Now, Curtis's photographs are on display at the museum of St. Francis Mission on the reservation, and history seems doomed to repeat itself. A descendant of the tribal chief who appeared in Curtis's pictures has been shot to death, and the museum's curator has disappeared. The two incidents may be linked to the near century-old murder. Soon, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley will discover an even more disturbing connection to present-day events.
Investigate another Arapaho Indian Mystery.
©2004 Margaret Coel; (P)2004 Books in Motion
"Coel draws readers into early Arapaho life as smoothly as she brings them into the sinister goings-on at present-day Wind River, masterfully blending authentic history with an ingenious plot." (Publishers Weekly)
The premise and the plot are interesting and engaging. The writer, however, must have attended one of those awful workshops where they proselytize "show not tell" - about the most misused advice there is - with the predictable result that her characters pluck, swivel, gulp, freeze, like they all have nerve disorders, and spend most of their time not looking at each other. There are also some very elementary errors, like grabbing a menu off a podium. And a few holes in the story, like: If you were desperately investigating a particular person's recent activities, and if you found that this person had intensely scrutinized an old photograph, even to the point of getting a magnifying glass for it, and then got all excited and offered a huge amount of money to have it ... would you give the equivalent of "hmm. thanks. bye" and then leave without looking at it?
AUDIO: Oh, spare us from this reader! She's a very poor actress, and poor with voices and accents, overacts unbearably, especially during sensitive moments. She often has no sense of the characters' personalities, or of the point of what's being said, and is often gratingly shrill. Sometimes so awful I was embarrassed for her, as when one of the Arapaho elders inexplicably develops a thick Irish accent. Worst of all, she acts out everything like "sighed," "drew her breath in," "took a gulp of air," "small laugh," "big guffaw," "choking laugh," "stutter," -- aack! She did everything short of belch and break wind. I'd like to read more from this author, but don't know if I can stand listening to this reader again.
Margaret Coel's Arapaho Indian Mysteries are great. I love the stories of Indian culture and the plots are well done. These would all receive five stars except for the reader. Her midwestern accent is a bit over the top and somewhat distracting. Words ending in
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