Friday, 25 October 2013

The Boy in the Snow by M.J.McGrath

The Boy in the Snow by M.J. McGrath

From Goodreads

Edie Kiglatuk’s discovery along Alaska’s Iditarod trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy

M. J. McGrath’s debut novel, White Heat, earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such as Smilla’s Sense of Snow and the Kurt Wallander series.

In M. J. McGrath’s compelling follow-up to White Heat, Edie Kiglatuk, the half-Inuit and half-outsider heroine, prepares to help her ex-husband, Sammy, in his bid to win Alaska’s world-famous Iditarod. But the race turns grim when she stumbles upon body of an infant—its tiny corpse covered in mysterious ceremonial markings—on land belonging to the Old Believers, an exiled Russian Orthodox sect.

Meanwhile, it’s election time and the lead candidate for governor of Alaska, Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg, desperately wants to keep Edie’s discovery out of the press. As Sammy mushes his team across frozen wilderness, Edie begins an investigation that leads into a murky world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself threatened by a painful secret from her past.

My review

This is a great follow up to White Heat, which was the first story in the Edie Kiglatuk Arctic mystery series.

Edie Kiglatuk is in Alaska, supporting her ex-husband Sammy along with another friend while he takes part in the Iditarod an Alaskan dog sled race.

When the body of a young boy is found by Edie Kiglatuk, the suspicions soon fall on a reclusive religious group of people known as the Old Believers. As with most mysteries there are lots of twists and turns before we find out who the real culprit is. Edie can't help but get involved with the investigations into the death and when another baby is found it soon becomes apparent that there is more happening than what she at first thought.

With religion, political corruption, prostitution and black market baby deals going on, this story is action packed.

It's an easy read and quite well written with lots of atmosphere. I do enjoy her books and will be looking out for the next in this series should there be one, which I hope there is. 

I gave this 4*(8/10).

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