I absolutely love when historical legends and fiction blend. The Man Who Fell from the Sky (Wind River Reservation #19) by Margaret Coel is the latest in a series I introduced you to a fair while back.There is a good reason it s so long lived - it is fabulous.
From the back of the book:
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel returns to Wind River with Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley investigating a lethal link between legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy and a present-day murder…
When Robert Walking Bear’s body is found in the Wind River mountains, his death appears to be accidental—except for the fact that he had been hunting for Butch Cassidy’s buried loot with a map he had gotten from his grandfather, a map believed to have been drawn by the leader of the Hole in the Wall gang himself.
It isn’t long before rumors circulate that Robert was murdered by his own cousins to get the map and find the treasure themselves. Despite there being no evidence of foul play, the gossip gains credibility when both Vicky and Father John are contacted by an anonymous Arapaho claiming to have witnessed Robert’s killing.
When one of Robert’s cousins falls prey to another deadly accident, Vicky and Father John are convinced the victim is the witness who confided in them, and the hunt for the killer is on in earnest—before more die in search of Cassidy’s cache.
The attention to detail makes every aspect of this read rich and immersive. I was so tickled to see that this part would involve Butch Cassidy. I love his story, and 'treasure from long ago' legends is always something I like to think about. I also love the way, as I mentioned before, that I get to learn about the native american Arapaho tribe as well. The modern day and historical aspects are perfectly blending, making two stories into one.
The main characters and even the secondary characters are developed well, adding to the richness of the experience. The story is fascinating and paced beautifully. This can be read alone without needing to read any of the other parts. I still have a few parts to find and I imagine after you read this part you will search for the rest too.
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