(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Brenda Chapman https://brendachapman.ca published the novel “Closing Time” in 2020. She has published more than 20 novels. This is the seventh and final novel in her Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery series.
I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence. The primary character is police officer Kala Stonechild.
Stonechild has taken her niece on a canoe trip in the wilderness north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. They are staying in a cabin at Pine Hollow Lodge. They had only been there a short time before Rachel Eglan disappeared. Rachel was a 16-year-old who worked at the Lodge as a waitress. After her body is found, her death is determined to be from foul play. Because of her expertise, an official request is made for Stonechild to assist in the investigation. Stonechild is an officer on the Kingston Major Crimes team.
Part of the reason for Stonechild taking the trip is to reevaluate her career and her relationship with fellow Kingston officer Paul Gundersund. She is surprised at the Lodge by a prior romantic interest and local police officer, Clark Harrison.
At first, there seem to be no motives for Rachel’s death. The more questions the investigators ask, the more it appears that everyone seems to be hiding something. The deaths do not stop with young Rachel. Stonechild forges ahead with the investigation while dealing with her own issues.
I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 392-page mystery. I enjoyed this mystery, but I feel that the killer’s identity was revealed too early. I had not read any of the other books in the series, but this one stood up well on its own. The cover is a bit dark and dismal but relates to the story. I rate this book as a 4 out of 5.
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