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It's not unusual for John Cardinal to be hauled out of a warm bed on a cold night in Algonquin Bay to investigate a murder. And at first this dead body, sprawled in the parking lot of Motel 17, looks pretty run of the mill: the corpse has a big bootprint on his neck, and the likely suspect is his lover's outraged husband. But the lover has gone missing. And then Delorme, f It's not unusual for John Cardinal to be hauled out of a warm bed on a cold night in Algonquin Bay to investigate a murder. And at first this dead body, sprawled in the parking lot of Motel 17, looks pretty run of the mill: the corpse has a big bootprint on his neck, and the likely suspect is his lover's outraged husband. But the lover has gone missing. And then Delorme, following a hunch, locates another missing woman, a senator's wife from Ottawa, frozen in the ruins of an abandoned hotel way back in the woods. Spookily, she was chained up and abandoned wearing a new winter parka and boots, with a thermos beside her--as if her murderer was giving her a whisper of a chance at survival. Neither Delorme nor Cardinal can imagine where their investigation will lead: into a decades-old injustice committed in the high Arctic; into the swingers' world inhabited by an ex-rock star who owns a pub in Algonquin Bay as well as private members' clubs in Toronto and Ottawa; into the insecurity that afflicts Delorme the woman and the cop; and into the deep bond between Delorme and Cardinal, which is at real risk of coming undone. In Until the Night, Giles Blunt outdoes himself, creating a masterpiece of crime fiction that will not only haunt his fans and readers, but delight and amaze them too.


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It's not unusual for John Cardinal to be hauled out of a warm bed on a cold night in Algonquin Bay to investigate a murder. And at first this dead body, sprawled in the parking lot of Motel 17, looks pretty run of the mill: the corpse has a big bootprint on his neck, and the likely suspect is his lover's outraged husband. But the lover has gone missing. And then Delorme, f It's not unusual for John Cardinal to be hauled out of a warm bed on a cold night in Algonquin Bay to investigate a murder. And at first this dead body, sprawled in the parking lot of Motel 17, looks pretty run of the mill: the corpse has a big bootprint on his neck, and the likely suspect is his lover's outraged husband. But the lover has gone missing. And then Delorme, following a hunch, locates another missing woman, a senator's wife from Ottawa, frozen in the ruins of an abandoned hotel way back in the woods. Spookily, she was chained up and abandoned wearing a new winter parka and boots, with a thermos beside her--as if her murderer was giving her a whisper of a chance at survival. Neither Delorme nor Cardinal can imagine where their investigation will lead: into a decades-old injustice committed in the high Arctic; into the swingers' world inhabited by an ex-rock star who owns a pub in Algonquin Bay as well as private members' clubs in Toronto and Ottawa; into the insecurity that afflicts Delorme the woman and the cop; and into the deep bond between Delorme and Cardinal, which is at real risk of coming undone. In Until the Night, Giles Blunt outdoes himself, creating a masterpiece of crime fiction that will not only haunt his fans and readers, but delight and amaze them too.

30 review for Until the Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    The John Cardinal/Lise Delorme novels, set in northern Ontario, make up the best police procedural series I've read. I know that it's my favorite, and this book (an Arthur Ellis award-winner) is the best of the series. It has a complex plot, some based on events in the Canadian arctic from thirty years before (a fascinating plot element on its own, but flawlessly integrated with the other plot arcs), and some contemporary. There are three sets of crimes that are investigated,beginning with a mur The John Cardinal/Lise Delorme novels, set in northern Ontario, make up the best police procedural series I've read. I know that it's my favorite, and this book (an Arthur Ellis award-winner) is the best of the series. It has a complex plot, some based on events in the Canadian arctic from thirty years before (a fascinating plot element on its own, but flawlessly integrated with the other plot arcs), and some contemporary. There are three sets of crimes that are investigated,beginning with a murder in Algonquin Bay, but the central set is responsible for most of the book's complexity. Cardinal and Delorme are very good detectives, and are utterly dogged. They are interesting people with realistic flaws. There's an additional layer of emotional complexity provided by the relationship between Delorme and Cardinal, which is believable and not just a plot diversion. Crimes are solved using legitimate police work. People behave in interesting and understandable ways, even amid the complexity. Genuine suspense is built into the book. Blunt writes better than anyone else I've read in the mystery genre. NOTE: I bought this book in Winnipeg because it hasn't been published in the US. I'll have to track down "Crime Machine" (the fifth novel) the same way. (I did find "Crime Machine" at Munro's books in Victoria recently.) I strongly hope that there's another book coming, but "Until the Night" will stick with me for a good long while.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Myers

