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Bleeding Darkness

(Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery #5)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Two murders, fourteen years apart, both shrouded in secrets.

David McKenna lies dying in a Kingston hospital, his children gathered from across the country to say a final goodbye. But the family reunion opens old wounds. David’s only daughter, Lauren, never recovered from the unsolved murder of her high school best friend fourteen years earlier — or the suspicion that her b
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Published June 12th 2018 by Dundurn
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Whoo-hoo…book #5 has cemented this series as one of my faves. There’s always a well plotted police investigation to puzzle out while you catch up with the MC’s personal lives & that combination continues here.

The book synopsis sums up the investigative angle. One cold case, one fresh body. Both are connected to one of the most dysfunctional families you’ll come across. It’s clear early on that the recently deceased patriarch kept a big secret from the rest of them & as they gather at hi
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest in the Stonechild and Rouleau series picks up with the same characters a few months after the action of the last volume. The primary people are in the same places except that Rouleau is now acting head of the department. His superior essentially ran off with his mistress for an undetermined length of time so Rouleau is removed from day to day police work and is full time pushing paper.

Meanwhile, a local family has gathered from around the country as the father is nearing death. The f
Breakaway Reviewers
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant murder/mystery fleshed out to perfection

Bleeding Darkness is one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read because each unit of characters has an interesting life story, all of which make up the whole picture of the book.

The McKenna family, David and Evelyn, with their three children, Tristan, Adam and Lauren, are the centre of the plot. The McKennas have never recovered from the unsolved murder of Lauren’s friend and Tristan’s girlfriend Zoe Delgado. Fourteen years later they gath
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 5 in the Stonechild and Rouleau series. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite set of crime solvers. Set in Canada this story involves two murders 14 years apart. It is more crime investigation than graphic violence. Three siblings return to Kingston, Ontario as their father lay dying in the hospital. He confesses a terrible crime to his daughter, Lauren. Several days later ,Lauren's sister in law is murdered. As Stonechild and Rouleau work on solving this new murder the past ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Dundurn for an advance copy of Bleeding Darkness, the fifth novel to feature Canadian detectives Kala Stonechild and Jacques Rouleau.

As David McKenna lies dying his dysfunctional family returns to Kingston to say their final goodbyes. This difficult time is overshadowed by the disappearance of his pregnant daughter-in-law, Vivian, and when her body is found close to where Zoë Delgado's body was found 14 years ago all eyes turn to Tristan as Vivian's husband an
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read book 3 in this series but have not read book 4 yet. I felt I missed some things and I noticed it in this book. I believe I really like the character, Kala Stonechild. I would read these books in order for this series to make the most sense. All in all, it was a pretty good suspense mystery book for me. "This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review."
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

David McKenna is in the hospital dying. His family has come home to see him. David and his neighbor Boris Orlov have a secret. Boris and his wife Antonia are from the war torn years of Romania. They moved to Canada in 1990 following the deaths of the brutal dictator and his wife there.

When his four-month pregnant daughter-in-law Vivian goes missing, the police in the form of Kala Stonechild and Paul Gundersund are called in to investigate. Her husband, Tristan McKenna is still under susp
Hannelore Cheney
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Dundurn for the eARC.
What a fantastic book this is, I loved it. Set in my beloved Canada, this series has become one of my favorites and I'm thankful for the chance to read it.
The main character, Kala Stonechild, an indigenous Canadian, is one of the most interesting and likeable characters in mystery fiction. Her story is threaded through the series and she is once again looking after her niece Dawn, their relationship getting stronger and stronger.
When the McKenna famil
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you Netgalley and Dundurn for the eARC of this fantastic book, set in my beloved Canada.
Featuring Kala Stonechild, the indigenous Canadian detective who is the protagonist in the whole series, is busy looking after her niece Dawn, strengthening their relationship nicely, while working on the case of a strangled pregnant woman, who was in town visiting her dying father-in-law, David McKenna. Her husband is immediately the no.1 suspect. 14 Years prior his ex-girlfriend was murdered and he wa
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I did like where this book went in the direction it did. The only thing I would suggest is you may want to read this book in order first. I felt that I did miss a lot of different small things that Stonechild had gone through and it seemed to play a role in this book.

