The Birds That Stay (A Russell and Leduc Mystery, #1)
A chilling mystery set deep in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec where the sins of the past come back to wreak devastating consequences on the present. In a small village in the Laurentians north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years, and reluctantly answers the call on the case. Roméo suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry—or was the old woman a victim of a violent hate crime?Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. Marie becomes an inadvertent detective when her mother, suffering from dementia, offers a startling clue that links the woman's murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie's suburban Montreal street in the 1970's. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, to another crime during the darkest days in Hungary at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a cast of characters from the Quebec of yesterday and today; where no one and nothing is really as it seems.

The Birds That Stay (A Russell and Leduc Mystery, #1) Details

TitleThe Birds That Stay (A Russell and Leduc Mystery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherSecond Story Press
ISBN-139781772600919
Rating
GenreMystery, Cultural, Canada, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Contemporary

The Birds That Stay (A Russell and Leduc Mystery, #1) Review

  • Sumit RK
    January 1, 1970
    It’s hard to describe a book like The Birds That Stay. Though classified as a mystery, it’s so much more than a usual murder mystery or a police procedural. Set In a small village in Quebec, Canada, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the chief Inspector suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry. Marie Russell, who lives next door to the victim becomes an inadvertent detective when she discovers a startli It’s hard to describe a book like The Birds That Stay. Though classified as a mystery, it’s so much more than a usual murder mystery or a police procedural. Set In a small village in Quebec, Canada, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the chief Inspector suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry. Marie Russell, who lives next door to the victim becomes an inadvertent detective when she discovers a startling clue that links the woman's murder to a terrible incident in the past. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts.On the surface, The Birds That Stay is a murder mystery but it’s not a typical mystery. It’s a slow burn mystery that unfolds slowly through it’s many characters and their memories of the place and their backstories. Infact, the first half of the book has a lot of back stories & flashbacks, providing you with a glimpse of Canada, it’s culture from the 70s to today, Canada’s history post WWII and even a brief commentary on Canada’s society and the relations among the various communities residing in Quebec, which I found quite enjoyable. I wish I could understand all the French phrases & references throughout the story. If you are from Canada (especially Quebec) you will enjoy this story.The story is told from multiple perspectives and unfolds slowly with few twists and turns. The first half is slow paced but the likeable characters, their interesting backstories and the mystery will keep you hooked. If you are remain patient, you will rewarded in the end. If you love reading a fast paced thriller, you may find this book a bit slow. But if you enjoy a cosy and atmospheric thriller, you will surely enjoy this book. Many thanks to Orca Book Publishers, the author Ann Lambert and Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Chief Inspector for Homicide, Romeo Leduc, is called to investigate when an elderly woman is found strangled and frozen in her yard.Leduc s scheduled to start his vacation the next day, so he's reluctant to take on a new case .. but he reluctantly does his job. There have been a series of robberies, maybe this s a robbery gone bad. Or it could be a violent hate crime.Mary Russell lives next door to the victim and her Alzheimer-suffering mother unintentionally says something out of the blue .. so Chief Inspector for Homicide, Romeo Leduc, is called to investigate when an elderly woman is found strangled and frozen in her yard.Leduc s scheduled to start his vacation the next day, so he's reluctant to take on a new case .. but he reluctantly does his job. There have been a series of robberies, maybe this s a robbery gone bad. Or it could be a violent hate crime.Mary Russell lives next door to the victim and her Alzheimer-suffering mother unintentionally says something out of the blue .. something that might link to the death of her neighbor.Marie and Romeo wind up working in tandem when they discover that the murder may have links even further back ... to the end of WW2.This debut novel follows them from today to yesterday to yesteryear causing each of them to face their own pasts. There are deeply hidden secrets and who can they trust when no one is who