Friday, September 9, 2016

Winter’s Child {+ Giveaway}

WINTER’S CHILD by Margaret Coel
◊ Series: Wind River Mystery, Book #20
◊ Hardcover: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425280322
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425280324


          Margaret Coel’s New York Times bestselling series continues as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley discover that a centuries-old mystery is tied to a modern-day crime on the Wind River Reservation…
In the midst of a blizzard, Myra and Eldon Little Shield found an abandoned baby on their doorstep and brought her inside. Five years later, no one has come back to claim the little girl now known as Mary Anne Little Shield. But now that she’s old enough to start school, her foster parents fear social services will take her—a white child—away from them.
Determined to adopt Mary Anne, the Little Shields hire lawyer Clint Hopkins, who wants Vicky as co-counsel on the case. But before their meeting can take place, a black truck deliberately runs Hopkins down in the street.
Enlisting Father John to help investigate who would kill to stop the child’s adoption, Vicky unravels a connection between the five-year-old girl and a missing alcoholic Arapaho wanted for robbery—only to uncover one of the darkest secrets in Wind River’s history…

Author Margaret Coel gives readers a good blend of how Native Americans and the Caucasian world relate to one another in her Wind River Mystery series. She takes readers deep into the lives of Native Americans and their way of life as she shows the white man’s world around them.

A portion of WINTER’S CHILD has a basis in real events making the story even more plausible. The reader is drawn into a number of storylines that intersect several times before coming together in an electrifying conclusion. Coel artfully moves between past and present to make a well-balanced tale.

The characters are realistic, likable and well-developed. The story moves at a quick pace holding your attention with twists and unexpected surprises. The Wind River Reservation and surrounding area are brought to life through Coel’s vivid descriptions and rich details.

Filled with suspense and intrigue, this story can be read on its own. Mystery buffs will enjoy the doubt Coel weaves into her story along with a good dose of loyalty, friendship and a touch of romance.

Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel, A Wind River Mystery (Book #20), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425280324, Hardcover, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of WINTER’S CHILD by Margaret Coel to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Sept. 18.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy stories that feature Native Americans and their traditions? 

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  1. It sounds wonderful.
    I am always intrigued with exploration of how different cultures co-exist. Or don't.

  2. I enjoy this series. At one of the first writer's events I ever went to, I met her. She had such presence that I knew the moment she came in who she was, yet I'd never read one of her books at that point.

  3. I've only read 3 or 4 books in this series and they are terrific!

  4. Adoptions are sticky enough without adding murder.

    Apparently I do like stories that involve Indians since I'm publishing one in November.

  5. Margaret Coel is so talented. I'm very glad you're featuring her work today, Mason! And this one looks like a great read. Thanks.

  6. I've never read this author. I would love to start with this book. It sounds really good! Thank you!

  7. This novel sounds captivating. Books featuring Native Americans are fascinating.

  8. Another one for my list. I am intrigued by the Native Americans and by the way Longmire will be back on Netflix this month. I'm so glad they picked up the series.

  9. Sounds like an interesting read! I enjoy books that have some basis in reality.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week. Have a nice weekend!

    Yvonne V

  10. I think it would be wonderful if we all knew just a little more about the native people of this continent. Thanks very much for the chance to win this book.

  11. I really enjoy this author's books. Must say that I have not come across many writers who give so much insight into the modern concerns and relationship between Indian and Caucasian culture.


  12. Sounds like an interesting story! I've never heard of Margaret Coel, but she sounds very accomplished.

  13. I love reading about Native Americans and their traditions, as well as the stories behind the traditions.


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