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Blood Memory (Catherine McLeod Mystery Series #1)

Blood Memory (Catherine McLeod Mystery Series #1)

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by Margaret Coel

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Investigative reporter Catherine McLeod is covering a claim filed by the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes for twenty-seven million acres of their ancestral lands. Her relentless pursuit of the truth will make her the target of a killer-and plunge her into a conspiracy that leads into the past, the founding of Denver, and her own heritage.


Investigative reporter Catherine McLeod is covering a claim filed by the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes for twenty-seven million acres of their ancestral lands. Her relentless pursuit of the truth will make her the target of a killer-and plunge her into a conspiracy that leads into the past, the founding of Denver, and her own heritage.

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Publishers Weekly

Coel introduces a tenacious heroine, Denver investigative reporter Catherine McLeod, in this stellar first in a new series. After an attempt on her life, Catherine realizes she was far from a random target when Arapaho elder Norman Whitehorse informs her that she's "one of us." Adopted as a child and still unsure of her identity and heritage, Catherine begins to understand the deep connection she feels to her latest story, about the 1864 Indian massacre at Sand Creek. Whitehorse and Cheyenne leaders call for the tribes' further compensation for Sand Creek, but when Catherine starts digging, she realizes that there's more to the land fight than meets the eye, and the trail leads all the way to Washington. With a killer hot on her heels and his collateral damage accumulating, Catherine hurtles toward a conclusion that's both fitting and unanticipated. A cameo appearance by Coel's usual leading lady, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden (The Girl with Braided Hair, etc.), hints at a much welcome future collaboration between these two crime-solving women. (Sept.)

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VOYA - Chris Carlson
This adult mystery centers around Catherine McLeod, a thirty-nine-year-old investigative reporter. As Catherine is stalked by an assassin who is hired to prevent her from pursuing a story about the development of land near Denver for an Indian casino, her investigation leads her to explore the Sand Creek Massacre of Indians in 1864. As Catherine gets closer to the truth about the massacre, she uncovers facts about her own Arapaho heritage and suspects the family of her ex-husband might be involved in the plot against her. In a surprise ending, Catherine comes face to face with her stalker and puts an end to her ordeal. Suspense begins on the first page of the novel, engaging readers and keeping them guessing until the final page. Although Coel expertly highlights how the Arapaho have been victimized in the past and how they are still being manipulated, her main characters are bright, independent Native Americans who refuse to become victims. Catherine is a gritty and determined heroine who will go to great lengths, including changing her identity and appearance, to uncover the truth. Young adults who especially like suspense novels or historical fiction will find the vivid characters and rich story line in this novel particularly satisfying. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
Kirkus Reviews
An investigative reporter's knowledge may make her an assassin's target. Walking her dog late one night, Catherine McLeod senses that she's being followed by a rapist. She dashes home to call Maury Beekner, her divorce lawyer and friend, and the police, who arrive just in time to chase off the man who's shot Maury. Catherine keeps working as Maury fights for his life. She thinks the shooting was a random act of violence, but the police disagree. Her recently divorced husband, scion of one of Denver's first families, offers her a refuge at the well-guarded family ranch while she continues the work her Native American background got her hooked on. Her biggest story, on an Arapaho and Cheyenne land claim based on the genocidal Sand Creek Massacre, sends her hunting down historical documents and digging into the political battle between the long-entrenched Colorado senator and the new governor. Leaving the ranch, she narrowly escapes death when the killer strikes again. Going on the run, Catherine cuts and dyes her hair and changes hotels, trying to stay ahead of the ruthless assassin while sending in copy on a story that's become front-page news. She fights to discover the truth about the land deal and her unknown ancestors before the assassin kills her. Coel's departure from her Wind River Reservation series (The Girl with the Braided Hair, 2007, etc.) is a fine combination of historical detail, mystery and pulse-pounding terror.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Catherine McLeod Mystery Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Coel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Thunder Keeper, The Spirit Woman, The Lost Bird, The Story Teller, The Dream Stalker, The Ghost Walker, The Eagle Catcher, and several works of nonfiction. She has also authored many articles on the people and places of the American West. Her work has won national and regional awards. Her first John O'Malley mystery, The Eagle Catcher, was a national bestseller, garnering excellent reviews from the Denver Post, Tony Hillerman, Jean Hager, Loren D. Estleman, Stephen White, Earlene Fowler, Ann Ripley and other top writers in the field. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.

