Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery
(A Collins-Burke Mystery)

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The ninth mystery in a series that “gets better with every book” (Globe and Mail)

Twelve-year-old Bonnie MacDonald — the beloved stepdancing, fiddling youngest member of Cape Breton’s famed Clan Donnie band — vanishes after a family party. There was no stranger spotted lurking around, but no one thinks for one minute that Bonnie ran away. Maura MacNeil, cousin to Clan Donnie, offers her husband’s legal services to the family as the police search for the missing girl. But fame attracts some strange characters and Clan Donnie has groupies. So, it turns out, does lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins.

Monty and Maura’s daughter, Normie, is much closer to the action as she gets to know her cousins, learns things she wishes she never had, and has nightmares — visions? — that bring her no closer to finding Bonnie. Her spooky great-grandmother makes no secret of the fact that she senses the presence of evil in their village — the kind of evil RCMP Sergeant Pierre Maguire left Montreal to escape. But he finds that vein of darkness running beneath the beauty and vibrant culture of Cape Breton. And he learns that this isn’t the only dark passage in the Clan Donnie family history.


About Anne Emery

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Named "one of Canada's finest novelists" (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Published September 13, 2016 by ECW Press. 344 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Emery's ninth Collins-Burke mystery (following Ruined Abbey) takes place during a summer vacation to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Young Normie Collins and her family arrive two weeks after the disappeara

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