Raven Lake

Raven Lake

Book - 2016
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Pat Tierney's dream vacation turns into a nightmare when the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Meanwhile, a con artist has targeted cottages in the area, and vacationers are arriving, only to learn they are victims of a rental scam. Now Pat must navigate treacherous waters to protect those who are dear to her.
Publisher: [Edmonton, Alta.] : Imajin Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781772232417
Branch Call Number: FIC McCra
Characteristics: 220 pages


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Dec 11, 2017

Raven Lake is the third Pat Tierney escapade (haven't read the prior two), this one set during summer in cottage country (think desirable lakefront properties) north of Toronto. A surfeit of characters makes interrelationships difficult to keep track of, and stilted discourse permeates the novel. That being said, what do we have here? Braeloch is a small town, not a far-flung exotic locale, with mundane daily activity. Everyone knows everybody's business. Also, as one character quipped, by and large, being at least a third or fourth cousin to most denizens of the town is a foregone conclusion. So, when a missing person is found murdered, one and all are on the radar screen. What follows is not a high octane thriller, but the depiction of an amateur vs official investigation, overlaid with family entanglements all around. Broaden the goings-on with financial skulduggery (rental property scams) and we have a middling attention grabber of a read, especially for southern Ontario types. Quite frankly, my take is that the absence of a smoothly orchestrated, melodramatic plot, either by design or accident, actually is a truer depiction of the flotsam and jetsam that flows around us as we try to progress through the day, whatever our mission may be. An earnest effort by Rosemary McCracken. PS p 194 When Pat and Riza, at an isolated spot on the lake, go for a swim, if one skinny dips no way the other remains wrapped in textiles. Rather overly prudish behavior scripted by the author. Reality suffers.

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