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  • Author:
    Rosemary Aubert
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    1882593952
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    Bridgeworks (April 28, 2005)
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RED MASS (Mystery-Ellis Portal-Toronto, CA-Cont) - VG Aubert, Rosemary, 5th in series Bridge Works, 2005, US Trade Paperback - ISBN: 1882593952.

RED MASS (Mystery-Ellis Portal-Toronto, CA-Cont) - VG Aubert, Rosemary, 5th in series Bridge Works, 2005, US Trade Paperback - ISBN: 1882593952. First Sentence: At Michaelmas in the autumn of the year, Canadian judges in black silk robes, red woolen sashes and starched white-linen collar tabs gather like red-winged blackbirds to celebrate the Red Mass. Ellis Portal is clean, sober, reinstated as an attorney and getting his life back on track.

The hero, Ellis Portal is down in his luck, fallen from grace (he was a respected judge and family man) to the poverty-ridden streets of Toronto. Ellis Portal Mystery Series. 5 primary works, 5 total works. The hero, Ellis Portal is down in his luck, fallen from grace (he was a respected judge and family man) to the poverty-ridden streets of Toronto.

Rosemary Aubert (born May 4, 1946) is a Canadian-American author, poet, and critic, most known for her Ellis Portal series of crime novels. She won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in 1999 for her book The Feast of Stephen. Aubert was born in Niagara Falls, New York, but has lived in Canada for over 40 years. She currently resides in Toronto, where she teaches novel writing. Two Kinds of Honey (1977). Picking Wild Raspberries: The Imaginary Love Poems of Gertrude Stein (1997).

Ellis Portal has resigned from solving mysteries. In this prequel to the earlier books in the series, Ellis Portal, the disgraced former judge turned sleuth, is taken back to his law school days. When a profound personal tragedy propels him into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he's forced back into the world of crime. Rosemary Aubert has achieved world-wide attention with her Ellis Portal series.

Find the complete Ellis Portal Mystery book series by Rosemary Aubert. Great deals on one book or all books in the series. The Feast of Stephen. The Ferryman Will Be There. Leave Me By Dying: An Ellis Portal Mystery.

The fifth and concluding episode in the prize-winning Ellis Portal mystery series. Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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This is the second in criminologist Aubert's series starring Ellis Portal, the disgraced former judge who solved the mystery in her 1997 novel Free Reign, praised by The New York Times as a "smart, successful who-dun-it" whose sleuth is "a character with great dignity and unusual moral.

This is the second in criminologist Aubert's series starring Ellis Portal, the disgraced former judge who solved the mystery in her 1997 novel Free Reign, praised by The New York Times as a "smart, successful who-dun-it" whose sleuth is "a character with great dignity and unusual moral depth.

Other Novels by Rosemary Aubert in the Ellis Portal Mystery Series Free Reign The Feast of Stephen The Ferryman Will Be There Leave . Red mass : an Ellis Portal mystery, Rosemary Aubert-1st ed. p. cm. 9781461623014. 1. Portal, Ellis (Fictitious character)-Fiction.

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Items related to Red Mass: An Ellis Portal Mystery (Ellis . Once-disgraced Toronto attorney Ellis Portal readmitted to the practice of law.

Items related to Red Mass: An Ellis Portal Mystery (Ellis Portal Mysteries). Aubert, Rosemary Red Mass: An Ellis Portal Mystery (Ellis Portal Mysteries). Following the life of Ellis Portal through the five novels in the series has been a rare treat, thanks mainly to the protagonist.

The fifth and concluding episode in the prize-winning Ellis Portal mystery series.

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RED MASS (Mystery-Ellis Portal-Toronto, CA-Cont) - VG
Aubert, Rosemary, 5th in series
Bridge Works, 2005, US Trade Paperback - ISBN: 1882593952

First Sentence: At Michaelmas in the autumn of the year, Canadian judges in black silk robes, red woolen sashes and starched white-linen collar tabs gather like red-winged blackbirds to celebrate the Red Mass.

Ellis Portal is clean, sober, reinstated as an attorney and getting his life back on track. While attending the Red Mass, a church service celebrating the opening of the courts, Ellis' one-time close friend, john Stoughton-Melville, Stow," is removed from the church in handcuffs. Stow is accused of murdering his fatally ill wife five yours ago and has asked Ellis to defend him but offers no information as to what happened. Ellis' had loved Stow's wife and only because of an old promise does he agree to take the case.

