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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 hi 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.


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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 hi 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.

30 review for The Birds That Stay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    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 start 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert is a very unique story! There are so many stories that seem unrelated at first. The Birds That Stay is a truly original story. I was invested in this story from the beginning. Who would kill an eighty two year old woman? The woman has no known family or friends. So much is revealed during the investigation. There is so much mystery though out the book. I listened to the audiobook and loved Ann Lambert’s narration. Since the narrator is the author, you can really The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert is a very unique story! There are so many stories that seem unrelated at first. The Birds That Stay is a truly original story. I was invested in this story from the beginning. Who would kill an eighty two year old woman? The woman has no known family or friends. So much is revealed during the investigation. There is so much mystery though out the book. I listened to the audiobook and loved Ann Lambert’s narration. Since the narrator is the author, you can really tell how important the telling of this story is to her. Thank you NetGalley and ECW Press Audio for The Birds That Stay. Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This book drew me in from the beginning. Each character, no matter how minor, felt real and easy to imagine. And I immediately bonded with Marie, mourning the recent loss of her lab and dealing with a parent with dementia. She gets drawn into the investigation of the death of a neighbor, a reclusive woman, due to a link dating back to her childhood. Lambert does a great job of describing time and place. There’s a lot of memories here. Marie and I are of a similar age, so her memories were very s This book drew me in from the beginning. Each character, no matter how minor, felt real and easy to imagine. And I immediately bonded with Marie, mourning the recent loss of her lab and dealing with a parent with dementia. She gets drawn into the investigation of the death of a neighbor, a reclusive woman, due to a link dating back to her childhood. Lambert does a great job of describing time and place. There’s a lot of memories here. Marie and I are of a similar age, so her memories were very similar to mine. We also hear from Romeo Leduc, the detective investigating the death. He also has family issues and past secrets. In fact, this book is more character study than mystery. That said, the death investigation was also very realistic. And the historic backstory was interesting and revealed facts I had never heard before. This is identified as the first in a series. I’m not sure how that will work, but I would definitely read a second in the series. Ann Lambert narrates her own book and does a great job, managing all the different accents beautifully. My thanks to netgalley and ECW Audio for an advance copy of this audiobook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    3.5 stars. After listening to the terrific audiobook, 'The Dogs of Winter'(book 2 in the series), I immediately bought the Kindle version of this previous book, 'The Birds That Stay'. I prefer print to audio, but I truly missed author Ann Lambert's enthralling narration. I was disappointed in this book compared to The Dogs of Winter. The author is a wonderfully descriptive, immersive writer, but I found this character-driven novel slow-paced and the mystery very involved. Detective Romeo Leduc 3.5 stars. After listening to the terrific audiobook, 'The Dogs of Winter'(book 2 in the series), I immediately bought the Kindle version of this previous book, 'The Birds That Stay'. I prefer print to audio, but I truly missed author Ann Lambert's enthralling narration. I was disappointed in this book compared to The Dogs of Winter. The author is a wonderfully descriptive, immersive writer, but I found this character-driven novel slow-paced and the mystery very involved. Detective Romeo Leduc becomes interested in the case of an elderly woman found murdered. She was an 82-year-old recluse who lived alone in a cottage in the Laurentians north of Montreal. There were rumours that she had a large sum of money hidden in her home, and it was believed she was Jewish. First impressions were that she was the victim of an attempted robbery or a hate crime by local bikers displaying Nazi insignia and tattoos. Romeo questions a want-to-be Hells Angel and acquaintance but learns little. Subsequently, this man is badly beaten and hospitalized. Marie is busy moving her mother into a nursing home. Her mother has Alzheimer's. Marie has a cottage near the murdered woman. In her absence, her home is broken into by unknown intruders. She meets Romeo Leduc when he investigates. Marie's mother reveals to her important information about the elderly lady who was murdered. When questioned later about what she revealed, her mother has completely forgotten the conversation. This leaves Marie wondering if this statement was true or the result of her mother's dementia. The case is a very complex one and a mystery based on history. In the present, a man described as a charming Paul Newman lookalike is preying on people in nursing homes. He has become wealthy by taking control of their finances and operating by means just short of fraud. The plot moves backwards to a mysterious death in the 1970s and then to the mid-1950s when many Hungarian refugees were settled in Canada. Interesting information was revealed about a policy that permitted former Nazis to live in Canada during the Cold War. The Holocaust is mentioned in this tangled puzzle. Romeo Leduc and Marie have clues to partly tie the various threads together. The case is mainly solved when old letters that are discovered rather than by police procedure. The background is atmospheric and the characters come alive on the page. However, I found there was too much emphasis on the characters' backstories that focused on their past, personal problems, activities and family stress. This would have worked better spread out through a number of books. This slowed down the plot and the solution to the mystery. Also, some chapters began without mentioning the name of the character and it took a while for me to detect their identity. Based on the excellent writing and how compelling I found the next book, I will definitely read the 3rd book in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Max