    I love the characters John Cardinal and Lise Delorme. I've read the whole series and loved every book. But I didn't like what Blunt did by giving us a peek at Lise's supposedly dark side. For one thing, it just doesn't ring true for Delorme. And then Blunt sweeps the issue under the carpet and expects me to believe that Cardinal adopts a can't-we-just-move-on-from-here attitude. It wasn't convincing, and I don't buy it. That was worth 2 stars right there. The 3rd star was for not revealing how Du I love the characters John Cardinal and Lise Delorme. I've read the whole series and loved every book. But I didn't like what Blunt did by giving us a peek at Lise's supposedly dark side. For one thing, it just doesn't ring true for Delorme. And then Blunt sweeps the issue under the carpet and expects me to believe that Cardinal adopts a can't-we-just-move-on-from-here attitude. It wasn't convincing, and I don't buy it. That was worth 2 stars right there. The 3rd star was for not revealing how Durie was rescued from near death from hypothermia (not to mention starvation and thirst) and lost in the Arctic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A Masterful Canadian Mystery that doesn't apologize for the fact. John Cardinal discovers a serial murderer with cause. The high Arctic background story is magnificent on its own, but when combined with the action in Algonquin Bay, Ottawa, Toronto and points roundabout it is superb. Blunt is a brilliant writer and I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series. A Masterful Canadian Mystery that doesn't apologize for the fact. John Cardinal discovers a serial murderer with cause. The high Arctic background story is magnificent on its own, but when combined with the action in Algonquin Bay, Ottawa, Toronto and points roundabout it is superb. Blunt is a brilliant writer and I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    So far the last of the series and possibly the best. Two different story lines that at first appear to have nothing in common. Beautifully written, meticulously researched. Really delves into the main character's feelings. I can't believe Blunt is leaving me hanging... So far the last of the series and possibly the best. Two different story lines that at first appear to have nothing in common. Beautifully written, meticulously researched. Really delves into the main character's feelings. I can't believe Blunt is leaving me hanging...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    A solid procedural noir with too many populist plotting tropes for my liking. Comparable to Gillian Flynn in that this is clearly a competent crime writer intent on cheap manipulation and point scoring with their readers but enjoyable enough on its own merits that the manipulation serves more to detract. I hesitate to use M.Night Shyamalam as a comparison because it doesn’t reach the sorry depths of that guys storytelling but maybe it expresses what I mean in easy shorthand so I can go read anot A solid procedural noir with too many populist plotting tropes for my liking. Comparable to Gillian Flynn in that this is clearly a competent crime writer intent on cheap manipulation and point scoring with their readers but enjoyable enough on its own merits that the manipulation serves more to detract. I hesitate to use M.Night Shyamalam as a comparison because it doesn’t reach the sorry depths of that guys storytelling but maybe it expresses what I mean in easy shorthand so I can go read another book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Book 6, in the John Cardinal series I agree with those saying this series is getting better with each book it is of no surprise that with this latest Mr. Blunt won the Arthur Ellis Awards for best crime novel in 2013. Congratulations Mr. Blunt. “Until the Night” is a dark and convoluted mystery beautifully written with exceptionally solid characters. This is a must read for fans of this series. A caution, some may be offended by the crude language and the sex scenes that pepper the chapters. The Book 6, in the John Cardinal series I agree with those saying this series is getting better with each book it is of no surprise that with this latest Mr. Blunt won the Arthur Ellis Awards for best crime novel in 2013. Congratulations Mr. Blunt. “Until the Night” is a dark and convoluted mystery beautifully written with exceptionally solid characters. This is a must read for fans of this series. A caution, some may be offended by the crude language and the sex scenes that pepper the chapters. The mystery has two captivating stories cleverly interwoven in the typical Blunt’s style and technique. It opens with what looks like an ordinary case of adultery gone wrong. A man found dead in a cheap motel, the woman accompanying him has vanished and the likely suspect is the lovers’ outraged husband. One thing leads to another and the investigation uncovers a string of missing women and leads our duo of Cardinal and Delorme into a decades-old injustice committed in the high Arctic. In alternating chapters “The Blue Notebook” details what happened on an Arctic research station in the past. Reading this immediately captured my interest, it is gripping with tension and drama and of course Mr. Blunt’s powerfully describes the spell of the Arctic landscape with all of its beauties and horrors…this is quite an atmospheric mystery. Both plots are clever with plenty of twists and turns to have kept me on the edge of my seat till the final page. This book is most satisfying. In a final note the author acknowledges this was one of those books requiring considerable research.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carla Gunn

