Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Michael J. McCann - Burn Country - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin. When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada. While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions! This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel.

My Review

"The loneliness of seeing things the way no one else sees them."

That's how romantic modernism is defined—a type of realistic painting style that finds significance in the commonplace. And it's also the school of thought employed by the unfortunate murder victim in Michael J. McCann's latest detective story, BURN COUNTRY.

"The Fire in a Boy's Heart" is Darius Lane's most famous work, ironically titled since he ends up meeting his demise amid the smoky remains of his torched artist cabin. But there's more to this painting than meets the eye. It's also the childhood favorite of Canada's current prime minister, who used to stare at it for hours on end, imagining he was the boy standing in the sunburned field against a horizon on fire, a look of determination on his face.

Now this same prime minister wants to know why his favorite painter is dead and it's up to investigator Ellie March to find the answer. A self-professed people watcher, Ellie's a pro when it comes to interrogations, but not so much in dealing with the internal politics attached to such a high profile case. She's not someone who's out to make a name for herself. For her, this murder isn't a lucky hand she's been dealt in order to advance her career. To her, they're all important. Each and every case is personal to her.

That's why in order to get to sleep at night she allows herself one cigarette, before washing it down with a splash of alcohol. She's learned to compartmentalize her emotions because she's had to. People don't understand that the mind of plain and awkward Ellie March is continuously filled with terrible things. She's not out to network or cultivate relationships based on someone else's tragic demise. Her focus is on the work, thereby lending her own brand of quiet dignity to the deceased.

Others probably would use the opportunity to butter up the prime minister—but not her. Because deep down she knows that later that night she'll be staring out at the calm water from her lakeside cabin, hoping to bring some relief to her restless mind. And she knows that no amount of money or influence will change that.


Burn Country can be purchased at:

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $24.99 paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781927884096
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: March 17, 2017
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About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned degrees in English from Trent University and Queen's University in Kingston, ON.

He is the author of Sorrow Lake, the first March and Walker Crime Novel, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best crime novel in North America.

He is also the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, including Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. The Rainy Day Killer, the most recent in the series, was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog (mystery)
Blog (paranormal)
Blog Tour Site

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  1. This catches my interest because it sounds like a good mystery!

  2. I adored the first book, and know this one also sounds like an exciting mystery, waiting to be solved!
    Thanks, Condi

  3. Thank you very much for participating in the tour and for the kind review.

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. This sounds like an amazing book.

    1. You're welcome, Sara. I hope you get a chance to read it.