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Brief Review of Boreal Dreams
May 2, 2012
It's about bows and arrows and guns; it's about hunters and hunted; it's about the snowstorm of the century . . . and it's about murder.
In his first mystery novel, Peter Anthony Blush quickly hooks his readers as he spins a tale of suspense, horror and murder set in Haystack Mountain, Vermont. It is fast paced and exciting and almost impossible to put down.
Tension mounts as the sheriff and his deputy set out in search of a snowmobile accident during an unpredicted blinding snowstorm; we feel the anxiety and frustration of the two as the car skids and slides on icy roads and the snow continues to pile up. Excitement escalates when they learn it is not an accident but murder they are looking at; all hell breaks loose when state troopers, forensic people and an unknown French detective from Montreal arrive on the scene.
The story softens with the breathtaking and awe inspiring descriptions (Blush's forte) of the trees, mountains and countryside as they surrender to the winter storm that has unleashed its fury; and chuckle with delight at the simple but sometimes rough dialogue through which he captures the character and spirit of the people of this quiet and usually peaceful rural area.
What secrets are hidden within the caves up in the hills? How many murders have been committed? What is the mystery behind the reclusive wealthy landowner and the disappearance of his wife? And what about the Mohawks and the Abenakis . . . are they at war?
The mutual respect that develops between the sheriff and the French detective from Montreal is a pleasant surprise and not overdone.
Honesty, loyalty, trust and vulnerability; greed, lust and betrayal . . . it's all there in this well written first mystery novel. We are left hoping to meet Lackner, the loyal and upstanding sheriff,or perhaps Roberge,the smooth and sophisticated detective, again, in a second novel.