Night of the White Buffalo

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Night of the White Buffalo

A Wind River Mystery, #18

Wind River Reservation is having some problems. Lately, disappearing ranch hands and crimes are on the rise. What other problems will it face?

Vicky Holden (Arapaho attorney) and Father John O'Malley (Catholic priest) are out investigating. They followed some leads which led them back to Carey’s Broken Buffalo Ranch. Are these coincidences?

Spirit (white buffalo calf) was born on Carey’s Broken Buffalo Ranch. What other secret are they hiding?

Beware! Lies and secrets are piling up. Dangerous times are among us. Be very careful! They will need to tell the difference from friend or enemies. Who can they trust?

Readers are in for drama, danger, action, and suspense. The story is well paced and well thought out. The setting was realistic and had descriptive details. I could imagine myself watching the white buffalo calf pilgrimage or seeing hope and new beginnings shine through the Native American people.

The Native American culture and personalities of the people are vivid in the story. Readers catch glimpses of life on the reservation, daily struggles, poverty, greed, crime and alcoholism. These aspects stick across cultures even outside the reservation. Anyone can relate to the story in some way.

I had a wonderful time reading this book. This well-written novel had my attention from the start. I just had to finish it. This may be a longer story (292 pages) by much of today’s standards, but it's so worth it in the end. It deserves 4.5 stars and a Top Pick!


Book Blurb for Night of the White Buffalo

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel returns to the Wind River Reservation with Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley investigating a mystery overshadowed by a mythological miracle…

A mysterious penitent confesses to murder, and then flees the confessional before Father John can identify him. Two months later, Vicky discovers rancher Dennis Carey shot dead in his truck along Blue Sky Highway. With the tragic news comes the exposure of an astonishing secret: the most sacred creature in Native American mythology, a white buffalo calf, was recently born on Carey’s ranch.

The miraculous animal draws a flood of pilgrims to the reservation, frustrating Vicky and Father John’s already difficult investigation as they try to unravel the strange events surrounding both Carey’s murder and the recent disappearances of three cowboys from his ranch.

It could be coincidence, given a cowboy’s nomadic life, but Vicky doesn’t believe in coincidences. And at the back of Father John’s mind is the voice from the man in the confessional: I killed a man…


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.50