When Martine LeDuc, publicity director for the city of Montréal, is summoned into the mayor's office, she's pleasantly surprised to find the city is due for a PR coup: a doctoral researcher at McGill University claims to have found proof that the British crown jewels were stored in Montréal during WWII.
Martine is thrilled to be part of the excavation project, until it turns out that the dig's discoveries include the skeleton of a man with diamonds in his ribcage and a hole in his skull. Is this decades-old murder leading her too far into the dangerous world of Canada’s neo-Nazi networks, or is there something going on that makes the jewels themselves deadly? Is history ever really completely buried?
With pressing personal issues crowding into her professional life, Martine needs to solve not only the puzzle of the jewels, but some more recent crimes?including another murder, a kidnapping, and the operation of an ancient cult in Montréal?and do it before the past reaches out to silence her for good.
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...another riveting read from the pen of author Jeannette de Beauvoir and continues to demonstrate her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre.
– Midwest Book Review
Asylum: A Mystery
Martine LeDuc is the PR director for Montreal, where four women have been murdered. Liasing with police lieutenant Julian Fletcher, she discovers that all the women were looking into Montreal’s past, when orphans were transferred to a psychiatric hospital and made the subjects of experimentation (drugs, electroshock, lobotomies) in collusion with the CIA’s MK-Ultra program.
All of the murdered women have a connection to these historic situations, and were killed to keep someone else’s role from becoming public. Martine finds herself standing between the killer—and his getting away with it all.
De Beauvoir has delivered a harrowing, addictive read that will keep you up late into the night and your mind lingering long after you’ve closed the book. Asylum is riveting and disturbing, and charming amateur sleuth Martine LeDuc is an indomitable and courageous heroine you’ll be rooting for from page one.
– Linda Castillo, New York Times-bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder Amish mystery series
Murder Most Academic
Trinity Pierce has a past. These days she is a history professor; but until two years ago she was financing her graduate school education and her mother’s residence in an expensive psychiatric hospital with regular work as a high-class call girl. She is careful not to share that past with anyone at Boston’s Moreland College, where she hopes to eventually secure tenure; but now Kate Kazanjian, who used to be Trinity’s madam, contacts her.
Kate has a problem: one of her clients is being blackmailed. The client also happens to teach at Moreland, and Kate wants Trinity to figure out what’s up—and save her colleague. But when the blackmailer is found murdered, it’s unclear whether Trinity will have the chance to help anyone at all!
Julie Gower’s well-balanced life is about to be disrupted. She is a renowned musician who lives in London. She has everything that she wants: work that she enjoys, friends who are close to her, a lover who shares her passions and talent. All of that changes when a telephone call at dawn tells her that her father, a well-known academic of German origin, is being extradited to France from his home in Massachusetts to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
When witness after witness tells tales of incredible sadness and terror, Julie is forced to face, and come to grips with, not only the possibility of her father’s guilt, but also the uneasy family dynamics that the trial brings into the open.
Irene Adler has been teaching ever since she earned her PhD in anthropology, and has been extremely unhappy doing so. Her African Gray parrot sits in her living-room, reminding her of her longing for adventure, exotic lands, and foreign travel; but the furthest she is getting from Boston is Foxwoods Casino, which is where she really makes her living as a professional high-stakes poker player. Her old advisor, Dr. Herbert, contacts Irene and asks her to go to Nepal immediately to find out what is happening to her friend Margot, in Kathmandu researching an ancient goddess called the Chwwaassaa Dyo.
But a dark shadow cast up from the past – the violent and unexplained death of another anthropologist researching the same religious cult, sixty years before – may be spreading its terror through present-day Kathmandu. The death of a sherpa who has inexplicably fallen on a mountain pass, student demonstrations, the murder of a Russian salesman and, finally, the bombing of a hotel in Kathmandu all have one element in common: a camera’s memory card for which people are willing to kill. (No longer available due to demise of publishing company, Echelon Press)