Thursday, August 6, 2015

Michael J. McCann - Sorrow Lake - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer's field in rural eastern Ontario.

Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover the victim had a dark secret--one that may endanger others in the community as well.

For young and enthusiastic Detective Constable Kevin Walker, the chance to work with Ellie March is an honour, until the situation turns ugly and unexpected betrayal threatens to destroy his promising career.

My Review

The investigation into the murder at Sorrow Lake proves to be a lesson in crime-solving.

The story takes place in a sleepy, backwoods town in Canada and introduces us to inspector Ellie March, the lead investigator brought in specifically to handle this particular case. She has her job cut out for her when she has to work with a local team who's not as experienced as she is when it comes to murder investigations.

Her new partner, Kevin, is eager to learn from her, even if he can't keep his stomach contents at bay when viewing his very first autopsy.

The book is so well-researched when it comes to police procedure and protocol and I felt myself learning a lot, right along with Kevin.

It's a quality novel to kick off a brand new series, in the tradition of several popular TV shows from BROADCHURCH to FARGO—when a small town gets walloped with a big city punch. It just goes to show that violent crime exists everywhere, even in the quietest of regions.


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Sorrow Lake can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $19.99 paperback
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9781927884027
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: April 30, 2015
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About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) with a major in English Literature from Trent University in Peterborough, and a Master of Arts in English from Queen's University in Kingston, ON.

He served as Production Editor of Criminal Reports (Third Series) at Carswell Legal Publications (Western), where he was also Co-ordinator of Law Reports, before joining Canada Customs, now the Canada Border Services Agency. While at CBSA he was a training specialist, project officer, and national program manager before leaving public service to write novels full time.

Mike now lives and writes in Oxford Station, Ontario. He is married to supernatural novelist Lynn L. Clark. They have one son.

Mike is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Horror Writers Association.

He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man. His most recent novel, Sorrow Lake, is the first book of his new March and Walker Crime Novel series set in eastern Ontario, Canada.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog (mystery)
Blog (paranormal)
Blog Tour Site

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  1. Thank you very much for your review! I'm pleased that SORROW LAKE has been able to stop by your blog on the tour. All the best, Mike Mc

  2. This catches my interest because of the mystery!

  3. This book piques my interest because I love to read books about solving crimes.

  4. This novel interests me greatly for the setting, season and story. I am familiar with that area since I grew up in Ontario and have travelled through Easter Ontario. Thanks for this captivating novel and giveaway feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I love detective mysteries!

  6. I just love mysterys and I also love to read and this book sounds great. ty

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