The Drowned Man

The Drowned Man

A Peter Cammon Mystery

Book - 2013
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Retired Chief Inspector Peter Cammon travels to Canada to retrieve the body of a murdered Scotland Yard colleague who was brutally attacked, run over by a car, and then dumped into a canal -- all seemingly for the theft of three letters from the American Civil War era, one of which is signed by John Wilkes Booth. Meanwhile, Alice Nahri, the girlfriend of the dead man, looms over the investigation.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781770410435
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Whe


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Dec 10, 2013

This book was on sale on Kobo, but did I want to include it on my ereader for holiday reading? So I picked the book up at the library to investigate the plot, the writing style of the author and the book's interest level. I ended up reading the whole novel! The plot revolves around 3 letters written by John W. Booth that involve the French Canadians/the British in the Canadas during US Civil War. I found that aspect of the story the least interesting and tended to scan those pages with explanations. BTW, there is no note at the beginning/end of the book about the authenticity of such letters.The murder mystery of the British policeman and what his mission was in Montreal is a good plot, however. Whellam's main detective in charge of finding the culprits, a retired Chief Inspector in the British police force, is a very likable character and reminded me of the detective in Foyle's War, the TV series. Many allusions to items in the news..perhaps too many?... like the phone scandals in News of the World, mafia gang warfare in Montreal, Asian gangs in sports gambling, untrustworthy police officers, gay people, date rape drugs, and sexual abuse are woven into the plot. Includes some unbelievable events. Glad I didn't buy the book for holiday reading, however. Best read with a short time span between readings.

Jun 18, 2013

For all mystery fans - a well thought out novel taking place in England and Canada. Enjoyed the historical aspects of Quebec and the attention to detail. The characters are well developed and as one reviewer said, Inspector Peter Cammon could be the next 'inspector Banks.' if you like Peter Robinson's and P.D. James novels, you will enjoy this one. Looking forward to the third novel!


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