Hearts of the Missing

Hearts of the Missing

Carol Potenza / Jul 18, 2019

Hearts of the Missing When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire Sky tribal members commits suicide Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery

  • Title: Hearts of the Missing
  • Author: Carol Potenza
  • ISBN: Hearts of the Missing
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  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire Sky People With an intimate knowledge When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire Sky People With an intimate knowledge of Fire Sky customs and traditions, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander lost forever As Nicky closes in on the murderer, those closest to her are put in jeopardy She realizes she must be willing to sacrifice everything her career, her life, and even her soul to save the people she is sworn to protect Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Published December 4th 2018 by Minotaur Books More Details Original Title Hearts of the Missing ISBN 1250178282 ISBN13 9781250178282 setting New Mexico United States Literary Awards Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Fiction 2017 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Hearts of the Missing, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Best New Mexico Mysteries 28 books 47 voters Setting Southwest US 40 books 35 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 21, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley As a long time fan of Tony Hillerman, I decided to take a chance on new author Carol Potenza, who won the 2017 Tony Hillerman prize Nicky Matthews is a Sergeant in the Pueblo police For some reason, I never thought there would be non Indians on a reservation police force But there she is And despite being an outsider, she is the one that the Wind Mother chooses to visit I enjoyed this immensely Nicky has a lot of baggage, including an ex lover trying for a comeback and a boss that hates he As a long time fan of Tony Hillerman, I decided to take a chance on new author Carol Potenza, who won the 2017 Tony Hillerman prize Nicky Matthews is a Sergeant in the Pueblo police For some reason, I never thought there would be non Indians on a reservation police force But there she is And despite being an outsider, she is the one that the Wind Mother chooses to visit I enjoyed this immensely Nicky has a lot of baggage, including an ex lover trying for a comeback and a boss that hates her But she also has good friends that provide a strong support system and a good head on her shoulders There s a possible love interest The plot kept me involved and made me want to keep turning the pages There s a serial killer on the loose not to mention a possible conspiracy Loved the ending, even if it was unbelievable, and how it all came together This is a well thought out book, with a strong dose each of science, myth and history To be honest, I found it better than a lot of the Tony Hillerman books I am hoping this is the start of a new series My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book flag 64 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 14, 2019 Linda rated it really liked it Shelves native americans, nature themes, mystery thrillers I believe that there is to this world than our minds recognize There was an odd catch to his voice, a hint of uncertainty.Sergeant Nicky Matthews feels a certain presence as she wraps up her investigation in a convenience store robbery The lateness of the hour seems to have played tricks on her vision From the corner of her eye she sees the reflection of an ancient woman in the glass staring back at her She draws in a quick breath and leaps to the doorway No one there, not even a bre I believe that there is to this world than our minds recognize There was an odd catch to his voice, a hint of uncertainty.Sergeant Nicky Matthews feels a certain presence as she wraps up her investigation in a convenience store robbery The lateness of the hour seems to have played tricks on her vision From the corner of her eye she sees the reflection of an ancient woman in the glass staring back at her She draws in a quick breath and leaps to the doorway No one there, not even a breeze Life on the reservation in New Mexico is filled with customs and tales honoring those who came before The Fire Sky tribe, in particular, do all that they can to preserve their tribe and its members Nicky takes her two fellow officers, Savannah Analla and Ryan Bernal, into her confidence She, as a non Indian, has been shown a sacred sign What is being asked of her It doesn t take long before Nicky becomes involved in what appears to be a suicide on the railroad tracks Several Native Americans have suffered the same fate And this is where Carol Potenza takes us down a well lit trail involving DNA and the genetic makeup of the tribe Potenza s background as a professor of chemistry and bio chemistry at New Mexico State University eases her into a front row seat with fascinating background information No worriesPotenza leads with the snappy mystery and doesn t overwhelm the readers with Biology 101 Just enough to quicken the heartbeat.There s also the interesting insertion of a boss who leans on Nicky at every opportunity and a former love interest from the past who wields vengeance with a powerful title on his desk Potenza lights a match at every opportunity which will certainly assure you that she deserves her win of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize Just plain good stuff happening here flag 33 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 03, 2018 Gail C rated it it was amazing I love it when I have the opportunity to visit or revisit an area through a book, and that is what Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza offered The story takes place on the Pueblo of the Fire Sky Native Americans and is a rich combination of themes woven together in a way that leaves you hoping there will be books featuring these people and this beautiful setting The novel combines multiple elements, weaving them in and out to create a beautiful tapestry.There is Nicky, the federal la I