By Gail Bowen
McClelland & Stewart, Hardcover, 9780771016899, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
"Security for any one of us lies in greater abundance for all of us." For many years, this was the core of Joanne's political beliefs, but for a number of reasons, she has drifted away from it. But on the day Joanne retires from her university teaching post, she has a dream about her first husband (murdered many years ago), and this line comes back vividly in it.
Soon, she is forced to experience the truth of what, for most of her life, had just been a good closing line for a political speech. The night after Jo and Zack have dinner with Zack's colleague Margot and one of his law firm's biggest clients, the developer Leland Hunter, Jo and Zack's house is blown up. They're at the lake with daughter Taylor and their dogs, but the house is destroyed. And that is only the first of several terrible incidents. It isn't long before Joanne is witness to events far more distressing than even a destroyed home. She begins to understand what it's like to live in a world where she can count on nothing.
“I love this series… This book brings [Joanne Kilbourn] back to her conscience and her past, and Bowen does it all with panache.”
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe & Mail
“Bowen writes beautifully in catching the tone and the minutiae of [Joanne’s] almost flawless familial existence. . . . Keeps readers turning the pages.”
—Jack Batten, Toronto Star
“[Gail Bowen is] one of the finest [writers] in Canada. Kaleidoscope is the 13th Joanne Kilbourn mystery. It’s as fresh and compelling as the first one.”
“[Bowen asks questions in Kaleidoscope] that really hold the series together, and invite us to fill in past gaps and look forward to future books.”
“Bowen is a charming, social-minded writer. I admire her ability to narrate Saskatchewan – it’s beauties and barbarities. As many times as I got excited because I recognized some place from the city I was born in, I was just as ashamed for the us-versus-them tendencies Bowen relates: rich versus poor, white versus aboriginal, family versus business. And yet, the characters Bowen imagines have depth, good intentions that pave the potholed city of Regina. Sure, for marketing sake, Kaleidoscope is a mystery – a good one too. But more so, Bowen is a pundit and socially conscious artist. The commentary and dynamic plot within this novel hold with perfect geometry and colourful ideas viewed through Bowen’s lens.”
— Devin Pacholik, Global News Regina/Patches and Pages blog