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What's Left Behind

What's Left Behind

Gail Bowen

The latest novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve series opens in the month of May, a time of beginnings when all things seem possible. Joanne's husband, Zack, recently elected mayor of Regina, is optimistic that he can garner the public support necessary to make Regina a city that works -- not just for the few, but for the many. Their oldest son Peter is marrying Maisie Crawford, a woman as clever and forthright as she is lovely. Their lakeside wedding is a dream come true, but when a former lover of a member of the bridal party shows up, the dream becomes a nightmare. Before the bride's bouquet has wilted, there's an act of sickening cruelty; soon afterwards, there's a murder. Devastated, Joanne and Zack search for answers. As it becomes increasingly unclear whether political agendas, shattered romance, or a secret buried deep in the past have motivated the crimes, the loyalties of the Shreve family are tested. A gripping mystery with a social conscience, this is a novel of high stakes and innocence lost.

12 Rose Street: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

12 Rose Street: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Gail Bowen

Joanne's husband Zack is the leading progressive candidate in a neck-and-neck race, with the existing mayor, for Regina's top job. The tough campaigning is well underway when a disturbing threat disrupts the celebration for the opening of the Racette-Hunter Centre -- a project Zack has been spearheading, intended to benefit the impoverished community of North Central Regina. Joanne soon realizes that sinister interests are working behind the scenes of the election, and another savage act makes clear that someone will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo. The Shreve campaign perseveres, but when Zack's opponents share some shocking information about the past, the revelation sends Joanne reeling. As tensions around the election build, Joanne tries to hold herself together, keep her family intact, and get to the bottom of why a series of violent incidents, seemingly related to the mayoral race, all lead back to a mysterious property in North Central, 12 Rose Street. A gripping novel about family and friendship, competition and betrayal, 12 Rose Street confirms why Gail Bowen is indeed the "queen of Canadian crime fiction" (Winnipeg Free Press).

The Gifted: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

The Gifted: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Gail Bowen

Jo and Zack are both proud and a little concerned when their youngest daughter Taylor -- whose birth mother was a brilliant but notoriously promiscuous artist -- has two paintings chosen for a high-level fund-raising auction. One they've seen; the other, a portrait of a young male artist's model, Taylor has carefully guarded in her studio. Their concern grows when it becomes clear (and quite public) that the young man is the lover of the older socialite who organized the fund-raiser -- and whose husband is Zack's old friend. Soon, an ugly web of infidelity, addiction, and manipulation seems to be weaving itself around the Kilbourn-Shreve family. Jo and Zack are doing their best to keep everyone safe, but when one of the principal players in the drama is found murdered, events begin to spiral, Taylor seems to be drifting further away, and their very darkest fears seem about to be realized…

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Gail Bowen

"Security for any one of us lies in greater abundance for all of us." For many years, this was the core of Joanne's political beliefs, but for a number of reasons, she has drifted away from it. But on the day Joanne retires from her university teaching post, she has a dream about her first husband (murdered many years ago), and this line comes back vividly in it. Soon, she is forced to experience the truth of what, for most of her life, had just been a good closing line for a political speech. The night after Jo and Zack have dinner with Zack's colleague Margot and one of his law firm's biggest clients, the developer Leland Hunter, Jo and Zack's house is blown up. They're at the lake with daughter Taylor and their dogs, but the house is destroyed. And that is only the first of several terrible incidents. It isn't long before Joanne is witness to events far more distressing than even a destroyed home. She begins to understand what it's like to live in a world where she can count on nothing...

The Nesting Dolls

The Nesting Dolls

Gail Bowen

Just hours before her body is found in a car in a parking lot, a young woman hands her baby to a perfect stranger and disappears. The stranger is the daughter of Delia Wainberg, a lawyer in the same firm as Joanne Kilbourn's husband. One close look at the child suggests that there might be a family relationship, and soon the truth about the child Delia gave up for adoption years ago comes out. The boy must be Delia's grandson. Then his mother is found dead, sexually assaulted and murdered. Not only is there a killer on the loose, but the dead woman's partner is demanding custody of the child...

Love You to Death

Love You to Death

Gail Bowen

Charlie D is the host of a successful late-night radio call-in show. His listeners have a particularly intimate relationship with him and often reveal much about themselves, confident that he will honor their trust and that he can save them. In their minds, he is perfect: one of life’s winners. But Charlie feels he’s something of a fake. His easy confidence on-air belies the reality for a man born with a wine-colored birthmark that covers half his face. Love You to Death covers one hour on “The World According to Charlie D”—an hour during which he must both discover the long-time listener who is killing the people who trust him and attempt to come to terms with the man behind the birthmark...

