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janet Miller

    This was the first book I've read by this author. I found it fast reading that held my attention. I will look for more by this author. This was the first book I've read by this author. I found it fast reading that held my attention. I will look for more by this author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    daisy riddle

    Great story Well this story had everything. Murder, Canadian mounties, polar bears, navy, the list goes on. A really good way to pass a few hours, well written and very enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Swink

    Very well written. My kind of heroine. Very well written with just the right cadence of both sides of the equation at just the right juncture to move the story forward

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hal Campbell

    Good yarn! A little overboard but a good development of the main characters. All in all, even with the few slow spots, a fun read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Tricky The characters are 3 dimensional and complete with flaws. New author that I am going to follow . Check it out

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ian Macfarlane

    Excellent This is a really,really good novel. It moves at a good pace, it holds your attention throughout. Looks like I'll have to read more by Mr Nicholson Excellent This is a really,really good novel. It moves at a good pace, it holds your attention throughout. Looks like I'll have to read more by Mr Nicholson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Wow! I like reading a crime story and this one certainly fills the bill. Drama and excitement on every page. Great read. Thanks.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shivam Tiwari

    A terrorist attack, stone cold killers, murders, blackmails and a polar bear! This book has it all! Two bodies are found in an oil camp in Alaska’s High Arctic. Another two are found two thousand kilometres away in a tar pond in Canada’s Northern Oil Sands. Soon, the detectives working these cases are about to discover how all of it is connected. Now, they have to work together to find out not only the motive of these killings but also, the larger scheme of which these murders are part of. Their A terrorist attack, stone cold killers, murders, blackmails and a polar bear! This book has it all! Two bodies are found in an oil camp in Alaska’s High Arctic. Another two are found two thousand kilometres away in a tar pond in Canada’s Northern Oil Sands. Soon, the detectives working these cases are about to discover how all of it is connected. Now, they have to work together to find out not only the motive of these killings but also, the larger scheme of which these murders are part of. Theirs is a race against time as a delay can cause serious impact on the North American oil production. The book is a Science fiction thriller. It talks about a carefully calculated plan to not only shut down oil production but also to earn from this setback through various means. Oh! Don’t worry! It's not that I just told you a spoiler. I wouldn’t do that, guys! Actually, all this you’ll find in the first few pages of the book. Along with that, you’ll be introduced with almost 20 characters including the villains, murderers, masterminds of the plan etc. In short, all the suspense which could’ve been valuable for later chapters is exposed rapidly. The book features so many characters that I lost count (Callahan, Mueller, McAllen, Troy, Parsons, Cordele, Randall, Duncan, Margaret, Della, Byron and the list goes on). With all these people, there was an equal number of descriptions and background details which were quite exasperating (At one point, four characters were named simultaneously, meaning a 2-page report of height, hair, skin, marital status and attractiveness level). More often than not, I had to go back and find out about the person being mentioned. This book made me use the X-Ray feature of my Kindle (Super awesome, But I hope to god I never have to use it again!). Most of the book is written in a very strange way. It felt like the reader is already there where the book takes ages to reach. I was around 30% into it when I found myself taking long strides and skipping lines. One reason was the flow of the book, which was like a written infomercial. This also made me totally indifferent to the individual life of the characters. As a result, I found it a hard read. Also, the ending was a bit of a letdown. I would say that It’s not all bad. The way how the author brought a Polar Bear into it is fascinating. I wish she would’ve built up on it a little more. The character of Bernadette Callahan is really amusing and amiable. The problem is that she really doesn’t seem like the lead as there are so many other characters. There were times when Callahan was out of the picture for so long I forgot this book was “Bernadette Callahan Mysteries – Book 1”.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Polar Bear Dawn: A Detective Bernadette Callahan Mystery: Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1 is by Lyle Nicholson. This is a very interesting title for a book and it is derived from the very first of the book. It catches your attention from the beginning and the action continues through the book. Set in Canada, the reader gets a different perspective of police actions than from those in the US. Senior Security Office Troy Mercury of Arctic Oil is called to Polar Bear Dawn: A Detective Bernadette Callahan Mystery: Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1 is by Lyle Nicholson. This is a very interesting title for a book and it is derived from the very first of the book. It catches your attention from the beginning and the action continues through the book. Set in Canada, the reader gets a different perspective of police actions than from those in the US. Senior Security Office Troy Mercury of Arctic Oil is called to investigate an attack by a polar bear on one of the men who work for Arctic Oil. A Polar bear attack is not something to be taken lightly nor is it a common occurrence. As Troy begins his investigation, it is believed the polar bear attacked a man in an alleyway. When it becomes evident that the man was dead before the polar bear got to him, it becomes a murder investigation. It becomes a double murder investigation with the discovery of the body of a young lady who also worked for Clearwater Technologies. The two were brother and sister. What is going on? Now it becomes a joint investigation by Troy and the Mounted police.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rivas-mc

