The third book in Roy Innes' mystery series sends RCMP Inspector Coswell and the newly promoted Sergeant Blakemore to the rugged district of West Cariboo in British Columbia, where a young Mountie constable has been found dead in his burnt-out cruiser at the bottom of a ravine. But what looks like an accident quickly reveals itself as a poorly disguised murder. With a young and ambitious Tribal Police intern as their unexpected ally, Coswell and Blakemore's investigation takes them from cattle ranches and native reserves to forests high in the hills where logging operations and marijuana grow-ops exist side by side. And all the while, the case threatens to ignite racial conflicts that have been simmering in the region for more than a century.
Praise for Murder in the Chilcotin
"In a stirring climax comprised of white versus red, youth against elder, and tribal tradition against Canadian law, the grandeur of British Columbia's deep forests emerges as the lead character in this fascinating book."
~ Betty Webb, Mystery Scene
"[Innes'] story-telling prowess, captivating story line, and intriguing plot leave the reader at his mercy."
~ Sage Birchwater, BC Studies
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This is Roy Innes' third novel featuring the RCMP's Inspector Mark Coswell and Paul Blakemore, now a sergeant. They have returned to rural northern British Columbia -- to the cattle country of the Cariboo district -- to investigate the death of a rookie Mountie. There, they become aware of a history of conflict and resentment between the aboriginal population and newcomers, which began with the 'Chilcotin War', in which a number of railroad surveyors were killed, and for which five warriors were executed in 1864. Could the young Mountie be the latest casualty?Innes has written a fast moving and intricate western mystery, full of adventure, horses, Indian cowboys, a romance, plenty of guns and lots of 'stick to your ribs' food. Here is police procedure, a classic whodunnit, and a new kind of locked room puzzle. He introduces dozens of local characters, at least half of whom have motive, means and the opportunity to kill, while the rest drag red herrings across Coswell's path. As the story develops, so do the people; revealing new aspects of character and recent history. The number of motives increase, until it seems that everyone in the district has at least one. At the same time, plausible opportunities become more and more constrained, until not one of the many suspects seems to have been in the right place at the right time.Jurisdictional disputes with First Nations Police add to the investigators' frustration, as does the weather, which cuts them off for days from modern forensic aid. Even the setting -- valley ranch land, surrounded by pine-covered mountains -- is complex, and plays its own important role in events as they gradually unfold to a conclusion reminiscent of Agatha Christie.If I may paraphrase Richard Sher (host of 'Says You!' on NPR), I'd like to recommend that readers have a pencil and paper handy before they turn the first page.
Impressive crime thriller/police procedural from Roy Innes. Innes has a wonderful insight into current and past First Nations issues in British Columbia. He brings his insight to this well written and very enjoyable and esy to read novel that is the third in his series featuring RCMP Inspector Coswell and Sergeant Blakemore. There are not too many novels set in British Columbia so this series is a wonderful treat. The Cariboo Chilcotin region of BC is incredibly beautiful. Rolling hills are the setting for ranches, lakes full of fish have fishing lodges and camps for every price range, wildlife abounds and the rugged mountains are enchanting. This region also is home to a large number of First Nations peoples who still harbour resentments toward the descendants of settlers who seemingly took over their region and forced their laws upon them. Innes also touches on the scourge of the pine beetle that has plagued and decimated BC's forests. It is in this fascinating landscape that the Murder in the Chilcotin is set. The First Nations people who live in Anahim Lake are set against the ranchers and the people of William's Lake (Willy's Pond) right off the bat with the murder of an RCMP officer on native land. As the bodies begin to pile up Coswell, Blakemore and newly deputized local native Richard Delorme realize that vengeance runs deep and the past lives on in the Chilcotin. Innes is obviously very familiar with the area and its issues. There is hunting, tree harvesters, tree planters, hippies, and hidden marijuana crops. Great writing and a great story make this a great read. As authors such as Tony Hillerman exposed the realities of the Navaho Reservation to mystery readers, Roy Innes has brought the Anahim Ulkatcho Reserve to life for his readers. Highly recommend this excellent mystery crime novel!