A murder happened fourteen years ago in this town and the cops had a suspect but really couldn't pin it on the boyfriend. When the
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
I enjoyed this fifth installment in the series but not as much as the previous entries. One reason is that I believe there were way too many descriptions of winter scenes (snow, storms, shoveling, etc.). I know we live in Canada and winters are harsh but still.

The second reason is that the characters are moving forward very slowly. As I was reading, I felt that the author was settling in for a long haul, which I never enjoy. This is a series, and characters develop over time, but I dislike when
Candice Collver
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The characters story lines were intriguing. Couldn’t put this book down! If you like murder mysteries this ones for you! A Canadian author to boot :)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been reading this crime series from the start, and can’t say enough how much I like the series for its twisty plots that keep you guessing and character-driven drama both on the police force and among the family affected by each crime. Bleeding Darkness definitely had me guessing to the end; I love a good mystery where every character seems to fall under suspicion and it ends up being the one you least suspected after all. It’s also nice to see the direction of Kala and her niece Dawn’s rel ...more
Joanne Hurley
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review "Bleeding Darkness" by Brenda Chapman.
This is the fifth book in the series featuring Jacques Rouleau and Kala Stonechild - two of the most likeable characters to come along since Louise Penny's Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir - the main characters in this murder(s) mystery set, once again, in Kingston, Ontario Canada.
This time there are two mysteries - one from years ago and one current. Both feature the McKenna fa
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing.

The story is good, which has been the case throughout this series. However, the writing is poor. The author includes an overabundance of wordage that contributes nothing but fluff. This story would have been better served as a novella.
Julie Ferguson
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brenda Chapman is one of my favourite mystery authors and I was delighted to read this fourth book in the Stonechild and Rouleau series. That they are all set in Canada is a bonus.
Disclosure: Dundurn is my publisher too, but I write nonfiction.

As grown children gather at their dying father's bedside in Kingston, ON, the pregnant wife of one of his sons is found murdered. His only daughter had never recovered from her best friend's murder fourteen years previously.
Chapman has deftly twined the tw
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
I enjoy this series more and more with each book. We are now up to the 5th instalment and the mystery is once again intriguing and clever and the characters continue to develop and hold your interest. I particularly like the Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal settings and that the mysteries are compelling without gratuitous violence and gore. This series should be read in order.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book in this series and although, I didn’t know the history of the characters, I was able to follow along in this suspenseful mystery and get inside the family dramatics. I felt the novel was a slow burn, building in intensity and like most families, there were some individuals that I found more likable than others. I liked how the author showed me the many sides of some of these individuals by the time I finished the novel, as it helped me see the errors of my thinking and it m ...more
Teena in Toronto
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
As David lies dying in the hospital, his family gathers in Kingston, ON, to say good-bye ... along with his wife, Evelyn, are his daughter, Lauren, from Toronto, his son, Tristan, and his wife, Vivian, from Edmonton, and his son, Adam, and his wife, Mona, from Vancouver. The family is still living under the shadow of the unsolved murder of Tristan's high school girlfriend, Zoe, years ago ... many think Tristan did it because Zoe had broken up with him. When Vivian is found murdered shortly after ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The fifth installment in the marvelous Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery series, Bleeding Darkness by Brenda Chapman is a superb police procedural. This latest release can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend the entire series.

