Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bone Horses


By Lesley Poling-Kempes

This complex, multi-layered mystery is set in modern day New Mexico. However, we learn much about the past and legends in this novel.

Charlotte is a very stable and reliable teacher who comes to Agua Dulce, New Mexico from New York. She learns the legends of the wild horses haunting the area, and the ravens that embody ancestors. Charlotte also learns shocking things about her own mother’s past. When she becomes the target of a crazed killer, she finds love with a cowboy.

Nothing is simple here, however. There are many twists and turns in this story. The characters are colourful and very real. They live by legend, tradition, and family history. They struggle with issues of today, such as poverty, education, substance abuse, religious beliefs, and environmental issues. 

Lesley Poling-Kempes writes with emotion, respect and knowledge of the Southwest and New Mexico. She shares the raw beauty of the landscape and its wildlife. She also brings to life the people and their traditions. This is a very unique and special novel.



2013 Tony Hillerman 
Award for Best Fiction

32 comments:

  1. I lived in New Mexico for 20 years. It is like nowhere else I have ever been! This sounds like an excellent tale! Thanks for the great review, Annie!

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    1. I have not been to New Mexico, but have been to Arizona. This book is very well done, very vivid imagery.

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  2. Thank you, McGuffy, for a sensitive and wonderful review of my novel, Bone Horses. I so appreciate being included on your shelf of good books!

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    1. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to do a review for you. I will be reading your other books, now. Thank you!

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  3. My first comment wouldn't publish so here I go again.
    There's a bit of everything in this book. I love a mystery book. Thanks for the great review.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Blogger has been temperamental lately. I am glad you didn't give up. I think you would like this, Julia. It is very unique and creative. Hugs.

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  4. Wow, I like the title, and it sounds like a gripping read!

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    1. It really is a gripping read. I loved the imagery, traditions, and legends. The characters are so real.

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  5. I think I would like this book!! Thank you for the review!

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  6. The few times i've visited New Mexico, i've been fascinated by it. This sounds like it would extend that fascination.

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    1. I think it would, Mimi. Lesley writes well, bringing it to life.

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  7. This book sounds amazing. It also sounds made for you!

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  8. And, McGuffy, did I tell you that the main characters in my first novel, CANYON OF REMEMBERING, include a family of spectacular cats? Yes...and their lives with an artist living on the high desert of New Mexico....where else?

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    1. I have to get that book! That sounds great!

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  9. It sounds fascinating--I really loved Tony Hillerman's novels. I also enjoy your book reviews!

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    1. It is quite fascinating. I think you would like this. Thank you for the kind comment. I appreciate it.

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  10. Well up until I read Lesley's last comment I was all set to take a look at this book. Now I think I'll check out Canyon of Remembering first. My cats would never forgive me if I didn't. LOL!

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    1. Me, too. I want to read it, and then her other books.

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  11. This sounds like a real page-turner! Thank you for sharing about it, McGuffy Ann! :)

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  12. I've wished for many years that my life could have had a moment in New Mexico. The culture and the beautiful-ness of nature fascinate me. And I really, REALLY, like their license plates. I want one.

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    1. Their plates put others to shame; I agree.

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  13. WHOOPS! I think I got hooked here. I will have to see about getting this! And NM is a place I have always wanted to go see. xxoo

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  14. OH NO! Canyon of Remembering too. I'm there!

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  15. Sounds awesome ... a good read for the mystery and for what can be learned from it.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. It was really a good read! Interesting!

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