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Pages: 328
Themes: mystery, Montreal, murder, serial killer, detective, sexual harassment
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 20/Oct/2020
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October 2020, Toronto--The Dogs of Winter is Ann Lambert's sequel to The Birds That Stay, acclaimed by The Globe and Mail as one of "Ten Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat Until Summertime" and included on Book Riot's list of "Highly Anticipated Crime Novels." Lambert's writing has been likened to Louise Penny, and Ann Cleeves says of this new instalment: “The Dogs of Winter is as much an exploration of a city and its communities as a traditional crime novel. It's about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter. And more than that, it's a rollicking good read.” 
This second book in Ann Lambert's Russell and Leduc mystery series sees Detective Inspector Roméo Leduc and Professor Marie Russell together again. The book begins as a howling snowstorm envelops the city of Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake. The only clue to her identity: a photograph in her pocket with the scribbled phone number of Detective Roméo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie Russell is trying to help one of her students who has been the victim of a terrible assault. In both cases, Roméo and Marie find that achieving justice may be impossible in a society blind to inequality, while a killer is still on the loose, stalking the most vulnerable on Montreal's frigid streets.
The Birds That Stay was shortlisted for the QWF's First Book Prize. The Montreal Review of Books praised the book's "complex characters...part of what makes the book so engaging,” and The Montreal Gazette called it "fully engaged with life." Fans of the first book will be just as engaged with this latest instalment, which again mixes page-turning suspense with deeper themes of social justice.

Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review - Michael Dunford's Bookshelf | February 2021

Synopsis: The sequel to author Ann Lambert's crime novel "The Birds That Stay", this edition of "The Dogs Of Winter" from Second Story Press begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake.

The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

Critique: Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover, Ann Lambert's new mystery novel, "The Dogs Of Winter" is certain to be an immediately sought after addition to any and all community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Dogs Of Winter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).

Stuart Nulman, The Montreal Times
"It’s a red-hot potboiler that effectively pierces through any kind of bone-chilling cold."
Clint Travis, Midwest Book Review

"...another simply riveting suspense thriller of a read and continues to showcase the author's natural knack for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader's riveted attention from beginning to cliff-hanger style ending.”


Crime Writers of Canada - Best Crime Novel Set in Canada  | 2021 | Short-listed

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