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Butterfly Kills (Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery #2)

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Two separate crimes, two tragic outcomes.

Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town’s Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment. In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear
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Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 10th 2015 by Dundurn
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Sue
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this second of the Stonechild/Rouleau series, after Cold Mourning: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery, Jacques Rouleau has moved from Ottowa to Kingston to take up a position leading the Criminal Investigation Division. This move also allows him to help out his aging father who has had some health issues. He has sent out messages to Stonechild letting her know a position is open for her on his team but she is in the wind, possibly spending time up North on the Reserve.

Meanwhile there is a murde
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I found this book very slow going and struggled to have it maintain my interest for very long. The synopsis held much promise but in reading the book I felt a strong lack of connection with both the plot and the characters. One of those books where I was straining to keep focus, you know the ones?

Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson
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Keira.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
**Thanks to Netgalley and Dundurn Press for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.**

It is rare that I read a book that makes me feel as though if I don't write my review the second I finish it the wonderfulness of it may escape me. This was one of those.

Yearning for a good whodunit, I requested this novel without knowing what to expect. It had been years since I read a detective novel. It would be unfair to say that this book exceeded my expectations since I we
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Sandy
Book #2 in this great series picks up where "Cold Mourning" left off.
Jacques Rouleau is now living in Kingston to be near his ailing father & heads up the small homicide squad. He kept a spot open for Det. Kala Stonechild & is rewarded when she comes to town & agrees to join the unit on a temporary basis. It's not long before they have their hands full.
Initially, there are 2 separate investigations. Della Munroe accuses her husband of domestic abuse & has the bruises to prove it.
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Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way has influenced my review

I did not read the first book in this series and since this book is book 2…it was a little difficult at first trying to figure out what was going on with the characters. MY BAD…

Jacques Rouleau is looking after his hill father. He moved closer to be with him and started a new job. He needs a new detective and being pushed to hire on fast. He wants his old pal Detective Kala Stone
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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A great sequel to Cold Mourning – written with a passion you can feel.

I am a great fan of this series. I loved Cold Mourning and I really enjoyed the quiet, calm and respectful protagonists Stonechild and Rouleau and the peaceful ambience of the locations; refreshing elements in this genre.

The narrative is complex and at its core is an issue that is eventually revealed and that ties all the threads together; it will pierce the heart of even the most world toughened reader (sorry no spo
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Judith Kalil
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great mystery with strong characters and a story that moves along at a good clip. I enjoyed reading each well-paced chapter of this book and did not want it to end. Bonus: a nice slice of Canadiana and it's number two in a series. It's hard to believe that a lot of these characters are not "real", they feel like they were plucked out from city and towns across Ontario, Canada.

This story unfolds in Kingston, Ontario and surrounding areas. The main characters are police officers investigating mur
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Carol
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book written by Brenda Chapman that I've read and I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series. Very well written and fast paced. It's just amazing how the seemingly random events dovetailed to be all connected with no sense of disbelief. I don't understand the title but perhaps missed something in the book since I read it pretty quickly. I'll have to research it to satisfy my own mind. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
Cindy
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series.
Joyce
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Jacques Rouleau has transferred to the Kingston homicide division. He is closer to his father, so he can care for him. He has kept an opening for Kala Stonechild to join him there for four months, but cannot get in contact with her. She is no longer in Ottawa, and is not responding to his phone calls. He is afraid he cannot hold the position any longer.

Leah Sampson, a college student and helpline worker, is murdered in her apartment. At the same time, a woman named Della Munroe has repor
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Teena in Toronto
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
Jacques Rouleau recently moved from Ottawa to be near his elderly father to head up Kingston's Criminal Investigations Division. He has a position open on his team and is hoping fellow police officer Kala Stonechild, who had worked for him in Ottawa, will take the job. She has gone off the grid for the last four months (she has gone home to Northern Ontario).

Leah is a university student and works part-time on an anonymous helpline. She is found murdered in her apartment ... did it have something
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Loretta
Apparently I didn't write a review for the first book in the chapter. I picked up that book (Cold Mourning) because I was looking for police procedurals/mysteries with female protagonists, and as an added bonus the book was set in Ottawa, where I live.

My recollection of Cold Mourning is I thought it was just okay - I was frustrated with too many POV characters and the mystery and how it was solved (my memory is admittedly thin on this) was not terribly well done. The story of Kala Stonechild, h
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Cathrine
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stonechild and Rouleau return in a new town and a new force

Rouleau’s father is recovering from foot surgery and he takes a job in Kingston to be closer to help shoring recovery. He offers Stonechild a job and when she stops by to check out the town a murder investigation pops up so she temporarily joins the Kingston investigation team.

