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Kaleidoscope: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery    by Gail Bowen order for
by Gail Bowen
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McClelland & Stewart, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

As speech writer for her late husband, Joanne Kilbourn always ended his speeches with one line: 'Security for any one of us lies in greater abundance for all of us.' In her latest mystery, Joanne's long held political beliefs are tested.

As the story begins, Joanne, a political science professor, retires from the university. She's looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren and helping her daughter Meika open a second coffee shop. Her retirement doesn't go as planned.

First Joanne's home in Regina, Saskatchewan is firebombed. A decision to leave a day early for their lake house is the only thing that keeps her family safe. Joanne's husband, Zach Shreve, is a top Regina lawyer. Did the explosion occur because one of his clients is developer Leland Hunter? Joanna and Zach lost a home, but a project manager working for Leland has already died from a worksite explosion.

Although Joanne didn't expect to like Leland, he soon wins her over when he considers her suggestions concerning his controversial project in the North Central, the worse neighborhood in Regina. His building upscale apartments leaves current residents struggling to find affordable housing, causing protests and gang violence.

The Joanne Kilbourn novels make up one of my favorite series. The books are becoming easier to get in the US and I recommend them to anyone you enjoys mystery series.

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