Closing Time

Closing Time

A murderer stalks the northern Ontario wilderness.

It’s late summer and a restless Officer Kala Stonechild has taken her foster niece, Dawn, on a canoe trip at Pine Hollow Lodge in the wilderness north of Sault Ste. Marie. But the getaway turns deadly when a teenage girl goes missing on her way home from an evening shift at the lodge’s restaurant.

After the girl’s body is found between the lodge and Searchmont, Stonechild reluctantly agrees to help with the investigation. She’s teamed with Clark Fischer, an officer she worked with in her last posting in northwestern Ontario. As the investigation heats up, Stonechild’s past threatens the close bonds she’s forged back home. Will she return to her life in Kingston or will the rekindling of an old relationship lure her away for good?

Publisher: Dundurn Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-45974-533-9

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

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