love it when I have the opportunity to visit or revisit an area through a book, and that is what Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza offered The story takes place on the Pueblo of the Fire Sky Native Americans and is a rich combination of themes woven together in a way that leaves you hoping there will be books featuring these people and this beautiful setting The novel combines multiple elements, weaving them in and out to create a beautiful tapestry.There is Nicky, the federal law enforcement officer who takes her oath to protect and serve to heart For her, it s as simple as that The people on the fire sky pueblo are her responsibility and she must protect them, even if it means going against orders, even if it means putting herself at great risk, even if it means revisiting elements of her own past that are better left in her past This isn t easy to accomplish when she is the only woman in a male dominated field, resented by some, hated by others It s hard to find and know for sure who exactly has her back.There is the spirituality of the Fire Sky people Their belief that unless a body can be buried in its entirety, the soul will wander, lost, for eternity Combine that with the spirits who guide the people and make themselves visible to Nicky, add white rabbits to lead the way The character who knows the most about how these spirits interact is Howard, an alcoholic whose efforts to contact Nicky and tell her what he knows are both courageous and confusing.Then there are the remaining characters of the novel There are the men who make up Nicky s police unit, including those who resent Nicky, especially her Captain, who would like to see her fired and removed from the pueblo There are other law enforcement officers, some good, some not, and the reader has to figure out, along with Nicky, who is on the side of good and who is truly on the side of evil Potenza does an excellent job of leading you one way, only to shift and cause you to wonder if you ve been wrong all this time, then shift again.Then there is the beautiful setting of the state of New Mexico providing it s breathtaking wide open spaces If the reader has spent any time in the west, the writing will evoke memories of Native American territory the beauty of it, the poverty of it, the evidence of a different culture and lifestyle than the Europeans who settled across the United States If the reader hasn t spent time in the area, the novel may spark a compelling desire to see it for themselves and experience a foreign land that exists within their own country.As for writing style and pacing, Potenza has done a superb job The novel moves at a steady pace, one that calls the reader back if they have been forced to put it down for any reason It is a book that most readers will want to read if not in one sitting at least in large parts at a time At the same time, if circumstances require it, the reader can read a few pages here and there, in between accomplishing whatever has called them away from their reading.This was a thoroughly satisfying read, with Potenza crafting a novel that is successful on a number of levels The mystery is altogether satisfying, with good clues and red herrings that allow the reader to work through to the solution along with Nicky The characters morphing from good to bad and then back again in some cases, was well done Descriptions of the spiritualism and beliefs of the Fire Sky people allowed a view into a culture and belief system that, for some, will be totally different from anything they have ever known In short, it is a complex novel that provides the reader with multiple paths to involvement in the story, and I highly recommend it.My thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Minotaur Books for providing me an advanced digital copy in exchange for an unbiased review The opinions expressed here are entirely my own flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Jacqui rated it it was amazing This is an excellent debut novel for Carol Potenza and well worthy of the Tony Hillerman Prize I was drawn in by the deep characters, mesmerized by the local and cultural feel, and pulled along by a fast moving albeit complicated plot Kudos, Carol, for an excellent read flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 09, 2018 Janet Newport rated it liked it Shelves 2018 reads, kindle books, netgalley Thank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this arc.A complex and very convoluted plot The pacing wasn t very smoothly done, but in my mind forgivable as this is the author s debut book Further confusion was the addition of a number of characters with inadequate introduction details of their backstories were not provided until 50 plus pages later, making them feel like plot contrivances than real characters I found the main character Nicky a little unrealistic too much emotion Thank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this arc.A complex and very convoluted plot The pacing wasn t very smoothly done, but in my mind forgivable as this is the author s debut book Further confusion was the addition of a number of characters with inadequate introduction details of their backstories were not provided until 50 plus pages later, making them feel like plot contrivances than real characters I found the main character Nicky a little unrealistic too much emotion and not enough good sense for her job and felt like she was also part of the problem Overall though, this was a compelling read The atmosphere and creepiness were just right for me flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Maddison Michaels rated it it was amazing This was a phenomenal debut Wow, just wow I loved it The author had me hooked from start to finish It was so well written, and the twists and turns, along with the red herrings, left me guessing to the end just what I love in a good mystery I adored the heroine Nicky she was so relatable and I was cheering her on the whole time I can t recommend this book enough Do yourself a favour and grab a copy you ll love it I am now eagerly awaiting book 2 and Potenza is an auto buy for This was a phenomenal debut Wow, just wow I loved it The author