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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




Ill Wind: 10/08/13

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Ill Wind by Nevada Barr is is the third Anna Pigeon mystery. This time Anna's been assigned to Mesa Verde in Colorado. Every Tuesday, it seems, someone needs rescuing for respiratory reasons from the Anasazi dwellings. And then, a boy dies and things go down hill from there.

Rumor gets around that a chindi (the evil that's left over by an unexpected death) want the National Park to close. When one of their own is killed, Anna decides to focus on solving his murder to keep herself from spiraling into depression fueled alcoholism.

The basic mystery — minus Anna's personal problems — is most like People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman. Having that one freshly in mind, I figured out the mystery long before Anna did. But I still enjoyed it for its location and the other characters.

My one complaint though, is the severe lack of a Navajo point of view even though some of the part time rangers are using their language and culture to explain away the trouble at the park. Granted, Mesa Verde doesn't sit within the bounds of Navajo Nation but it does border it. Except for a brief mention of Navajo tacos and a few jewelry vendors, they are oddly absent.

Hmph.

Four stars

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