Butterfly Kills

Butterfly Kills

Book - 2015
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Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town's Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment. In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women's pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Kala Stonechild, one of Rouleau's former officers from Ottawa, suddenly appears in Kingston, Rouleau enlists her to help. Stonechild isn't sure if she wants to stay in Kingston, but agrees to help Rouleau in the short-term. While she struggles with trying to decide if she can make a life in this new town, a ghost from her past starts to haunt her. As the detectives delve deeper into the cases, it seems more questions pop up than answers. Who murdered Leah Sampson? And why does Della Monroe's name keep showing up in the murder investigation? Both women were hiding secrets that have unleashed a string of violence. Stonechild and Rouleau race to discover the truth before the violence rips more families apart.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2015
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHA
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 08, 2017

Another installment in this series. Interesting detective, Kala Stonechild; a native Canadian, makes this an interesting series.

Mar 27, 2017

Chapman's books, set in Ontario with a native female as a major detective in the local police force, are an enjoyable read. The author tends to focus on social issues in her books and the continuous character development of her detectives. She weaves enough details about the lives of her main detectives into the story so that we get to know them as well as the criminals quite well. Don't expect car chases, shoot outs, and escalating violence, but do expect a well thought plot with several story strands that get twisted finally into a dramatic close. With this novel, it did seem to take a while for the author to set the scene, to get the reader familiar with the back story of all the characters, and to get the detectives to see the connection between the two murders. The story revolves around a women's help center at the local university and different forms of sexual abuse. The novel can be read as a stand alone although it is number 2 in the Stonechild - Rouleau Mystery series.

Feb 25, 2016

I liked it, always good to read stories involving areas that are familiar. The police characters are interesting as they were in the first book of this series. Not so sure about the psychotic murderers though, they were a little over the top. Good police book overall though.

Sep 16, 2015

Loved this book and her previous one too. The story takes place in Kingston,ON and as they drive around town, I feel like I'm driving with them! Same with her previous book when they were in Ottawa. Very intriguing story-line/mystery.

Apr 02, 2015

Really enjoyed this book. My only regret is that I started with the second in the series. Looking forward to reading the first book, Cold Mourning and anything else from this fine new Ottawa writer.

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