The Eagle Catcher

The Eagle Catcher On the windswept plains of Wyoming s Wind River Reservation Arapahos have gathered for the Ethete powwow a time to reaffirm the balance and harmony in life But balance and harmony quickly give way t

  • Title: The Eagle Catcher
  • Author: Margaret Coel Stephanie Brush
  • ISBN: 9781596071803
  • Page: 319
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • On the windswept plains of Wyoming s Wind River Reservation, Arapahos have gathered for the Ethete powwow, a time to reaffirm the balance and harmony in life But balance and harmony quickly give way to fear and confusion when respected tribal chairman Harvey Castle is found murdered at the powwow camp, and the evidence points to the chairman s nephew Father John O MalleyOn the windswept plains of Wyoming s Wind River Reservation, Arapahos have gathered for the Ethete powwow, a time to reaffirm the balance and harmony in life But balance and harmony quickly give way to fear and confusion when respected tribal chairman Harvey Castle is found murdered at the powwow camp, and the evidence points to the chairman s nephew Father John O Malley, S.J pastor of St Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, Arapaho attorney, do not believe that Anthony Castle one of the most promising young people on the reservation is capable of murder Together they set out to find the real criminal and clear Anthony s name The trail that Father John and Vicky follow winds across the high plains of the Wind River Reservation into Arapaho homes and community centers and the fraud infested world of Indian oil and land deals Eventually it leads to the past the Old Time when the Arapahos were forced to leave their homes on the central plains and relocate on the reservation It is through the horrendous crimes committed then that Father John and Vicky discover the motive for the murder of the tribal chairman a century later But as they close in on the killer, they become the next targets

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    1. This was an OK mystery, though somewhat lacking the depth of native American history and traditions that were so well done in the Tony Hillerman books. As in Hillerman's Navajo Tribal Police series, though, there are personal histories of the main characters that are not fully revealed in this first book. There are quite a number of books in this series, so perhaps there is more character development to come.I didn't care much for the narrator, Stephanie Brush. She often speaks with a rather har [...]

    2. The acknowledged king of this genre, the lives of native Americans in the twentieth century, is Tony Hillerman, and I've read a number of his novels. However I enjoyed this one far more. The combination of the alcoholic Jesuit and the female Arapaho lawyer works really well. The plot is relatively straight forward but the insight into the daily struggles of the native Americans in todays society are highlighted as well as the historical injustices which are perpetuated.

    3. Just excellent - a huge start to a new series.Well drawn and interesting characters, good action and plotting, fine descriptions of the scenery and land around this area of the country.Looking forward to the next one.

    4. I am a mystery lover, but this author needs a few more novels under her belt before I will read her again. You can tell she's a novice. Her work is amateurish. She does have promise, though.

    5. The Eagle Catcher is the first book in the Wind River Reservation mystery series by Margaret Coel. It deals with an Irish priest who, after falling into disgrace from addiction to alcohol and so forth, was sent to a small reservation where the Arapaho people live.We begin in the present-day of the narrative and only learn these facts later in the book. You see, when he first arrived at the St. Francis Mission on the reservation in Wyoming, he was full of pride, despite his fall from esteem. He t [...]

    6. If you're like me and enjoy mysteries that are permeated with Native American culture and history, put Margaret Coel's Wind River mysteries on your reading list. This first book in the series is a strong blend of well-plotted mystery, a setting that should be listed in the cast of characters, Arapaho culture and history, and two strong, interesting leads in Father John O'Malley and Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden. "In the distance, the brown humps of the Wind River Mountains rode against the sky lik [...]

    7. An unlikely couple of sleuths team up in this mystery to uncover murder and theft. Father John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest at the Wind River Indian Reservation, gets "his nose into other people's business" and so begins a caper that already has three sequels. His alter-ego help comes from Vicky, the Arapaho Lawyer, surnamed Woman Alone. Their disparent skills become all that is needed in finding out the murderer and the one responsible for the great land theft against the Arapaho Nation.But what m [...]

    8. There are already some very good reviews of this book written, and I'm so eager to get the second book in the series started that I'm just going to say that I really liked Father John O'Malley, the priest from Boston who finds his second chance at the Wind River Reservation. His respect for the Arapaho customs he encounters and for these native American people is firmly intertwined with his Roman Catholic ministry and his Jesuit heritage.His investigative partner is Arapaho lawyer, Vicky Holden, [...]

    9. Eagle Catcher, the first title in the mystery series by Margaret Coel, is set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Father O’Malley, a recovering alcoholic, has been banished from Boston to the poverty-stricken reservation, where he links up with Arapaho attorney Vicki Holden to learn the truth about oil and land deals that may have culminated in the murder of Harvey Castle, the tribal chief. I read this with some expectation of being enchanted by the tales of the Native culture as in the [...]

    10. Somehow, I missed Margaret Coel, but I'm making up for lost time. THE EAGLE CATCHER is the first mystery in her Wind River Reservation Series featuring Father John O'Malley and attorney Vicki Holden. Not only has Ms Coel depicted the amazing setting that is the Wind River area in central Wyoming, but she has paid incredible attention to the details of the Arapahoe's who live there. I was swept along in this story of traditional Native attitudes sometimes in conflict with land management and mine [...]

    11. This is the first book in the Wind River Reservation series set in Wyoming. In this novel we are introduced to a Jesuit priest who has been exiled to a mission that serves the Arapaho Indians. We are also introduced to Vicky who is an Arapaho lawyer. Father John gets caught up in a dangerous cover up when he discovers the body of his friend and tribal elder Harvey slain in his tipi during the annual powwow. There are several layers to this story. Greed over land and oil rights among them. The mi [...]