had me hooked from start to finish It was so well written, and the twists and turns, along with the red herrings, left me guessing to the end just what I love in a good mystery I adored the heroine Nicky she was so relatable and I was cheering her on the whole time I can t recommend this book enough Do yourself a favour and grab a copy you ll love it I am now eagerly awaiting book 2 and Potenza is an auto buy for me now flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves crime, fiction Review can be found on my blog here you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical ARC copy of this book This book is a winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize.I loved all the suspense, mystery and surprises in this book There was so much suspense that it had me hooked to the storyline and I was so into uncovering the mystery of what was going on that I flew through this book and felt myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading through the cha Review can be found on my blog here you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical ARC copy of this book This book is a winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize.I loved all the suspense, mystery and surprises in this book There was so much suspense that it had me hooked to the storyline and I was so into uncovering the mystery of what was going on that I flew through this book and felt myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading through the chapters.We are introduced to the main character Nicky Matthews, a police sergeant While at the scene of a crime she sees a white rabbit and an elderly woman s face in a window Was the woman really there or was it a spirit Nicky comes to learn that both the face of the elderly woman and the white rabbit are omens of things to come but what does it mean One by one several local people go missing Nicky is determined to find out what is going on in her town and find who is responsible One day Nicky is contacted by a young boy and his grandmother The young boy s cousin has gone missing and they fear she has met the same fate as the other missing people of this town Nicky has been assigned to the case and she is determined to find this young woman.The case takes Nicky on a whirlwind of a ride What Nicky finds is shocking There are several shocking twists and turns in the book that you definitely won t see coming and I loved that It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading late into the night to see what would happen next.I really enjoyed reading about Nicky s characters She was a badass and had determination to solve each of her cases, and this one would be no different She had a fun personality and it was interesting and fun to read about her character and watch her evolve in this story I also enjoyed reading about her close friends Savannah and Ryan.Without giving too much away this book was amazing I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it All the stars for this book flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Suanne rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery, police procedural, western I have read everyTony Hillerman book and, being raised in the Southwest, loved how he and later his daughter Anne Hillerman captured so beautifully the aura of the land and its people When I heard Hearts of the Missing had won the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest, I was intrigued enough to read it.Let me say, I was not disappointed Potenza s book is every bit as enthralling as a Hillerman Leaphorn or Chee mystery novel Potenza s love for the New Mexico landsc I have read everyTony Hillerman book and, being raised in the Southwest, loved how he and later his daughter Anne Hillerman captured so beautifully the aura of the land and its people When I heard Hearts of the Missing had won the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest, I was intrigued enough to read it.Let me say, I was not disappointed Potenza s book is every bit as enthralling as a Hillerman Leaphorn or Chee mystery novel Potenza s love for the New Mexico landscape comes through clearly Additionally, she has a strong female protagonist in Nicky Matthews who is an officer in the police department of the Fire Sky people Though not a native, she is trusted by the people she serves Tribal members have been disappearing for several years, but Nicky is told to close the investigation The book combines well conceived plot twists as native mythology and history conflict with science Nicky faces a boss who dislikes her, an old lover and his demon of a wife, plus a new love interest who may not be who he seems People who enjoy a good conspiracy theory will enjoy Heart of the Missing as well Cant t wait to read the next one flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Diana Holguin Balogh rated it it was amazing I enjoyed the story on Audible Hearts of the Missing is a captivating mystery with a romantic edge and a deep Indian cultural dimension Fire Sky people are vanishing Micki Matthews, a feisty, dogged, intelligent tribal police woman is on a mission She is endeared by the locals and two special Pueblo friends, Ryan and Samantha They serve as her Indian translator, connector, and interpreter of signs The plot will zig you here and there so hold on Potenza s writing style moves quickly with m I enjoyed the story on Audible Hearts of the Missing is a captivating mystery with a romantic edge and a deep Indian cultural dimension Fire Sky people are vanishing Micki Matthews, a feisty, dogged, intelligent tribal police woman is on a mission She is endeared by the locals and two special Pueblo friends, Ryan and Samantha They serve as her Indian translator, connector, and interpreter of signs The plot will zig you here and there so hold on Potenza s writing style moves quickly with many sparkling surprises I found myself anxious to get to the next chapter, then disappointed when there were no chapters left Tony Hillerman, I believe, would be proud, Potenza, has carried on with what he started flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it Hearts of the Missing is a murder mystery set on Native American