Aubert is one of the many under-recognized authors and her Ellis Portel series is a great one. The only problem I had with this book is that it is, apparently, the end of the series. Ellis Portal is a great character and part of the attraction to him is his foibles; that he is not perfect and not always likable. The other people in his life are those from when he was a successful judge, his life on the street and his continuing association with the people from that time in his life and those now that he is rebuilding his life.

The plot is wonderfully twisty and you feel Ellis' frustration has he is trying to defend Stow with the end being a surprise.

I did have a feeling the author intended there to be another book in this series but, due to a change in publishers, had to switch characters. I understand this from the author's perspective but it's a bummer for the reader. Still, I definitely recommend this book and, as usual, suggest reading the series from the beginning.
Gralinda
We begin at a solemn religious ceremony to mark the start of the Canadian Supreme Court's annual session, where the Mounties publicly arrest, handcuff, and perp-walk out a senior magistrate seated in the front row who could have been arrested at any other time. (The Mounties apparently have no worries that the judges they appear before will take this little demonstration of Mountie-power amiss.) It gets less realistic after that.

My major complaint with this book is that its protagonist survives. He really is a waste of space, and boring with it.
Ral
Rosemary Aubert is an American who has taken up residence in Toronto, that self-identified and humbly self-acknowledged centre (Canadian spelling) of the universe. This book is one of five that cover the whole arc of the career of the archetypically Torontonian Ellis Portal. Aubert has been so successful in capturing the essence of Central Canada in mystery format that she has received an Arthur Ellis Award, the annual accolade from the Crime Writers of Canada.

Her protagonist (certainly not her hero) is Ellis Portal, a hot-shot lawyer who became a judge. While on the bench, he took up drink and drugs, losing self-respect, judgeship, profession and wife on his way to a hard landing as a street person. After hitting bottom, he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps to regain his standing at the bar (so to speak.) As this fifth novel begins, he is being seriously considered for re-appointment as a judge, even as he prepares the defense in an unusually high-profile murder case. Oh, yeah.

As a resident of Western Canada, I find it particularly fascinating to see how Aubert has infused her book with Torontonian spirit. First, her prose has a wonderfully curdled pomposity about it. In the following scene, Lawyer Portal is having lunch with his much younger junior partner:

"Nicky and I, our differences temporarily quelled, sat in the Barristers' Dining Room at Osgood Hall eating a let's be-friends-again lunch. It was Friday, casual day, which meant that the trio playing for the fifty or so gathered attorneys was a jazz group rather than chamber music, the featured dish was sole instead of beef, and that the dress was blazers and slacks instead of suits.

"Nicky took a deep swallow of his Chardonnay before he deigned to speak. `Ellis, you know, I trust, that the Crown's case is flawed.'

"`Flawed?' Nicky was irritating me again, even before desert." [Page 144 of the paperback edition.]

Even before desert! Ah, yes.

Then Aubert cuts deeply to the heart of profound emotions in a way that only be called uniquely Canadian. Here, Portal hears an announcement:

"`There's no easy way to tell you this. I know you're not a man who goes to church often-`

"`I seem to have repented,' I joked, remembering the Red Mass, the christening...

"She didn't smile. `Ellis, those DNA tests for Sal?'

"`Yes?'

"`The sample from Jeffrey showed my DNA, but not yours.'

"With that absurdly brief sentence, my ex-wife informed me that Jeffrey was not my son." [Page 284.]

Portal, himself, is a memorable piece of characterization. I could not hope to better the description of him offered by Publishers Weekly in their review of the third book in the series : "Bland, whiny and self-absorbed". Absolutely--and how very Canadian. In addition to that, This Portal, this hired gun defense lawyer is passive, unmotivated, often incurious and always browbeaten by his client. There'll by no Clarence Darrow/Perry Mason monkeyshines on this side of the 49th Parallel, thank you very much.

Finally, there is the plot, itself. When the final revelations are made, it turns out that the whole thing was built around the most improbable, self-destructive, hare-brained scheme since ... well, since the decision to invade a certain Middle Eastern country much in the news these days.

Two stars--and the beavers weep.