Gail Bowen, The Brutal Heart

Gail Bowen, The Brutal Heart

Canadian mystery author Gail Bowen has gift for writing highly readable page-turners and this book is no exception. The Brutal Heart, the eleventh book in her long-running series, follows Joanne Kilbourn as she investigates the murder of a local Regina call girl. Her clients? Many prominent Regina lawyers, including Joanne’s own husband. With this being […]

Canadian mystery author Gail Bowen has gift for writing highly readable page-turners and this book is no exception. The Brutal Heart, the eleventh book in her long-running series, follows Joanne Kilbourn as she investigates the murder of a local Regina call girl. Her clients? Many prominent Regina lawyers, including Joanne’s own husband.

With this being her eleventh novel since 1990, it is surprising that many Canadian mystery fans have yet to discover her work. What makes it even more shocking is that several of her Joanne Kilbourn books have been adapted into CTV movies. But with that in mind, The Brutal Heart is not the best jumping off point for new fans.

Much of the development of Joanne Kilbourn’s character has happened over the last ten books. If you’re not familiar with her then there is a lot of character development that seems missing or simply lacking. But let’s be honest: that is often a problem with starting in midway through a long-running series of genre fiction. If you have been reading Gail Bowen’s work for a while then The Brutal Heart is an immensely satisfying addition to the Joanne Kilbourn series. If not, then I would suggest finding the earlier books and starting from there.