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Summer Readings | A tour of Quebec in thrillers

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This summer, the investigation is ongoing in Quebec. Here are 12 detective novels released last year that will have you guessing across the province.

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Laila Maalouf

Laila Maalouf
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Murray Bay investigation

Charlevoix

Murray Bay investigation

Murray Bay investigation

Quebec America

Fans of thrillers and historical novels will be delighted by this storyline set in July 1910, in Murray Bay, a wealthy Anglo-Saxon enclave in the heart of Charlevoix. When a suspicious death is discovered, Inspector Édouard Lavergne is sent as reinforcements from Montreal and threatens to disturb vacationers’ peace of mind.

The surprising memory of ice cream

Extract

The surprising memory of ice cream

The surprising memory of ice cream

Druid

The author was inspired by her work as a journalist to shape her new hero, investigative journalist Michel Duquesne. Sent to the scene of a fire in which four people have died, in a small fictional village evoking Lac-Brome, she discovers the ramifications of a much more sordid, life-threatening relationship.

prey

Extract

prey

prey

Quebec America

It is in a small village in Eastern Townships, near the border with Maine, that this unbearable suspense is played out, reminiscent of the novel by the same author. Buzzard. Three teenagers who have set up camp in the forest, in a quiet place near a river, see their escape turned into a nightmare when a disturbed individual targets them.

Until the last cry

Northern Quebec

Until the last cry

Until the last cry

Free expression

SPVM investigator Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, are quite assiduous in the metropolis … But they take us here on a breathless hunt near the Matagami mine, where a kidnapper asks to negotiate with policeman Montrealer who is forced to cooperate with the RCMP.

The madness of crowds

Extract

The madness of crowds

The madness of crowds

Flammarion Quebec

The village of Three Pines may not exist, but the author drew inspiration for his series with Armand Gamache from the surroundings of Knowlton, where he lived for years. There is also a guided tour of the region to follow in the footsteps of the detective whose 17And the title focuses on the violence that comes from hate speech.

The objectives

Quebec

The objectives

The objectives

Druid

Although Maud Graham’s latest title dates back to the summer of 2020, the Quebec Policewoman remains essential in the Quebec thriller landscape, especially from her 20s.And title, one less, is scheduled for next October, with the resurgence of femicides during the pandemic as a starting point. In The objectivesMaud Graham, on the other hand, investigates a murder and a disappearance that took place years ago and never solved.

Esteem

Quebec

Esteem

Esteem

Light

Sergeant Francis Pagliaro investigates this fifth investigation into the suicide of a Donnacona prison inmate, a Quebec pharmacist who had been convicted of the murder of a woman and her son. The policeman, known for his humanism and his fondness for philosophy, then decides to reopen the practice.

Éloi Fortier, wreck hunter

San Lorenzo Inferiore

Éloi Fortier, shipwreck hunter - Forgotten by the river

Éloi Fortier, shipwreck hunter – Forgotten by the river

Flammarion Quebec

Maritime investigators are not a legion in the genre and here is a very original starting point. Éloi Fortier probes the mysterious waters of the river in search of the wrecks and the secrets of their shipwreck. This is how he finds himself investigating a legendary naval mechanic, following a dangerous underwater trail from Métis-sur-Mer to Rimouski and Matane.

In the shadow of the Santa Mafia

Abitibi-Temiscamingue

In the shadow of the Santa Mafia

In the shadow of the Santa Mafia

Druid

This historical thriller transports us to the heart of a clerical drama that threatens to tarnish the reputation of the Church. When a tragedy occurs in a community of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a lawyer establishes a link with the drowning of a young woman 25 years earlier in the capital, daring to defy the prohibitions of the time and the all-powerful clergy.

Dangerous driving

Three rivers

Dangerous driving

Dangerous driving

Publisher of San Giovanni

Great success hero The Melodie Cormier case, the inspector of Trois-Rivières Jean-Sébastien Héroux investigates in this sixth title a case that reminds him of the disappearance of the young woman, which took place a few years earlier. Forced as well as to deal with a fugitive who has re-emerged, he brings us to the heart of stories that could be connected.

hell without confession

Montreal

hell without confession

hell without confession

Editions du Cor au fond de bois

This supernatural thriller takes us on the descent into hell of a young man whose life changes after the discovery of a dead body in his apartment building. Then he sees himself immersed in a daydream with a neighbor with divine powers and meets a strange duo of detectives. An oppressive atmosphere in the heart of the metropolis.

On the verge of apocalypse

Montreal

On the verge of apocalypse

On the verge of apocalypse

Light

These stories gathered under the sign of the apocalypse are so many opportunities to reconnect with former SPVM inspector Gonzague Théberge or to discover other characters from the author’s universe, such as writer Victor Prose. Together, they follow in the footsteps of evil assassins into the heart of the city.

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