Reviews of Closing Time
Series fans who have followed the evolving relationship between Stonechild and Rouleau will be just as interested in what fate has in store for the duo as in unraveling the fair-play plot. New readers will want to go back to the beginning.
- Publishers Weekly (Apr. 2020)
Closing Time is also the last in the series, and for Chapman’s devoted readers it will be a bittersweet experience, reading the final chapter in what has proved to be one of the strongest and most interesting crime series to emerge in years. A skilled storyteller, Closing Time is a finely-drawn story, Chapman writing with an assured hand, confident that she’s nailed her subject – and she has. Closing Time is an evocative and compelling work, and a fitting end to the series; and while I regret reading the last of Stonechild and Rouleau, I look forward to the next step in Chapman’s impressive literary journey. I’m certain it will be equally special.
Jim Napier, Ottawa Review of Books
This final installment of the Stonechild and Rouleau series is a slow burn mystery that expertly weaves together several viewpoints in a way that will thoroughly engage your mind as you read, and permeate your thoughts while you’re away from the book. The sense of place and Canadian (specifically Ontario) culture is palpable, and the characters only add to that immersive experience. The tension ratchets up one slow tick at a time until the resolution springs in a satisfying conclusion. Though Closing Time was my first read of this series, the bittersweet nature of the ending still rang true, and will send me back to the beginning for more.
Frank Zafiro, author of the River City series
Complex and filled with menace, Brenda Chapman’s tale of sex, lies and betrayal will keep you up at night.
Barbara Fradkin, author of the Inspector Green series