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Posted December 5, 2010
If you still need some quiet time for yourself during the hectic holiday season, I recommend a good book - particularly a good mystery. This year there are a lot of holiday themed stories available. My favorite was the latest Tempe Crabtree mystery, Invisible Path, by Marilyn Meredith.
It is terrific murder mystery within a very warm, delightful picture of a family at Christmas time. As in all the previous Tempe Crabtree novels , Marilyn Meredith provides insight into native Americans and weaves the cultures of all the characters into the story in a natural and fascinating narrative.
In Invisible Path, Tempe's son, Blair and his college friend, Chad Underwood, return for a holiday visit. To celebrate, they plan a picnic lunch in the mountains. They run across a group of paramilitary fanatics that plan on protecting "their land" from urban invaders if and when there is an attack on American cities; their camp abuts the Bear Creek Indian Reservation. At the same time, the body of a young, Native American, Danny Tofoya, is found at the Recovery Center on the reservation. Tempe is asked to work on the investigation. She is finally receiving recognition for her detective work.
Invisible Path is a good read. Make a cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy a quiet afternoon or two with a good book!
Posted November 4, 2010
First let me say I have read another book by Marilyn Meredith and this one is just as great. She has a way with words that gets you into the story on the first page.
Invisible Path is just such a story, it is the second book in this series and it begins with an Indian boy names Jesus (Hay-sues) Running Bear who had been raised by his grandmother and she was trying to teach him the Christian way of life but he just ignores her and goes on drinking and hanging out with the wrong crowd. He finds himself away from home on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation in California and had just gotten out of a home that took in drug and alcohol abusers to let them dry out. He had finished his training and was working but when they found a young man dead they just automatic assumed Jesus did it. The two young men did not get alone at all, in fact Danny Tofoya (the man killed) was a bully and he always had to have his way or tried too so he didn't get alone with anyone.
In comes the other players for this story. Tempe (a woman deputy), her husband Hutch (the pastor of their church) Blair (their college son) his friend Chad. Then there were the week end soldiers that had went up into the mountains, no one knew why they were up there as the army knew nothing about them. There are so many players in this story that I could never name them all, but they were all trying to solve this murder and the reason for the soldier looking men in the mountains.
I wish I had been able to read the first book in this series and hope to go back and get it, but I know that Tempe had played a major role in solving a murder in that one also.
This book was sent to me by Pump Up Your Book Media for review: