She Felt No Pain: A Holly Martin Mystery by Lou Allin

She Felt No Pain: A Holly Martin Mystery

byLou Allin

Kobo ebook | September 1, 2010

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The verdant lushness of Vancouver Island is not without its dangers... Summer on Vancouver Island gets off to a rocky start with the discovery of the body of a homeless man. RCMP Corporal Holly Martin notices drug paraphernalia nearby, and the autopsy reveals death from a combination of heroin and a synthetic opiate. Information leads Holly to believe that he had hidden something of value at the site of his death. As Holly struggles to connect the dots, a record drought heats up the vacation paradise, and one match could send Canadas Caribbean into flames.

Title:She Felt No Pain: A Holly Martin MysteryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926607236

ISBN - 13:9781926607238

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Three book Holly Martin set. Excellent description of Vancouver Island features as well as historical references. Also very good plot lines with some unexpected twists. Enjoyed all three books.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great murder mystery with a natural history lesson and beautiful prose to boot. Burrows is a great storyteller.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from confusing title It was an ok read. Slow and at times, too much fluff. Jejeaune was to be the lead character and I expected lots from him including his girlfriend but that was a let down too. I didn't understand how the frail Prof was able to lift the dead mans body up to hang him or get him there without there being trace of that. All in all disappointing and pointless fluff on bird lists and the Bittern angle with the predictable stroppiness from Jejeune's boss and the political aspirer.
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fast-paced Canadian mystery If you haven't been following BC's spooky West Coast incidents from floating feet to missing persons, you'll certainly want to after reading Lou Allin's first Vancouver Island novel, And On The Surface Die. Allin is an experienced novelist with eight other titles under her belt (seven set in Ontario), and she does an equally skillful job of placing her reader squarely in the pristine, yet eerily foggy forests of the West Coast. Allin's opening description the harbour in Sooke, BC evokes the distinctive atmosphere of Vancouver Island, while quickly placing the focus of the story on the case of teenage victim Angie Didrickson. When we first meet Allin's protagonist, Corporal Holly Martin, she is new, not only to the central case in the novel, but to her post at the Fossil Bay detachment. Holly had recently returned home to the Sooke area after years of work in Saskatchewan, when the sleepy little detachment she's assigned to command is suddenly at the centre of a tragic drowning. Martin's persistent, but inexperienced investigation slowly reveals that the accident is in fact a complicated incident, warranting serious attention. She discovers the presence of crystal meth in the picturesque community - and in Angie's life. Boyfriends and shady teachers quickly pop up as potential suspects. Allin's dexterous storytelling shifts the focus from one suspect to another as the complications compound. By the time we reach the tense conclusion - in the midst of a vicious Island storm - yet another girl is missing and our heroine places her own life in danger to get her man. I found Holly to be a highly relatable character, which is possibly because I'm around the same age, also mid-career. But I think Allin did an excellent job of establishing Holly's back story and a detailed setting I could picture easily. As a fellow Vancouver Islander, I also enjoyed the richly crafted setting. Although I'd been waiting to see the cuffs slapped on Paul Gable, I enjoyed the ending thoroughly. Like a realistic case, we don't discover all the answers. Allin's conclusion left me thinking, envisioning and re-envisioning scenarios. I also like the opening left at the end to follow Holly in a new novel pursuing the resolution of her mother's disappearance.
Date published: 2009-11-05