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About the Book
Murder of Ravens (Gabriel Hawke)
1st in Series
Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)
Print Length: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KZ612BY
The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength…
And also his biggest weakness.
Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers.
However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar.
He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter.
Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?
About the Author
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.
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***** My Review-Five Stars *****
Paty Jager is known and loved for her Western-Romance and Native American novels and mysteries. After reading Murder of Ravens, the first in her Gabriel Hawke novels, I can see why she is so well-liked.
Her writing is well-crafted, gripping, authentic. The story appeals right from the beginning, mainly because of her unique protagonist, Fish & Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke. Readers will eagerly follow every step (and miss-step) of his investigation into this complex, multi-faceted murder.
Yes, I said that Hawke was a State Trooper, and “cozies” usually have an amateur sleuth for the protagonist. By rights this book could be called a police procedural. BUT, it meets the other cozy requirements. No sex scenes, although our handsome, hulky Hawke does have a few pretty warm thoughts about a woman in the story. The violence is mostly off-stage; the very occasional “language” is mild; and the story takes place in the small towns, mountains, and forests of NE Oregon.
The set up: Using the ancient tracking skills he learned from his Nez Perce grandfather, Hawke follows the hoof prints of what he believes are three poachers. When he comes to a clearing, he discovers a body; that of a local man notorious for his licentious activities and misbehavior. At the crime scene there is also a biologist who tracks wolves by the radio collars they wear. Curiously, the victim has a collar around his neck, tightened enough to strangle him.
Because he found the body, Hawke requests to be in on the investigation. He immediately begins a detailed search, tracking down people, forensic evidence, and physical proofs. With the inherent “eagle-eye” of a Native American, he sees signs and patterns invisible to the rest of the task force.
The wide circle of possibilities as to who the murderer could be is what makes this a satisfying mystery. And as the clues begin to fall into place, readers will be on the edge of their seats, never certain if it will be one of the disgusting suspects, or… one their favorite characters. After a massive investigation, led mostly by Hawke, the solution is revealed. It is mind-boggling. You will love it!
I’m looking forward to Number Two in the series. One way I will handle the waiting is to read the author’s other new book – Homicide Hideaway, number 12 in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series – in which she introduces Gabriel Hawke. I love cross-overs, don’t you?
Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher
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