An Image in the Lake: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Bowen, Gail

  • From Arthur Ellis Award–winning, Grand Master of Crime Writers, and “the queen of Canadian crime fiction” (Winnipeg Free Press) comes the 20th installment in the Joanne Kilbourn series

    A dark secret threatens the future of the Shreve family

    It’s August 24 and Joanne Shreve and her husband, Zack, are savoring the last lazy days of summer and looking forward to the birth of a new grandchild; involvement in the campaign of Ali Janvier, a gifted politician with a solid chance of becoming the province’s next premier; and the debut of Sisters and Strangers, the six-part series Joanne co-wrote that focuses on her early life. The series is the flagship of a new slate of programming, and MediaNation is counting on a big return. Joanne and Zack’s stake in the series’s success is personal. Their daughter, Taylor, is in a relationship with one of the show’s stars, and Vale Frazier is already like family to them.

    It seems the “season of mist and mellow fruitfulness” will be a bountiful one for the Shreves. But when a charismatic young woman wearing a grief amulet that contains a lock of her dead brother’s hair and a dark secret becomes part of their lives, the success of Sisters and Strangers and the future of Taylor and Vale’s relationship are jeopardized, and only Joanne and Zack can put an end to the threat.

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  • Gail Bowen is an author, playwright, and teacher. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina. Reader’s Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. In 2018, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Grand Master Award of Crime Writers of Canada. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with her husband, Ted.

  • Published: September 2021

    ISBN: 9781770416130

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 448


“Amid the murder and mayhem, Bowen takes time to portray Joanne’s rich life with her loving husband and their grown daughters. Readers will hope she’ll be back soon.” — Publishers Weekly

“Bowen never loses her passion for telling stories that ring with empathy, understanding and a drive for justice as sharp as that of her protagonist. An Image in the Lake is a perfect blend of vintage Bowen — characters we’ve loved for a long time — and an up-to-the-minute examination of today’s issues, wrapped in a perfectly executed web of animosities, old and new, and long-buried secrets that threaten everything Joanne holds dear.” — Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series

“This may be Gail Bowen’s most comprehensive novel in her Joanne Kilbourn series … The stories make for juicy material.” — Toronto Star

“Fans will gobble up An Image in the Lake.” — Winnipeg Free Press