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“[Coel is] a master.”—Tony Hillerman
“[A] vivid voice for the West.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Coel’s work has a maturity that comes from years of honing the writing craft…Her characters are not clichés, but real people who are imbued with the richness of their Indian heritage.”—The Denver Post
“As always, Coel is excellent in painting a realistic, non-sentimental portrait of the Arapahos.”—Daily Camera
“[A] tautly written, compelling mystery, grounded in and sympathetic to the Arapaho culture.”—The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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- File size : 830 KB
- Publication date : September 6, 2016
- Publisher : Berkley (September 6, 2016)
- Print length : 302 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0191WS018
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #265,129 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Vicky, who has a penchant for running towards danger instead of away from it, immediately begins to investigate. Why would Cliff be murdered over an adoption case?
Meanwhile a young woman at the Indian mission is probing a nineteenth-century mystery. Shannon is the niece of Father John, who runs the mission. She's writing her dissertation about Lizzie Brokenhorn, who was captured by Indians in 1865 and lived her whole life as an Arapaho.
Lizzie was a real person, and the capture of white settlers by Indians is a fascinating piece of American history. Coel makes clever use of it in her intricate plot.
Father John and Vicky are trying to keep apart from each other in this book, although they are trying to help many of the same people. If you've been following the series, you know that these two love each other, with Father's John's dedication to the priesthood an insurmountable barrier to their love.
Readers who know their story will get the most enjoyment from this book. If you jump into the series here, the relationship between priest and lawyer may be harder to appreciate. They've solved many cases and survived perilous situations together. I recommend the whole series for the interest of the cases, the exposure to Arapaho culture, and the romantic tension between Vicky and Father John.
The reason I gave this only a three is that it felt too much like Coel's previous novels, so much so that I still haven't finished the book. Why is it that Vicki always ends up being pushed into a relationship by a handsome but usually arrogant and controlling man? Aren't there any decent single men who are not priests would be interested in Vicki? Vicki's troublesome relations with men no longer seems like an interesting plot device. The plot development is very similar to Coel's previous novels. So much so that it felt like kind of a mix and match from parts taken from the earlier novels. I lost interest about a third of the way into the book and still have not returned to it.
But again, if you've never read any of Margaret Coles books, he would probably rate this book higher than a three out of five.
world, without making judgments about the historical reality of what happened to the Plains Indians. Her stable of characters are at once familiar and more revealing. Coel is not writing a romance novel, but the tension that is always present between the Mission priest and the Arapaho
lawyer is worthy of one. She manages to walk that fine line between a realistic physical and emotional attraction and the hopelessness of it.