Confined Space

Paperback | June 5, 2012

byDeryn Collier

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Intrepid coroner Bern Fortin faces murder and secrets in small town British Columbia in a debut novel already recognized by the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC).

When respected ex–Canadian Forces commander Bern Fortin cuts short his military career to take a job as the coroner for a small mountain town in the heart of BC, he’s hoping to leave the past behind. Bern’s looking forward to a quiet life, but the memories of what he witnessed during his stints in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries haunt him still.

When the body of one of the workers is found floating in the huge bottle-washing tank at the local brewery, Bern is called in for a routine investigation. What first appears to be a tragic accident takes a menacing turn when the body of the worker’s girlfriend is discovered in a nearby field. Bern needs the help of brewery safety investigator Evie Chapelle, who, burdened by tragedies she might have prevented, is more determined than ever to keep her workers, and their tight-knit community, safe. Soon, Bern and Evie find themselves risking their jobs—and their lives—to uncover a killer hiding in a place where it is awfully hard to keep a secret.

Deryn Collier’s debut novel is a taut mystery full of suspense. Confined Space was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished first crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada.

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Intrepid coroner Bern Fortin faces murder and secrets in small town British Columbia in a debut novel already recognized by the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC).When respected ex–Canadian Forces commander Bern Fortin cuts short his military career to take a job as the coroner for a small mountain town in the heart of BC, he’s hoping to le...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.1 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145166947X

ISBN - 13:9781451669473

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atmospheric & gripping The small town atmosphere is authentic, friendly and claustrophobic. Bern Fortin is tough and smart, but haunted by ghosts of his past. Once I opened the cover I was hooked - Confined Space sucked me into the world of Fortin and Evie Chapelle and the goings-on in the Bugaboo Brewery. Collier has a unique voice and a nice way with a plot. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspensful and Canadian The Good Stuff Author is Canadian and it is set in a brewery (Hmm that sounds suspiciously like they make Kokanee) Suspensful and on many occasions I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happen Kept me guessing who the bad guy was, I was right, but there were some nice red herrings to throw me off and make me doubt Reminded me a little of Brad Smith's writing -- which is a good thing Loved, Loved, Loved the character of Bern Fortin, sort of imagined him as a younger Romeo Daillaire. He would be an excellent character to set a series of books on Good humour thrown in at the right moments Lots of intriguing well drawn secondary characters, especially Mrs K. Lots of recognizable Canadian settings for my fellow Canucks, but would still appeal to non Canadian readers Characters are realistic The Not So Good Stuff Had a constant craving for a Kokanee while reading and all I had was wine from Australia Didn't love the ending -- unless there are going to be a bunch of books with Bern -- than maybe I will give you back that .25 of a Dewey Favorite Quotes/Passages "Evie wasn't sure how these two set of appearances - safety and youth - were supposed to mesh. She did know that she had turned forty just a few months before, and Lycra was not something that should still be part of her wardrobe." "He's carefully restored the original cerulean-blue bathtub and tiles with new caulking and a lot of elbow grease, but he'd upgraded the showerhead to one with multiple spray patterns and an intense massage feature. Some parts of military life were easier to let go of than others: the lukewarm, low-pressure, or nonexistent showers of in-theatre operations were a thing of the past." "Sorry about that, my niece is here. She's glad you called, because I'm going to let her watch TV while we talk." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Fans of suspense/mystery books will truly enjoy this one, its a nailbiter If you enjoyed Brad Smith's Red Means Run, you will enjoy this Anyone looking for the perfect book to loose yourself in for the day - this is it Would be a fabulous book for a camping trip or day at the beach -- or to escape from the stress of moving (hmmm, like ME) 4.75 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensual, Atmospheric Mystery I was sad to close this one. Deryn Collier introduces Bern Fortin, a warm man with a cold past, looking for peace in the Kootenays and finding murder instead. I especially enjoyed his sexual tension with Evie Chapelle, an anything-but-cookie-cutter safety manager at the brewery where the murder occurred. Does Deryn satisfy the tension? No - she leaves us hooked to read book two in the series. The writing is sensual and atmospheric. I could feel the plump tomatoes Bern is learning to garden, smell the bacon he fries for Evie, taste the cool amber beer as its bubbles pass down his throat. I also love Deryn's world view. Her observations about life and human dynamics are warm and strong. It's easy to spend time in her pages.
Date published: 2012-05-23

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Editorial Reviews

“A great debut novel. Confined Space perfectly captures the unique beauty of the Kootenay area of British Columbia as it introduces two conflicted, engaging, completely realistic characters."
-Vicki Delany, Author