    Polar Bear Dawn was a quick, great read. Murders that seem random but are connected. Author Lyle Nicholson allows us into the minds of the cast of characters on the many different sides of the fence. The back stories of the characters are all interesting and, to be honest, I really didn’t want our anti-heroes to get caught. Bernadette Callahan is a young, junk food addicted, Canadian Mountie whose intuition won’t allow her to let up (even when she’s taken off the case) but she’s not unaware of i Polar Bear Dawn was a quick, great read. Murders that seem random but are connected. Author Lyle Nicholson allows us into the minds of the cast of characters on the many different sides of the fence. The back stories of the characters are all interesting and, to be honest, I really didn’t want our anti-heroes to get caught. Bernadette Callahan is a young, junk food addicted, Canadian Mountie whose intuition won’t allow her to let up (even when she’s taken off the case) but she’s not unaware of issues raised in the book: “The incidents of cancer in the oil sands area appalled her. What really brought the situation home to her were the native murder victims she reviewed. The coroner’s reports often showed high levels of heavy metal in their blood: mercury, arsenic, beryllium, copper, cadmium, thallium, nickel, zinc, and silver—all known carcinogens” Nicholson has managed to create a mystery that also raises awareness of critical environmental issues. I’ll look for the other books in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Callon

    This novel's plot centers on a conspiracy to disrupt the international oil market by polluting the water that's used to pump crude from the ground. The book is written in an action-packed style with many, many characters who include the RCMP, the CSIS, the FBI and a host of others comprising terrorists, oil and investment executives. To avoid getting lost among so many folks, the reader has to focus on a few major characters. I didn't bother about forgetting who some of them were as that didn't This novel's plot centers on a conspiracy to disrupt the international oil market by polluting the water that's used to pump crude from the ground. The book is written in an action-packed style with many, many characters who include the RCMP, the CSIS, the FBI and a host of others comprising terrorists, oil and investment executives. To avoid getting lost among so many folks, the reader has to focus on a few major characters. I didn't bother about forgetting who some of them were as that didn't impact the flow of the story at all. One key character was well-developed. The RCMP detective Bernadette Callahan is an overweight, fast-food junkie who ignores the chain of command to get the job done. She is devoted to her role and outperforms all her male colleagues. All in all the novel was a pleasant though non-taxing read with few surprises. This review was written by Shawn Callon author The Diplomatic Spy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Bernadette Callahan is a detective in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, assigned to Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is the home of several large oil camps. There's been a suicide -- or maybe it's a murder. Or is it two murders? Then there are more bodies and a mystery that threatens to bring world oil markets to their knees. It's a good story - lots of interesting characters, lots of shady motives, and you don't know quite who to root for. I love a bit of ambiguity! Reality is seldom black and whi Bernadette Callahan is a detective in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, assigned to Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is the home of several large oil camps. There's been a suicide -- or maybe it's a murder. Or is it two murders? Then there are more bodies and a mystery that threatens to bring world oil markets to their knees. It's a good story - lots of interesting characters, lots of shady motives, and you don't know quite who to root for. I love a bit of ambiguity! Reality is seldom black and white and straight lines. Callahan is a good cop (my second female cop this week, I think), but she is saddled with a by-the-books superior officer who is not inclined to listen to her. I've worked with that guy before, I think; lots of women have. Part of the fun is watching her navigate those waters. Read my full review here.

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