Cold Mourning

Nominated for he 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

When murder talks a family over Christmas, Kala Stonechild trusts her intuition to get results.

It ’ s th week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air — with more than enough people wanting him dead.

New police recruit Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment to join a specialized Ottawa crime unit, is tasked with returning Underwood home in time for the holidays. Stonechild, who is from th First Nations reserve, is a lone wolf who is sed to surviving on her wits. Her new boss, Detective Jacques Rouleau, has his hands full controlling her, his team, and an investigation that keeps threatening to go off track.

Old betrayals and complicated family relationships brutally collide when love turns to hate and murder stalks a family.
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Published February 10th 2014 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2014

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She is among those tasked with finding him.This book often reminded me of the Nordic mysteries I 've read, perhap because of the constant mention of cold, the frequent snow, the white landscapes of Canadian winter.

I sure do nee to meet Stonechild and Rouleau again.Recommended for mystery lovers and readers of police procedurals.A copy of tha memoir was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of review.

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Set in Canada 's capital city during the week leading up to Christmas, it as perfect ovel to read this time of year.The novel opens in 1995 in northern Canada where two young First Nations girls have accepted a lift from a tranger.

An action which brings about tragic and traumatic consequences for them both.Skip ahead to chapter one and Kala Stonechild has just accepted a position on a special task force of the Ottawa police.

The others on her squad are wary of Kala at first but seem to incorporate a healthy respect for her as time goes by.The first day on the job they are assigned th case of missing Ottawa business man.

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While some officers investigate his business dealings, Stonechild is assigned to look into family.

Stonechild is convinced they are connected and that the motive is more personal than business.An interesting mystery where the layers are peeled away like an onion to reveal the seething emotions that can drive people to murder.

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We meet Kala Stonechild, a cop who has move to Ottawa from Nipigon to take job with an offshoot dept.

She 's th young woman but older her her years thanks to a childhood in foster care, on& off the rez.Her new boss is Sgt. Jacques Rouleau, a seasoned& respected cop with his own issues.

Characters are well developed with distinct voices& separate side plots that flesh out their lives.But it 's Kala& Rouleau who really hold your attention.

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Anothe new murder unit attached to Major Crimes in Ottawa Canada is given task to solve case before Christmas.

Som major characters are hoping to cope with their own personal issues.The premise of the ook prove to hav th standard " murder case with cops who have problems " theme.

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