John Cardinal by Giles Blunt
John Cardinal and Lise Delorme are the protagonists in a series of crime thriller/mystery novels by Canadian novelist Giles Blunt. The pair of detectives work for the Algonquin Bay Police Department in Northern Ontario. “Algonquin Bay” is a fictional town heavily based on North Bay, Ontario (the city the author grew up in), likely named after the nearby provincial park.

Giles Blunt began his John Cardinal series in 2000 with the novel Forty Words for Sorrow. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Giles Blunt’s John Cardinal & Lisa Delorme books in order of when they were originally published (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of John Cardinal Books

Forty Words for Sorrow(2000)Description / Buy at
The Delicate Storm(2003)Description / Buy at
Black Fly Season(2005)Description / Buy at
By the Time You Read This / The Fields of Grief(2006)Description / Buy at
Crime Machine(2010)Description / Buy at
Until the Night(2012)Description / Buy at

Note: By the Time You Read This was published as The Fields of Grief in the UK.

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John Cardinal Synopsis: Forty Words for Sorrow is the first John Cardinal novel by Giles Blunt. Dusk is early in Algonquin Bay in Northern Ontario. Drive up Airport Hill at 4:00 during February and when you come back around only half an hour later, the city will be lit up like a runway. Even though the 46th parallel may not be that far north (as you can be further north in the U.S. or London), February in Northern Ontario is where the phrase “Canadian winter” gets its name. Algonquin Bay is full of snow, quiet and extremely cold.

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One Response to “Order of John Cardinal Books”

  1. jessejames: 3 years ago

    Don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize book number four’s title in the Cardinal series by Giles Blunt: It’s also called, “The Fields of Grief.”


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