    Perhaps my favourite in the series so far. I particularly enjoyed the chapters "From the Blue Notebook", chronicling a scientist's time at an Arctic research base. Slowly, Blunt reveals how this seemingly unrelated journal is relevant to the main story. Blunt's writing in this novel - like in all his others - is suspenseful, informative and emotionally engaging. Perhaps my favourite in the series so far. I particularly enjoyed the chapters "From the Blue Notebook", chronicling a scientist's time at an Arctic research base. Slowly, Blunt reveals how this seemingly unrelated journal is relevant to the main story. Blunt's writing in this novel - like in all his others - is suspenseful, informative and emotionally engaging.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    Until the Night marks the sixth (and much awaited) entry in Giles Blunt's mystery series featuring Detective John Cardinal. Until the Night opens with a cryptic entry from something called The Blue Notebook, giving us a brief glance into an Arctic science station. The next chapter takes us back to more familiar territory - Algonquin Bay, Ontario - 340 miles north of Toronto. It is here that John Cardinal lives and works. He and counterpart Lise Delorme are called in to investigate what looks to Until the Night marks the sixth (and much awaited) entry in Giles Blunt's mystery series featuring Detective John Cardinal. Until the Night opens with a cryptic entry from something called The Blue Notebook, giving us a brief glance into an Arctic science station. The next chapter takes us back to more familiar territory - Algonquin Bay, Ontario - 340 miles north of Toronto. It is here that John Cardinal lives and works. He and counterpart Lise Delorme are called in to investigate what looks to be a domestic murder - a husband murdering his wife's lover. But the wife is missing too - also murdered? She is found, dead, but in odd circumstances. As is yet another woman. And the case leads Cardinal and Delorme down paths they couldn't imagine. As their investigation progresses, so do the entries from The Blue Notebook - and we are slowly privy to more and more details. Blunt has done it again - an absolutely original, intelligent, riveting plot that kept me reading.....Until The Night. (Sorry couldn't resist) But, seriously, I did use a Sunday off to devour it from first page to last. Yep, that good. Why do I like this series so much? Protagonist John Cardinal is the big draw for me. In him, Blunt has created a believable, realistic character whose life has evolved over the course of six books. His personal life involving his wife and her difficulties have provided a storyline handled with thoughtfulness, realism and genuine emotion. His relationship with Delorme has him quite confused and is explored further in this book. We get to delve much deeper into Lise Delorme's life this time. Her own issues, insecurities and demons lead her to a dark place, putting herself and her career at risk. I have become quite invested in both of these characters. The plotting was fantastic - the link between The Blue Notebook and Cardinal's case was slowly, inexorably revealed. The setting of Algonquin Bay has become quite familiar and I can almost feel the cold seeping into my fingers as I hold the book. Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, so he knows what he writes of! Blunt also takes us to other Ontario locales with the seamier underside of Toronto and Ottawa woven into this latest mystery. I think this latest book just might be my favourite Cardinal book yet. If you haven't discovered this Canadian author and series yet, I encourage you to. CTV has announced plans for a TV series based on the John Cardinal novels, with Blunt himself doing much of the adaptation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Intriago

