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Death in Cold Type by C. C. Benison

Death in Cold Type (2005)

by C. C. Benison

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This is a pretty decent and engrossing murder mystery, with a bit of suspense and danger thrill at the end. Although it has the usual civilian detective character, a reporter, the story unfolds from the view-points of several characters. I wanted to rate it a bit higher than average just because of the rare pleasure of it having as its locale a Canadian prairie city, lovingly described.

At first some social customs and the antiquated technology in use startled me, as it did LT reviewer juglicerr, but I decided that the time period of the story must be about 1988. ( )
  pickupf | Mar 2, 2015 |
This entertaining mystery centers around a newspaper, the Winnipeg Citizen. Told by different narrators, the story begins with the murder of the son of a former owner of the paper. The reporters and the police compete to find the killer. Newsroom politics affect almost all the players. In the process, old scandals are uncovered which may still have consequences in the present.

The narrators are generally likeable but somewhat troubled individuals. For someone living in the US, at least in Maryland, the freedom with which people smoke indoors is startling. One tiny correction: Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, but not actually the capitol: that is Annapolis. I also wonder: in 2005, weren't cell or mobile phones pretty common in Canada.

I enjoyed the book and generally recommend it to lovers of amateur sleuth mysteries. (Or should reporters be considered amateurs?) ( )
  juglicerr | Sep 22, 2008 |
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Winnipeg (CP) -- C.C. Benison today dedicated his new novel Death in Cold Type to four women -- Barbara Huck, Hope Kamin, Marilyn Mackinnon and Barbara Robson. The dedicatees were unavailable for comment at press time.
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