Witch of the Palo Duro (A Tay-bodal Mystery)

Witch of the Palo Duro (A Tay-bodal Mystery)

by Mardi Oakley Medawar, Mardi Oakley Medwar
     
 

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In 1866, the Kiowas return to their winter camp at Palo Duro Canyon. But when a powerful healer winds up missing and two horses are found killed, the camp is convinced it is the work of a shapeshifter. While they search for the witch among them, Tay-bodal begins his own investigation to uncover the truth before fear destroys the Kiowa Band. Martin's Press.  See more details below

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In 1866, the Kiowas return to their winter camp at Palo Duro Canyon. But when a powerful healer winds up missing and two horses are found killed, the camp is convinced it is the work of a shapeshifter. While they search for the witch among them, Tay-bodal begins his own investigation to uncover the truth before fear destroys the Kiowa Band. Martin's Press.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAStrange events begin to happen among the Kiowa known as the Rattle Band as they begin their winter camp in Palo Duro Canyon in 1866. Two years before, Kit Carson led an attack on the group wintering in the same canyon, killing many people. Now, members of the Rattle Band believe that ghosts of the slain Kiowa linger in the canyon. When night herders assigned to watch the horses report seeing a shapeshifter turn herself into a raven and fly off, bad luck follows, and everyone looks for someone to blame. Tension reaches the breaking point after a chief's wife suddenly dies and blame falls onto the wife of Tay-Bodal, who must then disprove all the real and imaginary evidence brought against her. Using the complex social system and culture of the Kiowa as a background, Medawar creates several story lines that weave together to form the intricate plot. A note states that she used actual information and names of the characters she has written about, which adds authenticity to the historical mystery. The action moves fast enough to hold readers' interest but allows details of the lifestyle and culture of the Kiowa to emerge in the flow of natural occurrences. With the complex happenings, the ending should be a surprise for most readers. Fans of Tony Hillerman's mysteries should enjoy this one.Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Tay-bodal isn't much to look at; nobody trusts him with weapons; and he's not even a good tracker. At the rate he's going, though, the Kiowa healer will soon be able to hang out his shingle as a detective. Married now to his sweetheart Crying Wind, he's roused from his mental hibernation in the winter encampment of 1867 by the disappearance of his best friend Skywalker, the slaying of two of his wife's relative The Cheyenne Robber's best horses, and the premature death of He Goes Into Battle First's scheming second wife. It's the work of a witch, insists competing healer Red Bird, an adversary of Tay-bodal's ever since Skywalker vetoed his bid to become an Owl Doctor—and the witch is none other than Crying Wind. But Tay-bodal finds that if you scratch an apparition, you're likely to find underneath a distinctly modern explanation: "A lot of young people have been slipping around in this camp."

The writing, which takes a refreshingly matter-of-fact approach to Kiowa mysticism, is a big step forward from Tay- bodal's debut (Death at Rainy Mountain, 1996)—though his creator's continued fondness for numberless subplots (is there anybody in camp who's not slipping around, and on so many unrelated errands?) rather blunts the unmasking of the cleverly hidden killer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425167359
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Tay-bodal Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.65(d)

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