The Rain Barrel Baby: A Norwood Flats Mystery

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byAlison Preston

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Inspector Frank Foote’s quiet Winnipeg neighbourhood is greening into summer when a dead baby is discovered in his neighbour’s rain barrel. The tiny body has evidently been in the rain barrel for some time, and there are no obvious leads in the case. Frank is a cop, and he’s seen a lot of crime scenes, but this one is a little too close to home. Meanwhile, Gus Olsen, who made the gruesome discovery, is a little worried about a mysterious woman who is cruising their quiet neighbourhood in her Lincoln Town Car. He’s been meaning to talk to Frank about her, but somehow there never seems to be an opportune moment. Gus doesn’t want to bother Frank, who already has his hands full trying to take care of his household and his three children while their mother dries out in an addiction treatment centre. Frank is a good father, he tries to be a good husband, and he hopes he is a good cop. But, like all of us, Frank has a few old secrets that he is ashamed of. And when Ivy Grace suddenly resurfaces after a long absence, one thing is certain: before this summer ends, Frank will have to confront his past.

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Inspector Frank Foote’s quiet Winnipeg neighbourhood is greening into summer when a dead baby is discovered in his neighbour’s rain barrel. The tiny body has evidently been in the rain barrel for some time, and there are no obvious leads in the case. Frank is a cop, and he’s seen a lot of crime scenes, but this one is a little too clos...

Alison Preston lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After trying out Calgary, Vancouver, and London, Ontario, she returned to where she was born and raised. Alison is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and was a letter carrier for twenty-eight years. Preston has written four other novels. Sunny Dreams (2007), Cherry Bites (2004), and Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.33 × 0.56 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0921833733

ISBN - 13:9780921833734

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"Alison Preston’s new novel is a compelling exploration of the power of secrets in our lives. Her finely drawn characters reveal a writer who is as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted. Down-to-earth, insightful and beautifully written, The Rain Barrel Baby is a worthy addition to any mystery library."—Gail Bowen