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Cold Mourning
A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
By (author): Brenda Chapman
9781459708013 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Ontario Feb 10, 2014
$14.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 1 in | 400 gr 392 pages Dundurn
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel 2015, Short-listed
Nominated for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

When murder stalks a family over Christmas, Kala Stonechild trusts her intuition to get results.

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.

Brenda Chapman has had a prolific children's fiction career with titles like Running Scared, Second Chances, and Hiding in Hawk's Creek, which was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children. Her first mystery for adults was In Winter's Grip. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Deeply atmospheric and tightly plotted, Cold Mourning is Chapman's sharpest mystery yet. In Kala Stonechild we meet a damaged, complex and courageous heroine determined to leave her complicated past behind. … Spare, haunting and unflinching, Cold Mourning will make you shiver long after you've put it down. A gripping read from the first line of the first page.
- C.B. Forrest, author of the Charlie McKelvey mystery series

What makes this mystery most interesting are the tightly knit details. Chapman never tips her hand as she presents readers with a wide-open field of suspects. For the majority of the novel, the list of potential culprits is lengthy, and the author skillfully deploys twists and decoys to misdirect us, while also dropping tiny clues to help make the final reveal seem perfectly logical. - Quill & Quire

Cold Mourning maintains its low-key feel just long enough to sneak up on you with its grit and promise. - National Post

What's unusual about Cold Mourning is the multiple viewpoints which at times allow the reader to have more information than Stonechild. Chapman handles this style smoothly and it's very effective in moving the story along. She is a skilled writer with nine books already under her belt.


Brenda Chapman has written an interesting and intriguing story in Cold Mourning that keeps the reader guessing throughout. -

Cold Mourning marks the promising beginning of a new series of stories built around complex, yet engaging, characters. - Ottawa Review of Books

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