About the Whodunit Book Club

Whodunit Book Club has met in its present location for almost seventeen years! If you would like to join us, our meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month (except December).
We meet at the Chapters Store located at 41 MicMac Blvd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Phone (902) 466-1640

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Whodunit Book Club - November 25, 2014

The last Whodunit Book Club gathering of 2014!   Fourteen members attended and were treated to Christmas sweets thanks to our coordinator Pam.

Our book this month was "Cold Mourning" by Brenda Chapman and published by Dundurn Press.  Set in Canada's capital city during the week leading up to Christmas, it was a perfect novel to read this time of year.

The novel opens in 1995 in northern Canada where two young First Nations girls have accepted a lift from a stranger.  An action which brings about tragic and traumatic consequences for them both.
Skip ahead to chapter one and Kala Stonechild has just accepted a position on a special task force of the Ottawa police.  The reader immediately assumes that Kala is one of the two girls mentioned in the prologue.   Her name is apt.  Stonechild, a loner,  reveals little of herself.

The unit she is working for is headed by Jacques Rouleau.  A fair man, likeable and plagued with torment in both his private and professional life.  The others on her squad are wary of Kala at first but seem to develop a healthy respect for her as time goes by.

The first day on the job they are assigned a case of a missing Ottawa business man.  Their goal is to find him and have him home in time for Christmas.   Things are never as simple as they are at first glance and the squad are foiled at every turn.  When the businessman's body is found in the trunk of his car after he has frozen to death they have a plethora of suspects.  A highly dysfunctional family, some murky business deals and even murkier business partners.

The mystery was very well written with just the right amount of great descriptions and several plausible red herrings.   There were a lot of characters in the novel but the characters were so well drawn that the reader didn't become confused for a second.  The protagonists were engaging and likeable.   Tragic relationships abounded.

One grievance most of the Whodunit readers had with the book was the poor editing.  There were several typos, grammar errors and inconsistencies that were jarring and interrupted the flow of the otherwise faultless narrative.

"Cold mourning", the first in the Stonechild and Rouleau mystery series, is the first novel to employ a female First Nations sleuth in Canadian fiction! 
The 14 Whodunit Book Club members in attendance rated the novel out of a possible 10 points.   The average score was 7.5 out of 10 with two votes of a perfect ten among them.

"Butterfly Kills", the second novel in the series will be released on January 10, 2015.

The six lucky winners of book giveaways this evening were:
1. Nancy
2. Brenda
3. Laird
4. Heather
5. Gaye
6. Cathy

Congratulations all!

Whodunit will not have a meeting in December.  Our next Whodunit Book Club will be on January 27, 2015 when we will discuss "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (aka J.D. Rowling)