Sitting Lady Sutra

Sitting Lady Sutra Sitting Lady Sutra Man s Character is His Fate The striking black and red cover for this textured crime novel is as compelling and complex as the story Vancouver Island author Kay Stewart has followed her first novel, A Deadly Little List, with a blockbuster second entry At William Head Institution near Victoria, British Columbia, robber Ritchie Taylor is getting released after fifteen years He s determined to turn his life around One reason is that his young daughter is on her way from Ontario for a reunion, much to the dissatisfaction of his obnoxious and estranged wife Pride swells in his chest as he wonders if this new bond can give long overdue meaning to his life A rough but endearing character, cursing as he masters the baking skills which he hopes will find him a permanent job, Ritchie enlivens the page with the heights and depths of the human condition Though other backsliding cons surround him at the halfway house, Ritchie is determined But despite the nail biting suspense, the girl never appears Six weeks later, Vancouver Island RCMP Constable Danutia Dranchuk in Serious Crimes has been haunted by her the demons of her last case where she was forced to defend herself with fatal consequences Her family s far away, she s on her own, and therapy has taken her only so far When the body of a young woman turns up at Sitting Lady Falls in Metchosin, a rural area near William Head, Danutia is assigned to a task force to discover if the tragedy is related to the work of a serial killer identified as Handy Dan Marginalized young Aboriginal women have been found mutilated, much to the concern of those who prize Canada s Caribbean as a pristine tourist destination With slender leads, the case is going cold Danutia has a challenge dealing with the testy female officer in charge, who resents her intrusion into another jurisdiction She s also confused by her conflicting feelings for McPherson, a gentle coroner and birder who can identify a kingfisher while he s en route to certifying a body in the bush A third tableaux involves the family of Danutia s friend and mentor, Corporal Surinder Sharma, who has invited her to celebrate the Hindu festival of Dussehra alongside the Canadian Thanksgiving His large family includes his traditional mother still mourning the long ago mysterious death of her granddaughter , his sons and daughter, and a recent young cousin from Ontario from a mixed marriage Oddly enough, his son and the cousin were in the vicinity where the girl disappeared Time and place will make them unwilling participants Stewart s literary background shines in this breakout novel Here s one elegiac reason tourists visit the magical island The Sitting Lady Falls adjusted her watery skirts and settled to a soothing murmur for the night She was dressed lightly in her summer finery, a fine mist swathing her head and shoulders, thin ribbons of water tumbling into the quiet pool below But a storm is about to break as this placid scene turns to horror With the finesse of a Blondin, Stewart walks the finest line between poetry, passion, and pity Multiple points of view can often blur the focus, but here the transition is seamless, maintaining a perfect orientation Whether the determined and frustrated Danutia is on the case, or Ritchie is blinking at the ugly twist of fate, or the young student Sunil Sharma contemplates his own life falling to pieces, there is never a misstep A fatal convergence, not merely of the twain, but of several ironic turns of events will unite the stories in a masterful denouement This is a complex novel with rich layers of plot and characters reflecting the Canadian multicultural stage Stewart moves with feline grace from the persona of a hard case felon to a grizzled veteran in the force to a balky teenager and back to a constable still learning on the job The clever title combines the name of the famous island falls with the concept of a sutra, which is a principle, rule of conduct, or a collection Standing taller with each book as she s baptised by fire, Danutia deserves a promotion up the ladder to Inspector as soon as possible The rich layers of her past lay tempting hints about her development in the coming books. Synopsis RCMP Constable Dranchuk investigates a mysterious death at Sitting Lady Falls. Opening sentence RCMP Constable Danutia Dranchuk pinned another crime scene photo to the board, this one showing Esther Mike s distorted face, her eyes and neck bulging from the red ribbon used to strangle her.More than a mystery, Sitting Lady Sutra is a culturally fascinating tale of families forced apart and drawn together by violent crimes While the investigation into a serial killer forms the backdrop for this novel set in 1996 Victoria, BC, the characters and their interactions are the greater draw Constable Dranchuk is intent on proving herself as Special Investigator into the serial killings of Aboriginal women while maintaining an unspoken rivalry with Corporal Farrell and a guilty avoidance of her parents phone calls Ex con Ritchie, torn between hope and fear over his daughter s whereabouts, is putting off phoning her mother for fear of what he might hear Surinder Sharma juggles his fractious sons, furious mother, and conflicted, half Anglo niece in between mentoring Danutia through her investigation Troubled Trav is watching his mother die of cancer and drink Behind them are other ex cons, other cops, parks workers, party people, Aboriginals young and old, all going about their lives while Sitting Lady Falls rush and ebb with the cycles of seasonal rainfall, and the Gorge waterway seduces the unwary with its deceptively smooth surface, and death walks among them.While the natural waterways flow through the story, racism runs like a sewer through the lives of these characters It is balanced by the beauty of Emily Carr s art and by delicately performed cultural rituals This feels like a much larger story than is contained in the slim hardback put out by Touchwood I look forward to reading the next in the series, Unholy Rites, in hopes of resolution to some of the issues haunting Corporal Dranchuk both personally and professionally. Kay Stewart s writing style is fresh, natural, and descriptive In Sitting Lady Sutra, she effortlessly draws the reader into the story and makes her characters both real and sympathetic Constable Danutia Dranchuk of the RCMP is a complex woman, as most people are, and we get to unravel her like a well wrapped present in this book Her colleague, Sharma, and his family are fascinating and likeable, while all the characters who weave in and out of the plot are just as compelling The plot keeps the reader turning the pages, but the characters and the setting are the keys for me I fell in love with them and cannot wait to read I am going back to read the first novel in this series, A Deadly Little List, and I look forward to the third in the installment Another great Canadian mystery that explores our cultural sensibilities and displays our gorgeous country RCMP Constable Danutia Dranchuk Is Investigating A Mysterious Death At Sitting Lady Falls The Evidence She Gathers Points To Three Separate Stories, Leaving Her With Questions Than Answers Is This Murder Connected To Two Earlier Killings Of Aboriginal Women Are All Three The Work Of The Same Killer Some Of The Details Are Hitting A Little Too Close To Home, And Danutia Is Forced To Examine Her Friendship With Forensics Head Corporal Surinder Sharma And His FamilyDeftly Woven Into Danutia S Investigation Are The Stories Of Two Other Characters Parolee Ritchie Taylor Fears That The Unidentified Body From The Waterfall Is His Estranged Daughter S, Who Was Supposed To Meet Him After His Release From Prison, But Never Showed Awkward Busboy Trav Can T Seem To Help Behaving SuspiciouslyAuthor Kay Stewart Pulls The Threads Together In An Unexpected And Dramatic Resolution At Sitting Lady Falls Also Available In Hardcover

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[BOOKS] ✬ Sitting Lady Sutra  ✮ Kay L. Stewart –
  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Sitting Lady Sutra
  • Kay L. Stewart
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 9781926741239

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