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The Boreal Owl Murder
by Jan Dunlap


Overview - Birding, the gentle pastime of watching birds, can at times become a competitive sport. Even at its worst, though, when birders don't give out information of their sightings and try to sidetrack other birders, it seldom rises to the level of serious harm .  Read more...

 
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Overview
Birding, the gentle pastime of watching birds, can at times become a competitive sport. Even at its worst, though, when birders don't give out information of their sightings and try to sidetrack other birders, it seldom rises to the level of serious harm . . . usually. But when Bob White mannered school councilor and dedicated weekend birder, finds a body on a birding trip, the idea that there's an exception to every rule gets hammered home.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780878392773
  • ISBN-10: 0878392777
  • Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud
  • Publish Date: July 2008
  • Page Count: 282
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 146.
  • Review Date: 2008-07-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

A pedestrian plot and a garrulous narrator given to less than compelling interior monologues mar Dunlap’s debut. One chilly night in the woods north of Duluth, Minn., avid birder Bob White stumbles on a dead body while stalking a rare Boreal Owl. Then Stan Miller, a rival birder who may be “just plain nuts,” almost hits White while shooting at a bear near the body. How Stan did so accurately while holding a crossbow in his other arm may puzzle some readers. Dunlap’s lengthy set-piece flashbacks about youthful birding trips and environmental causes slow the narrative, which is full of improbable coincidences, like suspect Bradley Ellis popping up just when White happens to be poking around Ellis’s college office. For those enamored of avian mating habits or North Woods scenery, this slight effort might suffice for a long winter’s night, but mystery buffs will likely find it strictly for the birds. (Sept.)

 
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