    I listened to this as an audiobook, but I think I would've enjoyed the read more possibly as a physical copy. It's more of a slow-paced, psychological, mystery that does more than you think which took me a little bit by surprise. While I'm not trying to dissuade you from reading The Birds That Stay, there are really just some books that are read at certain times and I did not read this book at the right time. If you're looking for a more simplistic detective whodunit, this is not it. It's focused I listened to this as an audiobook, but I think I would've enjoyed the read more possibly as a physical copy. It's more of a slow-paced, psychological, mystery that does more than you think which took me a little bit by surprise. While I'm not trying to dissuade you from reading The Birds That Stay, there are really just some books that are read at certain times and I did not read this book at the right time. If you're looking for a more simplistic detective whodunit, this is not it. It's focused on characters' love and trust which makes it kind of difficult to put into one genre. I had an okay time going through it, but I especially enjoyed the end. I just think I would've needed a little more plot substance in the middle to keep me engaged because sometimes I think it almost got too wrapped up in other plot lines (which is crazy because I usually love different lines). Might give this one a second go when it's published so I can give a hard copy, so this is a pretty undecided review. Take caution before reading because this is definitely a book that wants to go in deep.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Esil

    Sometimes it’s hard to know whether I like a book because of its qualities or because it covers delightfully familiar terrain. I really enjoyed reading Anne Lamber’s The Birds That Stay, and I know it’s largely because it takes place in contemporary Quebec — but I also found this to be one of those thoughtful mysteries that delves below the surface. An older woman is murdered north of Montreal in the Laurentians. As the story unfolds, it focuses on one of the neighbours Marie Russel, on Detectiv Sometimes it’s hard to know whether I like a book because of its qualities or because it covers delightfully familiar terrain. I really enjoyed reading Anne Lamber’s The Birds That Stay, and I know it’s largely because it takes place in contemporary Quebec — but I also found this to be one of those thoughtful mysteries that delves below the surface. An older woman is murdered north of Montreal in the Laurentians. As the story unfolds, it focuses on one of the neighbours Marie Russel, on Detective Romeo Leduc and on an apparent con artist operating in seniors’ homes in Montreal. The mystery isn’t that complicated. But I really liked the characters and the strong sense of time and place. Lambert uses the story as an opportunity to explore some of Quebec’s history and contemporary cultural complexity. I especially liked Marie and Romeo. Both in late middle age, their struggles with aging parents, adult children and loneliness felt realistic and three dimensional. I hope they surface in future books Lamber writes. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    3.5 stars Definitely want to pick up The Dogs of Winter to see what happens to these characters. 3.5 stars Definitely want to pick up The Dogs of Winter to see what happens to these characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Second Story Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published February 19th 2019 I 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 2019 I 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LenaRibka

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    A very enjoyable start to a new Canadian mystery series! I'm definitely looking forward to reading #2 already. A very enjoyable start to a new Canadian mystery series! I'm definitely looking forward to reading #2 already.

  14. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    These were some of my thoughts as I progressed through the book: 22.32% - So far we're getting a lot of backstory that is kind of just downloaded to the point it's numbing. Too early to tell if anything or anyone is important and it all blends together in a sea of boring. 33.48% - Still slow, boring background. The book is 3rd POV past tense except there's been a few "Marie remembers..." sentences in present tense. 83.93% - Finally the book looks like it may be getting better. The only problem These were some of my thoughts as I progressed through the book: 22.32% - So far we're getting a lot of backstory that is kind of just downloaded to the point it's numbing. Too early to tell if anything or anyone is important and it all blends together in a sea of boring. 33.48% - Still slow, boring background. The book is 3rd POV past tense except there's been a few "Marie remembers..." sentences in present tense. 83.93% - Finally the book looks like it may be getting better. The only problem is that up to this point it's been so bland and boring, I've barely remembered what I just read. I made it to the end by skimming the pages and pages of letters written. I also found that after pages of being bored and knowing where the ending was going, the ending came quickly and the epilogue seemed to jump into a relationship between people that barely had a conversation during the book. I doubt I will continue this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Shindler

