The Meg Harris Mystery series
This compelling series is set in the wilds of West Quebec, where trees out number people a million to one and lakes a thousand to one. Meg Harris fled the big city and a failed marriage to heal her bruised soul on the idyllic shores of Echo Lake, where her struggles to establish a new life are helped by her new found friends in the Migiskan Reserve. But as the seasons change, her sought after peace is interrupted by injustice and murder. Unable to ignore it, she becomes enmeshed in a quagmire of murderous intrigue and is racing to find the real killer before it's too late.
Coming in October
Purple Palette for Murder
Eric accused of murder. His daughter near death. Meg fights to save her family
Meg Harris is forced to leave the sanctuary of Three Deer Point and fly to Yellowknife, where her stepdaughter lies near death and her husband is in jail for killing a man. Expecting to find Eric shouting his innocence, she instead finds him cowed and willing to do hard time. But Meg doesn't believe he's guilty.
Convinced that there's more to the murder victim - and the attack on her stepdaughter - than the police think, Meg finds herself on a sordid trail of family secrets and greed, hoping she can prove her husband's innocence. Fragments of an ancient embroidery lead her to a remote Dene hunting camp, where all is not what it seems."A great read. Vivid characters, an intriguing mystery, and a moving glimpse into the rich culture and fragile beauty of the North."
A Cold White Fear
A raging blizzard, two strangers, will Meg survive?
Night is approaching and a major blizzard has cut off road access to Meg Harris's isolated wilderness home, Three Deer Point. She is alone with her young friend, Adjidamo, preparing for Christmas, when a knock suddenly echoes through the house. She discovers two strange men at her front door, one of them bleeding. Against her better judgment, she lets them in. At that moment the power goes out, plunging them into total darkness and severing all phone links to the outside world.
So begins a terrifying night that has Meg summoning up a courage she didn't know she had to get herself and Adjidamo out of it alive.A December Mystery pick by CBC
"R.J. Harlick has earned her place as the queen of Canadian wilderness fiction."
"A Cold White Fear is like a rough acid trip. You know you're going to survive, but you'll have to white-knuckle it all the way"
"The author respectfully crosses intercultural boundaries in the story and portrays fully formed Algonquin characters alongside their non-Algonquin counterparts."
Silver Totem of Shame
A lost treasure, an ancient betrayal , a modern day murder
Silver Totem of Shame interweaves an ancient Haida story of betrayal with the modern day killing of a young Haida carver. In this 6th book in the Meg Harris mystery series, R.J. explores the ancient Haida art of storytelling through totem pole carvings.
While visiting Vancouver, Meg Harris encounters the crime scene of a murdered Haida carver. When the young victim's identity is revealed, Meg and Eric are forced to confront Eric's painful past. The repercussions send them up the coast to Haida Gwaii, the land of the Haida, in search of the boy's family and his killer.
As the search progresses, a totem pole carver sets out to depict the ancient story of a long ago chief's treasure and how it incited deception and shame. It reaches its nasty tentacles into the present embroiling Meg and Eric in a modern day story of betrayal.
Named one of the top ten summer crime fiction reads by the Globe & Mail
"Harlick's prose and characterization is as competent as ever..."
"This is the best Harlick yet."
"Meg is a good series lead, a likeable woman with some flaws...that give her emotional depth."
A Green Place for Dying
Black devils, a green parrot, follow the crumbs of death
Meg Harris returns to Three Deer Point after her trip to the Arctic only to discover that the daughter of a friend has been missing from the Migiskan Reserve for over two months. Treating her as a runaway, the police refuse to do little more than a nominal search and continue to stall even when the girl's friend turns up murdered.
As the mother struggles with her daughter's disappearance, Meg vows to do what she can to find her and in the process discovers that she isn't the only native woman who has gone missing. Fearing the worst Meg delves ever deeper and uncovers an underside of life she would rather not know existed. When the search takes an unexpected turn, Meg is forced to finally face her own demons and admit to the guilt she's been hiding since a teenager.
"Meg Harris...gets an education in evil in Harlick's absorbing fifth mystery."
"The fifth novel in the Meg Harris series shows that author R.J. Harlick is really building the Harris character."
