Altogether, Butterfly Kills is a very satisfying novel
What makes this mystery most interesting are the tightly knit details. Chapman never tips her hand as she presents readers with a wide-open field of suspects. For the majority of the novel, the list of potential culprits is lengthy, and the author skillfully deploys twists and decoys to misdirect us, while also dropping tiny clues to help make the final reveal seem perfectly logical.
Quill & Quire
This novel is well-paced and well-plotted…the book also smartly sets up some subplots that will no doubt carry the series forward.
This novel is beautifully written, the plot is expertly crafted, and the characters are complex and well drawn.
Butterfly Kills is another Stonechild and Rouleau mystery by Brenda Chapman whose impressive abilities in crafting memorable characters embedded in a complex mystery/suspense tale of unexpected twists and surprising turns results in a compellingly entertaining read from beginning to end.
By the final chapter, Chapman has established the grounds for further entries in the series. Readers of crime fiction, especially Canadian ones who find local settings and concerns often hard to find in their favourite genre should be pleased to hear it.
Chapman provides a fine balance between the minutiae of police work and the characters' complex personal lives. It's a story that is highly readable from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to Stonechild's next adventure.
In Butterfly Kills, Brenda Chapman has written a gripping and disturbing sequel to Cold Mourning.
A wonderfully knitted suspense filled with secrets, life, crime, and working hard to solve cases.
Futures Mystery Magazine