    Best book in the series. There are two story lines. The first -From the Blue Notebook - concerns a group of research scientists in the Arctic. The second - two murders with very similar circumstances. Written with chapters alternating between the two, I found the information about the Arctic research station to be fascinating. I could feel the cold! And, I always love a good police procedural. Cardinal and Delorme again march to their own drummer - no matter where the powers that be want them to Best book in the series. There are two story lines. The first -From the Blue Notebook - concerns a group of research scientists in the Arctic. The second - two murders with very similar circumstances. Written with chapters alternating between the two, I found the information about the Arctic research station to be fascinating. I could feel the cold! And, I always love a good police procedural. Cardinal and Delorme again march to their own drummer - no matter where the powers that be want them to go. Delorme strikes out on her own pursuing a different investigation, while Cardinal keeps searching until he finds the clue that ties the two murders together plus doing what he can to prevent a third. Great weaving of the two stories together. Again, best book in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    D.A. Brown

    Wow! Gasping for breath as I galloped to the finish...a thrilling read, dark and twisted and based in interesting research. Wonderful tale with a merging of past wrongs and present ones, woven into each other with an overwhelming feeling of cold. The locations are Arctic and Northern Ontario, but even considering that, Blunt managed to make me feel cold even on a bright fall day. He invests every page with a chill, psychological or physical. I love it when a writer can put me so in situ that I act Wow! Gasping for breath as I galloped to the finish...a thrilling read, dark and twisted and based in interesting research. Wonderful tale with a merging of past wrongs and present ones, woven into each other with an overwhelming feeling of cold. The locations are Arctic and Northern Ontario, but even considering that, Blunt managed to make me feel cold even on a bright fall day. He invests every page with a chill, psychological or physical. I love it when a writer can put me so in situ that I actually feel the weather. Blunt writes dark mysteries. There hasn't been a one that I've read hat hasn't made me check the door locks when I go to bed at night. That said, some reviewers below seem surprised about the sex in this novel, the depravities, etc. For me, they were secondary, but added a depth to Delorme's character - a background that is based on more than her affection for Cardinal. I am intrigued, a bit repelled, and eagerly awaiting developments. Cardinal has the shadow of his wife; she needs shadows for balance and as a woman in my 50's, I know that there are parts of my personality that I am only identifying now as I pick away at the stories I've told myself for years. Some aren't that great. I have some apologizing to do. So it doesn't seem a stretch for me that Delorme finds things in herself that she didn't recognize before. It makes her more interesting as a character. I am a bit tired of the dropped in big mouth incompetent cop meme - it's everywhere as no doubt they truly are. Bureaucracies. But it's getting tired and I'd like to see a more creative twist. Non-mainstream sexuality figures in the novel, so if this bothers you, you may wish to avoid. For me, I was too tied up in the story to really notice it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Until the Night is the latest entry in Giles Blunt's exceptional series featuring North Bay police officers, John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme. The story moves back and forth between an Arctic research station and a case which begins with the discovery of a woman's body in an abandoned building in the woods. The woman had been dressed for the cold weather, then chained to prevent escape. Blunt slowly reveals how the two stories are related, building the tension to a perfect pitch. This book is a 4. Until the Night is the latest entry in Giles Blunt's exceptional series featuring North Bay police officers, John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme. The story moves back and forth between an Arctic research station and a case which begins with the discovery of a woman's body in an abandoned building in the woods. The woman had been dressed for the cold weather, then chained to prevent escape. Blunt slowly reveals how the two stories are related, building the tension to a perfect pitch. This book is a 4.5 star for me. I gave it a small deduction for several editing mistakes, but mostly I'm puzzled by the complications introduced in Cardinal and Delorme's relationship. This seems like a misstep in Blunt's finely crafted storyline, but maybe he has a surprise in store for us with the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Giles Blunt is one the great unsung mystery writers this country has produced...sure he gets attention but he should be lionized. His John Cardinal Series is marvelous...portrays a part of Canada not often found in genre fiction and characters who are human, complicated and somewhat endearing. This outing..Until the Night...brings out some intriguing aspects of all the main characters...intimations of masochism,major bouts of self doubt and long buried feelings as well as sheer nasty office poli Giles Blunt is one the great unsung mystery writers this country has produced...sure he gets attention but he should be lionized. His John Cardinal Series is marvelous...portrays a part of Canada not often found in genre fiction and characters who are human, complicated and somewhat endearing. This outing..Until the Night...brings out some intriguing aspects of all the main characters...intimations of masochism,major bouts of self doubt and long buried feelings as well as sheer nasty office politics all the while a series of brutal murders centered around freezing women to death is demanding to be solved. There is the north, mad scientists and some quite brilliant writing just to make you really feel at home. Read this in the winter, in front of a fire while watching it snow and feel safe...or in the summer at the beach and feel cool.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Agatha West

