Beginning with a sensational murder in Seattle, this tale moves to the frozen tundra of Alaska and plunges amateur sleuth Father Mark Townsend into another mystery. The clues linking the two locations are "story knives," small ceremonial knives that have a story carved into their intricate handles. Joining Father Townsend in Alaska is a Seattle detective working his first murder case. Together, they encounter a librarian who might hold the key to the killings, an environmentalist who will go to any lengths to protect the tundra, and a hotheaded priest who resents the "intruders" from Seattle. However, as the body count begins to rise, Father Townsend is forced to make some difficult decisions in order to save the lives of those around him--as well as his own. Reynolds is an active Jesuit priest and brings to his stories a degree of authenticity and depth that adds to their interest. Reader Kevin Foley does well with the main characterization and with the tongue-twisting Eskimo words. Most public libraries will find this a popular item to add to their audio collections.--Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.