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Howard Shrier's latest mystery, Miss Montreal

Howard Shrier's Miss Montreal.jpgHoward Shrier's new mystery novel Miss Montreal seems a little more like reality than fiction.

Private Investigator Jonah Geller is hired to help solve the murder of a childhood friend - an award-winning city columnist. The victim is found with a star of David carved into his chest.

Racism is just one of the issues in the story. Quebec's language tensions are also explored, and so is corruption (along the lines of the Charbonneau Commission).

Miss Montreal deals with the complexities of living in Quebec while weaving a suspenseful tale. There is, however, time for the characters to grab a smoked meat sandwich or two along the way.

After last year's Boston Cream, Howard Shrier joins Sonali Karnick to talk about writing a book about his hometown this time.

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