    An uneven but promising book Detective Romeo Leduc is assigned a seemingly simple case a day before he is scheduled for a long overdue vacation. An elderly woman, Anna Newman,who lives in the Laurentians has been strangled outside her home. On the surface, it seems that this is a case of a break in gone wrong. However, the senseless nature of the crime disturbs Romeo and he takes a deeper look at the case. In the course of his inquiries, he encounters Marie Russell, a college professor who lives An uneven but promising book Detective Romeo Leduc is assigned a seemingly simple case a day before he is scheduled for a long overdue vacation. An elderly woman, Anna Newman,who lives in the Laurentians has been strangled outside her home. On the surface, it seems that this is a case of a break in gone wrong. However, the senseless nature of the crime disturbs Romeo and he takes a deeper look at the case. In the course of his inquiries, he encounters Marie Russell, a college professor who lives in the same community and is caring for her elderly mother who is suffering from dementia. When Marie’s mother identifies the victim by a different name, Marie wonders if this misnomer is delirium or a clue to the murder.She shares this information with Romeo and ultimately this information leads to a series of revelations that extend back to World War 2 and to other secrets buried in the past. This mystery involved is fairly complex and is slow developing. The author introduces a number of characters and delves into their disparate back stories at length. However, the attention to the backstories of these characters bogs down the narrative for the first half of the book. The second half of the book is more briskly and coherently developed and ultimately produces a satisfying read. The author uses language well and infuses the story with a sense of the physical environment. I had read the second book in this series,The Dogs of Winter, before I read this first entry.The second book has much better integration of backstory, character development and plot. My evaluation of this book probably is diminished by comparison to its sequel’s excellence. Nevertheless, this first book has its merits and it is a positive sign that the second in the series is on an upward arc. I rounded this rating to3.5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    3 1/2 stars, rounded up The Birds That Stay is a mystery novel that takes place just north of Montreal, in the Laurentians. We meet inspector Roméo Leduc as he is assigned to the murder of an elderly woman, and then we also meet Marie Russell, who is a neighbor of the victim. This could have been a much more compelling book, had it not been so scattered. We jump from going all extra on the atmosphere and (remarkably authentic) reminiscence, to introducing way too many characters, to occasionally g 3 1/2 stars, rounded up The Birds That Stay is a mystery novel that takes place just north of Montreal, in the Laurentians. We meet inspector Roméo Leduc as he is assigned to the murder of an elderly woman, and then we also meet Marie Russell, who is a neighbor of the victim. This could have been a much more compelling book, had it not been so scattered. We jump from going all extra on the atmosphere and (remarkably authentic) reminiscence, to introducing way too many characters, to occasionally getting back to the actual progression of the story and what the heck, let's throw in a romance just to round it out. I found myself disengaging, then having to pinch myself to remember to engage, more than I should have. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook, narrated by Ann Lambert, which sadly did not enhance my experience. Lambert's narration was excellent, no doubt about that. But the sound production was poor, such that one chapter was super quiet and then the next chapter slammed in so loudly that I thought my ears would bleed. That fear of TOO LOUD or annoyance with too low -- where I had to stop at the beginning of each chapter and re-adjust -- was just one more reason to disconnect from the novel. The real question: Will I continue the series? Likely no, as this series hasn't gotten off to a very inspiring start. It was just fine, but not great. A big thanks to NetGalley and ECW Press Audio for the opportunity to listen to and review this audiobook.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monika Sadowski

    I liked the narrator a lot, she made this book much more interesting. It started with just some murder of an older lady but after while there were a lot of mysteries unfolding. *I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    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. 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laur (hiatus)

    An 82-year-old reclusive woman is found murdered outside of her house, in her garden. Initially, few clues to go on, but who and why would want to kill an old lady? Why was her body found in the garden? Was she a victim of robbery, or was her death for darker reason? Romeo Ledec, Chief Inspector of Homicide, even though about to go on vacation, is drawn to the case and wants to take it even though he could pass it off. The old woman’s neighbor, Marie Russell, is also very interested when she disc An 82-year-old reclusive woman is found murdered outside of her house, in her garden. Initially, few clues to go on, but who and why would want to kill an old lady? Why was her body found in the garden? Was she a victim of robbery, or was her death for darker reason? Romeo Ledec, Chief Inspector of Homicide, even though about to go on vacation, is drawn to the case and wants to take it even though he could pass it off. The old woman’s neighbor, Marie Russell, is also very interested when she discovers a startling possible clue, that she learns from her own mother. But her mother has dementia - are memories reliable? Working together, Romeo and Marie, must combine their wits in their common goal to find the killer. This review is for the AUDIO version of this book. The narrator and author, Ann Lambert, does a stellar job with pitch, pace and accent. She is an excellent narrator. However, the story content did include F*Bombs, and unfortunately, did not hold my complete interest through out. My thanks to NetGalley, and the publisher, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Courtney (courtneyjo_reads)

