Mysteries that take place in the West appeal to me. Favorite authors include Tony Hillerman, Craig Johnson, Cormac McCarthy, and R. Allen Chappell.
I've added Margaret Coel to that list, after reading The Eagle Catcher, set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. (Thanks, Cathy!)
Father John O'Malley, Jesuit priest and recovering alcoholic works with Vicki Holden, an Arapaho lawyer in an attempt to find the killer of a tribal chairman and make sure his nephew is not convicted of the murder.
Injustice is a theme, both historical and present day, as hidden crimes from past and present come to light. Social and culture prejudices are thematic, as well, and blended easily into the mystery plot.
The Eagle Catcher is the first book in the series, so I have more to read! Since some of my latest books have been abandoned for lack of interest or for mediocre writing, I'm doubly grateful for a new series to enjoy.
Although I haven't read the first book (Catfishing on Catnet), I did find this YA novel intriguing.
from description: "When a mysterious entity starts hacking into social networks and chat rooms to instigate paranoia and violence in the real world, it’s up to Steph and her new friend, Nell, to find a way to stop it—with the help of their benevolent AI friend, CheshireCat."
Chaos on Catnet is a YA thriller with some genuine considerations about social media/the internet and its ability to influence hundreds of thousands of people. As I was reading it, we were all watching social media and news media as the election approached, and even now, in the aftermath of the election, we see the influence of the media for manipulating emotions.
Pretty scary the way those with an agenda can influence hundreds of thousands of people to violence. In the book and in real life, this happens.
At the same time, the internet does have many positive benefits. Friendships with people you may never meet in person, inspiration concerning hobbies and interests, and finding acceptance and support among like-minded people. Steph has this support among her friends.
An AI with human qualities is still a long way in the future, if ever; but the ability of people to use the internet and social media in a destructive fashion has been troublesome for a long time. Even more so during all the problems 2020 has presented.
Because I think the novel is of current interest, I'm reviewing it now rather than scheduling it for later.
YA/Thriller/Science, Tech. April 27, 2021. Print length: 304 pages.
I like Kerry Wilkinson a lot, but this was not my favorite. However, looking at Goodreads reviews, Almost everyone else, loved it. So...there you go.
from description: "A little girl has been left for dead. And now my husband is missing."
Things aren't looking good for Maddy's husband Richard, and in a village that knows everything that happens and closes ranks, things aren't looking good for Maddy either.
I realize the cutting back and forth to Maddy's childhood serves a purpose, but I found it distracting. Much simpler to give a brief background concerning Maddy's father having been convicted of a crime he didn't commit.
Maddy, as she tries to puzzle out the situation of her husband's absence, also has to face some of the elements of their marriage.
Mystery. Nov. 17, 2020. Print length: 360 pages.
Today is my birthday, and my daughter texted that she gave me a new president! Couldn't be happier!