Another suspenseful Stonechild & Rouleau mystery.
Is Nadia Armstrong's death suicide or murder? Who's leaking information about the case? Who is the older man high school student Vanessa is dating?
The suspicious death of young Nadia Armstrong is taking up much of Kala Stonechild's time, and she regrets not being home enough with her niece Dawn. In addition to complications of the current case, Kala is frustrated by the knowledge that someone on the Major Crime team is leaking information, and Kala suspects Woodhouse, who has been a thorn in her side in previous books.
While Kala is often late getting home, Dawn has more time alone, and when her father approaches her, she is able to keep their budding relationship a secret from Kala. Dawn knows that her mother has forbidden any contact with Dawn's father and that Kala agrees, so she feels guilty, but wants to help him.
Dawn's classmate sixteen-year-old Vanessa has been behaving strangely since developing a relationship with a man in his twenties. Vanessa tries to draw Dawn into a double date at the request of her boyfriend, but Dawn is decidedly wary as she is aware of Vanessa's unhappiness.
A lot of disturbing elements come to light as the case progresses. Chapman draws from social problems that are frequently in the news, making them more personal, less abstract. One of the pleasures in a good series is developing a relationship with characters, and Chapman's characters are interesting and well-developed. Sometimes they are in the background, sometimes they take center stage. Most surprising in Turning Secrets is that by the end of the book, one character behaves in an unanticipated way. Just when you believe you have the characters in a definite groove, someone jumps the track.
Read in November; blog review scheduled for May 14, 2019.
Detective/Crime. June 4, 2019. Print length: 408 pages.