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Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal go Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity. After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there? In the end, Rivera faces a moral crisis: Should he enforce the law or serve the cause of justice? And a woman learns the answer to a question that's been haunting her for seventy years.


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Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal go Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity. After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there? In the end, Rivera faces a moral crisis: Should he enforce the law or serve the cause of justice? And a woman learns the answer to a question that's been haunting her for seventy years.

30 review for Artifacts of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    I'm thrilled to find this series. I especially enjoyed the setting in Moab, as I am pretty familiar with that area. A local ranch hand is found dead in a canyon. Deputy Manny Rivera has been assigned the case. He has been told to solve the case fast as tourist season is coming soon, no one wants a killer on the loose in the canyon country. Then he starts to figure out there is a connection to valuable ancient pottery and artifacts. Looks simple and one dimensional, however, another case comes int I'm thrilled to find this series. I especially enjoyed the setting in Moab, as I am pretty familiar with that area. A local ranch hand is found dead in a canyon. Deputy Manny Rivera has been assigned the case. He has been told to solve the case fast as tourist season is coming soon, no one wants a killer on the loose in the canyon country. Then he starts to figure out there is a connection to valuable ancient pottery and artifacts. Looks simple and one dimensional, however, another case comes into it having to do with the first and an old unsolved disappearance as well. Would recommend this book. Especially for those of you who enjoy Tony Hillerman or James Doss. Thanks for carrying on a great tradition!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim Angstadt

    Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera #1) Rich Curtin (Goodreads Author) This story is set in the area around Moab, Utah, the mountains just to the southeast, and the surrounding open landscapes. Except for Moab, some surrounding ranches, and some outdoor enthusiasts, the area is very lightly populated. Just the sort of place where a cache of artifacts could be hidden forever. After Josh dies, Liam becomes the only one who knows the location of the cave where the artifacts are stored. Then Liam dies. Th Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera #1) Rich Curtin (Goodreads Author) This story is set in the area around Moab, Utah, the mountains just to the southeast, and the surrounding open landscapes. Except for Moab, some surrounding ranches, and some outdoor enthusiasts, the area is very lightly populated. Just the sort of place where a cache of artifacts could be hidden forever. After Josh dies, Liam becomes the only one who knows the location of the cave where the artifacts are stored. Then Liam dies. The only clue to the cave's location is found in a series of letters that Liam wrote to his intended wife. So the trail goes cold for decades until Frank Sorenson comes across the letters. For me, the strength of this story lies in the descriptions of the land, the weather, the people who have lived and worked there, and their values of honesty, perseverance, and care for others. Of course, not all share those values. Namely Frank Sorenson and a few of his associates. They see easy money and little responsibility. Deputy Manny Rivera is trying to makeup for a previous blunder while on stakeout. If Manny cannot solve this case, then maybe he's not good detective material. The inconsistencies of character and action of Frank Sorenson were a negative for me. Maybe others would consider these inconsistencies within some normal degree of variation, but, for me, the variation was too pronounced. Overall, an enjoyable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer S. Alderson

    I really enjoyed the setting and story as well as the information included about Native American art and artifacts smuggling. The author dedicates this book to Tony Hillerman, which makes me want to read his work even more. I loved the descriptions of Utah and the 'desert country'. My only complaint is that the mystery that has to be solved by a police officer, is actually explained in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is the officer playing catch up. I kept waiting for another plot t I really enjoyed the setting and story as well as the information included about Native American art and artifacts smuggling. The author dedicates this book to Tony Hillerman, which makes me want to read his work even more. I loved the descriptions of Utah and the 'desert country'. My only complaint is that the mystery that has to be solved by a police officer, is actually explained in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is the officer playing catch up. I kept waiting for another plot twist, but that didn't happen. (Reminded me of Murder, She Wrote.) Still, the author has a easy to read style and writes about topics I enjoy reading about, so I'm sure I'll read more of his work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Very well written police procedural. Deputy Rivera starts his investigation with no clues whatsoever and moves from there to point A and on down the line until he solves several mysteries A "feel good" ending that was decades in the making makes up the end game on this. And the author's description of the area in and around Moab Utah makes this a real fun read. Those who have read Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn series will appreciate the scenery descriptions. Definitely will continue this series. Very well written police procedural. Deputy Rivera starts his investigation with no clues whatsoever and moves from there to point A and on down the line until he solves several mysteries A "feel good" ending that was decades in the making makes up the end game on this. And the author's description of the area in and around Moab Utah makes this a real fun read. Those who have read Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn series will appreciate the scenery descriptions. Definitely will continue this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    A very well written little mystery story, even more enjoyable because it was set in areas I know about--Moab, Salt Lake City, and Vernal, Utah. It concerns the illegal sale of Indian artifacts, which has been and continues to be a problem, and the deputy who solves the whole situation/crimes. It was a good read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Cosen

