A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Murder at the Mendel

A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
As a child Joanne was friends with Sally Love and her parents, but the friendship languished after Sally’s father died and she moved away, eventually becoming a very controversial artist. When the Mendel Gallery opens an exhibition of Sally’s work, Joanne is eager to attend and to renew their friendship. But it’s not so easy being Sally’s friend anymore, and soon Joanne finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and violence. When the director of a local private gallery is brutally murdered, Joanne finds that the past she and Sally share was far more complicated, and far more sordid, than she had realized.

From the Paperback edition.


If I hadn’t gone back to change my shoes, it would have been me instead of Izaak Levin who found them dying. But halfway to the Loves’ cottage I started worrying that shoes with heels would make me too tall to dance with, and by the time I got back to the Loves’, Izaak was standing in their doorway with...
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"A tense, masterfully written character study; then the killing begins. . . . Bold and powerful." 
— Publishers Weekly

"Virtually everything about Murder at the Mendel is first rate." 
— London Free Press

"A highly literate mystery. . . . The brew of sex and art is intriguing." 
Whig-Standard (Kingston)

"A splendid novel." 
Times Colonist (Victoria)

"Exciting. . . . The art is described with delicious humour and all the characters are vivid."
— Quill & Quire

"Classic . . . with enough twists to qualify as a page turner. . . . Bowen and her genteel sleuth are here to stay." 
StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)