by Inger Ash Wolfe is $2.16.
Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she has no real option but to move into her ex-husbandís basement and suffer the humiliation of his new wife bringing her meals down on a tray. As if that werenít enough, Hazelís octogenarian mother secretly flushes Hazelís stash of painkillers down the toilet.
Itís almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body fished up by tourists in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of Micallef ís neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake with divers to recover the body, she and DC James Wingate, leading the police detachment in Micallef ís absence, know they are being played. But itís not clear who is pulling their strings and why, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. Itís Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation.
The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef, ďa compelling, unlikely heroĒ (EntertainmentWeekly), is a stunning and suspenseful exploration of the obsessive far reaches of love, confirming Inger Ash Wolfe as one of the best mystery writers today.