When Miranda Lewis and her friend Nate Barnes spend a weekend visiting friends at the Rhode Island coast, things go terribly wrong. Miranda's friend Erin's fiancé is murdered and Nate's friend Jimmy becomes the prime suspect. Tension increases because of the area's long-time cultural bias against Native Americans (which both Nate and Jimmy are). Miranda must sort through the suspects, which include Nate's favorite, Luke, Erin's brother. Third Miranda Lewis mystery. Mystery by Leslie Wheeler; originally published by Five Star
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Murder at Spouters Point is the third of Leslie Wheeler's "living history" mysteries featuring her good-natured, but stubborn heroine Miranda Lewis. In it, she blends suspense, romance, and Native American folklore with a dynamic storyline and vivid characterizations; the end result, a truly winning combination. The story advances through the eyes of Miranda as she grapples with feelings of love and frustration for Nate, and their ever-present cultural obstacles. When Miranda and Nate plan a weekend on the Rhode Island coast to catch up with old friends, things don't go exactly as planned. First, Miranda's close friend Erin's fiancé is murdered and, as if that's not bad enough, Nate's longtime friend Jimmy Swift is the prime suspect. Tension mounts and cultural bias emerges as Miranda begins her own personal investigation while Nate attempts to defend and protect his friend. "He's guilty?" Nate exploded. "You've thought that all along, haven't you? You and the cops. You white people are all the same. Something bad happens, you blame the non-white guy." Since the town's tumultuous history between the Native Americans and the white people is still very prevalent, the local police are only too quick to pin it on Jimmy; and Nate's only to quick to point the finger at Erin's brother Luke. Miranda must find out who the real killer is before they lock up Jimmy for good. Wheeler's realistic portrayal of her characters really drives the plot to its climactic end! Historian by day, amateur sleuth by night, Miranda Lewis proves to be everything you'd want in a strong, independent heroine as she winds her way through the myriad of suspects to get to the truth. Almost immediately, we are shown a glimpse of the relationship between Miranda and her quick-tempered, Native American boyfriend Nate Barnes. Nate's volatile temper has long been a source of anguish for Miranda. Wheeler writes, "Despite his promise to curb his rage, Nate wasn't going to change. He would always fly off the handle at the slightest provocation." In a novel rich in Native American folklore, Wheeler weaves a thrilling story filled with suspense and romance and delivers a strong and independent heroine in Miranda Lewis. History buffs and mystery enthusiasts will love this book!
Native American Nate Barnes and his girlfriend Miranda Lewis come to coastal Rhode Island primarily to visit his friend Jimmy Swift, a member of the Dottaguck tribe who own the Clambanks Casino where he works maintenance. They plan to attend a pow-wow though Miranda feels out of place and a bit guilty when everyone asks Nate where his son Sammy is. She conceals from her lover that she is elated to spend some of what she fears would have been a lost weekend with her friend Erin Meloy at the Spouters Point Maritime Museum. Erin introduces her to her boyfriend George Kavanagh who one of her brothers objects to as being too old for his sister. When someone kills George, the local cop Curtin assumes an Indian did it as he believes a white would never commit such a horrific murder. Thus he arrests Jimmy claiming circumstantial evidence. Fearing he will receive no justice from the white system, Jimmy flees into the swamps. Although filled with doubts that Jimmy is innocent in spite of Nate's belief and that Erin's volatile sibling could be the killer, Miranda investigates. This angers her boyfriend, his cronies, her friend and the cop while a psychopath watches her. This is an entertaining Rhode Island amateur sleuth mystery that focuses on the modern day divide between whites and Native Americans while enhancing the story line with historical references. The cast is solid as the two cultures converge at Clambanks. Although the rationale for Miranda to investigate is weak, readers will enjoy this interesting whodunit. Harriet Klausner