    There was neither a mystery here, nor twists. Every facet was completely and blandly predictable. To make matters worse, the dialogue sounds like it was written by Siri. Completely unbelievable--nobody talks the way the author has his characters talking. I could not recommend less.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Britt, Book Habitue

    Good story but an unfortunate amount of "telling" rather than "showing". Good story but an unfortunate amount of "telling" rather than "showing".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Having grown up in Colorado -> I appreciate crime novels set in the rural western states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico, geography that I am familiar with. I enjoy reading series that develop characters over time. Artifacts of Death is a free Amazon download that introduced me to the Manny Rivera series. Rich Curtin is an able story teller, articulate writer, the plot of this book is entertaining w/ interesting protagonist. I am looking forward to reading the next novels in this serie Having grown up in Colorado -> I appreciate crime novels set in the rural western states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico, geography that I am familiar with. I enjoy reading series that develop characters over time. Artifacts of Death is a free Amazon download that introduced me to the Manny Rivera series. Rich Curtin is an able story teller, articulate writer, the plot of this book is entertaining w/ interesting protagonist. I am looking forward to reading the next novels in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara George

    A wonderful multilayered mystery. Detective Rivera is faced solving his first big crime with no clues to help him. He starts with The tiniest bit of evidence from a hundreds year old piece of pottery. The process of solving one man's mysterious murder is enhanced with wonderful history of Utah and native treasures and bad guys from a variety of venues. Another excellent work by rich Curtin. A wonderful multilayered mystery. Detective Rivera is faced solving his first big crime with no clues to help him. He starts with The tiniest bit of evidence from a hundreds year old piece of pottery. The process of solving one man's mysterious murder is enhanced with wonderful history of Utah and native treasures and bad guys from a variety of venues. Another excellent work by rich Curtin.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ely

    Tony Hillerman fans will love this... A mystery set in Tony Hillerman country, spanning across several generation, with all the twists and turns worthy of Tony Hillerman.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandra The Old Woman in a Van

    I enjoyed this mystery and will read more of the series. The book’s setting and descriptions of place and the artifact selling aspect of the story were especially interesting. The mystery aspect was mostly interesting but overall depended on adding together some disjointed coincidences that involved new characters just showing up to close a plot point. It would have been better if the stories of these characters had built up through the book and then converged. Easier to criticize than write, I I enjoyed this mystery and will read more of the series. The book’s setting and descriptions of place and the artifact selling aspect of the story were especially interesting. The mystery aspect was mostly interesting but overall depended on adding together some disjointed coincidences that involved new characters just showing up to close a plot point. It would have been better if the stories of these characters had built up through the book and then converged. Easier to criticize than write, I know, but to me the story and characters weren’t as engaging as they could have been. That said, I am going to continue for another book or two and see if the author develops them more. I loved the setting around Moab, Utah.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    An intriguing non-grisly plot and descriptive desert-country elements kept me reading until the end. On the one hand I enjoyed armchair traveling through the canyons and cliffs, and rooting for the bad guy, rather hoping for a flash flood to help him out by washing away traces of his crime. On the other hand, when the story shifts to the detective I felt like I was listening to a dull uncle at Thanksgiving tell a plodding story full of boring details. Hope the author loosens up the starchy shirt An intriguing non-grisly plot and descriptive desert-country elements kept me reading until the end. On the one hand I enjoyed armchair traveling through the canyons and cliffs, and rooting for the bad guy, rather hoping for a flash flood to help him out by washing away traces of his crime. On the other hand, when the story shifts to the detective I felt like I was listening to a dull uncle at Thanksgiving tell a plodding story full of boring details. Hope the author loosens up the starchy shirt. He's got a promising series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kay Laird