    “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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Madeleine

    Loved this read. Detailed, emotion-filled, thought-provoking and kept me guessing to the very end. Being Canadian, I loved the references to places, stores, and the language close to where I live. Its rare I find all this in one book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Birds That Stay was such a fun mystery to dive into! In it, we are in small Canadian village where an 82 year old woman has been murdered. After meeting Romeo, who is the Chief Inspector of Homicide, you quickly realize that there's no support on this investigation. Which does seem like it's going to make the job of finding out what happened and getting the suspect behind bars a bit harder. Then you will meet Marie, who I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Birds That Stay was such a fun mystery to dive into! In it, we are in small Canadian village where an 82 year old woman has been murdered. After meeting Romeo, who is the Chief Inspector of Homicide, you quickly realize that there's no support on this investigation. Which does seem like it's going to make the job of finding out what happened and getting the suspect behind bars a bit harder. Then you will meet Marie, who is the next door neighbor and basically a junior detective. Or she becomes one throughout the book since she keeps finding clues about what happened. These two were pretty interesting together and made a great team. Each piece of the puzzle just made the mystery and the book more interesting. Honestly, I had so many questions while diving into this audiobook. So I put on my detectives cap and tried to solve the case as quickly as I could. Of course that went horribly wrong and I should stick to my day job from now on. In the end, I definitely enjoyed the heck out of this murder mystery and need a new one to dive into.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    3.5/5; 4 stars I enjoyed this mystery, set in Quebec. I think the author, Ann Lambert, did a great job filling in some of the background of the people that moved to Canada after WWII as well as some of the cultural nuances of Quebec. The author narrated the audiobook and did a great job. My only comment about the audiobook was that the volume changed with each chapter so that was a bit disconcerting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    In this detective fiction novel we meet two protagonists, Chief Inspector of Homicide Roméo Leduc and Marie Russell, a divorced mother of two. The way the pair meet is that a woman was found murdered near her home and Marie was her neighbor. The victim was in her 80s and now Roméo must try and find out why she was murdered and find her killer. In cozy mystery fashion, Marie becomes an amateur detective of sorts and ends up working with Roméo. As the pair dig deep to try and find out why happened, In this detective fiction novel we meet two protagonists, Chief Inspector of Homicide Roméo Leduc and Marie Russell, a divorced mother of two. The way the pair meet is that a woman was found murdered near her home and Marie was her neighbor. The victim was in her 80s and now Roméo must try and find out why she was murdered and find her killer. In cozy mystery fashion, Marie becomes an amateur detective of sorts and ends up working with Roméo. As the pair dig deep to try and find out why happened, they are shocked to find out that things reach far into the past, as far back as World War II. I loved the lyrical writing of this book, the wonderful description of the Laurentian Mountains in Montreal and the excellent character development in what ended up being quite an interesting mystery. While readers are seeing the investigative process, there is a side story going on and as the two converge, the book becomes quite thrilling. It is the backstory that brings out enough details that get behind the murder of the victim. In so doing, the story is delivered in multiple perspectives. I got The Birds That Stay as an audiobook and it was narrated by the author, Ann Lambert. One thing I loved about this book and her narration of it was the French phrases and her perfect diction when using certain words and phrases. This made this good story even better and it served well to capture my interest from beginning to end. While it is definitely business first between Roméo and Marie, I can definitely see the draw that they have for each other and look forward to future books in this series where this is explored. Also, they are both in their 50s and that in itself is great because most primary protagonists in books of this type are a decade or two younger. All in all The Birds That Stay is an excellent book and makes the perfect beginning to a new series. Many thanks to ECW Press Audio and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This book is really well written and the imagery was good, the audible narrator was good but I had to give up at about 50% in. This book was just depressing me. I mean, I wasn't expecting to be all happy or anything. It's a murder mystery/thriller. But it was just making me terribly sad to read it with everything going on all of these characters lives and I didn't really feel like I was getting much of the main plot. Lots of other little stories that I am sure are going to come together but I ju This book is really well written and the imagery was good, the audible narrator was good but I had to give up at about 50% in. This book was just depressing me. I mean, I wasn't expecting to be all happy or anything. It's a murder mystery/thriller. But it was just making me terribly sad to read it with everything going on all of these characters lives and I didn't really feel like I was getting much of the main plot. Lots of other little stories that I am sure are going to come together but I just couldn't hold on any longer.

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