Mission to Sonora (Linda Bluenight)

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Press: Imago Press (January 15, 2009)
Author Name:Cramer, Rebecca


When Linda Bluenight's teenage son, Matty, stumbles across a corpse while hiking in Ventana Canyon, her past experience in forensic anthropology catches up with her. 
The short-handed Tucson PD asks for her help with the autopsy, and her findings lead her to believe the Tohono O'odham boy arrested for the crime is not guilty.
As she investigates a lengthy list of suspects, Linda and her son both become targets for an unknown adversary bent on scaring her off the scent and back to the day job she loves - teaching children at the San Xavier del Bac Mission school.
But Linda and Matty are not so easily put off, and when Linda begins to get close to the truth, she finds herself in more danger than she anticipated.

About the Author

Rebecca Cramer is a writer, anthropologist, and educator.  She is the author of two other books in the Linda Bluenight Mystery Series, The View from Frog Mountain and High Stakes at San Xavier.  She lives with her family in Tucson, Arizona, where she is also an adjunct professor at Pima College and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona.

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Comment List (Total:6)

  •     When you're a former forensic scientist, you'd think it'd be easier to escape your career. "Mission to Sonora: Book 1 of the Linda Bluenight Series" follows Linda and her son as they discover a corpse while on a nature hike. This discovery is just the start of Linda's troubles as there are those who don't want her former expertise applied to the discovery of that corpse, and she starts to get hunted through her everyday life. A story of facing the past and doing what's right, "Mission to Sonora" is a fine and highly recommended piece of mystery fiction, sure to please.
  •     I fully expected to enjoy this book, as I love stories that take place in the southwest and among native americans. Instead, I was bored by the long (and pointless) descriptions of flora and fauna. I love the rugged landscapes of the area, but descriptions were overdone in this book. It felt as much a botany or geology lesson as a novel. I could never bring myself to really care about the characters, and the ending seemed gimicky. I will not be reading the next two installments in the series.
  •     This was one of the special price (under $5 or free) Kindle books that I tried. I liked it a lot since it takes place in the southwest (I've been to this location) & that always helps to visualize the location as I read along. It was a fun read & I will look for more by this author.
  •     Liked this book 1 of the series.. Ready for book 2.. Just right story line for summer reading... Hope you enjoy the read..
  •     "The desert provides shelter for predators. The cactus wren builds its nest amid boughs of thorns to protect its young from pack rats and king snakes. The poisonous centipede wraps its soft tentacles around an unfortunate insect and fondles its victim in lethal foreplay. Even the ubiquitous roadrunner, famous of stage and screen, earns its supper by plundering the burrows of sand squirrels and by using its sharp beak to slash the throats of baby cottontails." Thus begins a novel of murder and intrigue that engages the tensions between differing cultural backgrounds and between those who would conserve the desert and those who would destroy it. Of Cherokee ancestry, Cramer's character, Linda Bluenight, quit her job as a forensic anthropologist in Kansas City and moved with her son, Matty, to teach Tohono O'odham ("Papago") children on the reservation west of Tucson, Arizona. Cramer introduces many interesting characters who represent different and sometimes conflicting cultural perspectives. In the tradition of Tony Hillerman, she intersperses snippets of knowledge about local Native American cultures in a manner that neither detracts from the plot nor impedes enjoyment of her novel. She also weaves some of the region's pressing environmental issues into the plot. I highly recommend Mission to Sonora to anyone who enjoys a murder mystery. I also recommend it as a supplement to anthropology classroom readings for its insights into important cross-cultural issues in the Southwest.
  •     Disappointing first 2/3 of the book. Good sub stories and characters. Last 1/3 pretty good. Nice surprise ending. Keep writing.

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