When the body of a young single mother is found on a Canadian construction site, the death will affect all members of the Kingston Major Crimes Squad in ways both professional and personal.
In this sixth installment of the Stonechild and Rouleau series (Bleeding Darkness, 2018, etc.), there is enough turmoil in the squad to rival a soap opera. Staff Sgt. Rouleau, fresh from a stint as acting chief, is back as head of Major Crimes, but his romance with a reporter may lead to complications. Officer Kala Stonechild is doing her best to help her teenage foster niece, Dawn, who’s now living with her; and while Kala may be ready to move forward her romance with Officer Paul Gundersund, the reappearance of Paul's estranged wife poses another complication. Vanessa, one of Dawn’s friends at school, has grown distant since taking up with an older boyfriend. Does Vanessa know something about the murdered woman? The reappearance of Dawn’s ex-con father is a secret she’s afraid to share with Kala, which will have surprising consequences. Chapman does a competent, if not exciting, job of keeping all the storylines moving, and readers who are new to the series will for the most part be able to follow the current plot if missing some references to past events and people.
With a satisfying ending and a clever twist or two, Chapman ensures that her fans will look forward to the next installment.