    Fabulous mystery! Loved the characters and the setting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Has been compared to Hillerman, but is not quite as good. Lot of description of the four corners country, but a good mystery. Keeps you guessing until the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cokenour

    Having lived in the 4 Corners area of the SW, this first in the series hit on many points of why I do...the landscape, the wildlife, plant life, fresh air, blue skies; the adventure of hiking and climbing the trails and among the red rocks. Enough of that, now to the story, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera lives in Moab and isn't sure if he should stay or not. Then a murdered man shows up on the Kokopelli Trail and he is put in charge of the case. Besides trying to solve a murder with slim to none clu Having lived in the 4 Corners area of the SW, this first in the series hit on many points of why I do...the landscape, the wildlife, plant life, fresh air, blue skies; the adventure of hiking and climbing the trails and among the red rocks. Enough of that, now to the story, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera lives in Moab and isn't sure if he should stay or not. Then a murdered man shows up on the Kokopelli Trail and he is put in charge of the case. Besides trying to solve a murder with slim to none clues, Manny begins to find himself while spending time in the back country of Grand County, Utah. Been there myself, so know exactly how he feels. Finding a pottery sherd in the dead man's chest, then another sherd at a canyon entrance far from the initial crime scene leads Manny into the world of illegal Native American pottery/artifacts dealing. There is a bittersweet love story, beginning in 1938, wrapped in mystery for an abandoned sweetheart which finally comes to fruition at the end of this novel. Anyway, if you happen to live in the area which is written about in depth, you'll definitely enjoy this read. If you don't, you'll catch the adventure bug and want to visit asap. PS to the author, Rich Curtin: as soon as you described the interior of the Rim Rock Diner, and the wonderful waitresses....yes, that was Smithy's Golden Steakhouse! We loved going there and sure do miss it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    A surprisingly good book that I got for "free" from Amazon (thanks, Bookbub!). Manny Rivera is a sheriff's deputy in Grand County, Utah. He moved there from New Mexico because he loved the land. He is mostly alone there, but he does the best he can. Manny is called in to investigate a murder that had taken place, ostensibly on BLM land, and the Sheriff, aware of the lifeblood of tourism around Moab tells Manny to drop everything and solve the murder. "Thanks a lot," I'm sure Manny thought. But it t A surprisingly good book that I got for "free" from Amazon (thanks, Bookbub!). Manny Rivera is a sheriff's deputy in Grand County, Utah. He moved there from New Mexico because he loved the land. He is mostly alone there, but he does the best he can. Manny is called in to investigate a murder that had taken place, ostensibly on BLM land, and the Sheriff, aware of the lifeblood of tourism around Moab tells Manny to drop everything and solve the murder. "Thanks a lot," I'm sure Manny thought. But it turns out Manny is a good detective. The murder happened because a ranch hand just happened to be in the wrong place when an ex-Army guy was removing old Indian pottery from a hidden cache on the land. A rather hard crime to solve. Manny will solve it (of course, this is "Book 1) but there are some neat twists and turns along the way. The story is really pretty cohesive. I like a lot of the independent (i.e. "self published") writers and this author did a lot of time in research and building his characters. My only complaint is that it is a short book and I would have liked for the book to have been a little more expansive... it is short book and it coulda been longer. Still, I will keep this author on my short list and try to show some love by BUYING the next book. Oh, and a final note ... Manny is not alone anymore.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Javadude54

