The Night Bell

The Night Bell

Paperback - 2015
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Michael Redhill's new Hazel Micallef mystery, written under the pen name of Inger Ash Wolfe, is his strongest yet. For readers of crime fiction who enjoy such writers as Giles Blunt, Linwood Barclay, Lee Child, Louise Penny, Peter Robinson.

     The fourth novel in this acclaimed series is brilliantly paced, addictively suspenseful--the author's best yet. Hazel Micallef (played by Suzanne Sarandon in the recent film of the series' debut, The Calling ) has become one of crime writing's most memorable detectives. Port Dundas, Ontario, is portrayed vividly in the series as the quintessential Canadian town. The Night Bell moves between the past and the present, as two mysteries converge. A discovery of the bones of murdered children is made on land that was once a county foster home. Now it's being developed as a brand new subdivision whose first residents are already railing against broken promises and corruption. But when three of their number are murdered after the find, their frustration turns to terror. While trying to stem the panic and solve two crimes at once, Hazel finds her memory stirred back to the fall of 1959, when the disappearance of a girl from town was blamed on her adopted brother. Although he is long dead, she begins to see the present case as a chance to clear her brother's name, something that drives Hazel beyond her own considerable limits and right into the sights of an angry killer.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780771088681
077108868X
Branch Call Number: FIC Wolfe
Characteristics: 391 pages : maps.

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lpreston214
Oct 10, 2016

This installment in the Hazel Micallef series had several storylines going at once. I'm not sure whether I liked that or not. The missing girl from Hazel's childhood, the bones of boys from the Home, the missing police officer and the horribly murdered residents of the development seemed kind of like too much. I still love Hazel though so I enjoyed the book.

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randalljay
Aug 11, 2016

I like her stories and the characters. I am sometimes suspect about the realism of police procedures..but it is fiction.

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Eil_1
Jun 25, 2016

The ideas that prompted the plot were excellent. The back and forth from the '50's to 'present day' were somewhat overplayed. "A Door in the River" was, I thought, much better - gave it 4+ rating.

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uncommonreader
Jun 22, 2016

Hazel seems to becoming younger as this series progresses. Once again, the author has chosen great themes - the corruption of developers and the mistreatment of young institutionalized boys in the 1950s.

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