Cold Mourning

Could Mourning

Shortlisted for Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel

It’s a 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 a southern First Nations reserve, is a lone wolf who is used 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.

Reviews of Could Morning

Intertwining mysteries drive the fast-paced plot of this suspenseful, wintry novel from Ottawa crime writer Brenda Chapman.

Quill & Quire

Cold Mourning maintains its low-key feel just long enough to sneak up on you with its grit and promise. 

– National Post

Cold Mourning marks the promising beginning of a new series of stories built around complex, yet engaging, characters.

– Ottawa Review of Books

Deeply atmospheric and tightly plotted, Cold Mourning is Chapman’s sharpest mystery yet. In Kala Stonechild we meet a damaged, complex and courageous heroine determined to leave her complicated past behind. … Spare, haunting and unflinching, Cold Mourning will make you shiver long after you’ve put it down. A gripping read from the first line of the first page.

– C.B. Forrest, author of the Charlie McKelvey mystery series

Chapman has what every good mystery series needs — complex and sympathetic characters who readers can care about as they go about battling evil-doers and solving crimes.

– Ottawa Citizen

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