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The Man Who Fell from the Sky
Wind River #19
Margaret Coel

August 2, 2016/ ISBN 978-0425280317

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of the Wind River series, as well as the Catherine McLeod mysteries, and is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.

Once again, Margaret Coel brings a novel of suspense centered on the Arapaho Indians, this time featuring Butch Cassidy. When a film crew arrives to tell Butch’s story and his visit to the area around Wind River Reservation, added interest in Butch’s legendary stash peaks. One of many treasure seekers is Robert Walking Bear, who believes the map handed down through his family was drawn by Butch himself. When Robert is found face down in a lake, police suspect suicide, but Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley have their doubts. Robert’s cousins are certain Robert possessed Butch’s real map. Could one of them killed Robert for it? What about Robert’s cousin Cutter, who returned from Oklahoma shortly before Robert’s death? He claimed he wanted to connect with family, but did he? Did Robert’s wife, Ruth, know where the map was hidden? And could the burnt corner piece of paper Vicky found in the ashes near where Robert died be the remains of the legendary map?

Margaret Coel has been a favorite author of mine for quite a while, because she can vividly portray the Arapaho customs, traditions, and the trials and tribulation of life on the reservation. She made me feel the heat and dusty sand, the vast wilderness, and keeps me captive every time I pick up her novels. Couple that with the entrancing story of Butch Cassidy’s life, his love for the half-Arapaho half-white Mary, his kindness to farmers and ranchers, all told through seamless flashbacks, and I obtained a comprehensive and accurate picture of the man rather than the legend, and enjoyed every new discovery.

The Man Who Fell from the Sky is a tightly-woven mystery, with surprises and enough tension to keep me on the edge of my seat – and reading well into the night. One of Ms. Coel’s best!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Wife of Moon #10
Eye of the Wolf #11
The Drowning Man #12
Killing Custer #17
The Man Who Fell from the Sky #19
Winter's Child #20

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2016