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The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe

The Night Bell (Hazel Micallef Mystery, #4)The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will be released August 9

First: This book is fourth in a series, but I’ll be reviewing it as a standalone novel. As a standalone, the first couple of chapters are rough because the characters come at you fast and furious, as if you’re already familiar with them. That made things confusing.

But stick with it, because this book is totally worth it.

There are three main story threads in this novel, which follows the work of a local Canadian police woman. The author loosely weaves them together in a way that’s not forced, but delicately handled. It adds intricate layers to the novel which shows how skilled this author is.

Here they are:
1) In 1957, young local girl disappears and our heroine, Hazel, and her friend Gloria are among the last to see her alive. There were suspicions that Gloria’s younger brother was involved. Was he? (Dun dun dun!)
2) In 2007 Hazel is put on a case, where human bones are found in a new housing development. The land they are found on used to be a home for orphaned boys, which seems to inspire only awful memories in those that lived there.
3) As Hazel and her colleagues work that case, homeowners in the new development – which is floundering – are brutally murdered.

Whew!

The story is deep and rich and kept me guessing until the very end. It’s like a puzzle where you’re trying to see how all the pieces come together to form the full picture. And you don’t get to see that picture until the very last pages.

This author is obviously very talented at crafting a beautifully atmospheric story and creating characters that are compelling and intriguing. Couldn’t put this book down once I got about halfway through.

I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the series to read more about them.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in a great mystery.

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