Book Review | Headline Murder
Title: Headline Murder
Author: April Lindgren
I never realized how patriotic I am until I thought about how excited I am when I have the opportunity to read books by new Canadian authors. Don’t get me wrong – a great book is a great book no matter where the author was born (or lives) but, that being said, I do feel a sense of pride when I’m reading an amazing book and realize that the author is Canadian!
That was one of the reasons I was beyond thrilled when Second Story Press contacted Stacie about reading and reviewing some books they had published. I’d bought books from Second Story Press in the past and I love the fact that they are a Canadian publishing house that is committed to publishing books by Canadian authors. I also love the fact that their books feature strong female characters and are geared to social issues. So, given this opportunity, I jumped at the chance!
One of the books that I decided to read was a novel by April Lindgren entitled Headline: Murder. I adore a good mystery and I was interested in reading this novel because it is set in Toronto and involves politics and the media. I also thought I might enjoy the book because I like books with strong female protagonists in it.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel. I liked the main character, Pia, a great deal. I thought that the plot of the novel was intense and, in the first half of the novel, I thought that Lindgren sometimes seemed to be trying to put so much into the plot that the main elements of the story got lost within it. For example, when the first murder takes place, there is a lot of discussion about that character’s involvement in pushing through legislation related to reclaiming artwork taken by the Nazis during the Second World War. As the novel progressed, however, she did an amazing job of tie all of the elements together for a spectacular conclusion!
In addition to the great storyline, I adored the setting (I loved all the little descriptions about Toronto that are woven into the story because it helps to draw a visual picture which adds another dimension to the book) and the characters. I also liked the incorporation of a wide variety of characters – the female detective who is a lesbian, Pia’s grandmother and Pia’s variety of other friends.
I really enjoyed this novel – I would love to Lindgren write another book in this series because I liked Pia’s character so much! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*