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The Weight of Stones: A Charlie McKelvey Mystery (Charlie McKelvey Mystery #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Toronto at the close of 1999. It is a time of change, but Detective Charlie McKelvey’s life is stuck on pause since the murder of his runaway son, Gavin. As his wife focuses on healing, McKelvey is burdened with guilt for his role in kicking the teen out of the family home—and his inability to move the case to resolution. Obsessed with the stalled murder investigation, McK ...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Napoleon and Co (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sep 04, 2013 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've reluctantly given this book 3 stars based on a partially satisfactory ending and a not completely awful last half. I had a hard time to force myself to keep reading through the first half of the book which consisted almost entirely of the dark, depressing, despondent, morose and nearly suicidal thoughts in Charlie's mind with no action and very little relevance to what little of a mystery there is in this story. I found the author's writing to be almost as depressing as Charlie's
Shonna Froebel
Nov 25, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The main character here is Toronto Detective Charlie McKelvey. He's been a bit stuck since the murder of his estranged son a couple years earlier, trying to find who was behind the crime. He doesn't think the detectives on the case have followed through on the leads provided, and has hounded them with his requests for information.
He is also having difficulty on the home front, growing more and more apart from his wife. They are dealing with their grief in very different ways, and although Charli
Nadine Doolittle
Jun 10, 2010 Nadine Doolittle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not as a rule read big city cop crime fiction but this novel had me hooked on the first page.

Det. Charlie McKelvey is haunted by the murder of his teenage son. The author, C.B. Forrest, doesn't take the well-worn path of portraying a cop-out-for-vengeance, although vengeance is what drives McKelvey on. This is a complex story of a man seeking to find peace with himself. There's the mystery itself, McKelvey's struggle to learn the truth, and the impact McKelvey's obsession has on his marria
Feb 18, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 'literary' mystery / thriller. Very good.
Jan 18, 2016 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dark but excellent
Oct 05, 2014 Anie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hayden Trenholm
Sep 10, 2013 Hayden Trenholm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
After a slow start, Weight of Stones turned into a decent cop story -- not so much a mystery as a character study of the underbelly of early 21st century Toronto. The writing was mostly good -- though chapters written from the antagonist's POV suffered from frequent jarring point of view shifts. And several uses of the word 'implicit' when 'explicit' was meant were annoying. Everything was tied up in the end -- maybe a little too much. Still, some nice bits here and worth the read.
Dee Willson
Aug 20, 2012 Dee Willson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books are just well written. This is one of those books. No matter your genre preference, this lifelike mystery will impress. Must read.
Read this after seeing a review and because it is set in Toronto. A good story but nothing extraordinary for me.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Thoughtful and poignant crime noir depicts an excruciating family tragedy concluding with hope.
Nov 20, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I expected, and I'm trying to articulate why.
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C.B. Forrest is a Canadian mystery writer, general fiction writer and poet. C. B. Forrest began his career in Journalism and now works in Communications and Marketing. In 1998, he studied under the author and poet B.W. Powe as a student of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.

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