    I really liked this book and the style of the author. The mystery was interesting and the characters seemed well-fleshed out. Writers that can make me care about their characters always end up being my favorites. There were parts of this book that made my eyes a bit misty and that emotional reaction generally means the author has made a new fan. I also like the setting of the book. Several of my favorite authors in this genre use the four corners area and I always find the details very interestin I really liked this book and the style of the author. The mystery was interesting and the characters seemed well-fleshed out. Writers that can make me care about their characters always end up being my favorites. There were parts of this book that made my eyes a bit misty and that emotional reaction generally means the author has made a new fan. I also like the setting of the book. Several of my favorite authors in this genre use the four corners area and I always find the details very interesting and make me want to visit someday. This is actually the second book in the series I have read. I saw Moonshadow Murder (book #4) on BookBub daily recommendation, it was free, and it looked interesting. I liked it too and bought this, the first book in the series, to start at the beginning. The style and setting reminded me of Tony Hillerman, R. Allen Chappell, and Craig Johnson. And, frankly, that's about as good a recommendation as I can give a book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian Campbell

    Good mystery, enjoyable read. I’ll probably read more in this series. Compares OK with Hillerman’s Jim Chee titles except that Chee works for hometown police while Rivera’s hometown is outside his police jurisdiction and there was no Navajo spiritualism in the Rivera title. I enjoyed Rivera’s emotional connection to the beauty of the landscape. I also enjoyed the moral strength of character in the sheriff and in ranch foreman. Once Rivera got to the brink of identifying the murderer, the end of Good mystery, enjoyable read. I’ll probably read more in this series. Compares OK with Hillerman’s Jim Chee titles except that Chee works for hometown police while Rivera’s hometown is outside his police jurisdiction and there was no Navajo spiritualism in the Rivera title. I enjoyed Rivera’s emotional connection to the beauty of the landscape. I also enjoyed the moral strength of character in the sheriff and in ranch foreman. Once Rivera got to the brink of identifying the murderer, the end of the murder mystery happed with some quick coincidences which I found slightly unlikely. The end of the book wrapped up a story of lost love with pleasant dramatic sentiment. The spiritual aspect in the text was Christian and came from the murderer. While I liked what Curtin did with the “Hillerman formula”, I wonder what he will create without it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terralyn Brown Barfield

    1 1/2 Stars ✨ 1 Star for enjoyment. 2 stars for readability & effort required to write a book which shouldn’t be downplayed. Just not my cup of tea. Meh 😒 Fairly painful 😖 for me. Flat and unrealistic dialogue, bordering on preachy if it wasn’t so boring. It seemed like an example of how everyone SHOULD talk and behave with one another at all times rather than reality ......... right down to the introspection and remorse of the criminals. Not enough about the archeological to be educational. It d 1 1/2 Stars ✨ 1 Star for enjoyment. 2 stars for readability & effort required to write a book which shouldn’t be downplayed. Just not my cup of tea. Meh 😒 Fairly painful 😖 for me. Flat and unrealistic dialogue, bordering on preachy if it wasn’t so boring. It seemed like an example of how everyone SHOULD talk and behave with one another at all times rather than reality ......... right down to the introspection and remorse of the criminals. Not enough about the archeological to be educational. It did really sell the ‘amazing desirability of living in the area surrounded Moab “an amazing recreational tourist destination” ’. Did I mention plodding and bland? Not recommended unless you have insomnia. Sorry. I want those reading hours back please.

  20. 4 out of 5

    G. Cosgrove

    This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work made it very interesting and the twist and wrap up was well done. All in all I will be looking for more from this author. This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work kept you involved, the sub plot about the ranch an This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work made it very interesting and the twist and wrap up was well done. All in all I will be looking for more from this author. This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work kept you involved, the sub plot about the ranch and the wrap up made for a good ending. I am looking forward to the next story by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Draper