    12. Eagle Catcher, the first title in the mystery series by Margaret Coel, is set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Father O’Malley, a recovering alcoholic, has been banished from Boston to the poverty-stricken reservation, where he links up with Arapaho attorney Vicki Holden to learn the truth about oil and land deals that may have culminated in the murder of Harvey Castle, the tribal chief. This mystery’s carefully woven plot, character development, and setting won praise from The Denv [...]

    13. 3.5 stars. First in what has become a long series set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Father John O'Malley, exiled to this remote location by his superiors, has found much to like in the wide open spaces and the close knit Arapaho community and he is sure young Anthony Castle could not commit murder. Along with local attorney Vicky Holden he must find the real murderer and the set the record straight about some past history.

    14. Although I've read all of the Wind River mysteries by this author, I picked up this one again. This time I had greater appreciation for the white priest who really tries to act in the best interests of the Native Americans. Every white man tries his best to stop him, but Father John is very dedicated to "his flock".

    15. I liked the book, but I didn't love it. I don't feel compelled to read the next in the series, but probably will one day to see if I might like the next one better. I read every Hillerman book and always wanted to start another one as soon as I was done with one! Although I enjoyed this book, I didn't find the plot all that compelling. It was pretty low-key.

    16. Intriguing mystery with a great setting and well-defined characters. Plus the author gives us a little insight into the culture of the Arapaho and life on the reservation. She manages to share some of the richness in their lives as well as their problems without getting too preachy or too heavy-handed. Very enjoyable!

    17. There wasn't anything that I really disliked about The Eagle Catcher, but there also wasn't anything that intrigued me. I wasn't interested in the main characters and I felt that Father O'Malley jumped to conclusions rather quickly. I would have preferred to learn more about the Arapahoe characters. I didn't finish the story.

    18. Because of a hectic schedule this book rook a while to read. Though I found it slow in the beginning, as the story progressed I found myself hooked in the mystery, in Father John's struggles and the history of the Arapaho.

    19. This is as close to Hillerman's books as I've found so far in that it takes place on a reservation and the writer brings in a lot of native lore. It isn't Hillerman, of course, but its a quick read and I didn't figure out the mystery ahead of the reveal.

    20. Took my a little while to get used to the slightly odd pairing of the two main characters - a Catholic priest and a female Native American lawyer - but as the book progresses it works reasonably well.

    21. I picked this up in hopes of replacing Tony Hillerman, plus it was set in country that I knew. I'm afraid I wasn't too impressed. The characters seemed wooden and the prose too plain. Oh well

    22. I really enjoyed the main characters in this book. The portrayal of Arapaho and Catholic culture and the sympathetic treatment of alcoholics make for interesting reading.

    23. When the Arapaho tribal chairman is found murdered in his tepee at the Ethete powwow, the evidence points to the chairman's nephew, Anthony Castle. But Father John O'Malley, pastor of St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, the Arapaho lawyer, do not believe the young man capable of murder. Together they set out to find the real murderer and clear Anthony's name.The trail that Father John and Vicky follow winds across the high plains of the Wind River Reservation into Arapaho homes and community [...]

    24. I began this series with book number 15 and have read through number 2o. Finaly I decided it was time to read the beginning title published in 1995. I wanted to read the beginning connection of Father John O'Malley and Arapaho lawyer Vicki Holden. Not much detail on that, but detail on their physical appearance which I will now "see" differently when I am reading this series. A red headed Father O'Malley and the long black haired Vicky. Somehow I had not seem them with those physical features.Al [...]

    25. This is a terrific story, and I believe that the writer knows the Arapahoe people and the Wyoming setting well. This and the stories that follow ring true to me just as much, maybe more than, the Hillerman books. I like that the lead characters are a man and a woman. She sprinkles Indian (the term used in the book) history and belief throughout, and stirs it up with Catholicism and plenty of issues that are still relevant 20 years later. This is copyright 1996. I had read a few of the books in t [...]

    26. On the morning of the Powow Father John O'Malley is looking for his friend Harvey Castle who is the Chairman of the Wind River Business Council. Father O'Malley and another Arapaho from the Wind River Reservation find the man murdered in his own tipi. Father O'Malley begins to investigate because the FBI agent believes Harvey's nephew Anthony killed him over circumstantial evidence. Father John doesn't believe so and neither does Anthony's Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden. Vicky and Father John begin [...]

    27. This book introduces Father John Aloysious O'Malley and Vicky Holden to us as a team of amateur sleuths working to bring multiple layers of justice to the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. As it opens, we are aware that the two know each other, but they don't have the easy camaraderie developed over time.The story itself wove in and out of time as the pair race to stop another injustice against the Indian peoples, perpetuated by those who are supposed to help, in this instance the [...]

    28. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, after reading the first few chapters, but once the main characters were all put in the picture and the story progressed, it turned into a pretty good tale. You could compare these to the Hillerman series, except in those books the story is being told from the native viewpoint, whereas the Wind River series comes via the thinking of a Catholic priest in charge of maintaining a Christian outpost on a reservation. Still, the story had some Indian lore an [...]

    29. A great mystery and thriller and a terrific start for a series new to me. Everything is there for a fantastic seriestive American lore and beliefs, unusual setting in the American "great plains," and a complex main character in Father John O'Malley. I was holding my breath during the denouement and the ending was perfect cliffhanger here!! I did guess whodunit fairly early but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. I will soon be moving on to the next in the series. Recommended!

    30. It is hard not to compare this to the giant, looming presence of Tony Hillerman, but Coel's book holds her own. The fallible, yet likable, Father John balances the demands of the church with his desire to learn more about the Arapaho culture and solve the murder of his friend. The interplay of political aspirations, business dealings, the church, and Arapaho culture mixed with murder are a potent and interesting combination.

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