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Publisher's Summary

On the windswept plains of Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Father John O'Malley and Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden investigate the murder of the Arapaho tribal chairman.
Investigate another Arapaho Indian Mystery.
©1995 Margaret Coel (P)2005 Books in Motion

Critic Reviews

"[P]oised and lively narration of issues of modern Indian life and tradition, fraud and murder....Brush dexterously blends details of the vivid countryside, culture, history and conspiracy." ( AudioFile)
"Likable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace mark this novel." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel

The entire Fr. John-Vicki Holden series is wonderful! There are a lot more of them-Audible, obtain them! The reader does superb Indian accents. Listen to the whole series!

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Wind River Wyoming, On the Reservation

This is the first in the Arapaho Indian Mysteries. Father John O’Malley, Jesuit priest, serving the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes at the St. Francis Mission on the reservation, is attending the pow wow when he finds his friend and the tribal council leader, Harvey Castle murdered in his own tent. Father John and Arapaho lawyer, Vicki Holden join forces to assist in finding the killer. No one believes that Harvey’s young nephew, Anthony, who is being accused of the murder actually killed his uncle. And none of the Indians on the reservation trust the white people, and rightfully so. The FBI doesn’t care about looking beyond Anthony to find the killer, so Vicki and Father John have to do the leg work. The details of life on the reservation are shocking and sad, yet the pride and resiliency of the native American people are amazing. I grew to love Father John O’Malley, warts and all, just as those on the reservation do. My respect for the Arapaho people, their customs and beliefs also grew. Great story. Excellent resolution to the murder mystery. Going on to Book Two.

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Escape the the Wind River Reservation

"The Eagle Catcher" is one in a series of Wind River Reservation mysteries by Margaret Coel. They are reminiscent of the great Tony Hillerman books, with a real respect for and feel of the reservation. Coel's characters are also compelling - you long to follow their story. There's a priest who comes to love this far-flung outpost to which he has been banished, and the Indian lawyer who is conflicted by her roots and her attachment to the priest. Other characters are well-drawn, and the joys and sorrows of life on the reservation make for excellent reading. And listening - the narrator does a fine job.

Unfortunately, Audible doesn't have all the books in this series. Do try one of these; I think you'll like them. "The Eagle Catcher" is a great place to begin the series. Maybe then a whole lot of us appreciative listeners can convince Audible to offer them all!

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Well researched

I read some of her books 20 years ago and got the urge to pick them up again. I love the inside look into this Native culture, and mysteries that let us get to know and understand the characters. I can also relate to being the !one white person in a group of minorities. The plot involved uncovering their history and how these Jesuit priests recorded everything, which came to the rescue of this particular group of Indians. I recommend checking out these books.

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OHHH. I LIKE THIS AUTHOR!

Audible 'recommended ' this author's books because I've read everything by Tony and Anne Hillerman. AUDIBLE DID GOOD. GREAT NARRATION. Storyline was twisty, rollin' and kept me engaged. I'm now going to get all of Coel's books. Highly recommended!

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justice wins again

this series is always a great read. hard to put down because of the narrator and the story line.

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Good Story, lousy engineering.

Great story. Problems with the sound and sometimes hearing other voices on it. the narrator did a great job of making you feel like you were there.

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Better than expected

Margaret Coel created an interesting storyline with characters that developed nicely by the end. It took a while to adjust to the narrator’s style, but all in all she gave an acceptable perform bringing it all to life.