This is the second book that I won through the Canadian Book Review Challenge last year. This novel is a mystery. It is also a great read.
I also had no idea that the publisher of this novel, Inanna Press is at York University, my old stomping grounds. I did my undergraduate degree and Masters Degrees there. How cool.
Flush is an endearing, engaging, and well-plotted story. It is also a feel good story. It is hard not to sit down and keep reading it. I started reading this story at 4 pm and ended up staying up until 2 am until I finished reading it.
Robin MacFarland is a somewhat eccentric and highly intelligent journalist for the Home and Garden section of a Toronto paper. At age fifth-five, she looks aghast in the mirror and pronounces herself, Old. Fat. Alcoholic. Alone. Failure. Those are hard to overcome.
So, like most women around that age, she resolves to lose weight, quite drinking and try online dating. The intrigue beings when Robin chooses to cover a water cooling system conference where she thinks there will be a lot of men.
By coincidence, her first online date is with the owner of the water company who is found dead after they have coffee. Dauntless, Robin wades into what is now a murder investigation, under the supervision of her new editor, and with the help of her best friend, Cindy, a crime reporter.
The novel is famed around a plot to steal Canada’s fresh water, but it hinges on robin’s hilarious journey through the middle portion of her life, a serious social issue and a highly iconic murder weapon.
Robin MacFarland is a strong and yet vulnerable heroine. She is a mother and daughter, good friend, and a more successful career woman than she gives herself credit. The story is set in Toronto, the city that I remember and love. I can’t wait to see her next story.
I loved the story, and I am so glad that I won this book. I will look out for more books written and published by Inanna Press. What a joy to read books that are well crafted and written!