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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Dundurn (Mar 1 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1459708016

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Provided by publisher thru Netgalley

First in a new series: Stonechild and Rouleau Mysteries

It's a week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air -- with more than enough people wanting him dead.

New police recruit Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment to join a specialized Ottawa crime unit, is tasked with returning Underwood home in time for the holidays. Stonechild, who is from a First Nations reserve, is a lone wolf who is used to surviving on her wits. Her new boss, Detective Jacques Rouleau, has his hands full controlling her, his team, and an investigation that keeps threatening to go off track.

Old betrayals and complicated family relationships brutally collide when love turns to hate and murder stalks a family.

This was a solid, interesting mystery. Kept me interested and wanting to get back to my reading. I did figure out who and why long before the end, but it didn't detract any from the enjoyment of finishing the book. The suspects all had good motive and opportunity and if one person wasn't so glaringly absent from that list you'd be hard pressed to decide which one did it. But of course it had to be the one that gets left out of that list, right? Sorry that might be a spoiler for you, but I'm sure any mystery reader is going to figure this one out rather quickly.

Kala is a loner and prefers to work alone but it was fun watching her working relationship with her boss develop and I look forward to reading more of their adventures.

Not only is there the mystery of who killed Tom Underwood, but Kala is trying to solve her own mystery on her off time. She's looking for a 'cousin' she hasn't seen since a traumatic episode they shared when they were kids. Now that had a surprise for me, who's who wasn't who I thought they were. Hmm, you might have to read it to figure that one out:)

As an American there was one sentence that sort of offended me. Maybe I'm getting too sensitive as everyone seems to think we are evil at the moment. And this is an ARC copy so maybe it will be removed for final print. I hope so.

"I wouldn't be on that," said Grayson. "It looked impersonal to me, but maybe I just don't want to believe that a friend or family member could leave their loved one in the trunk of a car to freeze to death. Call me an optimist, but this is Ottawa, not a big American city where violence is a way of life."

You know what, there's violence in every big city, violence all over the world. All hearts are capable of much evil, not just Americans. Canadians can be evil too.

Would I tell you to read this one? Sure, good solid storytelling with interesting characters and relationships. I think this will prove to be a great series.

Peggy Ann


  1. Cold Mourning looks really good...off to look for it now!

  2. A new Canadian author for me to try. Thanks for reviewing this. You are right, violence is everywhere, but sometimes people like to believe it is not.


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