they seem to be?Although slow paced, this is a nice mystery with likeable characters. My one complaint is that french words / phrases are sprinkled throughout the story and having to stop and look them up on the computer took away the continuity of the story for me.Many thanks to the author / Second Story Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Without much fanfare, Canada has been producing some real top quality fiction lately. “The Birds That Stay” is a superbly well-crafted novel that brings to life the quiet mountain villages of the Laurentian Mountains outside of Montreal. Each character is fleshed out in revealing memories, recalling often how things were so different growing up. It's a pleasure to read this and so enveloping even though, at least on the surface, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot happening, but Detective R Without much fanfare, Canada has been producing some real top quality fiction lately. “The Birds That Stay” is a superbly well-crafted novel that brings to life the quiet mountain villages of the Laurentian Mountains outside of Montreal. Each character is fleshed out in revealing memories, recalling often how things were so different growing up. It's a pleasure to read this and so enveloping even though, at least on the surface, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot happening, but Detective Romeo Leduc suddenly finds a lot is going on in the woods and country streets and somehow it all relates back to the past. Every page of this was filled with good stuff and you gotta hope the author has more in the works.Maybe the heart of this novel is the idea that people are complex collections of events that shape us all. This theme plays out in each of the characters from the aging handyman who sneaks off to take care of his clients’ homes to the central plot which shows how our pasts follow us like a puppy dog and haunt us to our graves. We learn so much about each character, where they grew up, how they interacted, about the guilt they carry around for things they did, didn’t do, wanted to do.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a wonderfully written book and so much more than just a mystery story, it’s so full of descriptions about the cast of characters, gorgeous scenery and depictions of nature it makes it a joy to read. The book starts off slowly and you gradually feel yourself being drawn into the lives lives of the people wanting to know more and more and trying to get to the heart of the mystery and this makes it a book that is different from the norm. An engrossing book and not what I was expecting This is such a wonderfully written book and so much more than just a mystery story, it’s so full of descriptions about the cast of characters, gorgeous scenery and depictions of nature it makes it a joy to read. The book starts off slowly and you gradually feel yourself being drawn into the lives lives of the people wanting to know more and more and trying to get to the heart of the mystery and this makes it a book that is different from the norm. An engrossing book and not what I was expecting and I really loved it, I hope that we will hear more from Russell and Leduc in the the future and thank you Ann Lambert for a wonderful read and highly recommend the book.My thanks to NetGalley and Second Story Press for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Lena♥Ribka
    January 1, 1970
    A well-written murder mystery that takes place in a small Canadian town. What looks like a murder with a robbery as a motive at the beginning proves to be erroneous and much more complicated as one thinks. There are many different characters and different story-lines that seem to have nothing in common but turn out to be connected as the plot unfolds. I like the Canadian flair and elaborately delivered the atmosphere of a small Canadian town. It was interesting to get to know the history of the A well-written murder mystery that takes place in a small Canadian town. What looks like a murder with a robbery as a motive at the beginning proves to be erroneous and much more complicated as one thinks. There are many different characters and different story-lines that seem to have nothing in common but turn out to be connected as the plot unfolds. I like the Canadian flair and elaborately delivered the atmosphere of a small Canadian town. It was interesting to get to know the history of the Canadian post WWII period of time. My complaints are actually absence of any investigation, (view spoiler)[the case could be solved only because of the letters that have been found and that have been written IMO not in the manner mother-to-daughter, but victim-to-detective (hide spoiler)].I found also the romance out of place here, it would be better without.I'd like to read more by the author, but I don't think I will continue with this series.***ARC provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    January 1, 1970
    A very enjoyable start to a new Canadian mystery series! I'm definitely looking forward to reading #2 already.
