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The Ghost Walker by Margaret Coel

The Ghost Walker

by Margaret Coel

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I enjoyed this book even more than the first. As a product of eight years of Jesuit education and a love of the rugged western states I find these books very appealing.

Coel's style is polished and her plot and subplot lines work well. Looking forward the working my way through the series over time. ( )
  GpSherman | Jan 27, 2016 |
In this second mystery set on the Wind River reservation in Wyoming, Father John O'Malley happens upon a body when his Toyota breaks down. He is nearly run over by a person who was obviously not from the area but who reconsiders and gives him a lift. When the sheriff and Father John return to the scene, the body is gone. The only thing of which they are certain is that the body is Arapaho because of a necklace found at the scene. In the meantime the attorney Vicky Holden is dealing with a daughter mixed up with a guy she believes is supplying her. In the midst of it all, news is received that the mission will be closing. Lots of story lines all run together to make this an interesting installment. Certain aspects are dated. For example, cell phones would change the plot if written today. Stephanie Brush does a great job reading it on the audio version. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 23, 2015 |
The second story in the Wind River series is as well written as the first book. Coel has created believe able characters. This story is set in the winter, making it a perfect read for those hot summer days. ( )
  lewilliams | Oct 11, 2015 |
The Ghost Walker is another excellent Wind River Reservation mystery by Margaret Coel. I've read several of her books recently and they are all wonderfully crafted and woven to keep the reader devouring the book and anxious to grab another in the series. Father John and lawyer Vicky Holden search for facts to come up with a way to solve crimes that seem to elude law enforcement officers. The compassion these to use often gets them in serious situations, but they always find a way to come out on top. I highly recommend this author. ( )
  CandyH | Jul 13, 2015 |
Margaret Coel's writing puts you right on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming-- and that winter wind cuts right through you while you try to piece together all the clues in a very satisfying mystery. While the setting is beautifully rendered, what holds all the pieces of location and investigation together is her superb cast of characters.

Father John O'Malley is a real, flawed human being who cares deeply for the Arapaho on the Wind River Reservation. He has taken the time and trouble to learn their history and their customs, and as a result his parishioners have learned to trust and value him as an important part of their lives. His friend Vicky Holden is a bit prickly and tends to be very reserved, but she's had a tough row to hoe-- escaping from an abusive alcoholic husband and working hard to earn a law degree. Now she's back on the reservation to help her people, but she straddles both worlds and conflicts can arise-- like the sudden reappearance of her daughter, who resents Vicky for leaving her father and making her own way in the world.

All the characters play against each other very well as the various threads of the plot begin to mesh together. Thankfully Coel adds welcome touches of humor to all the serious goings on of the plot, letting us watch the quick-thinking priest wheel and deal to get the people on the reservation the things they so desperately need. Especially humorous is the scene in which O'Malley cuts a deal with a car salesman.

Equally important amongst the murders, the setting, and the characters are the glimpses Coel gives us into Arapaho culture:

"Whites'll say Lester's my brother's grandson."

Father John gave a nod of understanding. There was no concept of aunt, uncle, or cousin on the reservation. Your brother's child was your child. Thomas and Mardell had no children of their own, but they were not childless.

It's a concept other cultures would do well to take to heart.

This is only the second book I've read in this series, but the further I get into it, the deeper I fall. Margaret Coel knows how to write a feast for both mind and heart. ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 23, 2014 |
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Snow had fallen all day, and now the open spaces of Wind River Reservation lay under deep powder. Father John Aloysius O'Malley gripped the wheel of the Toyota pickup and peered through the half-moon the wiper carved across the windshield. He tried to follow the depressions of the tire tracks running ahead, all that hinted at the boundaries of Rendezvous Road--tire tracks and an occasional scrub brush or dried stalk of goldenrod poking through the snow in the ditches. It was the second Sunday in January, the First Moon in the Arapaho Way of marking time: the Moon When the Snow Blows Like Spirits in the Wind.
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If you like Tony Hillerman, you'll also enjoy and appreciate Margaret Coel--whose endearing hero Father John O'Malley treats his Arapaho parishioners with respect and kindness. In his second outing, Father O'Malley has to deal with a disappearing corpse and the suspicions of the local police. Hillerman has called Coel a "master"; he isn't just being kind to a younger writer.

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When Father John O'Malley returns to investigate another murder near the Arapaho Indian mountains, he is shocked to discover that the body he had seen in the snow the previous night has vanished, leaving only suspicion and doubt behind as evidence.

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