Blood Memory
by Margaret Coel


The Berkley Publishing Group, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22345-1.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 09/08/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Margaret Coel's latest release, Blood Memory, is a departure from her Wind River mystery stories, which are set within an Indian reservation. With an influx of new characters, the author takes us into the urban sprawl near and around modern day Denver.

Meet Catherine McLeod, an investigative reporter for a major Denver newspaper. Someone may be trying to kill her to keep her from working on a story. When a good friend is gravely injured in a shooting by a would-be assailant in her home, she realizes that friends and family close to her may be in danger's path as well. Now she must change her appearance, go into hiding, distance herself from loved ones and still attempt to investigate a story that someone is determined to keep hidden—a story that has been hidden for one hundred and fifty years, a story that gives her a glimpse into her own past and her ties to the Arapahos.

While McLeod struggles to discover who she is and where her roots lie, she has to shed her identity and everything familiar to her in a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the killer that seems to know her every move. Only by digging into the past and weeding through the politics can she stop the attempts on her life and reveal a horrible history that ties in with the genocide of the Arapaho and Cheyenne in Denver's dark past and the 1864 massacre at Sand Creek.

This suspenseful book is rich with well-researched glimpses of Native American history, treaties, and massacres. The plot flows smoothly; the characters that are varied, realistic and intriguing. The shocking ending of this fascinating mystery left me hoping to see more of Cole's new characters.


Margaret Coel is a New York Times best selling author who has won numerous awards for her Wind River Mystery series. A Colorado native living in Boulder, she has published articles on the West in several publications. A historian at heart, she enjoys writing and speaking about the people and places she loves best. Visit her website.

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