Wolfe, Inger Ash. The Calling.
Kate Atkinson, Peter Robinson, and Gillian Flynn all contributed to the jacket blurbs. (See Sam's post Blurbs and Back Scratching.) Inger Ash Wolfe is a pseudonym for Russell Smith, a Canadian author, according to one source.
I liked the idea of the 61-year-old female detective inspector and her 87-year-old mother, but Hazel is no Miss Marple. In a small Canadian village, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is confronted with the gruesome murder of a terminally ill woman, and apparently, the killer was expected and invited into the home.
Then, within a few days and a short distance away, another murder -- very different appearance -- but with many commonalities for those who, like Hazel and her staff, have looked a little deeper. Now this small town police force that has never dealt with anything close to this kind of horror finds itself on the trail of a serial killer whose victims are terminally ill and...eager.
The characters are well-drawn, flawed, and dealing with difficulties in their personal lives as well as with the pursuit of the killer; the plot is intriguing, and while it did not hang together as logically as I would have liked, kept me involved and puzzling over the strange character of Simon, the mercy-killer with a bizarre agenda.
One thing that bothered me was the dialogue-- the speaker was not always clear, especially at the police station, where the conversation shifted frequently.
My favorite characters were minor: Hazel's mother Emily was a joy; Detective Constable James Wingate and Detective Sergeant Adjutor Sevigny (recent additions to the Port Dundas force) have great possibilities for development and the author managed a great deal with their smaller parts.
Fiction. Mystery/Crime. 2008. 371 pages.