Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #7 - Murder on the Red River by Marcie Rendon

A murder mystery set in the 1970s taking place on both sides of the Red River dividing North Dakota and Minnesota. The author and many of the characters are Native American. The mystery part of the story was pretty straight forward – without giving spoilers, it’s just a dumb crime and not an elaborate plot – but it’s fascinating to get to know “Cash” the main character. She’s a bit of a loner and very good at fending for herself after growing up in a series of foster homes, but she does have a friend and champion in the local sheriff. She helps him by serving as an unofficial liaison to the local Native American community, as in this case when a local man is found dead in a field and Cash has to locate his family to break the news. There’s lots of commentary about White/Indian relations, but it doesn’t come across in a heavy-handed way. The next book in the series comes out in May of this year, and I hope to get my hands on it. Fulfills Litsy Booked2019 reading challenge prompt: indigenous author. Read 29 January to 3 February. (Yes, I finished it during the Super Bowl.)
Tags: mystery, native american

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