Edgar winner - and a great read! The first of the series set on Canada's Sunshine Coast and introducing Staff Sgt. Alberg and his co-workers. The mystery is more "why" than "who", and is an interesting study of personalities and past lives. I will definitely read all the others.
'In this, L.R. Wright's first mystery novel, we are introduced to RCMP Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg; and so begins the highly-acclaimed series featuring Karl and librarian Cassandra Mitchell.
At eighty, George Wilcox hardly expected to crown his life by committing a murder. It had happened so quickly, so easily, so unexpectedly in the sleepy town on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia: a near-perfect crime that wraps Wilcox in a web of guilt, honor, and secrets of the past. An unprovoked act that soon binds him to the warmhearted town librarian, Cassandra Mitchell, and her new romantic interest, zealous Staff Sergeant Alberg. Together, this troubled trio find themselves caught up in a crime whose solution transcends the logic of pure justice.'
This mystery is set on the west coast of Canada along the 'Sunshine Coast'. Our detective is a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Different for me. Also different, the story opens with the murder and we know who it is from the get go. Question is why and will he turn himself in or will Karl figure it out?
I couldn't put it down. I loved George and Cassandra. I HAD to find out what happened all those years ago when George was young and why he hated Carlyle so much. The murder changed everything for George. His whole life and what he believed was turned upside down. Had he been wrong all those years? I wanted to go to the 'Sunshine Coast' and go to Cassandra's library. Karl seemed a little offish but the stray cat gives us a clue to what is really at the heart of this tough Mountie. I will tell you, the end had me crying. Maybe I'm just a big softie:) A totally satisfying read.
There are 9 books in the series with Alberg and in the last one he retires and Sgt. Edwina Henderson takes his place and there are two more books featuring her. That's quite different too!
This is a very interesting book. It starts with an elderly gentleman killing his elderly brother-in-law. The twist is, we know who is the killer as the police try to figure it out. The reasons he did it are slowly revealed as the reader become more involved with the characters. The characters are well developed and the book is a short easy read.
Knowing who the murderer is from the beginning of the story didn't detract at all from this nicely written mystery. Wright created interesting, likable and slightly offbeat characters who are involved not in an action-packed adventure but in a thoughtful and intelligent investigation. I'm definitely interested in reading more in the Alberg mystery series.