A Joanne Kilbourne Mystery

The Nesting Dolls

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Just hours before her body is found in a car in a parking lot, a young woman hands her baby to a perfect stranger and disappears. The stranger is the daughter of Delia Wainberg, a lawyer in the same firm as Joanne Kilbourn's husband. One close look at the child suggests that there might be a family relationship, and soon the truth about the child Delia gave up for adoption years ago comes out. The boy must be Delia's grandson. Then his mother is found dead, sexually assaulted and murdered. Not only is there a killer on the loose, but the dead woman's partner is demanding custody of the child.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter 1

There is not much stillness in my husband’s life. He is a trial lawyer and a paraplegic – two factors that don’t contribute to longevity. So, that Saturday afternoon in December, when I walked into the family room and found Zack and our mastiff, Pantera, gazing at the ten-foot...
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"Stellar. . . . One of Bowen’s best."
— Margaret Cannon, in The Globe and Mail

"Surprises, and truths, lie beneath the surface. It is ever thus with Gail Bowen and her heroine, Joanne Kilbourn – making her 12th appearance in print and still smart and sexy."
— Saskatoon StarPhoenix

"As always, Bowen’s fine eye for detail makes for a rich and entertaining read. . . . The Nesting Dolls is a fine book." 
Winnipeg Free Press

"One of [Bowen’s] best . . . The underlying human drama of love and good intentions gone very, very bad make the novel a compelling read." 
Vancouver Sun

"Enjoyable. . . .[The] realistic depictions of Joanne’s extended caring family should please fans." 
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Brutal Heart:
"Definitely one of her best Joanne Kilbourn novels."
— Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

"The politics are particularly gripping." 
— Edmonton Journal

"The book's sense of place is spot-on. As is the character development. " 
National Post

From the Hardcover edition.