The Taken

The Taken

A Hazel Micallef Mystery

Book - 2010
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Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she has no real option but to move into her ex-husband's basement and suffer the humiliation of his new wife bringing her meals down on a tray. As if that weren't enough, Hazel's octogenarian mother secretly flushes Hazel's stash of painkillers down the toilet.   It's almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body fished up by tourists in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of Micallef 's neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake with divers to recover the body, she and DC James Wingate, leading the police detachment in Micallef 's absence, know they are being played. But it's not clear who is pulling their strings and why, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. It's Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation.   The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef, "a compelling, unlikely hero" ( Entertainment Weekly ), is a stunning and suspenseful exploration of the obsessive far reaches of love, confirming Inger Ash Wolfe as one of the best mystery writers today.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780151013531
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 24 cm.

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Eil_1
Aug 24, 2016

Another well-scripted book by Wolfe. There is suspense, with many clues leading nowhere. Hazel takes this case all the way to its ultimate surprising conclusion. You just have to love Hazel's character! Thanks to another reviewer I know the author behind Wolfe.

Diell Mar 18, 2014

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

Cullenju [below] has said it well. A great summer read and I look forward to more books by this author.

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retired_reading
Aug 17, 2013

Love the Muskoka setting. The books are rather a combination of a serious Corner Gas and Criminal Minds. The characters are very well developed. My only complaint is that I'm not sure the policing is accurate...

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Cullenju
Jul 31, 2013

one of the finest reads I have had this summer. This author was new to me and I had the pleasure of reading her books back to back. Her main character Hazel is a strong independent woman of a certain age, she has a bad back struggles with weight and isn't tall blond and perfect, thank goodness and how refreshing. Read these books your going to love Hazel and her crew

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uncommonreader
Mar 02, 2013

I really like this anti-hero, Hazel Micallef, who in this story outsmarts the Toronto cops to solve the crime. She is a very believable heroine, with just the right edge for a detective.

akarenina Feb 11, 2012

Lots of action/suspense scenes which the author does a good job of writing along with puzzles and clues. Satisfying conclusion.

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