Fr. John wants to create an Arapaho museum on the rez, to help create pride among the youth. He hears of a ledger book, part of the tribe's patrimony, which should be among the items a Denver museum lists in its inventory which it plans to turn over to the tribe. The elderly story teller, keeper of the oral traditions, remembers seeing it in the museum in 1920, but who's going to listen to him? Fr. John and Arapaho attorney Vicky get worried when the Arapaho grad student working on the ledger for his PhD, who planned to run the museum on the rez, disappears. Added to the tension of the plot, is the tension between Fr. John and Vicky. A thoroughly satisfying mystery.
This is the 4th book in the Father John O'Malley mystery series by Margaret Coel, set on the Arapaho Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. I think this is the best book of the series that I have read so far. These books are fun to read and the clues throughout the books are interesting and make you think and puzzle at who, what, and where! I like the way the author weaves Native American history, life, and customs, into the narrative, making the mystery grow out of the culture and not the other way around. This particular book was quite interesting because the center of attention was on a very valuable and rare book of Arapaho history, written not in words but pictures or pictographs.
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