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Tamarack County (Cork O’Connor #13) by William Kent Krueger

Tamarack CountyTitle: Tamarack County (Cork O’Connor #13)
Author: William Kent Krueger
Rating: ★★★★

Evelyn Carter, wife of a retired judge goes missing. Cork O’Connor, a retired sheriff, is called to help on the investigation. Due to a massive snow storm, traces are Evelyn are next to none. Is she already dead or will they able to find her before it is too late?

Conveniently, Anne, O’Connor’s daughter, comes home around the same time all of this is happening. Is there a connection? Why is she acting so strange? 

You are the light. The darkness will always try to snuff you out.

Bad things are happening in Tamarack County. A friend’s dog is beheaded and O’Connor’s own son’s life is threatened not once, but twice! Over twenty years ago, an innocent man may have been sent to prison on account of O’Connor. Is there a coincidence between these murders and the ones twenty years ago? 

Remember when we used to sleep out in the backyard in the summer, hoping we’d see the northern lights? We’d stay awake as long as we could and nothing would happen. Then we’d finally fall asleep, and sometimes we’d wake up and there they’d be. I think happiness is like that. If you spend your life looking for it, you’ll probably be disappointed. It comes on its own.

I found it really cool to learn more about the Native American culture. It was my first experience of this lifestyle and a good one at that! Being the first time I’ve read a novel that included a shaman, it was an interesting twist on a murder mystery.

What did bug me, though, was that O’Connor started seeing his son’s girlfriend’s mom. Like what?! Come on, dude, nothing good can come out of that! And then you end things with her to go back to a girl that ditched you. You’re old, you should know better than that! She only told you she loved you because she knew she was losing you to someone else. Ugh! I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

Who is behind all of these murders? Will justice ever come to Evelyn and Dexter (the dog)? Is there a connection between these murders and the case from twenty years ago?

MAY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

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