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Second Story Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published February 19th 2019I had high hopes for this book, but it just did not pull me in like I had hoped. It started out really well with a murder in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, just north of Montreal, pulling in the Chief Inspector of Homicide, Roméo Leduc and then engaging Marie Russell, next door neighbor to the victim. However, as the book continued it felt, not especially disorganiz 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Second Story Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published February 19th 2019I had high hopes for this book, but it just did not pull me in like I had hoped. It started out really well with a murder in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, just north of Montreal, pulling in the Chief Inspector of Homicide, Roméo Leduc and then engaging Marie Russell, next door neighbor to the victim. However, as the book continued it felt, not especially disorganized, but jagged and choppy. Reading well at one point, then dragging at many others. It did not have a smooth continual narrative to it. It seemed as though it lost something about midway in - I felt a total disconnect. I just really never felt the draw to pick the book back up. When I did, it would read okay, for awhile, then I would lose all interest in it again. This being the start of a series based in Canada, I had hoped for a good mystery set in a nice nature spot, with a recurring detective solving many cases. I still hope for that. Although I sadly don't believe that the series has gotten off to a very good start.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really well done mystery. If you are looking for a pure police procedural, look elsewhere as this book delivers much, much more. This book dives deep into the characters with in-depth looks into their backgrounds and their motivations. There is also quite a lot of Canadian post WWII history which was very fascinating. All in all, this was an interesting read and I enjoyed the relationship the two main characters forged and definitely look forward to where their next mystery takes them. This is a really well done mystery. If you are looking for a pure police procedural, look elsewhere as this book delivers much, much more. This book dives deep into the characters with in-depth looks into their backgrounds and their motivations. There is also quite a lot of Canadian post WWII history which was very fascinating. All in all, this was an interesting read and I enjoyed the relationship the two main characters forged and definitely look forward to where their next mystery takes them. Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced copy to read in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Toni Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    This complex novel spins a beautifully laid out mystery set in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains where its inhabitants will play out a collection of events that shaped their lives. Each player reveals memories recalling how life was growing up. While the enigmatic Chief Inspector Romeo Leduc reluctantly answers the call when a reclusive older woman is found strangled in her home….seems the investigation will weave the sins of the past with today’s devastating consequences.Ms. Lambert’s words This complex novel spins a beautifully laid out mystery set in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains where its inhabitants will play out a collection of events that shaped their lives. Each player reveals memories recalling how life was growing up. While the enigmatic Chief Inspector Romeo Leduc reluctantly answers the call when a reclusive older woman is found strangled in her home….seems the investigation will weave the sins of the past with today’s devastating consequences.Ms. Lambert’s words clearly resonated not only did I picture vividly the scenery I also reminisced with her characters. Being a Montrealer I enjoy Canadian authors who set their stories near or in my home town and uses the patois and expressions of most of us French Quebecer do. The author does a magnificent job in doing so. It actually made me smile….yes, we really do speak this way….The mystery in itself is very slow in development a bit too slow for my taste but the complexity and the array of fascinating characters made up for it. Yes, it may be slow but no less has gripping tension to keep us glued to every word till the very end. Do not look for great police procedural this story dives more into the background and motivations of its players than anything else. The streets of Montreal 1970, the beautiful Laurentians (not so much today it is-30C) and Hungary 1944 revisited…..and lots more ……well-done.I received this Arc from the publisher Second Story Press via Netgalleys
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  • Cait
    January 1, 1970
    A great read! I'm usually not a big reader of mysteries, but I found this book to be completely enthralling and engaging. The characters were vivid, the plot engrossing, and I just thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    The Birds That Stay is a mystery leaning toward literary. It's not written like a typical mystery. The language is lyrical and very descriptive about the area in Canada where the book is set. It's obviously an enchanting place. The story is told from multiple perspectives in the present and the 1970s. It unfolds almost naturally and has a few surprises in store. The characters are dynamic and complex. I recommend if you want a different kind of mystery that's almost literary. Thanks to NetGalley The Birds That Stay is a mystery leaning toward literary. It's not written like a typical mystery. The language is lyrical and very descriptive about the area in Canada where the book is set. It's obviously an enchanting place. The story is told from multiple perspectives in the present and the 1970s. It unfolds almost naturally and has a few surprises in store. The characters are dynamic and complex. I recommend if you want a different kind of mystery that's almost literary. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Courtney Baker
    January 1, 1970
    “It was then that Louis realized the pile of rags was a person, and as he hobbled closer, he saw it was Madame Newman, lying face down in an empty flower bed.”Romeo Leduc, the Chief Inspector for Homicide is called to a case where an older woman is found strangled and frozen outside of her home. Local biker gangs are potential persons of interest, however with this crime, there is a little more to the story than meets the eye. Marie Russell is a writer and divorced mother of two who lives next d “It was then that Louis realized the pile of rags was a person, and as he hobbled closer, he saw it was Madame Newman, lying face down in an empty flower bed.”Romeo Leduc, the Chief Inspector for Homicide is called to a case where an older woman is found strangled and frozen outside of her home. Local biker gangs are potential persons of interest, however with this crime, there is a little more to the story than meets the eye. Marie Russell is a writer and divorced mother of two who lives next door to the victim and cares for her elderly mother suffering from dementia. When Marie confesses to Leduc that her mother mentioned a possible clue to the murder, it is only the beginning of a long journey of uncovering the truth and finding justice.The Birds That Stay is a mystery thriller but also included realistic fiction and historical aspects. The characters were likeable and easy to become invested in. Thank you NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book, I am sure it will become a popular read. Stay tuned, because this novel becomes available on February 19, 2019.
