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Blood On The Feather

by Melinda Elmore

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What a great inspirational, suspenseful read I found in the book, BLOOD ON THE FEATHER, by one of my favorite authors, Melinda Elmore. This mysterious, magical story begins as an archaeologist, DeShay Graywater, digs for relics in a dig site near Eagle Nest Canyon in South Dakota, while looking for artifacts of the history of her people, the Lakota. She finds the body of a woman and contacts the tribal police department. Officer T. J. Hawke and Special FBI Agent Melina Wolfe work together to unravel the murder investigation of a local teenager, Abby Winters.
A romance is renewed between Hawke and Melina as they work together and also a love develops between Ryan Cronk, a tribal officer and DeShay. The investigation leads to drugs, motorcycle gangs and money, before they find the killer.
The story was a very romantic thriller, but as I read about the Native American Lakota tribe and their beliefs and traditions, I was drawn into the rich heritage and the magical imagery of the various animals that lead the characters to the killer of Abby.
The blood on a feather found at the site is very instrumental in finding the solution, and the study of the different characters of the animals in the Lakota culture weaved an inspirational quality of the medicine man beliefs such as:
The owl symbolizes wisdom
The elk is known for his strength
The spider represents the four wind of change and the four sacred directions on the medicine wheel
How the crow came to be black
The buffalo is a sign of prayer and abundance
Seeing the buffalo, the hawk, and the wolf in the same day is a sign of good fortune and love
The turtle is a symbol of Mother Earth
Butterflies indicate a need for change and symbolizes courage
The Hawk is a messanger and helps solve the mystery
I appreciated the value that everyone can learn in their own lives from reading about the Native American culture and the animal spiritual world. This book shows how God created all animal and human forms to work together for the greater good of all.
I highly recommend BLOOD ON THE FEATHER for everyone who wants to learn about Native American culture and also compassion in their own life. ( )
  rbooth43 | Dec 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615515487, Paperback)

BLOOD ON THE FEATHER by Melinda Elmore quickly pulls you into this Native American mystery. Archeologist, DeShay Graywater finds much more than she is looking for on a dig Lakota Sioux land. When detective TJ Hawke and FBI agent Melina Wolfe team up to investigate the murder of a young Sioux woman, much more than the case and their shared past present problems. Adventure, Native culture, and mystery combine in Blood On The Feather to make this a romantic thriller that keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding.

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