    Great mystery and love story! Wonderfully written story. Begins in 1938 with the love story of two young people and the mysterious disappearance of the young man in 1938 and move ps along quite nicely to the current year. There is a murder and stolen Native American artifacts woven together and the truth is unraveled methodically by the detective work of the young local deputy sheriff. Who murdered who? Why was a body moved from one Canyon to another, and what happened to the original owners of t Great mystery and love story! Wonderfully written story. Begins in 1938 with the love story of two young people and the mysterious disappearance of the young man in 1938 and move ps along quite nicely to the current year. There is a murder and stolen Native American artifacts woven together and the truth is unraveled methodically by the detective work of the young local deputy sheriff. Who murdered who? Why was a body moved from one Canyon to another, and what happened to the original owners of the artifacts. Very satisfactory ending! I very much recommend this book. Contains great details of the Moab area of a Utah.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David L. Haven, Jr.

    Rich Curtin has an avocation, he has found his niche This romantic police procedural launches Curtin via Detective Manny Rivera into a place alongside James Lee Burke. A principled man, a sense of justice and a romantic in the best sense of the word. Rivera may lack the grit of a Dave Robicheaux, but he's young. Curtin is a master at setting the table, facts, Artifacts, nature, office, home are where we expect them to be, but there's still room for a twist or two on the dessert cart. A fun read. Rich Curtin has an avocation, he has found his niche This romantic police procedural launches Curtin via Detective Manny Rivera into a place alongside James Lee Burke. A principled man, a sense of justice and a romantic in the best sense of the word. Rivera may lack the grit of a Dave Robicheaux, but he's young. Curtin is a master at setting the table, facts, Artifacts, nature, office, home are where we expect them to be, but there's still room for a twist or two on the dessert cart. A fun read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven Howes

    While I wouldn't rank this book as being quite on the same level as say a Tony Hillerman (Jim Chee) or Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire) novel, I found it to be an enjoyable read with a clever plot and a few surprises. The main character, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera, is a likeable and believable character. His territory includes the canyon country around Moab, Utah, and he is charged with solving a murder mystery involving a hidden cache of Native American pottery and a long-lost missing person. I en While I wouldn't rank this book as being quite on the same level as say a Tony Hillerman (Jim Chee) or Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire) novel, I found it to be an enjoyable read with a clever plot and a few surprises. The main character, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera, is a likeable and believable character. His territory includes the canyon country around Moab, Utah, and he is charged with solving a murder mystery involving a hidden cache of Native American pottery and a long-lost missing person. I enjoyed this book enough to take a gamble and purchase the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Sigler

    Twisting like the canyons it takes place in... First entry in Curtin's Manny Rivera series certainly does not disappoint! The plot is simple enough, but there are several twists that are unexpected, including a moral question about law versus justice that Rivera must resolve. One thing I really liked was that the author did not feel obligated to spend a lot of time reviewing the main character's background. Kept it to a minimum, just enough to make him a relatable person. Looking forward to the n Twisting like the canyons it takes place in... First entry in Curtin's Manny Rivera series certainly does not disappoint! The plot is simple enough, but there are several twists that are unexpected, including a moral question about law versus justice that Rivera must resolve. One thing I really liked was that the author did not feel obligated to spend a lot of time reviewing the main character's background. Kept it to a minimum, just enough to make him a relatable person. Looking forward to the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wilma

    This was a very good book. It begins with a man who discovers a cave in Utah with a bunch of Native American pottery. Unfortunately, he gets bit by a rattlesnake and dies in the cave. Years later, another man discovers the cave and secretly takes out three items at a time and sells them to a collector. He is discovered by a ranch hand and kills the man. The detective on the case has a time following clues in the case and it is happenstance that takes him to solve the mystery. I highly recommend t This was a very good book. It begins with a man who discovers a cave in Utah with a bunch of Native American pottery. Unfortunately, he gets bit by a rattlesnake and dies in the cave. Years later, another man discovers the cave and secretly takes out three items at a time and sells them to a collector. He is discovered by a ranch hand and kills the man. The detective on the case has a time following clues in the case and it is happenstance that takes him to solve the mystery. I highly recommend this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Slow and steady Well plotted mystery that ambles along. Nice guy Manny's character is never really fleshed out properly and the whole book has a somewhat subdued feeling throughout. Some good twists and turns in an otherwise solid plot, the conclusion and wrap up are satisfying. Manny's investigation builds slowly, helped along by believable cause and effect. Decently edited and well researched there are also some beautiful descriptive passages that add desert colour to the piece. Lacks - for wan Slow and steady Well plotted mystery that ambles along. Nice guy Manny's character is never really fleshed out properly and the whole book has a somewhat subdued feeling throughout. Some good twists and turns in an otherwise solid plot, the conclusion and wrap up are satisfying. Manny's investigation builds slowly, helped along by believable cause and effect. Decently edited and well researched there are also some beautiful descriptive passages that add desert colour to the piece. Lacks - for want of a better word - zing, but an easy, read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Doyle