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  • Darren
    January 1, 1970
    I got this as a arc e book from Net Galley. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It is my first book read by this author. It was so good that I read it in a few reading sessions in one day. I hope to read more books by this author.
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  • Hannelore Cheney
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley, Second Story Press and Ann Lambert for the eARC of this wonderful book.I absolutely loved this book, I can't say enough about it...sooo good!The characters, the setting, the story and also the fun facts about animals blew me away. Having lived in Montreal it was a great to spend mental hours in Quebec, I actually got quite homesick and have told my daughter, married to a French Canadian and living in Ottawa, this is a 'must read'.This is so much more than a mystery, it's a l Thank you NetGalley, Second Story Press and Ann Lambert for the eARC of this wonderful book.I absolutely loved this book, I can't say enough about it...sooo good!The characters, the setting, the story and also the fun facts about animals blew me away. Having lived in Montreal it was a great to spend mental hours in Quebec, I actually got quite homesick and have told my daughter, married to a French Canadian and living in Ottawa, this is a 'must read'.This is so much more than a mystery, it's a literate novel with two main characters (Russell and Leduc) you will fall in love with and make you pant for the second in the series. I didn't want it to end!Highly recommended, read this book, people! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
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  • Alyssa Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. Though I am not usually a fan of detectives mysteries, this beautifully written book was too hard to not enjoy. It was a slow spun and beautifully laid out mystery. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times, there is something so ethereal about books written in a European setting. So different from my own mundane home town. Full of rich characters and wonderful descriptions, this is a fantastic book. Highly recommend.
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  • Guylou
    January 1, 1970
    QOTD: Would you live alone in a remote area? Tell me why you would or would not.My Review:This complex novel captured me right from the beginning. The author weaves an intelligent plot of several characters and brings them all together to produce an incredible novel. Ann Lambert is a Canadian author who lives and works in Montreal, Québec. The Birds That Stay is her second novel.Anna Newman is an eighty-six-year-old woman who lives on her own in the remote community of Sainte-Lucie in the provin QOTD: Would you live alone in a remote area? Tell me why you would or would not.My Review:This complex novel captured me right from the beginning. The author weaves an intelligent plot of several characters and brings them all together to produce an incredible novel. Ann Lambert is a Canadian author who lives and works in Montreal, Québec. The Birds That Stay is her second novel.Anna Newman is an eighty-six-year-old woman who lives on her own in the remote community of Sainte-Lucie in the province of Québec. She has secrets and they will cost her a life, her own. Chief homicide investigator, Roméo Leduc, is three days away from a long-awaited vacation in the Dominican Republic. He knows that this is not going to happen now that he is leading this case. Who killed Anna Newman? Who is Anna Newman? So many questions and so little answers.I highly recommend The Birds That Stay to booklovers of both realistic fiction and mystery thrillers. With a mix of both, it is sure to appeal to and delight readers of both genres.Thank you, Second Story Press, for my advanced copy of this gripping book. The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert will be available at your favourite bookstore on February 19, 2019.#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #book #books #booklover #bookish #bookreview #bookdragon #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookaddicted #bookishcanadians #canadianauthor #canadianbookstagram #thebirdsthatstay #annlambert #fiction #mystery #murdermystery
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  • Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, Ann Lambert and Second Story Press for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.A beautifully written novel, set in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, where a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the Chief Inspector for Homicide, answers the call on the case. Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. When Marie's mother, Claire, who is suffering from dementia, Thank you to NetGalley, Ann Lambert and Second Story Press for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.A beautifully written novel, set in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, where a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the Chief Inspector for Homicide, answers the call on the case. Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. When Marie's mother, Claire, who is suffering from dementia, offers a clue that links the woman's murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie's suburban Montreal street in the 1970's, Marie inadvertently becomes a detective on the case.This novel is much more than a mystery, it is really beautifully written, engaging, and delivers just the right amount of suspense without being frustrating, nor unbelievable. The characters are likeable, even the characters that are probably not supposed to be. The hardest part with mysteries sometimes is how farfetched and unrealistic they can be, and this was not like that at all. The Birds That Stay rotates between numerous characters, and is interesting to see their different perspectives on events.I believe this novel sets book two up nicely, and I am really looking forward to it!! And in the meantime - I know just who I need to recommend this to!! Available on 19th Feb, 2019.