    First let me say that this is one of those books for which I wish half ratings existed. 5 stars maybe a bit high, however 4 stars feels too low. What a great entry in to the Cardinal series this book is. It just maybe my second favourite. Others have identified the main plot points so I won't do that, however this is the book where the relationship of the two main characters starts to change, while at the same time the reader is treated to a great mystery. What happens when good people do bad thi First let me say that this is one of those books for which I wish half ratings existed. 5 stars maybe a bit high, however 4 stars feels too low. What a great entry in to the Cardinal series this book is. It just maybe my second favourite. Others have identified the main plot points so I won't do that, however this is the book where the relationship of the two main characters starts to change, while at the same time the reader is treated to a great mystery. What happens when good people do bad things, and what happens when a killer feels his actions are justified? These are just some of the things you will think about as your read this. Even if this is your first book in the series, it is a great place to start, however I do recommend going back and reading the others. Author Giles Blunt, for my money, is well on his way to being Canada's top mystery writer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I don't know if this is my favourite John Cardinal police mystery but it is still an excellent, tense, well-written mystery/ thriller. It is often very gritty and has excellent tension. I've liked the development of John Cardinal, a Canadian police detective from Algonquin (read North Bay) Bay, Ontario and of his partner Lise Delorme. Their relationship develops further in this story, with many ups and downs. The story is somewhat convoluted, alternating between two ongoing cases and with the th I don't know if this is my favourite John Cardinal police mystery but it is still an excellent, tense, well-written mystery/ thriller. It is often very gritty and has excellent tension. I've liked the development of John Cardinal, a Canadian police detective from Algonquin (read North Bay) Bay, Ontario and of his partner Lise Delorme. Their relationship develops further in this story, with many ups and downs. The story is somewhat convoluted, alternating between two ongoing cases and with the thread of a story from the past, that seems unrelated to everything taking place in Algonquin Bay, but ultimately, these diverse threads intertwine very nicely and satisfyingly. Giles Blunt has proven himself to be an excellent mystery/ thriller writer. I highly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Crowe

    "Until the Night" wraps up Blunt's Cardinal series thus far. I devoured these novels one after the other, each time thinking I would go on to another author, but unable to do so. They have proven to be the perfect winter read - engaging, clever - and I have wanted nothing so much as to curl up beneath a blanket and just read read read. This author does a wonderful job of bringing both characters and setting to life, and he also creates a compelling mystery. Not to mention, in "Until the Night", "Until the Night" wraps up Blunt's Cardinal series thus far. I devoured these novels one after the other, each time thinking I would go on to another author, but unable to do so. They have proven to be the perfect winter read - engaging, clever - and I have wanted nothing so much as to curl up beneath a blanket and just read read read. This author does a wonderful job of bringing both characters and setting to life, and he also creates a compelling mystery. Not to mention, in "Until the Night", finally, a bit of romance for our hero. But no spoilers from me! Simply put - this novel is as wonderful as those preceding it. Hurry and read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natashya KitchenPuppies

    Absolutely riveting, his best yet - see my full review here - http://livinginthekitchenwithpuppies.... Absolutely riveting, his best yet - see my full review here - http://livinginthekitchenwithpuppies....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina Siegel

