Sitting Lady Sutra by Kay Stewart

Sitting Lady Sutra

byKay Stewart

Kobo ebook | September 6, 2011

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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 more 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 family.

Deftly 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 suspiciously.

Author Kay Stewart pulls the threads together in an unexpected and dramatic resolution at Sitting Lady Falls.

Title:Sitting Lady SutraFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926741412

ISBN - 13:9781926741413


Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 to Detective as soon as possible. The rich layers of her past lay tempting hints about her development in the coming books.
Date published: 2011-02-24