April Fool

April Fool

eBook - 2005
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An irresistible story of justice heading off the rails.

Arthur Beauchamp, the scholarly, self-doubting legend of the B.C. criminal bar (and one of Deverell's most amiable -- and crafty -- protagonists), is enjoying his retirement as a hobbyist farmer on B.C.'s Garibaldi Island when he is dragged back to court to defend an old client. Nick "the Owl" Faloon, once one of the world's top jewel thieves, has been accused of raping and murdering a psychologist. Beauchamp has scarcely registered how unlikely it is that the diminutive Faloon has hurt anyone when his own personal life takes an abrupt turn. His new wife, Margaret Blake, organic farmer and environmental activist, has taken up residence fifty feet above ground in a tree she is determined to save for the eagles and from the loggers. Beauchamp shuttles between Vancouver and the island, doing what he can to save the tree and get his wife back -- and defend Faloon.

Part courtroom thriller, part classic whodunit, April Fool sees Deverell writing at the top of his form as he puts these characters through some entertaining and very surprising twists and turns.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2005.
ISBN: 9781551991481
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: eBiblioFile
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Nov 29, 2013

A good legal mystery with lots of local color and humor. The author has a distinct voice, likes to juxtapose grandiose writing with low comedy. The puns alone are worth the price of admission. However, it does seem a bit frantic and overly piled high with plot devices. I’d put it on the you-could-do-a-lot-worse shelf.

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