Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cold Mourning: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery by Brenda Chapman

Kala Stonechild is from a First Nations Reserve.  She's a police recruit who is running from a past problem.  In Ottawa, she's part of a special crime unit.  The first case she's assigned is tough, but so is Kala...

Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read an ebook of this story.  It was published in February, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

Kala is carrying more than one secret.  Her past has some regrets but she's focusing on the future.  She not only wants to solve her case, she wants to find her younger sister.  This is the first time I've heard Indians referred to as aboriginals.  I've always thought that only applied to Australia but I see it doesn't.

Tom Underwood disappears one evening and never returns home.  He's eventually found in the trunk of his car, far from home.  He has a young wife and child, an ex-wife, two adult children, and a partner in the business that all might have reasons to wish him dead.  After all, he's worth a lot of money.

Kala likes to work alone.  When she's assigned a partner, she's resigned to it.  A health emergency takes her partner away from work and she's content with that, too.  While the other detectives are trying to pursue facts, Kala is using some of her instincts.  She doesn't tell them that but she's pretty sure they're sniffing up the wrong track.

This is an interesting case with lots of players.  The special crime unit is under attack by administration, the family involved in the crime is odd and the friend of the family has an abusive husband.  I was leaning towards that husband being the murderer, but I was wrong.  It was more complex than that.

Ms. Chapman keeps you reading and wondering until the story is over.  This case is over, but I'm sure we'll be seeing Kala again.

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