(3 / 5) – It’s Worth It!
Sometimes you just need to try something new, which was exactly my mood when I picked up Marcie R. Rendon’s “Murder on the Red River” at Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN. I am not a mystery reader by nature, but I liked the concept of a young indigenous woman detective who grows and matures over a series of books in the “who done-it” style.
The first in the Cash Blackbear Mystery series, “Murder on the Red River” was an introduction to this northern Minnesota community, the lead characters, and the political and social realities of the time. Cash is a wonderfully complex and intriguing character who is figuring things out and happens to also have a connection to thin places. This gift allows her to be an asset to both her community and local law enforcement as mysteries swirl around.
This was an entertaining and insightful novel. I enjoyed walking in Cash’s shoes for a while and Rendon’s writing is accessible without being pedestrian. There is a lot of set up and back story in this book which Rendon offered the reader through meaningful dialogue or inner monologue. Overall a good entertaining book that sets up a world for future novels and character growth. I look forward to reading the next one.