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Blood Memory 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Catherine McLeod works for The Journal in Denver. She is covering a story about the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes filing to reclaim their 27 million acres of land. Someone doesn't want her to know the details of this deal because she becomes the target of an assassin. She has narrowly escaped his attacks as she continues to uncover many secrets about a conspiracy that leads way back into the past and the founding of Denver itself. She also learns about her own heritage. My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book very much not only for the current mystery but the immense amount of Native American history contained in this story. At times it was a little hard to follow, but after reading this book I did a little research into the treaty and it can be very hard to understand on its own. Coel's ability to wrap a entire story around it is masterful. The author is a historian and said to be an expert in the Arapaho Indians and it shines through clearly in her work. I am sure that is why her other series is so successful as well.
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Couldn't stop reading. Margaret Coel has yet another good character like Father John and Vicky Holden of the Wind River series. Catherine McLeod is another strong female character and does't stop until the truth is found.
mcknzbwl More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this Book to any fan of Ms. Coel's other best selling mystery series. If I had to describe her books they would be similar in style to Tony Hillerman. They are engaging and character driven mysteries. This particular one is about a reporter for a newspaper. Who stumbles onto a mystery that someone does not want her to pusue. Happy reading everyone.
EdieFM More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the previous series written by Margaret Coel and was very pleased with the characters in this new series. I also enjoyed the cameo appearance by Vicky Holden.
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bertnels More than 1 year ago
A very compelling story.There were a few gramatical errors early on,and then bam!I was so hooked on the story,it didn't matter.Excitement to the very end.Great job,Mz Coel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On a perfect August night, investigative reporter Catherine McLeod took her dog Max for a late night walk, and her life changed forever. It was changed the instant she heard something behind her and caught a glimpse of a shadow out of the corner of her eye. She got away that night, but the best friend she called, Maury, the divorce lawyer who became a personal friend, did not. The police arrived too late to save him from a gunshot wound, but the assassin¿s mistake made Catherine wary and triggered the instincts in her Arapaho blood that will keep her alive. It became obvious that she was targeted, and she worked harder on the story of the Indian casino and land exchange that she began, and all the while she asked herself what she knew that someone wanted silenced. Margaret Coel departs from her Father John O¿Malley and Vicky Holden storyline and the result is wonderful and dramatic. Blood Memory is a fast moving story that barrels to the climax and stuns while fulfilling Catherine¿s blood memory. Can't wait for Catherine's next investigation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Denver Journal investigative reporter Catherine McLeod assumes the sniper¿s failed assassination attempt of her in her home is tied to one of her stories, past or present. She eliminated a random drive by, and a visit by Arapaho elder Norman Whitehorse affirms her theory. He informs her she is Arapaho having been adopted his revelation about her roots is awesome and frightening. --- Her former husband demands Catherine flee the big city for the relative safety of his mountain ranch, but she refuses. Instead the intrepid journalist continues her investigation into what she believes is the story that has made her a target Catherine reports the efforts of her ¿people¿ and that of the Cheyenne to regain over twenty million acres of land deeded by treaties but stolen during the 1864 Indian massacre at Sand Creek. However, Catherine is stunned by the violence of her unknown murderous stalker on the innocent and that her inquiry leads to DC. --- With Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden taking a breather though she makes an appearance in BLOOD MEMORY, Margaret Coel introduces her fans to a new heroine Catherine. She is terrific as she begins to learn about her heritage while also working an investigation into the land debate. The story line is action-packed with a fresh outlook and an incredible plausible but unexpected climax. Hopefully Ms. Coel¿s two brave women find a common cause in a future tale (sort of like Philip R. Craig and William G. Tapply did with Brady Coyne and J. W. Jackson) if not readers will still have two strong Arapaho heroines to count on for excellent thrillers. --- Harriet Klausner