Author : Brenda Chapman
Publisher : Dundurn
ISBN : 9781459723160
About Butterfly Kills
Two separate crimes, two tragic outcomes.
Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the towns 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 womens pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Kala Stonechild, one of Rouleaus former officers from Ottawa, suddenly appears in Kingston, Rouleau enlists her to help.
Stonechild isnt 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 Monroes 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.
Butterfly Kills Review
"Butterfly Kills", the second installment in Brenda Chapman's series featuring Jacques Rouleau and Kala Stonechild is very compelling. Now located in Kingston, Ontario from the Ottawa setting of "Cold Mourning", the first book in the series, Rouleau and Stonechild are investigating the murder and near fatal attack of two women working for the Queens University "Hot Line". As the investigation progresses, Rouleau and Stonechild become involved in a Muslims familys targeting of its elder daughter who has run away from the controlling family environment. Rouleau and Stonechild and their team prevail, preventing an "Honour Killing" and arresting suspects in their murder investigation. Chapmans writing is taut and the plot is well-constructed. A very good read.
A solid thriller with a multi layered mystery. excellent character development in a tigbtly woven plot. Smart and visual to add to the story making it a page turner.