There are multiple plot lines that intersect - murder of a worker at a college “help” line, assault of another worker at the “help” line, an Indian family with tr
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Supriya
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The narration in this book is stilted and the characters do not have any life.The author is trying to bring to life many cop protagonists and has not been able to breathe life into their characters. There is no character connect for the reader in it.Halfway through the book you realize where its leading you to.I was a little disappointed with this one.
Eve
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
I'm officially hooked on this series! I love the Canadian setting (Ottawa in Book 1 and Kingston in Book 2) and the multifaceted characters. I particularly enjoy series in which characters evolve, and this series seems to foot the bill.
Tracey
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Another installment in this series. Interesting detective, Kala Stonechild.
Jean Merritt
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book even more than Cold Mourning.
Marilyn
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love everything about this series. Just read it - you won't regret it!
Donna
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very one-dimensional character development, including shockingly negative stereotypes of Muslims.
Martha
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the quiet university town of Kingston, Ontario, a young woman is battered to death in her apartment. The ex-boyfriend who walked her home after her shift in the Queens University Help Line is the last person to see her alive. Naturally he is the prime suspect for her murder. At the same time, a woman is in hospital, accusing her husband of assault and rape. This soon turns into a murder investigation.

Staff sergeant, Jacques Rouleau, and his assistant Paul Gunderson are up to their backsides
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Georgiana
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
A good story spoiled. I wanted to like it more, but (a) I felt like I was being manipulated to feel certain ways about certain characters (which pretty much any novelist does, but with the good ones you don't know it), and (b) there were a number of factual inconsistencies, mostly about Kingston geography (although not all - apparently a certain retirement party happened on two different nights) that were jarring to read. So much for the "eagle-eyed editor". I finished it, but I can't say I'm in ...more
Laura
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a college student is brutally murdered, her co-workers in the office of the campus confidential helpline are scrutinized as possible suspects. Each of them has issues, but all claim they are not guilty. One of them is a troublemaker, one is possibly her married lover and one is an ex-boyfriend. There is always the possibility that one of the callers may have a secret worth killing for to keep it from seeing the light of day.

Simultaneously, police investigator Jacques Rouleau learns of anoth
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Darcia Helle
Butterfly Kills is a complex story with multiple plot lines and themes running throughout. While I respect the author's ambition here, I felt a lack of focus that made it difficult for me to stay emotionally connected.

The main character here seems to be Kala Stonechild, who we follow along as she investigates multiple cases. She is aloof and difficult to know. I was lost during some of the references to her past and her life situation. This might be due to the fact that I did not read the first
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Jen
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
In February, I read Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman and really liked the characters and the Canadian setting (a href="http://bookgarden.blogspot.com/2014/0... here).

I jumped at the chance to read Butterfly Kills, a new mystery featuring Kala Stonechild and Jacques Rouleau. Rouleau has moved to Kingston and is now head of the Criminal Investigation unit there. Distracted by his father's illness, confronted with a brutal murder and a spousal rape, the short-staffed Rouleau feels fortunate that th
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Nataly Trofimova
Cold Mourning made me itch to read the second book quick off the mark, which I immediately did. It happens all the time that the sequel doesn’t duplicate the success of the first book and I’m really glad that this is not the case. I liked the second book even more than the first one.
Sergeant Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and now heads the town’s Criminal Investigations Division. He has two cases to investigate: the university student Leah Sampson who worked at the hot li
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Vanessa Delamare
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
What's good in this book?

It will make you want to move to live in Kingston! It won't be a surprise to some, but I'm not a big fan of description (and even less landscapes!) In Butterfly Kills, descriptions are not ubiquitous, but so effective that they allow you to understand where the characters are located or feel their emotions (because yes, backwash soothe!) and I have to say that it is so well done that I really felt like buying a house by the lake!

The characters are well-written, engaging
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miss.mesmerized mesmerized
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two murders, no obvious link, but in the hands of the same crime investigation division. When student Leah Sampson is killed in her apartment, her fellow students and co-workers at a help line speculate that she was having an affair that turned out nastily. The death Della Munroe’s husband, who shortly before had raped her, seems to be much easier to solve: again he attacked his wife and child and in killing him, the young woman could protect the both of them. Kala Stonechild, new in the Kingsto ...more
Julie
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town's Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment. In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women's pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Kala Stonechild, one of Roulea ...more
Maria
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you kill a butterfly you will change someone's fate. That's what the proverb says, and maybe, just maybe, it's true.
The detectives Stonechild and Rouleau have two cases to investigate; the murder of Leah Sampron, a worker in a helpline at the university, and an abusive husband. Is there something more in these cases that what it seems at the beginning? Can Stonechild and Rouleau solve them before it's too late?

If a woman goes to the police and says that has an abusive husband, do they believe
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KSue
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What more could you want from a good mystery book? A First Nation policewoman, Kara Stonechild, with a mysterious past who likes to work alone and wants to find a place that she can settle down. A detective, Jacques Rouleau, who is intrigued with her and impressed with her skills, but worried about her reckless ways and how to integrate her into his department and solve his current murder case. That is quick view of Cold Mourning the first book in this series. Butterfly Kills, the next book is s ...more
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I'm an Ottawa author with 18 published novels in the mystery genre, both adult and YA. I am currently writing two adult mystery series: The Stonechild and Rouleau police procedurals from Dundurn include Cold Mourning (2014), which was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for crime novel of the year, Butterfly Kills, Tumbled Graves, Shallow End and Bleeding Darkness. Turning Secrets, 6th in the se ...more
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