Winter's Child by Margaret Coel is the 20th Wind River Mystery as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley discover that a centuries-old mystery is tied to a modern-day crime on the Wind River Reservation.
There are three elements I consider essential for a great detective story: fascinating lead characters, a compelling mystery, and a setting that feels as if the reader can step into that world.
Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel—the 20th book in her Wind River series—contains two of those three elements. Well, two and a half. While I felt only half of the detective team was compelling as a lead, I suspect the failing is more on my part than the author’s—as I’m coming in as a new reader to a series that already has 19 books to establish characterization and relationships.
The title Winter’s Child has a double meaning—as do most of the greatest mysteries. Literally, it concerns a child abandoned in the middle of winter on the doorstep of an Arapaho couple. Now five years old, the couple wants to formally adopt the child they were forced to care for. The legal case pulls in Vicky Holden, an Arapaho attorney, as part of the legal team, but the murder of her co-counsel in front of her indicates that the mystery surrounding the child is deadly.