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Murder at the Mendel

(1991)
(Love and Murder)
(The second book in the Joanne Kilbourn series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
This U.S. debut by a Canadian writer is less a mystery than an elegant and painstaking examination of family ties and friendships, both battered beyond recognition by time and willful egos. Sally Love has achieved fame and notoriety in the art world with her works of ''erotobiography.'' But she has suffered losses along the way: she's in the process of selling her gallery; has lost touch with her childhood friend, Joanne Kilbourn; and is estranged from her husband, her mother and her daughter. A third of the novel is a tense, masterfully written character study; then the killings begin: the disturbed gallery manager is ritually murdered, and one of the many irate protesters outside the gallery where Sally's newest piece is on display is gunned down. The author subverts the usual notions of plot, shifting narrative gears frequently to dwell on a telling detail or an evocative aside. The effect, while a mite unsettling, is bold and powerful. Subsequent deaths result in too few suspects but by then the quixotic, volatile relationships connecting Sally to Joanne and to the rest of the world have firmly seized the reader's imagination .

Genre: Mystery
 
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Used availability for Gail Bowen's Murder at the Mendel


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Hardback Editions

May 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: Love and Murder
Author(s): Gail Bowen
ISBN: 0-312-09344-6 / 978-0-312-09344-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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September 1991 : Canada Hardback
Title: Murder at the Mendel
Author(s): Gail Bowen
ISBN: 0-88894-732-1 / 978-0-88894-732-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre / Not Applicable
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : Canada Paperback
Title: Murder at the Mendel: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery
Author(s): Gail Bowen
ISBN: 0-7710-1321-3 / 978-0-7710-1321-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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April 2000 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
Title: Murder at the Mendel
Author(s): Gail Bowen
ISBN: 0-7710-1492-9 / 978-0-7710-1492-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 1992 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
Title: Murder at the Mendel
Author(s): Gail Bowen
ISBN: 0-7710-1480-5 / 978-0-7710-1480-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

November 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Murder at the Mendel: A Joanne Kilbourne Mystery, Book 2
Author(s): Gail Bowen
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

November 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: Murder at the Mendel: A Joanne Kilbourne Mystery, Book 2
Author(s): Gail Bowen
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   

2012 : Canada Audio CD
Title: Murder at the Mendel
Author(s): Gail Bowen, Lisa Bunting (Narrator)
ISBN: 1-927401-10-0 / 978-1-927401-10-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

2012 : Canada Audio CD
Title: Murder at the Mendel
Author(s): Gail Bowen, Lisa Bunting (Narrator)
ISBN: 1-927401-12-7 / 978-1-927401-12-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Murder at the Mendel: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries)
Author(s): Gail Bowen
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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