An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery
Edie still hasn’t fully recovered from the loss of her ex stepson. As such, it is suggested that she spend the summer away from Autisaq. Her friend Derek Palliser has helped set her up with a place to stay in Kuujuaq while she takes on a summer teaching position in the local school. Then one of her students goes missing and is later discovered having been brutally murdered. The townsfolks immediately turn to the nearby military base for a scapegoat and tension is beginning to run high. Edie has no desire to get caught up in yet another investigation but Kuujuaq is grossly unequipped to deal with such a case. The ME and forensics folks are tied up elsewhere and Derek needs all the help he can get if he’s to do the girl’s case justice.
This third release in the Edie Kiglatuk series returns readers to the Canadian Arctic, this time during the literally endless days of summer. It’s an insular and harsh landscape, one that comes through quite clearly in McGrath’s prose.
While the main focus of the book is the murder there is a subplot concerning the military – both past and present. It’s actually a quite fascinating subplot that McGrath weaves quite well into the main story.
This latest is not without issue: the pacing is a bit off and there are hangups that prevent it from being a smooth and quick read. Overall, though, this is a satisfying addition to the series as a whole.
8/14 Becky Lejeune
THE BONE SEEKER by M.J. McGrath. Viking Adult (July 24, 2014). ISBN 978-0670785803. 352p.