Post Script: Shallow End: Brenda Chapman

The Shallow End

Shallow End

A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

Brenda Chapman


ISBN: 9781459735101



Still waters run deep.


English teacher, mother, wife, and convicted child predator Jane Thompson has made parole and she has a plan. Moving into student housing, she takes a minimum wage job and begins her life in the shadows while she bides her time. One month later, the bludgeoned body of the student she was found guilty of corrupting four years earlier is found on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Rouleau assigns Officers Stonechild and Gundersund to head up the murder investigation and Jane Thompson quickly becomes the prime suspect. But knowing guilt and proving it are two entirely different things, and as the early days of the case close, the team is coming up empty.

The near-constant autumn rain and wind are a dreary backdrop for the troubles ahead: Stonechild learns that her niece in foster care is skipping school, Gundersund can’t seem to extricate himself from a bad marriage, and Rouleau is trying to come to terms with the death of his ex-wife. All take a back seat as the investigation picks up steam, and with it, the unsettling suspicion that a killer is getting desperate.

The murder investigation is about to turn into a beast unleashed — wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil.

The question is: who will come out the other side?



My View:

This is another remarkable read in the Stonechild and Rouleau mystery series – and believe me this author just gets better and better!

Our favourite characters are back tackling a murder that some have already decided is an open and shut case – and nothing could be further from the truth.  This author spins a sticky tale – there are so many twists and turns, false starts and misdirection’s you will likely end up dizzy, caught in a web of intrigue..


Central to the plot are a few very contemporary scenarios of abuse and manipulations that are becoming headline stories in our newspapers, but the full depth of this tragedy will leave you gobsmacked.  What a fantastic read!   You will not see this ending coming.


Encore! Encore! More please Brenda Chapman.


Post Script: Tumbled Graves – Brenda Chapman

When you turn the last page and are disappointed there is no more – 5 stars!

Cover Tumbled Graves

Tumbled Graves

A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

Brenda Chapman


ISBN: 9781459730977



A missing child. A dead mother. Kala Stonechild is about to discover what one betrayal can lead to.


When Adele Delaney and her daughter, Violet, go missing, Jacques Rouleau is called upon to investigate. However, struggling with the impending death of his ill ex-wife, he sends Kala Stonechild and Paul Gundersund instead. Stonechild has been trying to adapt to life as her young cousin Dawn’s guardian, and even though Gundersund has offered support, Stonechild is at risk of losing custody.


On the second day of the investigation, Adele’s body turns up, dumped on the shoulder of the highway with no sign of her daughter. Her husband, Ivo, denies any involvement with either his wife’s death or their child’s disappearance, but not everyone is convinced. As the investigation unfolds, Stonechild learns that Adele was once entangled with a Montreal biker gang and heads to Quebec to investigate further.


As Stonechild and Gundersund juggle personal troubles and a complicated, dangerous case, they find themselves piecing together a chain of disasters leading back to a single betrayal.



My View:

If you are looking for characters that fully developed, with interesting backgrounds, that do not rely on sex appeal and physical features to get your attention (not that any of the main characters are ugly, physical beauty just isn’t the focus of these books), if you are looking at an adult read full of real people, with plenty of drama but little melodrama, plenty of action without a million dollar special effects budget, with plenty of human interest and exploration of the human psyche, then this book and this series is for you.


If you want to  read a crime fiction/mystery that makes  you think, relate, feel, than this book is for you.


I love this series. This is a series that relies on the author’s profound ability to tell interesting stories with diverse characters, with an intelligent and thoughtful female protagonist who somehow, through her story, through her words, competencies and actions makes me feel calm and that she is in control and will solves the crimes (how does a character in a book do that?), what more could you want? Stonechild is a brilliant protagonist – I love every word on every page – nothing is superfluous to the needs of the narrative. Tension is embedded in every chapter. A great read. Bring on book four.