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"Tony Hillerman calls Margaret Coel 'a master' of her craft. It is no wonder. [She] brings Native Americans to the fictional frontier in a way that honors the genre."The Denver Post

"Coel masterfully interweaves modern mysteries with the richness of Native American history and creates multilayered relationships in the larger tapestry of community life."Ventura (CA) County Star

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Now widely considred the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman's legacy."Scripps Howard News Service

"A great storyteller."The Daily Oklahoman

About the Author

Margaret Coel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the acclaimed Wind River Mystery novels featuring Father John O’Malley and Vicky Holden, including Buffalo Bill's Dead Now and The Spider's Web, as well as the Catherine McLeod Mysteries, including The Perfect Suspect ,and several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425265544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425265543
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Coel is the author of four nonfiction books and many articles on the people and places of the American West. Her work has won national and regional awards. Her first John O'Malley mystery, The Eagle Catcher, was a national bestseller, garnering excellent reviews from the Denver Post, Tony Hillerman, Jean Hager, Loren D. Estleman, Stephen White, Earlene Fowler, Ann Ripley and other top writers in the field. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Beaverson on October 1, 2013
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I have been a fan of this author for many years. This collection of short stories is a change of pace from what I have previously read by Ms. Coel. Many take place on the Wind River Reservation with the familiar characters of Vicky and Father John. But there are other locales in some of the stories, too. There are also 2 essays at the end of the book. Those alone were worth the price of the book. They are an interesting look into writing and specifically how this author gets her ideas, writes, researches. I loved the personal touch of these essays. I loved the nod to the author of An Unfinished Life, too, one of my favorites, in book and film. I'm not usually much of a short story reader, but each and every one in this book kept me interested and wanting more. All in all, I loved this book. Hated to see it end. Bravo, Ms. Coel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on January 15, 2014
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This anthology opens with ten short stories, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. The two protagonists of the Wind River Mystery series, Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley, grace each one of the stories. And then there is the ironic novella, “Molly Brown and Cleopatra’s Diamond,” describing how a newly rich woman crashes Denver society. Molly was a real-life person, wife of J.J. Brown, who struck it rich finding a mother lode of gold in what everyone thought was only a source for silver, and grew this stake into a larger fortune through business acumen.

Additional short stories, under the general heading “Stories from Beyond,” ironic tales basically with a mystery twist, some featuring Vicki and the Father, and one other involving Molly Brown, continue until the anthology concludes with two personal essays. The first, an introspective and informative look at how a story is born: from the germ of an idea or fact developed through an author’s imagination; the other, an interesting look at the author’s approach to writing based in the history and characters of the West and its past. The author’s highly respected, well-written novels in the Wind River series are illustrative of the themes of the two essays, based in the present, mysteries steeped in the past Arapaho culture and history.

These stories were written over a long period, from 1997 to2011, and were published in a variety of media. The collection is a valuable addition to anyone’s library, and is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KEY55 on August 3, 2013
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I like Margaret Coel's Wind River mysteries--read all the books--so was excited to see this new offering. I am a fan of short stories so this fit the bill. A few times I felt the stories were rushed to a pat ending, but then, that may be due to the fact I am used to novel-length mysteries. It's Coel in her element with Fr. John and Vicky fuguring it all out in the end! I enjoyed the stories while waiting for her next full-length Wind River tale!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mabry on February 3, 2014
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I own and have read all her novels and really appreciate the short story format of this book. I always have time to read a couple of the short stories and enjoy not having to wait to see who did it and why!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra on August 12, 2014
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This book has a very interesting but different format. It is a collection of short stories and a couple of essays. I was glad that my favorite conflicted characters, Father John and Vicky Holden were included in the stories, sometimes separately, sometimes together. I feel that some of the short stories left me hanging, but then short stories often do that to the reader. I enjoyed the new character, Molly Brown, introduced in a couple of the stories. She is a character from Colorado's 1850's gold rush fevered past who has a sharp intelligence and a taste for adventure and setting things right. She also desires to climb Denver's social ladder. I especially enjoyed and appreciated Coel's two essays. They gave me a real look into the world of the writer; how and why she writes what she writes and what are her muses. She explains her love of history, especially of the West and how she likes to include the past in her stories of the present. Yes, her method does create interesting stories. Coel is a true woman of the West as her story subjects reveal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dukeofvikings on February 18, 2014
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I have read all of the Wind River mysteries. Every single one. And as such, I've become quite familiar with Ms. Coel's style, her rhythm, her pacing, the way she uses the language. Reading some of these stories left me wondering who the author of them actually is. Some just didn't feel like Margaret Coel. Frankly, some were written very amateurishly. Maybe by Ms. Coel when she was a sophomore in college. Having just finished "Killing Custer", the stylistic differences were notable.
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"Watching Eagles Soar" is a collection of short stories by author Margaret Coel, a historian and expert on the Arapahos. She is best known for her Father John O'Malley and Vicky Holden mysteries, and also for the Catherine McLeod mystery series. This book includes several short stories, a novella, and two essays. The collection is filled with exciting tales of adventure, love, and the old West. Some of the stories are set in the past, but even those set in the present touch on the colorful history of the West.

My favorite stories in the book are the Arapaho Ten Commandments stories, which were previously published in limited hardback editions. This is the first time these stories have been available to many of Coel's fans. The stories feature Father John O'Malley, a priest at the St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, an Arapaho lawyer who grew up on the Wind River Reservation. Some of the stories have obvious tie-ins to the corresponding commandment, but some of the connections aren't as obvious. These stories take place in the present with themes ranging from revenge to loyalty and protecting your family, but all are entertaining. Father John and Vicky have worked together for several years on a wide variety of cases, including divorces, accidents, adoptions, and murders. Theirs is a unique friendship, but they make an excellent team, looking out for the legal and spiritual interests of the Arapaho.

In addition to the Ten Commandment stories, I really enjoyed the short story and novella featuring "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and her sleuthing during Colorado's gold rush. Molly is a fun main character who won't give up until she gets to the truth of any matter. I also like the story called "Yellow Roses" about a determined widow in gold country.
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