    If you like police procedurals, this one's for you. Curtin does a good job of connecting the dots so the reader can arrive at the satisfying discovery of whodunit. I like the deputy, Manny Rivera, a down-to-earth, humble guy who is trying to solve his first big case. Curtin also presents a dilemma of conscience, to get the reader thinking about the difference between justice and the law. I especially like the descriptions of the settings around the beautiful Moab area. Good stuff. I plan to read If you like police procedurals, this one's for you. Curtin does a good job of connecting the dots so the reader can arrive at the satisfying discovery of whodunit. I like the deputy, Manny Rivera, a down-to-earth, humble guy who is trying to solve his first big case. Curtin also presents a dilemma of conscience, to get the reader thinking about the difference between justice and the law. I especially like the descriptions of the settings around the beautiful Moab area. Good stuff. I plan to read others in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ronda Liebert

    Enjoyed reading this book. I have the 2nd book in this series and will be reading it shortly. I like the characters in this story. The overarching story of the couple in love during the time before 1940's was especially appealing - I like the way the story came together at the end. Manny is a likeable guy who plays fair in his dealings with the cast of people in the story. I see a love story in the near future for him. Overall, the book moved along smoothly and I learned a bit about Native Ameri Enjoyed reading this book. I have the 2nd book in this series and will be reading it shortly. I like the characters in this story. The overarching story of the couple in love during the time before 1940's was especially appealing - I like the way the story came together at the end. Manny is a likeable guy who plays fair in his dealings with the cast of people in the story. I see a love story in the near future for him. Overall, the book moved along smoothly and I learned a bit about Native American pottery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott aka Prison Preacher

    Another good series intro Yes, I enjoyed it had a lot of key times I like in a story. A good overall story, despite knowing who the murderer is from the start, a primary character of good character, a bit slow at times but not dreadfully slow. A nice love story, but not an over.y sappy one, no sex, no vulgarity. Overall a simple and enjoyable read. My only hope is the remaking books of the series are as enjoyable. So often I give a good review only to see the series slowly go down the drain. I h Another good series intro Yes, I enjoyed it had a lot of key times I like in a story. A good overall story, despite knowing who the murderer is from the start, a primary character of good character, a bit slow at times but not dreadfully slow. A nice love story, but not an over.y sappy one, no sex, no vulgarity. Overall a simple and enjoyable read. My only hope is the remaking books of the series are as enjoyable. So often I give a good review only to see the series slowly go down the drain. I have hopes for Manny Rivera though

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I am drawn to mysteries set in the Southwest. This is an excellent example of combining the beauty of the land, the various cultures and a great historical mystery that kept my interest from beginning to end. To top it all off, I found a protagonist filled with humility and empathy. I'm ready to purchase the next book in the series. Happily, this is a read void of foul language, overt violence or gratuitous sex. Just a great mystery! I am drawn to mysteries set in the Southwest. This is an excellent example of combining the beauty of the land, the various cultures and a great historical mystery that kept my interest from beginning to end. To top it all off, I found a protagonist filled with humility and empathy. I'm ready to purchase the next book in the series. Happily, this is a read void of foul language, overt violence or gratuitous sex. Just a great mystery!

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