Sep 8, 2017

Book Review: Winter's Child by Margaret Coel

Winter's Child: A Wind River Mystery by Margaret Coel, September 6, 2016,  courtesy of Berkley
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley discover a centuries-old mystery tied to a modern day crime on the Wind River Reservation.

Plot: An Arapaho couple hire an attorney, Clint Hopkins, to help them adopt a child they had been caring for over five years. The child had been left as an infant on their doorstep and the couple had taken her in. But while working on the adoption case, the attorney is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run, and Vicky Holden steps in to solve a crime involving the past and the mystery of the child.

My comments: The book has an intriguing and suspenseful plot. It appears to be a straightforward request from the lawyer, Clint Hopkins, to Vicky, asking her to be a cocounsel in the adoption of a five-year-old girl by an Arapaho couple. But the case quickly involves murder, and Vicky is left on her own to solve the mystery. The ending, which I won't give away, is not a clear cut solution, but realistic.

My rating: 5/5

Book beginning:

Snow had fallen all day, dense cotton fluff that cocooned the brick bungalow in a white world and obscured the small sign: Vicky Holden, Attorney at Law. Now the snow dissolved into a white dusk as Vicky drove through the side streets of Lander, tires bumping over ruts and ridges. The heater kicked into gear, and warm air streamed into the frosty cold that gripped the Ford. She hunched over the steering wheel. She was late.

Page 56:

 "Come on, Uncle John." She stopped in her tracks and was looking up at him. "No one in my generation believes in fairy tales. Ever after just doesn't happen. It never did, really. Your generation was the last to cling to that belief...."

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12 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Love the sound of this one! The beginning brought me right into the freezing atmosphere, which feels good to me, suffering from heat. LOL.

Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING”

Brian Joseph said...

I like the beginning. I like descriptions of weather at the beginning of a book. Anyone who has driven in cold weather can also relate to the car related stuff.

Harvee said...

I am not ready for that snowy scenario as yet though!

Harvee said...

I agree it's a good beginning. Sets the time and introduces the main character, Vicky.

fredamans said...

That beginning has some beautiful writing in it!! Pulled me right in! Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Thanks for sharing. Happy Hopping!

Harvee said...

Almost makes you miss winter...Not!

Harvee said...

Thanks for visiting!

Suko said...

This book does sound intriguing and suspenseful. Thanks for sharing some parts of it. Our weather has been a bit cooler lately, but not certainly not cold. Enjoy your weekend, Harvee!

Harvee said...

She's a good writer, Suko. Have a great weekend!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

This sounds suspenseful and perfect for fall.

Harvee said...

Or winter too!

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