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  • Faouzia
    January 1, 1970
    I had mixed feelings about this book, and i was hesitating between 2 and 3 Stars. The first half was really slow, two many sides stories were included, and i didn't feel that interested in the story. The last 30% percent of the book made the whole story much better and it was at that point that i started enjoying it, hence the 3 stars.An old recluse woman was found dead in her garden. Was it an accident, or murder? No next of kin were located, and nothing about her past was discovered. There was I had mixed feelings about this book, and i was hesitating between 2 and 3 Stars. The first half was really slow, two many sides stories were included, and i didn't feel that interested in the story. The last 30% percent of the book made the whole story much better and it was at that point that i started enjoying it, hence the 3 stars.An old recluse woman was found dead in her garden. Was it an accident, or murder? No next of kin were located, and nothing about her past was discovered. There wasn't much of an investigation and a guessing game of which suspect is the criminal. It was more like waiting for all the pieces to fall together so that we can see the whole picture.I found the story behind the crime very interesting, it included some historical facts or explanations about the post-war period in Canada, something that was completely new for me and i liked learning about it. Other that that, i really didn't care much for the characters. I found the romance unnecessary and it felt rather "un peu tirée par les cheveux".For me this was an ok read, but i don't think i will be interested in reading the next books of the series.Thank you NetGalley, the Publisher and Author for this free copy in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Russell finds herself in a bittersweet time of life, with an aging mother whom she is single-handedly moving from the long-held family home into an Assisted Living facility. Marie's children have grown and her husband has divorced her. As she reminisces about her youth, Marie bewilderingly finds herself in the middle of this mystery set in a small village (Ste. Lucie) north of Montreal. Marie is a marine biologist and an author of Nature Books, and her appreciation of nature is made appare Marie Russell finds herself in a bittersweet time of life, with an aging mother whom she is single-handedly moving from the long-held family home into an Assisted Living facility. Marie's children have grown and her husband has divorced her. As she reminisces about her youth, Marie bewilderingly finds herself in the middle of this mystery set in a small village (Ste. Lucie) north of Montreal. Marie is a marine biologist and an author of Nature Books, and her appreciation of nature is made apparent throughout via the intelligent prose written by Ann Lambert in The Birds That Stay. In fact, Lambert herself must be quite a naturalist, as species of birds, trees and flowers flow easily and descriptions of the weather, lakes and forests are an astute and a complimentary part of this fictional story.Romeo Leduc is the Chief Inspector of Homicide tasked with sorting out the mysterious death of an elderly woman from Marie's town who has an enigmatic past. The cast of characters is interesting and broad, entitling the reader to a snippet of life in small-town Canada, as well as a look into the past via Marie's childhood memories, and the memories of the cast of characters. Romeo is also divorced, over-worked, and highly regarded amongst his peers.The mystery itself was an enjoyable quick read. I found myself investing in the characters and enjoying the twist and turn of events. I LIKED the main characters, which is a refreshing change! A few times, it was a bit difficult for me to discern at first which character was the main subject of a chapter. There is a large cast of characters, and often, each chapter changes viewpoints. Also, the romantic attractions described in this mystery could certainly have had more detail and tension. As this is the first of a series, I am surprised that the author didn't draw out the resolution of this relationship further into the series. But those are minor quibbles. Recommended for readers who like an intelligent mystery!Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Second Story Press for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. #NetGalley #TheBirdsThatStay
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  • Anjana
    January 1, 1970
