Killing Custer

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2013 - Fiction - 309 pages
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In her pulse-pounding mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel interweaves authentic Native American culture and history with modern-day suspense. In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are caught between two cultures that won't let go of the past?and a killer who won't leave any witnesses?

The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new rodeo season. The main spectacle this year is the appearance of Colonel Edward Garrett?a spot-on impersonator of General George Armstrong Custer?and a troop of men acting as the ill-fated Seventh Cavalry.

The problem is they are being followed by a group of Arapaho warriors from the Wind River Reservation, who proceed to encircle Garrett and his men in a ?dare ride” just to remind them exactly who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But when the ride is over, history seems to have repeated itself: Garrett is dead in the street with a bullet hole in his chest.

No one is sure what happened, but public sentiment quickly turns against the Arapaho?and the prime suspect is Colin Morningside, a descendant of Crazy Horse. When a local attorney connected to Morningside disappears, the accusations only grow stronger.

Father John O'Malley knows in his heart the Arapaho are not guilty. And Vicky Holden finds herself professionally and personally compromised from getting involved. But what begins as a murder soon reveals itself as a conspiracy that neither Father John nor Vicky could have foreseen. And someone wants to ensure that the truth they discover will die with them?

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Review: Killing Custer (Wind River Reservation #17)

User Review  - Carolyn Rose - Goodreads

Nice descriptions of setting and characters and an interesting look on those who portray historical figures and begin to live a double life - a theme played on with the conflict between reservation and "white" world. Read full review

Review: Killing Custer (Wind River Reservation #17)

User Review  - April - Goodreads

This was an OK mystery, though I did get tired of the basic "Native American always good; white man always bad" theme. The one exception to the rule is the Catholic priest (kind of a surprise, because ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Thomas Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. Thom believed that both the ability and inspiration to create his paintings had been given to him as a gift. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created. Kinkade was the creator of both the Angels Island and the Cape Light series.

Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of more than thirty books, she also writes the Inn at Angel Island series, as well as the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries under her real name, Anne Canadeo. She lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound. Outside of her office, she is active in many community charity projects.

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