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Monday, June 4, 2012

Confined Space by Deryn Collier

Confined Space
by Deryn Collier
Touchstone Book (Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4516-6947-3
Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Description: When respected ex–Canadian Forces commander Bern Fortin cuts short his military career to take a job as the coroner for a small mountain town in the heart of BC, he’s hoping to leave the past behind. Bern’s looking forward to a quiet life, but the memories of what he witnessed during his stints in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries haunt him still.  When the body of one of the workers is found floating in the huge bottle-washing tank at the local brewery, Bern is called in for a routine investigation. What first appears to be a tragic accident takes a menacing turn when the body of the worker’s girlfriend is discovered in a nearby field. Bern needs the help of brewery safety investigator Evie Chapelle, who, burdened by tragedies she might have prevented, is more determined than ever to keep her workers, and their tight-knit community, safe. Soon, Bern and Evie find themselves risking their jobs—and their lives—to killer hiding in a place where it is awfully hard to keep a secret. Deryn Collier’s debut novel is a taut mystery full of suspense. Confined Space was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished first crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada.

The Good Stuff
  • Author is Canadian and it is set in a brewery (Hmm that sounds suspiciously  like they make Kokanee)
  • Suspensful and on many occasions I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happen
  • Kept me guessing who the bad guy was, I was right, but there were some nice red herrings to throw me off and make me doubt
  • Reminded me a little of Brad Smith's writing -- which is a good thing
  • Loved, Loved, Loved the character of Bern Fortin, sort of imagined him as a younger Romeo Daillaire. He would be an excellent character to set a series of books on
  • Good humour thrown in at the right moments
  • Lots of intriguing well drawn secondary characters, especially Mrs K.
  • Lots of recognizable Canadian settings for my fellow Canucks, but would still appeal to non Canadian readers
  • Characters are realistic
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Had a constant craving for a Kokanee while reading and all I had was wine from Australia
  • Didn't love the ending -- unless there are going to be a bunch of books with Bern -- than maybe I will give you back that .25 of a Dewey
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Evie wasn't sure how these two set of appearances - safety and youth - were supposed to mesh. She did know that she had turned forty just a few months before, and Lycra was not something that should still be  part of her wardrobe."

"He's carefully restored the original cerulean-blue bathtub and tiles with new caulking and a lot of elbow grease, but he'd upgraded the showerhead to one with multiple spray patterns and an intense massage feature. Some parts of military life were easier to let go of than others: the lukewarm, low-pressure, or nonexistent showers of in-theatre operations were a thing of the past."

"Sorry about that, my niece is here. She's glad you called, because I'm going to let her watch TV while we talk."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Fans of suspense/mystery books will truly enjoy this one, its a nailbiter
  • If you enjoyed Brad Smith's Red Means Run, you will enjoy this
  • Anyone looking for the perfect book to loose yourself in for the day - this is it
  • Would be a fabulous book for a camping trip or day at the beach -- or to escape from the stress of moving (hmmm, like ME)
4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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