A Door in the River

A Door in the River

A Hazel Micallef Mystery

Book - 2012
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When Henry Weist, Port Dundas, Ontario's likeable hardware store owner is found dead in the parking lot of a cigarette shop on a local First Nation reserve, apparently of a bee sting, and with more deaths to follow, Hazel Micallef finds herself involved in one of the most sensational and shocking cases of her career. And one that literally goes underground to get to the bottom of what turns out to be a vengeful, murderous rampage. Behind the scenes of the investigation, Hazel is dealing with an 87-year-old mother who seems to have lost the will to live; the complications of procedures and protocols, political manoeuvrings within the force itself, including the promotion of her former nemesis to whom she will now report.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
Description: 389 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780771088933
Branch Call Number: Wolf

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maipenrai
Jul 02, 2017

Audiobook available thru MNLINK

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athena14
Aug 21, 2016

Between Hazel's cynicism, jurisdictional disputes, her mother's health, and crimes with so much organizational structure that overhead would negate any gains: this flopped for me.

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randalljay
Jun 24, 2016

I think that this is the best of the series..although the premise is rather gruesome.

Diell Mar 18, 2014

there other books by Michael Redhill available at the library, though you will find they are very different from the Hazel Micallef series

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DL7173
Oct 20, 2013

I found this to be her best book. Very interesting plot
set in Ontario.

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uncommonreader
Mar 28, 2013

This is perhaps the best of the Hazel Micallef series. In addition to the story and quality of the writing, I enjoyed the author's descriptions of the outside world encroaching on small town Ontario.

dachsie Jan 21, 2013

Although this is the third book in a series it was my first exposure to the magnificient writing of Inger Ash Wolfe and the amazing DI Hazel Micallef. I read through this book quickly then followed up with The Calling and The Taken (1st & 3rd in the series). These books are like candy -- I can't get enough! So glad to find out that there will be more mysteries to come from this wonderful Canadian author.

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lpreston214
Nov 26, 2012

Good mystery story and characters. DI Hazel Micallef has to deal with her aging mother, the fact that a former underling is now her boss and lots of changes in her hometown. But she's still solving crime despite the rule book. How many books can say they have a 60-something woman as an action hero? Awesome. Gray power!

mayfairlady Oct 30, 2012

Another great Hazel Micallef mystery.

Cdnbookworm Oct 25, 2012

This is the third book in the series featuring OPS officer Hazel Micallef. Here, Hazel is back living with her mother after recovering from back surgery. She is worried about her mother's health, but also her own future. There are plans for the local OPS office in Port Dundas to become a regional centre, with Ray Greene in charge, an officer who had previously worked under Hazel. Hazel is an angry woman, and not a diplomatic one. She tends to be aggressive in her encounters with others, and I found this made her a less sympathetic character for me. But she has a good eye for crime, as shown in the case here.
A local man is found dead, seemingly of a heart attack after an insect bite, but Hazel finds questions around the death. When she digs deeper, she finds her instincts right. This death occurred on the nearby reserve and Hazel immediately butts heads with the reserve police force. Doing her own investigation, she ignores jurisdiction and permissions and forges ahead with the case.
Her small squad shows enthusiasm and gets involved, with one young officer, Wingate, taking large risks to help the victims identified as the investigation moves forward. With the investigation unveiling illegal gambling, prostitution, and human trafficking, we see both local involvement and the international nature. Getting inside the head of one of the human trafficking victims and seeing how the experience affected her attitude toward life was eye-opening.

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