"Author R.J. Harlick's Meg Harris series shakes the boundaries with each successive novel and has reached a new plateau with A Green Place for Dying."
"Engrossing read ripped from today's headlines."
Arctic Blue Death
A missing plane, art forgery, a palette for murder
When Meg Harris was a child, her father's plane disappeared in the Canadian Arctic and he was never seen again. Thirty-six years later, her mother receives startling Inuit drawings that suggest her father had survived. But if so, why had he never come home?
Intent on discovering the answers, no matter how painful, Meg travels to Iqaluit to find the artist. But the path to the truth is fraught with danger and murder. Meg finds herself sucked into the world of Inuit art forgery. And in so doing she discovers the truth about her father and what happened on that fateful flight.
Arctic Blue Death is not only a journey into Meg's past but it is also a journey into the land of the Inuit and the culture that has sustained them for thousands of years.
Shortlisted for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel! -
"Arctic Blue Death is my first must-read for 2010."
"Harlick has a great plot here and she takes it and runs"
"...the kind of story that Dick Francis liked to tell."
The River Runs Orange
A fight over ancient bones leads to murder
In the third action-packed thriller of the West Quebec series, Meg Harris is back more determined than ever to fight against injustice, but sometimes the line between right and wrong is fuzzy.
During a wild, whitewater paddle down a wilderness river, Meg discovers the skull and bones of a woman whose very existence takes the archeological world by storm. But when her neighbours, the Migiskan Algonquin, declare their rights to the ancient remains, Meg becomes embroiled in a fight that pits ancient beliefs against modern ones and can only lead to murder. As Meg races to catch the killer, she finds herself once more daring the river’s fury, this time with the added horror of a raging forest fire.
In this book I explore the controversy surrounding ancient human remains. Who owns them, the museums that house the archeological finds or the First Nations descendents? Should they be used to further man’s knowledge or returned to the earth to maintain peace and harmony? Questions to which there are no easy answers, as Meg Harris discovers when she tries to balance her love for Eric Odjik and her friendship with the Migiskan with her beliefs as a modern woman.
"This is a story that could only be told convincingly by someone like Harlick."
"A lot happens in Harlick's Meg Harris novels, whose plots get as turbulent as the white-water rivers Meg's learning to navigate."
"The River Runs Orange is a voyage pitting people against a raging river's twists and torrents...R.J. Harlick is a storyteller in tune with these struggles."
Red Ice for a Shroud
Sex, drugs and ice, a deadly mix
A surprise blizzard and a nasty old man derail Eric Odjik’s plan to create a network of trails for the first ever Migiskan Ski Marathon. As Meg Harris helps Eric try to deal with the situation, they discover the frozen and naked body of a young Québécoise. A young Algonquin is charged with her murder. Convinced of his innocence, Meg sets out to prove it and slams into a wall of police prejudice. Meanwhile Eric is faced with another disaster. Someone is supplying the children on the Migiskan Reserve with drugs. Are the two events connected?
As Meg scrambles to unravel the truth the snow turns to freezing rain locking her West Quebec wilderness within a prison of ice.
“Meg Harris is back in this terrific sequel to Harlick’s first
novel, Death’s Golden Whisper”
"...one of the best new voices in the mystery business"
“Red Ice for a Shroud is a smooth read…The plot is fast paced
with nary a lull in it.”
Death's Golden Whisper
The gleam of gold incites murder
On a perfect Indian Summer day, float planes suddenly appear out of the sky and land on an isolated Canadian lake. Within hours, Meg Harris discovers that these men have come to develop a gold mine. Terrified that her West Quebec paradise will be destroyed, Meg combines forces with Eric Odjik, chief of the neighbouring Migiskan Reserve, to fight the mining company. The mine splits the band into two opposing forces and ignites events that threaten Meg and lead to the mysterious disappearance of her friend Marie.
As Meg frantically searches for Marie, another story unfolds and she uncovers the secret that bound her great-aunt to this lonely land until the day she died.
“Death's Golden Whisper blends greed, native spirituality and
a critique of how modern culture continues to encroach on paradise
within a gripping murder mystery.”
"The setting is Harlick's strong suit..this is a promising
start for a series"