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Book 3 - A Russell and Leduc Mystery
Second Story Press

There’s blood in the water....

Surrounded by friends and family in the heat of a lush Laurentian summer, Marie Russell and Detective Roméo Leduc are getting married at last, but the joyous occasion is overshadowed by an unexpected arrival: Magnus Sørenson, renowned eco-warrior – and Marie’s first love. Magnus is planning a dramatic protest against a local resort development that will destroy a beloved nature preserve—but when the unthinkable occurs, Roméo and Marie are forced to abandon their honeymoon to bring a murderer to justice. Their investigation will plunge them into the bigger battle for environmental justice, and force them to dig up some long-buried secrets. Meanwhile, an elderly couple from a local seniors’ residence have gone missing, and Romeo and Marie must join the race to find them before it’s too late. Fast-paced and chilling, Whale Fall is a thrilling tale of love and vengeance.


Ann Cleeves : “This series gets better with every book. Warmhearted, well-plotted, and with a wonderful sense of place. I can’t wait for the next one. It felt like catching up with old friends.”

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Book Launch: Whale Fall

Sunday, October 23, 2pm

Hosted by playwright Alice Abracen
Paragraphe Bookstore 

Ann Lambert was “just a kid with a dream” when she wrote her first novel at the age of sixty.

Join her for a discussion of her Russell and Leduc Mystery series, set right in the heart of the Laurentians, and help her celebrate the release of the third book in the series, Whale Fall. There will be a reading and a Q and A afterwards.

Hosted by playwright Alice Abracen Paragraphe Bookstore, Sunday, October 23, 2pm


“[Ann Lambert] has produced her third stunning murder mystery after The Birds That Stay and The Dogs of Winter, combining terrific whodunits with subtle messages of social justice and marvellous characterization... Whale Fall is a rare reminder that just one murder is a tragedy; you don’t need bloodshed and gore and gunfire to have a crackerjack of a story.” —Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press
“This series gets better with every book; warm hearted, well-plotted, and with a wonderful sense of place. I can’t wait for the next one. It felt like catching up with old friends.” —Ann Cleeves, internationally best-selling author of the Vera Stanhope, Shetland and Two Rivers series

“In Whale Fall, the latest instalment of the Russell and Leduc Mystery series, Ann Lambert weaves a dark and complicated whodunnit with a uniquely Canadian perspective. Add to this mix a bevy of interesting characters, a complex plot, and enough twists to keep even the most seasoned thriller reader happy, and Whale Fall is sure to please. Highly recommended!”- D.K. Stone, author of Edge of Wild, The Dark Divide, and Fall of Night


Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.

RusselL & Leduc Mysteries

The Birds That Stay

Second Story Press


The Dogs of Winter

Second Story Press

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Whale Fall

Second Story Press

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