    This book is set in Quebec (I have read a few Bones books set here before). This story gave me a very leisurely tour of the cultural backdrop of the place as well as the current mix of lifestyles within the different communities. To those of us who learn about the western world vicariously through the books and TV shows, such books will always be a draw. An old woman is found dead in her home and the local police is put on the case. There seem to be many small niggling things that bother the Chi This book is set in Quebec (I have read a few Bones books set here before). This story gave me a very leisurely tour of the cultural backdrop of the place as well as the current mix of lifestyles within the different communities. To those of us who learn about the western world vicariously through the books and TV shows, such books will always be a draw. An old woman is found dead in her home and the local police is put on the case. There seem to be many small niggling things that bother the Chief Inspector enough to put a well deserved holiday on hold (or even cancelled) to delve deeper into the case. Next door to the woman (almost) lives Marie Russell who keeps popping random bird (and a few animal) facts as she is writing a rough draft in her head for a children's book. She has lived in Montreal since she was a child and is now old enough to crave grandchildren. Her thoughts are the main source of cultural information for us as she navigates the reality of her mother's illness, her past, her kids and ex-husband. They are a constant train and chug along as and when the scenery changes. Some of these recollections got a little repetitive and a few could have been avoided as they do not add to the story at large but then again we normally do not have control over nostalgia once given a free rein. Her entry into the investigation is more gradual.Chief Inspector Roméo, is following up all leads with help from his team. He has family issues as well and it is more fleeting than Marie's but provide us with more fuel to paint a picture of that part of the world going back all the way to 1970s. The ending cannot be completely guessed since there are too many pieces but one of the main reason I give this book four stars is its unique setting and the lead characters are not the usual dashing winners who just snap their fingers for their happily ever after. This is heavier than your average mystery book but worth reading!For other unrelated reviews: www.superfluousreading.wordpress.com
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  • إيمان❤︎
    January 1, 1970
    The past may be gone, but the birds have stayed.When you feel like you have finally moved on from your past, it comes back again, sometimes stronger. This is the story of Marie Russel and Roméo Ludec, beginning as complete strangers, to ultimately find themselves in the heart of a mystery that may just open wounds thought long forgotten.Beautiful and often mesmerizing descriptions, complex characters, and a mystery connected to the past are what make this book worth reading.Upon starting it, I f The past may be gone, but the birds have stayed.When you feel like you have finally moved on from your past, it comes back again, sometimes stronger. This is the story of Marie Russel and Roméo Ludec, beginning as complete strangers, to ultimately find themselves in the heart of a mystery that may just open wounds thought long forgotten.Beautiful and often mesmerizing descriptions, complex characters, and a mystery connected to the past are what make this book worth reading.Upon starting it, I felt like I'm a resident of the quiet mountain villages. I loved the atmosphere and the aura the author was able to create. The multiple POV's were not once confusing, on the contrary, they were used as an insight to get to know each character, their motives, how they live, their past that continued to haunt them as the days passed by. Everything is so detailed in a way that's never boring.This was an enjoyment to read, especially in this cold weather. Definitely a gripping read.Thanks NetGalley for this copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Linda Rice
    January 1, 1970
    A refreshing new voice has emerged in the world of mystery novels and thank goodness. This thoughtful debut transcends the traditional confines of the genre with an elegant and evocative homage to the Laurentian mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, and the wildlife contained within them. I mention this because the sense of place is important on so many levels to why the book works so well. It is a tautly-plotted tale that centers upon the death of an elderly recluse and how A refreshing new voice has emerged in the world of mystery novels and thank goodness. This thoughtful debut transcends the traditional confines of the genre with an elegant and evocative homage to the Laurentian mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, and the wildlife contained within them. I mention this because the sense of place is important on so many levels to why the book works so well. It is a tautly-plotted tale that centers upon the death of an elderly recluse and how that incident brings together two unlikely bedfellows: the somewhat melancholic Romeo Leduc, Chief Inspector of Homicide, and middle-aged naturalist Marie Russell, who happens to be the neighbour of the deceased. The Birds That Stay takes its time in building a story, but there are no wasted words. We travel back and forth in time and cross a few neighbourhoods, provinces and countries with a small but enigmatic cast of characters and the patient reader is well-rewarded in the end. A word of caution to those living alone in remote homes in the woods - lock your doors! (And consider getting yourself a puggle.)
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  • James Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    This series is off to a good start. I couldn't put it down at times, primarily due to the excellent editing which resulted in a well-paced mystery. I would definitely be interested in reading the next installment.
