Tumbled Graves: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
I've enjoyed every single book in this series, and this one is no exception. Fortunately, you don't need to have read the previous books in the series because Chapman is one of the authors that can give you any background you need without you having the feeling of an information dump. On the other hand, this is an excellent series and starting at the beginning is always more fun.
Each new book, so far Chapman has released one each year, stands alone, but also adds a little to the character development and background--keeping the characters vital and dynamic.
A young mother and her daughter go missing. Jacques Rouleau's ex-wife is dying, so he relies on Kayla Stonechild and Paul Gundersund to handle the case. Adele Delany's husband seems frantic, but as usual, he is on the suspect list; when Adele is found dead and the child still missing, Ivo Delany comes under even closer scrutiny.
There are a lot of secrets to uncover in this one. Some are hinted at in subtle ways, others surprised me.
In addition to the murder of Adele Delany, the personal lives of the familiar characters are undergoing sea changes. Rouleau deals with his ex-wife's impending death; Kayla Stonechild is finding her guardianship of Dawn under threat; and Paul Gundersund continues to struggle with his own personal relationships.
Read in September, 2015. Review scheduled for April 4, 2016.
Police Procedural. April 27, 2016. Print length: 376 pages.