Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery

by Alex Brett

Dundurn | March 26, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

A Canadian astronomer commits suicide on a desolate mountain peak in Hawaii, and Morgan O'Brien is sent to the observatory to find his missing data. But it seems she's not the only one who needs those notebooks, and her competitor is willing to kill to get them. But why? To find the answer, Morgan travels from the peak of Mauna Kea deep into Ottawa's past, where the darkness of the Cold War still obscures the truth.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 26, 2012

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554885094

ISBN - 13: 9781554885091

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book. A light read, which is what I want in a mystery! I liked the story, I'm not sure "educational" is quite right; it sound like something distasteful but good for you. More it exposed me to a place & sub-culture that I enjoyed, and found plausible. (compare with mysteries that are set in the plantations or some kind of high finance world that seems a bit fake to me). I came to this site to look for more books by this author. None yet! s.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Review of “Cold Dark Matter” This novel was a disappointment; it received rave reviews from The Global And Mail and mystery-related publications, so I had high hopes, and with its science theme (astronomy) I had to give it a try. It’s about the mystery behind the death of a Canadian astronomer in Hawaii. The protagonist is sent from Canada to investigate it, and she discovers there are a lot of politics and intrigue behind why he died. I stopped reading it about half the way through; it bored me. I didn’t care about the mystery. The characters seemed superficial and contrived, and the story was getting silly, with too much spy-like events occuring to be credible. The Canadian author received rave reviews for their first book, Dead Water Creek, but I have my doubts about it now if it’s anything like this one.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This is a unique book that manages to both entertain and educate. Brett has created an interesting cast of characters and a vivid sense of setting (both in Hawaii and the Ottawa area). The pace is good, and just varied enough to keep the reader on his/her toes. The story has some great twists and turns, all leading up to a satisfying resolution.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was hooked from the first chapter.... COLD DARK MATTER Alex Brett made an auspicious appearance two years ago on the Canadian mystery-writing scene with her first Morgan O’Brien Mystery, Dead Water Creek, a book that Margaret Cannon of The Globe and Mail called “an excellent debut novel”. And it was. Now she has returned with the second novel in the series, Cold Dark Matter. And once more, Brett’s grasp of complex scientific issues, and her ability to explain them to the lay reader, comes to the fore. In Dead Water Creek the subject was salmon research, and the complex and interesting people who carry it out. In Cold Dark Matter, as the title and the cover illustration suggest, the scientific issue under the microscope (or telescope) is astronomy. And Brett does tell the reader a lot about astronomy, the technology involved, and the people who pursue that discipline. But, as in Dead Water Creek, the real story is about the lives of the people involved. And there is also a fascinating and insightful description and discussion of another, equally important, scientific issue that for a time captured the interest of the Canadian federal government, an interest lodged in the near-paranoia that gripped Canada and the United States both in the Cold War era. The world knows only too well about the horrors of the political and social witch hunts in the United States in what is usually referred to as the “McCarthy Era”. I think many readers in Canada will be surprised to learn that Canada had its own “witch hunt”, in which careers and lives were destroyed. It was, in essence, a shameful example of the perversion of science, supposedly in the interests of national security, and it was funded by the federal government. But a mystery novel will not fly on the wings of scientific and social issues alone. A good story, believable characters, crisp dialogue, and crackling action are required, and Alex Brett delivers all of that in Cold Dark Matter. I was hooked from the first chapter. The story is fast-paced and exciting, and once more Morgan O’Brien emerges as an engaging character with equally engaging friends – and foes. Five stars to Cold Dark Matter.
Date published: 2013-10-25

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Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery

by Alex Brett

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 26, 2012

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554885094

ISBN - 13: 9781554885091

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A Canadian astronomer commits suicide on a desolate mountain peak in Hawaii, and Morgan O'Brien is sent to the observatory to find his missing data. But it seems she's not the only one who needs those notebooks, and her competitor is willing to kill to get them. But why? To find the answer, Morgan travels from the peak of Mauna Kea deep into Ottawa's past, where the darkness of the Cold War still obscures the truth.

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