  • The
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning of what looks like a fabulous new series!! Such a fine read! I almost wish I hadn't read it so I could savor it again. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the ARC.
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully written and amazing book, it was a joy to read.The style of writing is great, so full of descriptions and it describes the characters to the point that they seem to be old friends.It starts slowly but after a bit you're hooked and you cannot put it down.I hope this is the start of a series and I look forward to reading other books by this writer.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • Jacquelyn Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley and Second Story Press for the Arc of The Birds that Stay in exchange for an honest review. Usually, as a rule, books billed as mysteries are not complex literary stories, “The Birds that Stay” is the exception. This is so much more than a mystery with its meandering storyline full of interesting Canadian history and well-drawn characters that felt true rather than the typically flat character tropes so common in mystery novels. Lambert’s knowledge of language and craft was Thanks to Net Galley and Second Story Press for the Arc of The Birds that Stay in exchange for an honest review. Usually, as a rule, books billed as mysteries are not complex literary stories, “The Birds that Stay” is the exception. This is so much more than a mystery with its meandering storyline full of interesting Canadian history and well-drawn characters that felt true rather than the typically flat character tropes so common in mystery novels. Lambert’s knowledge of language and craft was evident throughout the novel and left me nostalgic for time spent in Quebec. All said, an excellent novel and I look forward to reading more from Ann Lambert!
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  • Alili
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written and intricately layered, this book combines the slow-building but no less gripping tension of a murder mystery with humor, heartbreak, and sharply observed character study. The Birds That Stay's characters are finely-drawn by an expert hand schooled in empathy and humor, but also unflinching in its excavation of the darker chapters of the human soul. The haunting beauty of the Laurentians is an amazing backdrop, and the story is steeped in a place and the lives of its people. Beautifully written and intricately layered, this book combines the slow-building but no less gripping tension of a murder mystery with humor, heartbreak, and sharply observed character study. The Birds That Stay's characters are finely-drawn by an expert hand schooled in empathy and humor, but also unflinching in its excavation of the darker chapters of the human soul. The haunting beauty of the Laurentians is an amazing backdrop, and the story is steeped in a place and the lives of its people. Read this book!!!
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  • Allana June
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted on http://readwanderloveandlive.blog/The Birds That Stay starts when Anna Newman, an old lady living in their secluded town, was murdered. These things don’t happen there so Romeo Leduc conducts an investigation. It looks like a robbery at first until Marie Russell’s mother provides a clue about the identity of Anna Newman. Things aren’t like they seem and people are not who you think they area.I really don’t know how I would describe and rate this book. I have mixed fee Review originally posted on http://readwanderloveandlive.blog/The Birds That Stay starts when Anna Newman, an old lady living in their secluded town, was murdered. These things don’t happen there so Romeo Leduc conducts an investigation. It looks like a robbery at first until Marie Russell’s mother provides a clue about the identity of Anna Newman. Things aren’t like they seem and people are not who you think they area.I really don’t know how I would describe and rate this book. I have mixed feelings about different parts and aspects of the book and I don’t know which feeling will overcome all the others.At the beginning, I really liked it especially on how good the descriptions about the setting is. I think the setting which is a small town in Canada was painted so elaborately. I could see in my head the seclusion that the author wants to convey. I also really liked how the suburban street was described. Marie Russell, one of the main characters, grew up in a suburban street and as she drive through it, she recalls her moments on that street. That part seemed like it was just a filler but it was important later on.I also really liked the plot. It was complex and it has offered a lot of new information to me. It’s interesting to read about these things because you can’t really see it in other books. I also liked how I didn’t guess the reason behind the murder. I really thought that Anna Newman was killed for a different reason than what is revealed.However, that’s all I really liked about this book. I found myself confused half the time. There were so many characters and there were so many things going on at the same time. The connection between the characters are only unraveled on the second half of the book. It gets better on that part but you really have to get through the dull parts to get to that. I thought about DNF-ing this book more than 10x. The author’s writing style isn’t just for me.I also didn’t enjoy the characters. They all seem flat and I couldn’t connect with anyone. There’s different POV in this book but you can’t really distinguish because they all just think the same. I also didn’t care much about the unnecessary romance. I really think that this book would do okay even without an attachment between the two main characters.Overall, I think that this book had it’s good parts… but it wasn’t just for me. I still think though that this book has something interesting to offer and may be worth for you to try.