    Well this is the last book in Blunt's Cardinal/Delorme series (for now), which makes me sad - an excellent sign. Until the Night brings us a little deeper into Algonquin Bay, featuring new characters and relationships and a history better left unremembered. The problem, of course, is that there's ALWAYS someone who remembers. And that's where we start... ...a series of particularly nasty murders: women left to freeze in the harsh Northern Ontario winter. The incidents are connected by a mere thre Well this is the last book in Blunt's Cardinal/Delorme series (for now), which makes me sad - an excellent sign. Until the Night brings us a little deeper into Algonquin Bay, featuring new characters and relationships and a history better left unremembered. The problem, of course, is that there's ALWAYS someone who remembers. And that's where we start... ...a series of particularly nasty murders: women left to freeze in the harsh Northern Ontario winter. The incidents are connected by a mere thread. Literally. All three victims were found in matching outfits that weren't theirs. But why these women? No one can figure it out. The answer lies several decades in the past, in an Arctic ice station. That part of the story is gradually revealed through a series of inserts, all titled 'From The Blue Notebook.' They detail a research trip beset by love triangles, psychological instability, and - eventually - geological disaster. Back in Algonquin Bay, another woman goes missing. Cardinal races to save her as Delorme revisits an old case that she suspects was never truly solved. Meanhwhile, they both attempt to navigate their changing relationship. And that's the plot: standard, but satisfying, crime fiction fare. As always, let's start with the good. I really enjoyed how Blunt focused on his setting, here. Northern Ontario and the Arctic become focal points, nearly accomplices, in the murders. He does a worthy job of addressing the beauty and cruelty of nature, and his descriptions of the landscape were terrific. His writing - which doesn't wow me the way, say, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's does - is at it's best in those passages. I also appreciate the way he's pushing Cardinal and Delorme to evolve. It must be tough, when you're writing a series, to move your characters forward without eventually altering them beyond recognition. So I applaud the intention, and think it - generally, and so far - succeeds. Now, for the not good. I'm always wary of developments that centre around friendship-blossoming-into-romance. Not only has it been done to death, it's bound to disappoint. The mutual attraction between Cardinal and Delorme has been clear for the last two books, and it was fun. Interesting, even. It was all potential, very kinetic and engaging because, let's face it, who doesn't like a little romance? But that tension is dissipated, now. The potential has been realized, and - unless you're dealing with a remarkable, unconventional, imaginative author - everything else is predictable. I'm willing to wait and see what the next book brings, but I'm wary. Part of the reason is that, while I really do enjoy Blunt's books and will continue reading them, he's a fairly conventional writer. I don't anticipate anything particularly surprising or ground-breaking from him. But maybe I'm wrong - time will tell. As for the Blue Notebook out-takes: they were a good idea. It was a clean, neat way of letting us in on the back-story without necessarily revealing it to to the characters too soon. However, I did get a little impatient with them. They were obviously central to the plot, or they wouldn't have been included, but there was no indication as to how until the murders were essentially solved. I would have liked a few more indications along the way as to why and how those diversions were important. It would have made the whole book feel a bit more cohesive. Overall, though, I'd recommend this book and this series to any murder mystery buff. I hope Blunt revisits Algonquin Bay again very soon.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kb

    Normally I avoid Canadian procedurals because they are too close to home. Part of the allure of this type of series for me is the foreignness of the environment the police work in. However, I count Giles Blunt's Cardinal/Delorme series among my favourites, even though it mentions places and landmarks that are more than familiar to me. The writing in this book is excellent, with none of the small complaints that mar other writers' work for me. The only difficulty I had with this story is the lang Normally I avoid Canadian procedurals because they are too close to home. Part of the allure of this type of series for me is the foreignness of the environment the police work in. However, I count Giles Blunt's Cardinal/Delorme series among my favourites, even though it mentions places and landmarks that are more than familiar to me. The writing in this book is excellent, with none of the small complaints that mar other writers' work for me. The only difficulty I had with this story is the language and behaviour of some characters and the explicit sexuality. The structure of the mystery is interesting, with "flashbacks" from a journal telling another story that we sense might have something to do with the present, but we don't know why or how. Delorme's character goes through some personal development, and there are changes in the easy, friendly relationship between Delorme and Cardinal. All in all a good story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucile Barker

    131. Until The Night by Giles Blunt John Cardinal is investigating a death of a man in a motel parking lot and Lise Delorme is trying to locate the missing wife of a Canadian senator. The murder case should be open and shut because the victim has been having an affair with a local woman, and her husband is the chief suspect, but the woman has disappeared as well. The dark side of Lise comes out in this book when she puts herself out as bait for a club owner that she is sure is guilty of murder. O 131. Until The Night by Giles Blunt John Cardinal is investigating a death of a man in a motel parking lot and Lise Delorme is trying to locate the missing wife of a Canadian senator. The murder case should be open and shut because the victim has been having an affair with a local woman, and her husband is the chief suspect, but the woman has disappeared as well. The dark side of Lise comes out in this book when she puts herself out as bait for a club owner that she is sure is guilty of murder. Of course, when Lise finds the body of the Senator’s wife, (chained and in new clothes), the RCMP invite themselves into the investigation. Then other bodies show up in the same way. Blunt uses the device of an old journal, The Blue Notebook, from an Arctic expedition many years ago. The notebook shows the menace of the Arctic; the novel shows the menace of revenge.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barry Hammond