David McKenna is dying and Evelyn has summoned their three children Adam, Lauren and Tristan to say their final goodbyes. Lauren is unmarried and although her relationship with Evelyn is fractious, she adores her father. Her older brother Adam is the gold
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author does a good job of balancing and interweaving a number of subplots. At the center is the McKenna family. In the first chapter, dad David is dying and his children Tristan, Lauren and Adam have gathered to be with him. We learn from one of David’s dreams that he has some connection to the death of Zoe Delgado 15 years before. Tristan had been dating Zoe and was suspected by the police (and most of the neighbors) of being the murderer. Zoe’s brother Matt was dating Lauren but the relati ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read - This is one of my all time favourite series and somehow I think each new book just keeps getting better than the previous one. While each book has a good plot line and fine police investigations the personal and family situations of all the main characters are even more important and interesting and I always look forward to catching up on the latest personal situation in the lives of Kala, Dawn, Jacques and Paul. It was also kind of neat how Jacques managed to handle the attempted da ...more
Judith Kalil
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
A very enjoyable book and a thoroughly enjoyable series. I look forward to every installment and this one did not disappoint. I love, love, love a mystery and part of the enjoyment is the twist and turns, the elements of surprise, without ridiculous blindsides. Bleeding Darkness was satisfying in terms of the story lines and my beloved characters and their relationships with friends, family and coworkers. To the author's credit, all the characters feel authentic and genuine; the regulars of cour ...more
Joe Berney
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i give this book a 4.5

Another good book of twists and turns in this edition of the series. As usual there are a long list of suspect in Brenda’s series. The book left a good story line into the next book and am looking forward to it.
I didn’t clue into Mona being the killer of Vivian but I started to piece together the killer of Zoe in the second half of the book. I suspected the Orlovs played a role in one of the two murders.
I’m very much likening the direction Brenda is taking the characters
Grace Koshida
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As David McKenna lies dying in a Kingston, Ontario hospital, his dysfunctional family members return to say a final goodbye. But before David dies, son Tristan’s pregnant wife Vivian disappears and the Major Crimes Unit is called in to help find her. Then a woman's strangled body is found frozen on the Rideau Trail and her murder reopens old wounds. Daughter Lauren's best friend Zoe Delgado had been killed fourteen years ago and the case was never solved. Suspicions have remained that Zoe's ex-b ...more
Melyssa Winchester
This series and this author is easily becoming one of my favorites. I'm so glad I came across her in the public library because now that I've started, I'm going back for more, especially as it pertains to this series, and even if I'm reading them all out of order.
Which, on that point, I've found that in doing it this way, I'm not really missing out on much. I still get the dynamics between officers here, as well as relationships, and how they all work together as well as work on their own. I en
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I love this book series...

14 years ago Zoe, Lauren’s best friend and her brother Tristan’s girlfriend, was murdered in Kingston. Tristan was suspected but never accused or convicted of the murder and eventually Lauren, Tristan’s, and their brother Adam free up and moved away. The6 are all back in town now because their father, David, is dying, and their mother, Evelyn, has called them together.

And there is another murder. Of another woman Tristan is I. A relationship with, his pre
Kathleen Gray
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific procedural! I've only read a one previous book in this series but that wasn't a problem because Chapman framed the characters so perfectly. The McKennas are a way messed up family, with the exception of Lauren, and their secrets and lies have ruined lives across generations. The story is told in alternating voices- Lauren's and even better, that of Kala Stonechild. What a wonderful and interesting person she is. And determined. Rouleau is not as present this time around due to ci ...more
Wendy Hearder-moan
I worked out the identity of the murderers before they were revealed, but still enjoyed seeing how the plot would develop and also how the relationships among the parties would evolve. In a way this read like a “happily ever after” scenario, but there is a dark thread left hanging, involving Fisher DuMont. I kept waiting for something bad to happen, but that seemed to fizzle out or maybe it’s just on the back burner for now. Also still wondering when Woodhouse will get his come-uppance and who w ...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

Other books in the series

Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery (6 books)
  • Cold Mourning (Stonechild and Rouleau, #1)
  • Butterfly Kills (Stonechild and Rouleau, #2)
  • Tumbled Graves (Stonechild and Rouleau, #3)
  • Shallow End (Stonechild and Rouleau, #4)
  • Turning Secrets (Stonechild and Rouleau, #6)
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