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Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

Book 2 of 2 in the Morgan O'Brien Series

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550024949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550024944
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,961,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Cold Dark Matter] is a well-researched book based on actual events and is much better than the usual detective thriller

(Andrew D. Booth, Physics in Canada)

...the second episode in a clever new Ottawa-based mystery series starring research fraud investigator Morgan O'Brien...Brett a former science researcher, now science writer, knows how to draw the line on pure science and where to inject actual evidence of Canada's Cold War atrocities against segments of its own science community.
(Mike Gillespie Ottawa Citizen)

You could call Alex Brett Ottawa's lesbian Agatha Christie. But that wouldn't be entirely fair. Unlike Christie's lightweight books, Brett's murder mysteries have a heavy twist of science for the masses. And that requires a dense writing style that forces the reader to pay attention lest they miss the details. (Capital Xtra, March 2005)

Alex Brett is a champion of the cause. Although still a neophyte in the business with her second serial mystery launched in February, she's part of a new wave washing foreign shores."
(Mike Gillespie, The Record,)

Sometimes a mystery isn't just a whodunit. Sometimes it uses lively plot and appealing characterization to check out society's learning curves...Cold Dark Matter is a fast-paced reminder of times gone; [it] also constitutes a kind of parable for the present; explore[s] what can happen to the innocents caught in the crossfire between science, politics and power; in this [Brett] succeeds very well.
(Joan Barfoot London Free Press)

This is more than just a fine mystery. It's full of fascinating information, all told in understandable language. The message, when it comes, is chillingly clear.
(Margaret Cannon Globe and Mail)

This book has everything a reader could want: fabulous, exotic settings; a protagonist you'd like to spend time with; unusual characters; a bit of romance; exploration of important issues; and a plot that kept this reader up until dawn

Buy Cold Dark Matter. Encourage your local bookseller to stock it.

(Carroll Johnson Quirks & Quarks)

The impact of modern astronomy is felt in Alex Brett's Cold Dark Matter...Brett, a science writer and field research technician deftly pulls off the near-impossible by helping the non-scientific reader grasp some general principles of astrophysics; specificially, that of cold dark matter, the unseen mass which sits as a halo just beyond a galaxy's visible edge. This is mystery writing at its very best; an intelligent plot, always-surprising characters, and a deeply-textured setting. 
(Mystery Scene, Spring 2005)

...a fun mystery with great characters...the settings are all cold, even in Hawaii. Yet there is a deftness of description that wraps a blanket around the reader, providing warmth while trying to figure out the next obscure turn of plot and character development. The subject matter is serious; the style is light and breezy. With summer around the corner, this would be a good book to set aside for your holiday reading.
(The Lethbridge Herald)

Cold Dark Matter is Brett's second Morgan O'Brien mystery, the follow-up to Dead Water Creek. I have to say that even though I enjoyed the first, the second is even better. I'd hazard a guess that it won't be long before Brett wins an Ellis Award.
(NB Telegraph-Journal, Saint John New Brunswick)

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