    Blunt is at the top of his form in the latest John Cardinal mystery. There's a new lead investigator on the team - a hotshot from Toronto - but his sense of what is and isn't important may be a little skewed. Cardinal and Lise Delorme are at a critical moment in their relationship and his distance and her investigations into a sex murder may be getting in the way. Someone is killing people by slowly freezing them to death. The reasons may be linked to something that happened in a remote arctic s Blunt is at the top of his form in the latest John Cardinal mystery. There's a new lead investigator on the team - a hotshot from Toronto - but his sense of what is and isn't important may be a little skewed. Cardinal and Lise Delorme are at a critical moment in their relationship and his distance and her investigations into a sex murder may be getting in the way. Someone is killing people by slowly freezing them to death. The reasons may be linked to something that happened in a remote arctic science station many years ago. As usual, Blunt fashions a disturbing human mystery out of disparate elements which all relate to isolation. One of his best. - BH.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David McClelland

    I'm a big fan of Giles Blunt's John Cardinal series, and Until the Night was no exception. In fact, this is probably my second-favourite book in the series, after By the Time You Read This... . As usual, the characters are very well-drawn, and the central mystery is intriguing and interesting. Blunt is also very good at placing you in his settings, and the chilly shores of Algonquin Bay (aka a thinly disguised North Bay) seem very real. Bits that take place in Toronto and Ottawa give the setting I'm a big fan of Giles Blunt's John Cardinal series, and Until the Night was no exception. In fact, this is probably my second-favourite book in the series, after By the Time You Read This... . As usual, the characters are very well-drawn, and the central mystery is intriguing and interesting. Blunt is also very good at placing you in his settings, and the chilly shores of Algonquin Bay (aka a thinly disguised North Bay) seem very real. Bits that take place in Toronto and Ottawa give the setting some added depth as well. All in all, I'm very happy with the latest outing for John Cardinal, and look forwards to the next book in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    miteypen

    The murder mystery part of this novel was exceptional, especially the way it was juxtaposed with entries from an Arctic scientist's journal. But the ending seemed rushed and clumsy. I was glad to see Cardinal and Delorme begin to admit their feelings for each other, but was disappointed with the way the author brought them back together so easily, especially since there are some complications that needed to be dealt with, like John's feelings for his deceased wife and Lise's forays into the "dar The murder mystery part of this novel was exceptional, especially the way it was juxtaposed with entries from an Arctic scientist's journal. But the ending seemed rushed and clumsy. I was glad to see Cardinal and Delorme begin to admit their feelings for each other, but was disappointed with the way the author brought them back together so easily, especially since there are some complications that needed to be dealt with, like John's feelings for his deceased wife and Lise's forays into the "dark side." Hopefully the next novel will give their relationship the attention and development it deserves.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is a very good series, although the police force represented is a bit confusing. You can't tell me Algonquin Bay has its own force. They'd have used the OPP, surely? As was pointed out, it's not Toronto. This Loach character is going to disappear, thank goodness, because we don't need another yelling character. The story itself, with the episodes from the "blue notebook" to run that parallel plot is fascinating, although I wonder about Mr. Priest and I'm very glad to have that settled. Ther This is a very good series, although the police force represented is a bit confusing. You can't tell me Algonquin Bay has its own force. They'd have used the OPP, surely? As was pointed out, it's not Toronto. This Loach character is going to disappear, thank goodness, because we don't need another yelling character. The story itself, with the episodes from the "blue notebook" to run that parallel plot is fascinating, although I wonder about Mr. Priest and I'm very glad to have that settled. There are a number of uncomfortable elements and while I wonder what all did happen to Lise in that club I'm just as glad not to know.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This novel is a race-to-the-finish detective thriller. It is masterfully woven together with so many separate threads and subplots, that I plunged into the second stretch wondering how they could possibly intersect and be resolved. I was not disappointed. I did however chose the wrong time of year to read this. While I had no trouble at all relating to its powerful imagery and frozen Canadian settings(I only had to look out my own window), I found myself preoccupied with desperately wishing I wa This novel is a race-to-the-finish detective thriller. It is masterfully woven together with so many separate threads and subplots, that I plunged into the second stretch wondering how they could possibly intersect and be resolved. I was not disappointed. I did however chose the wrong time of year to read this. While I had no trouble at all relating to its powerful imagery and frozen Canadian settings(I only had to look out my own window), I found myself preoccupied with desperately wishing I was on a sunny beach in the Caribbean.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    I'm a huge fan of the John Cardinal series. I love the characters and watching them grow from book to book. However, I thought this book was really weak in that area. Some of the dialogue between Cardinal and his partner Lise Delorme just didn't sound true. I think some of the story could have been fleshed out a little more. On the other hand, I can tell there was a lot of research done on the Arctic. It's summer here in Arizona, and as I was reading the 'cold' scenes, I was sorely tempted to pu I'm a huge fan of the John Cardinal series. I love the characters and watching them grow from book to book. However, I thought this book was really weak in that area. Some of the dialogue between Cardinal and his partner Lise Delorme just didn't sound true. I think some of the story could have been fleshed out a little more. On the other hand, I can tell there was a lot of research done on the Arctic. It's summer here in Arizona, and as I was reading the 'cold' scenes, I was sorely tempted to put on a sweater and a pair of socks.

