“The Concrete Vineyard by Cam Lang is a superb, slow-burning cozy, murder/mystery. Drenched in historical memorabilia and modern-day quandaries, this is a ‘who-dun-it’ with substance. I’ve got to start by saying I applaud the author for cleverly entwining a really great murder/mystery with the world of urban planning corruption and municipal politics. The two things are woven together with extraordinary artistic flair.
The story opens with the murder of Edward Mitchell, by all-accounts a most respected and liked gentleman. Why then was he murdered? Maybe it has something to do with his history-packed mansion? Or could it be he made enemies on the planning council? As the story unfolds, we are given insightful clues to help us puzzle things out. The two main characters are homicide Chief Detective, Bryan Dee, and urban planner Kris Gage. Despite being best friends, the two are very different from one another. One is a burger-eating, can I play golf, reluctant chief, and the other an extremely fit, watch what I eat, care about the environment, workaholic planner. The two of them have different perspectives on the murder, and their sleuthing leads them apart. The story is laced with Canadian history which makes this such an interesting read, as well as an incredible mystery.
This might be Cam Lang’s first novel, but I am confident it won’t be his last! Lang has a great story-telling voice which is both modern and easy-to-read. His scene building is masterful and epigrammatic, his characters are real and interesting. I love Lang’s expressive descriptions and how they bring the story to life. One of my favorites is, ‘under the spread of his gnocchi-fueled buttocks.’ There are lots of fabulously descriptive sentences like this, that say so much with so few words – clever writing in deed. The Concrete Vineyard by Cam Lang is a page-turning, fascinating and inventive mystery you won’t want to miss, and comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.”
February 10, 2021 by Chick Lit Café