The Birds That Stay

The Birds That Stay

A chilling mystery set deep in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec where the sins of the past come back to wreak devastating consequences on the present.

In a small village in the Laurentians north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years, and reluctantly answers the call on the case. Roméo suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry—or was the old woman a victim of a violent hate crime?

Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. Marie becomes an inadvertent detective when her mother, suffering from dementia, offers a startling clue that links the woman's murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie's suburban Montreal street in the 1970's. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, to another crime during the darkest days in Hungary at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a cast of characters from the Quebec of yesterday and today; where no one and nothing is really as it seems.

Title:The Birds That Stay
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781772600919

    The Birds That Stay Reviews

  • Sumit RK

    It’s hard to describe a book like The Birds That Stay. Though classified as a mystery, it’s so much more than a usual murder mystery or a police procedural. Set In a small village in Quebec, Ca...

  • Linda Strong

    Chief Inspector for Homicide, Romeo Leduc, is called to investigate when an elderly woman is found strangled and frozen in her yard.Leduc s scheduled to start his vacation the next day, so he's reluct...

  • Esil

    Sometimes it’s hard to know whether I like a book because of its qualities or because it covers delightfully familiar terrain. I really enjoyed reading Anne Lamber’s The Birds That Stay, and I kno...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Second Story Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published February 19th 2019I had high hopes for this book, but it just did not pull me in like I had...

  • Dave

    Without much fanfare, Canada has been producing some real top quality fiction lately. “The Birds That Stay” is a superbly well-crafted novel that brings to life the quiet mountain villages of the ...

  • Kat

    This is such a wonderfully written book and so much more than just a mystery story, it’s so full of descriptions about the cast of characters, gorgeous scenery and depictions of nature it makes it a...

  • Lena?Ribka

    A well-written murder mystery that takes place in a small Canadian town. What looks like a murder with a robbery as a motive at the beginning proves to be erroneous and much more complicated as one th...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    A very enjoyable start to a new Canadian mystery series! I'm definitely looking forward to reading #2 already. ...

  • Kathleen

    This is a really well done mystery. If you are looking for a pure police procedural, look elsewhere as this book delivers much, much more. This book dives deep into the characters with in-depth looks ...

  • Toni Osborne

    This complex novel spins a beautifully laid out mystery set in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains where its inhabitants will play out a collection of events that shaped their lives. Each player rev...