Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman

I just finished reading, Tumbled Graves, by Toronto author, Brenda Chapman.

From Goodreads:

"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 of 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."

I'm really enjoying the Stonechild and Rouleau series, this being the third of five in the series. The Stonechild character is intriguing. A broken woman who as she attempts to solve mysteries is also struggling to fix herself. In this novel, she seems to be doing just that. The problem is, it sems the world around her just won't allow for it.

Tumbled Graves has an captivating storyline which kept me reading. All three, so far in the series, have been excellent, and yes, I will be reading the fourth one, Shallow End, soon.

About Brenda Chapman

From her website:

Brenda Chapman is a Canadian crime fiction author with over twenty published novels. In addition to short stories and standalones, she has written the lauded Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series, the Anna Sweet mystery novellas, and the Jennifer Bannon mysteries for middle grade. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including four Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence.

Brenda studied English literature at Lakehead and Carleton universities and earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She taught for fifteen years in the field of special education followed by a Communications career in the federal government. She currently writes full-time and makes her home in Ottawa.

Brenda belongs to the Writers Union of Canada (TWUC), Sisters in Crime, Capital Crime Writers, and Crime Writers of Canada (CWC). She served two terms as president of Capital Crime Writers and two terms as the Ottawa/Eastern Ontario Director for CWC (2020-22).

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