Tumbled Graves

Tumbled Graves

Book - 2016
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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 or 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, ©2016
ISBN: 9781459730960
Branch Call Number: CHAPMAN
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 18, 2017

3.5 stars. This one was much better than the first 2 in the series. The ending was sad but I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Jan 22, 2017

The author has another winner in the Stonehouse- Rouleau detective series. Good writing, good plotting, likable main characters, a page turner so a most enjoyable read without too much violence. The author has a good way of putting the breaks on the main storyline - a heartbreaking one where a mother and daughter are missing, maybe dead - by filling in the background story of the lives of her police characters. I was interested in their personal stories, each one different - a beloved ex-wife dying from cancer, another with a broken marriage, a homeless teen hoping to find a family life with Stonehouse, same teen with not only peer problems at school but with a troubling past, and Stonehouse's work relationships. A lot of story lines to juggle but this author has no trouble making each one interesting. I also liked the fact that the story revolves around a female Native detective who has overcome a past of poverty and alcoholism - the expected background associated with Canadian Natives from the North. Looks like a bit of wait for the next 2017 novel in this series. I hope there is one and that library buys this Canadian author's novel. Although this title is the third in the series, it could be read as a stand alone, but more enjoyable to start with the first title in the series - Cold Mourning.

Jul 15, 2016

4.5 stars/5

Hallelujah! Book #3 is here & it doesn’t disappoint.
I’ve been a fan of this series since I picked up “Cold Mourning” last year. With each book, you not only get a proper mystery to unsnarl but further insight into the 2 main characters as their relationship deepens & tidbits from the past come to light. That continues here.
At the end of “Butterfly Kills”, Det. Kala Stonechild took on one of the toughest jobs of her career…”Mom” to a teenager after the girl’s mother went to prison. It’s been a big adjustment for both, particularly Kala who has always led a solitary life. Any attempts at establishing a routine are further complicated when a young woman & her daughter go missing.
Kala & colleague Paul Gundersund take the call. Ivo Delaney has no idea where his wife Adele & daughter Violet have gone. Unfortunately, it’s not long before the cops have a pretty good idea. But the real mystery is why & as Kala & Paul continue to dig, it turns out Adele was keeping a few secrets from her husband.
Meanwhile, Staff Sgt. Jacques Rouleau continues to juggle the problems of running their department. There are budget concerns, meetings & a new member of the team to get up to speed. But when a local reporter approaches him about the case, it’s clear he has something else to worry about. Someone is feeding her information. In alternate chapters, we listen in as she meets her source & slowly realize this will have huge repercussions for Kala.
It’s a well paced story that pulls you in from the get-go. The investigation heads off in surprising directions before reaching a tense conclusion. Even then, a couple of nice twists near the end ensure your attention never wavers.
As usual, we also get to catch up on the characters’ personal lives. Kala & Paul definitely click as partners at work but she’s unsure she wants to take it any further, especially with his estranged wife hovering in the background. All Paul knows is he’s never met anyone like Kala. The comfort & sense of peace he gets when they’re together is something he never experienced in his marriage. But you get the feeling the author is in no rush & will let this develop with a slow burn.
As for Jacques, he continues to be the strong, solid centre of the series. In this outing, part of his past will reach a heartbreaking resolution & it strengthens the bond between him & Kala. They first worked together in another unit & when he moved to Kingston, she followed. He’s always respected her as a colleague but as they both face personal challenges, you get to see an almost father/daughter aspect of their relationship.
There are several side stories that carry over from the previous book but if you’re jumping in here, no worries. Enough background is provided to get the gist of what’s happening. Peripheral characters range from other cops & family members to sinister bikers & their crews. (At this juncture, I would like to make a special plea to the author. Without spilling any beans for readers, there’s one character I’d like to see get the smack down they so karmically deserve. You know who I mean. Please.)
Police procedurals are probably my favourite genre & I’ve read countless books from many different countries. In this crowded field, it must be difficult to create characters that aren’t already out there running around in someone else’s story. Jacques & Kala grow more compelling with each instalment as layers are slowly peeled back & their characters continue to develop. By the end, there are a few loose strings left dangling & I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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