Title: The Man Who Fell From The Sky
Author: Margaret Coel
Series: Book 19 A Wind River Reservation Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Star Rating: 4.5 out 5
Reviewed by: Marlene
When Robert Walking Bear's body is found by a father and son going a on a fishing trip questions are raised on the circumstances of his death. Although initially thought of as a suicide then an accident someone won't let him rest. A so-called anonymous witness making accusations of murder sets the FBI on a wild goose chase.
Not willing to come forward or give any details the anonymous witness keeps contacting Vicki Holden, an Arapaho lawyer and Father John, the mission priest. All the while Robert's widow Ruth just wants to bury him and move on with her grieving process. As it unfolds questions arise regarding Butch Cassidy's buried treasure. Robert supposedly had the original map drawn by Cassidy himself and on numerous occasions went to the mountains on his own for days at a time searching.
Although most believe the map is a fake once the moccasin telegraph gets wind it is a murder everything comes into question. Robert's cousins all become suspect even his cousin Cutter that recently moved home from Oklahoma. Cutter who is quite taken by Vicki starts to court her but she also has competition as Ruth has seemed to latch onto him as well for support in the wake of her husband's death.
As both women struggle with Robert's death in both ways they can always count on Cutter. While all this is going on the community also has to deal with a documentary film crew that will do anything to enhance their production and want to implement the murder into the film. Wanting to capture a piece of history that still impacts modern day society. In the end this piece of history truly does have a modern day impact on many lives.
I love reading stories and watching movies/TV shows (Eg. Longimire) that capture the modern day struggles and friendships between people that live on the reservations and law enforcement. It is what drawn me to the series, although I am not much of a western fan, I loved how the author balanced the past with present, bringing you into two worlds just not one. This story boasted some memorable characters.
I especially identified with Ruth, sort of lost in a relationship, straddling grief and new found freedom, trying to be strong but falling miserably apart and trying to latch onto someone that makes you feel anything positive then what you are feeling. And then there is Cutter, I call him the smooth operator, the perfect man but no one is that perfect. I got to know Vicki more with tidbits of her back story she is a great example of a strong female lead. Oh and there is Walks-on, gotta love him too. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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