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Blue deer thaw : a mystery
Harrison, Jamie, 1960-
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2000]

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271 pages ; 25 cm
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Fans and critics alike are wild about Jamie Harrison's Blue Deer mysteries, lavishing praise on The Edge of the Crazies, Going Local, and An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence. Most express the same sentiment: We can't wait for the next one! Now Harrison returns to the small Montana town whose eccentric residents -- a mix of locals and transplanted city folk -- are often at cross purposes, and where secrets have an odd way of coming to light. Sheriff Jules Clement, laconic possibly too empathetic for his own good, keeps order amid the madness.A series of events turns Jules's life on end: a bachelor party goes berserk, a drunken woman freezes to death a few feet from her house, and an old man dies, leaving behind a hotly disputed trove of art. As Jules's longtime friends Peter and Alice finally head for the altar and guests converge on the town, events in Blue Deer spiral toward a surprising end. With terrific writing, sharp wit, engaging characters and storylines, and a flair for regional flavor, Harrison has created in Blue Deer a haven that mystery fans love to return to again and again.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

So many things are happening in the Montana town of Blue Deer as winter slides gradually into spring: Sheriff Jules Clement is falling in love and seriously thinking of quitting his job; his best friends, Peter and Alice, are finally getting married, planning a huge wedding in the splendid old Sacajawea Hotel, where the restoration is causing major problems; a local millionaire is becoming even richer by an art bequest from one of his late wives. Harrison writes of all these events with so much apparent pleasure that she at first seems to be in danger of neglecting the mystery in this fourth book in her acclaimed series (An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, etc.). True, a woman does freeze to death on her way home from a bar in the early pages, but at first Jules can't prove it's anything more than one of the area's many winter accidents, just like the unusually large crop of bodies being fished out of icy rivers. Harrison cranks up the mystery volume gradually, turning at least one of those floating bodies into a murder victim linked to the art collection that Jules (an archeologist in his former life) is looking over while helping to get the Sacajawea back into shape and coming to grips with his growing feelings for Caroline, his lovely deputy. Clement continues to be one of the most interesting and believable mystery heroes working the American turf, and Harrison demonstrates once again that she's among the most talented writers to grace the genre in recent years. 6-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

As a disillusioned archaeologist turned lawman, Sheriff Jules Clement (Going Local) seems ill-suited for his job. The inhabitants of Blue Deer, however, accept his peculiar make-up, just as he accepts theirs. As two of his longtime friends prepare to wed, though, more troubles than usual arise: a missing drunk woman is found dead; the postponed remodeling of the hotel threatens to delay the wedding; and the elderly hotel owner, jovially cataloging his extensive collections of paintings and artifacts, meets an untimely demise. This warm and witty look at an amazing assortment of characters ought to popularize a certain corner of Montana; highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.