The Brutal Heart

The Brutal Heart

Gail Bowen

With a general election just weeks away, Joanne Kilbourn is following the campaign of Ginny Monaghan, a woman who has her eyes set on the leadership of the federal Conservative Party and whose success depends, not so much on the election-day poll, but on the outcome of a custody battle she’s fighting with her ex. Joanne thinks this is perfect material for a TV program she’s putting together on women and party politics. Happy to be back in the political fray that used to be her life during her first marriage, Joanne is soon also glad of the distraction it provides. A local call girl has been murdered — a woman whose regular clientele included several of Regina’s most prominent lawyers, including — until he met Joanne — her own husband, Zach Shreve...

The Endless Knot: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

The Endless Knot: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Gail Bowen

When journalist Kathryn Morrissey’s sensational book on the lives of thirteen adult children of prominent Canadians is published, one of the parents, Sam Parker, is furious enough to take a pot shot at the author, grazing her shoulder. Charges are laid, and Joanne’s new beau, Zack Shreve, is hired by Parker as his defence counsel. On the day of the verdict, Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne’s investigation quickly has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child...

The Last Good Day: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

The Last Good Day: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Gail Bowen

Joanne Kilbourn is on holiday at a cottage borrowed from a lawyer friend, one of a cluster of summer homes owned by lawyers from the same prestigious firm. When one of them kills himself the night after a long talk with Joanne, she is pushed into investigating just what her neighbours are involved with, an investigation that has startling – and fatal – consequences...

The Glass Coffin

The Glass Coffin

Gail Bowen

Joanne Kilbourn's initial delight at her friend's impending wedding quickly sours when she learns that the filmmaker bridegroom has been widowed twice when the wives he hounded with his camera committed suicide. And when bodies start dropping, it becomes clear that joining the bridegroom's family may indeed be a lethal prospect...

Burying Ariel

Burying Ariel

Gail Bowen

It's not uncommon for an academic to get stabbed in the back, but when it literally happens to her colleague in the political science department, Ariel Warren, amateur sleuth Joanne Kilbourn is set to solve her seventh case. When it's discovered that Ariel was pregnant at the time of her death, an ex-lover, radio talk show host Charles Dowhanuik makes for an easy target. What complicates matters is that Charles is also the son of the ex-premier who is the newest member of the poli sci department...

Verdict in Blood

Verdict in Blood

Gail Bowen

Hilda McCourt is staying with her friend Joanne Kilbourn when they both get the news that their friend Judge Justine Blackwell has been battered to death in a public park. A group of ex-prisoners who had been incarcerated by the judge seem to have reasons to want Blackwell dead, but so do her three angry daughters, especially a former rock star and a discredited psychiatrist...

A Killing Spring

A Killing Spring

Gail Bowen

The head of the School of Journalism at the university where Joanne Kilbourn teaches, is found dead in a seedy rooming house. Suicide, the police say. But for Joanne, this death is just the first in a series of misfortunes that rock her life, both professional and personal. Badly shaken, Joanne struggles to carry on, and in doing so steps unknowingly into an on-campus world of fear and deceit and murder...

A Colder Kind of Death

A Colder Kind of Death

Gail Bowen

When her husband's murderer is shot to death in the exercise yard at the penitentiary, it dredges up all of Joanne's worst nightmares. Especially when the murderer's wife is found dead just days after and Joanne is the number one suspect...

The Wandering Soul Murders

The Wandering Soul Murders

Gail Bowen

Joanne Kilbourn is horrified when her grown daughter finds the body of a teenaged office cleaner hanging out of a dumpster. Although it looks as though she's another victim in a series of prostitute killings, significant details persuade police that it is a copycat murder...

Murder at the Mendel

Murder at the Mendel

Gail Bowen

When the director of a local private gallery is brutally murdered, Joanne finds that the past she and artist Sally Love share was far more complicated, and far more sordid, than she had realized...

Deadly Appearances

Deadly Appearances

Gail Bowen

Joanne still hasn't quite come to terms with the murder of her husband when politician Andy Boychuk, a family friend and one of her husband's closest colleagues, is murdered. Even though there seem to be few other suspects, Kilbourn is determined to clear Boychuk's wife, Eve, on whom all suspicions seem to be falling. But Joanne discovers that there are hidden secrets in Andy and Eve's past that someone doesn't want revealed, even if it means killing again...


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