Coeur d’Alene Waters is a compelling story of one man’s search for redemption. It is a murder mystery, but in its treatment of language, characters, spirituality and even the natural world, it is much more than that.
It is fascinating to see how the lake itself, and the setting, functions almost as another character in the story. Wonderful Pacific Northwest atmospherics, definitely shows some influence by other writers with masterful control of language, like Annie Dillard.
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Great review on Amazon for my first novel:
“Coeur d’Alene Waters is a murder mystery that rises above the genre with language that is simultaneously lyrical and hard-nosed…. an engaging story… This work of literary fiction has the tautness and complexity of the best of crime dramas.”
— Review from Alec Clayton, author of 7 novels
I read it without stopping as soon as I got it loaded on my Kindle! What a terrific read, and this from a person who is not a fan of historical fiction, mainly because it often has so many inaccuracies. For me, too, the measure of a compelling read is that I continue to think about it long after I have closed the book, and in this case, I have thought of it often.
There were parts where I thought if one more brutal thing happened to Miriam/Mear I couldn’t bear it. To accept the plausibility of her treatment (and that of others like the character Nell), I had to remind myself of how harsh life was then, how brutal. I had to remind myself of the prevailing ignorance of people, how filled with superstition many were, and what a truly perilous time it was.
I loved it all, and loved spending my time in that strange and distant era, and got a wonderful education while being thoroughly entertained. Can’t ask for more than that!
— Connie Davis ( Review posted at https://www.facebook.com/SinfulFolk )
Really enjoying this book — I thought it would be slow, moving back into the middle ages, but instead this is really fast moving, exciting and interesting. I keep wondering how this woman kept herself hidden for all these years, and how in the world she managed to keep herself alive. Every other chapter, I’m wondering how she isn’t dead yet. But she’s smart, inventive, misses nothing — and she’s close-mouthed and shy. (A lot like me!) Great writing, interesting medieval perspective. I just hope she stays alive to the end of the book! — Anne Stanford on GoodReads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12401599-sinful-folk
Reading this book prior to release…. great read! Interesting story, fascinating medieval landscape, and amazing characters. If you liked Pillars of the Earth or Year of Wonders, you’ll like this book. Also, seems a lot like The Red Tent, for people who loved that interwearving of history and ideas and women’s stories. — Ed Wheeler on GoodReads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12401599-sinful-folk