A great sequel to Cold Mourning – written with a passion you can feel.
Butterfly Kills: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery (Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery #2)
Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position as the head of the Major Crimes department. He’s been trying to track down Kala Stonechild, who quit the Ottawa force and has been in the bush. One hot week in August, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment; in another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first, the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Jacques Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women’s pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Stonechild suddenly appears in Kingston, Rouleau enlists her to help. As the detectives delve deeper into the cases, it seems more questions pop up than answers. Both women were hiding secrets that have unleashed a string of violence. Can Stonechild and Rouleau discover the truth before the violence rips two families apart?
I am a great fan of this series. I loved Cold Mourning and I really enjoyed the quiet, calm and respectful protagonists Stonechild and Rouleau and the peaceful ambience of the locations; refreshing elements in this genre.
The narrative is complex and at its core is an issue that is eventually revealed and that ties all the threads together; it will pierce the heart of even the most world toughened reader (sorry no spoilers here, you will have to read and discover this issue yourself). Brenda Chapman writes with a passion that is obvious and when you do anything with passion it shows!
But don’t be mistaken by the general ambience, there is plenty of action, great plot twists and turns as crime goes on the rampage in this small town setting. I cannot wait to read the next instalment in this series – thank you Brenda Chapman, your writing is amazing.