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    This excellent debut novel takes place in the Laurentian Mountains, north of Montreal. Marie Russell is a divorced nature writer and mother of two grown children. She lives quietly in a cottage with no close neighbors. One of her neighbors, however, is Madame Newman, a woman in her eighties living a spartan and reclusive life. The semi-retired handyman, Louis Lachance, is perhaps the closest person to being a friend, but even he knows nothing about her past. When he finds her outside her cottage This excellent debut novel takes place in the Laurentian Mountains, north of Montreal. Marie Russell is a divorced nature writer and mother of two grown children. She lives quietly in a cottage with no close neighbors. One of her neighbors, however, is Madame Newman, a woman in her eighties living a spartan and reclusive life. The semi-retired handyman, Louis Lachance, is perhaps the closest person to being a friend, but even he knows nothing about her past. When he finds her outside her cottage, strangled and frozen, he is the only one to mourn her. Chief homicide investigator, Roméo Leduc is just days away from his first vacation in two years, but this investigation will put an end to that. Leduc at first thinks that it might be a botched break-in by a local biker gang but quickly realizes there is more to this crime than meets the eye. Finding out just who Madame Newman was is the key. Marie and Leduc cross paths when Marie's mother, who suffers from dementia, identifies the dead woman from a photo in the paper as a Mrs. Kovak, who lived in the same suburban neighborhood that Marie grew up with. Marie is not at all sure that her mother is correct, but does remember the Kovak family, They were refugees from the Hungarian uprising in the 1950s. Her remembrances spurred in part by the sale and closing of her childhood home and moving her mother into a care facility make her do a little detective work of her own.The Birds That Stay takes us from post-WWII Hungary to Canada in the 70s and 80s, not all that different to the US of the same era. Many women of the time lived stifled by the mores of the day. Marie's mother and Mrs. Kovak were no different. Mr. and Mrs. Kovak had secrets of a more severe kind and those secrets led to not only her death but others. There are multiple overlapping stories told but all the characters are beautifully realized and memorable. Along the way, Roméo and Marie form the tentative beginnings of a relationship, one that I am looking forward to watching in the future.I highly recommend The Birds That Stay for its characterization, sense of place and well-plotted mystery. I am already looking forward to the next in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and Second Story Books for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.RATING- 4 Stars
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  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    January 1, 1970
    In a small place north of Montreal, an old lady is found dead, strangled and frozen outside. Who would ever do such a thing to a woman of more than eighty years? Not far from the scene of crime Marie cares about her mother Claire who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It’s time to move her to a home where better care can be taken of her. When her mother sees the report of the murder in the newspaper, she refers to old Mrs Newman as Mrs Kovak and is convinced that the victim is her former neighbour. In a small place north of Montreal, an old lady is found dead, strangled and frozen outside. Who would ever do such a thing to a woman of more than eighty years? Not far from the scene of crime Marie cares about her mother Claire who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It’s time to move her to a home where better care can be taken of her. When her mother sees the report of the murder in the newspaper, she refers to old Mrs Newman as Mrs Kovak and is convinced that the victim is her former neighbour. Just the talk of a demented woman or a memory that will reveal a lot about the case and the motive of the murderer?Ann Lambert’s novel takes quite an interesting turn that I didn’t expect at all. To a murder case she adds a bit of Canadian history that is not often heard of, one of those things people prefer to forget about because it is embarrassing. What I appreciated most was how the author managed in her debut to intertwine different plot lines that at first seem to be totally independent without any connection.It is mainly two aspects that made me ponder while reading the novel. First of all, I had never heard of the Canadian position towards European refugees after WW II and most certainly didn’t I ever connect the country with the idea of being a refuge for Nazi collaborators. Second, the novel provides an interesting study of human nature, Tomas/Ennis is seemingly lacking any kind of compassion and willing to do everything to get what he deserves in his opinion. Both of them linked inevitably lead to the question if there is something “running in the blood” – the father part of the most atrocious crimes of the 20th century and the son likewise ruthless? Apart from the plot, I liked Lambert’s style of writing a lot and I am looking forward to reading more from her.
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