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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Cape Breton Mystery
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:272
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781733610117
  • Paperback ISBN:9781733610100

Death On Cape Breton

by Carole Ottesen

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Spectacular Cape Breton Island with its rocky shore, rugged mountains, and abundant wildlife is the setting for another death at the infamous Murder House.  The house has been rented by Nick and Astrid Dunn, in Cape Breton to film coywolves for their film company Natureflics. 

     When Astrid Dunn is found dead, RCMP officers Sergeant Harry Potts and Corporal Claudine Hurley are called to the scene.  Potts dubs the death “an unfortunate accident,” but newly-minted Corporal Hurley can’t ignore her nagging sense of something amiss.      

     Quietly at first, Corporal Hurley investigates further. She learns that next-door neighbor Mim Fitz is troubled by signs of a possible intruder and there is a weird figure traipsing the island, dressed as the Grim Reaper.

      With help from aretired chief superintendent,  films taken on the night of the incident, as well as critical information from Mim Fitz and her houseguests, Constable Hurley pieces together the events that led to Astrid Dunn's death. 



     Uneasily alone and troubled by a nagging sense of something amiss she can't quite pinpoint, Mim Fitz returns to the isolated cottage on Cape Breton Island she had shared with her late partner.  Fleeting images of the shadowy person Cape Bretoners have dubbed the "Black Specter" and signs that someone might have been in her cottage ramp up her disquiet. 

     When Mim learns that the Murder House next door has been leased, she is pleased and relieved at the notion of near neighbors. She visits and meets fashionable Astrid Dunn, her dynamic husband Nick Dunn and their employees, in Cape Breton to film coyotes. 

     Not twenty-four hours later, Mim learns that Astrid Dunn is dead. Mim relates what little she knows of Astrid Dunn to Constable Claudine Hurley, a supremely warm and competent young woman on her first posting in Cape Breton.

     Constable Hurley senses there is more to Astrid Dunn's death than meets the eye and discloses her reservations to Sergeant Potts.  His dismissal of her doubts and his conclusion that Astrid Dunn's death was "accidental" are unaccountably vehement.  

     She continues to investigate discretely at first, then with help from a retired chief superintendent and films taken on the night of the death. Critical information she receives from Mim Fitz and her houseguests enables her to uncover the events that led to Astrid Dunn's untimely demise. 

     Constable Hurley’s stubborn persistence eventually earns the respect and support of her superior officer. And Mim Fitz comes finally to understand the source of the unease that has haunted her.


About the author

Best known for nine books and countless articles that chronicled the cutting edge of gardening in America, prize winning author and incurable gardener Carole Ottesen has turned to crime. Death on Cape Breton is her third murder mystery.

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