  26. 4 out of 5

    laura

    not bad but I liked the previous ones more! Our likeable detectives are here and also enjoy some romance while I liked the weirdo british guy Priest character and his s/m clubs as well. the background story in Nunavut is so-so, I didn't care much for it. The murder of Mark something from the beginning wasn't explained or mentioned at all later, sometimes it all felt a bit hassled and tried too hard to fit into the frame with the background story. if I could rate more exact, about 3.7/5 I love the not bad but I liked the previous ones more! Our likeable detectives are here and also enjoy some romance while I liked the weirdo british guy Priest character and his s/m clubs as well. the background story in Nunavut is so-so, I didn't care much for it. The murder of Mark something from the beginning wasn't explained or mentioned at all later, sometimes it all felt a bit hassled and tried too hard to fit into the frame with the background story. if I could rate more exact, about 3.7/5 I love the author and his settings and will read next novel for sure!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Giles Blunt's writing style attracts my reader's mind most assuredly. I spotted this book today and bought it immediately. His characters smell real and jump off the page. The story settings breathe and live. We'll see how this latest book works out. Finished the book. Gotta tell you the purple cover had me!!! Loved the book. Will now wait patiently for the next time Giles Blunt's writing suspends my disbelief...... Giles Blunt's writing style attracts my reader's mind most assuredly. I spotted this book today and bought it immediately. His characters smell real and jump off the page. The story settings breathe and live. We'll see how this latest book works out. Finished the book. Gotta tell you the purple cover had me!!! Loved the book. Will now wait patiently for the next time Giles Blunt's writing suspends my disbelief......

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Another really good novel featuring John Cardinal and his partner. It begins following four stories and keeps you wondering how any of these are related. Of course eventually it all melts into two distinct cases. The good guys chase the bad guys to the Arctic, Toronto, Goderich and back to Algonquin. Brilliant!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Mystery set in Algonquin Bay Ontario (aka North Bay). Reminiscent of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. These murders have their roots in a tragedy set in the Arctic 15 years previous. We get a glimpse of the Arctic tragedy through the "blue book" diary kept by one of the characters who was part of the Arctic expedition Mystery set in Algonquin Bay Ontario (aka North Bay). Reminiscent of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. These murders have their roots in a tragedy set in the Arctic 15 years previous. We get a glimpse of the Arctic tragedy through the "blue book" diary kept by one of the characters who was part of the Arctic expedition

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    What a great mystery writer - in this sixth Cardinal and Delore novel, Blunt offers us a series of terrifying murders that see to point in one direction and, oh clever man, actually have to do with some entirely different - he nicely develops the relationship between these two feisty detectives too!

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