lands A Pueblo police detective must find who is killing Fire Sky tribe members It s a compelling story with a unique perspective The story gives a look at Native American culture, and I don t read many stories about this The story is engaging, but the pacing is off I was confused at times The main character is likeable and intelligent It s an overall good read but not fantastic Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange fo Hearts of the Missing is a murder mystery set on Native American lands A Pueblo police detective must find who is killing Fire Sky tribe members It s a compelling story with a unique perspective The story gives a look at Native American culture, and I don t read many stories about this The story is engaging, but the pacing is off I was confused at times The main character is likeable and intelligent It s an overall good read but not fantastic Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Richard Becker rated it it was amazing This was a wonderful new book by the debut author who recently won the Tony Hillerman prize.Like the Hillerman books, it is set in the American southwest on a tribal reservation The author shows an understanding and reverence for the native american way of life as portrayed in the book.Nicky Matthews, the detective charged with working a string of murders and missing persons among the tribe, relies on help from sympathetic members of the tribe and good deductions to solve the case She does thi This was a wonderful new book by the debut author who recently won the Tony Hillerman prize.Like the Hillerman books, it is set in the American southwest on a tribal reservation The author shows an understanding and reverence for the native american way of life as portrayed in the book.Nicky Matthews, the detective charged with working a string of murders and missing persons among the tribe, relies on help from sympathetic members of the tribe and good deductions to solve the case She does this in spite of the problems posed by certain members of the police force She is an engaging character, as are her little band of helpers that she calls on I hope that this series continues to provide good solid mysteries set in the Native American west We can use some to replace the stories we were getting from Margaret Coel and the Thurlos flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Alison McMahan rated it really liked it I was a little disappointed when I found out the tribe was fictional It then made me wonder if the customs and rituals I had just enjoyed learning so much about were also fictional, but from online interviews with Potenza I gather that those are based on research Potenza s sister in law is a police officer in a New Mexico Pueblo.The mystery revolves around scientific research, organ donors the Fire Sky People have to be buried intact, so they aren t donors , and DNA Potenza is a practicing I was a little disappointed when I found out the tribe was fictional It then made me wonder if the customs and rituals I had just enjoyed learning so much about were also fictional, but from online interviews with Potenza I gather that those are based on research Potenza s sister in law is a police officer in a New Mexico Pueblo.The mystery revolves around scientific research, organ donors the Fire Sky People have to be buried intact, so they aren t donors , and DNA Potenza is a practicing biochemist and it is in this part of the mystery where her writing really shines.There is a fascinating subplot with an evil ex boyfriend who is also a powerful social influencer Although it is only a small part of the story, I was actually engrossed in that relationship than I was in Nicky s love story with a fellow officer who may or may not be what he seems This is the first book in a planned series The real hero of the story in many ways is the landscape and how the people who live on it interact with it flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 24, 2018 Nancy McFarlane rated it really liked it After being forced to move and give up law school Nicky Matthews is finally doing something she really loves She is a police sergeant with the Pueblo NM police force and she is the liaison with the Fire Skye Indian reservation Nicky has made many friends on the res and she is respected by the natives, but she is not liked at all by her boss who can t wait to catch her doing something wrong When a suicide seems to be linked to other missing Fire Skye people Nicky defies her boss and investigat After being forced to move and give up law school Nicky Matthews is finally doing something she really loves She is a police sergeant with the Pueblo NM police force and she is the liaison with the Fire Skye Indian reservation Nicky has made many friends on the res and she is respected by the natives, but she is not liked at all by her boss who can t wait to catch her doing something wrong When a suicide seems to be linked to other missing Fire Skye people Nicky defies her boss and investigates Ancient beliefs and culture, greed, revenge, and modern day genetics all mix together in this beautifully written police procedural flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Laura Flores rated it it was amazing This book is a true mystery at every turn I fell in love with the main character, Nicky Matthews, as she navigated being an outsider in a world she feels deeply connected to The artistry and cultural competency Dr Potenza used when capturing the spirit of the tribal lands of New Mexico is astounding I respect any artist that is able to research and present this culture so respectfully, and this book certainly hits the mark It is no surprise that this book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman This book is a true mystery at every turn I fell in love with the main character, Nicky Matthews, as she navigated being an outsider in a world she feels deeply connected to The artistry and cultural competency Dr Potenza used when capturing the spirit of the tribal lands of New Mexico is astounding I respect any artist that is able to research and present this culture so respectfully, and this book certainly hits the mark It is no surprise that this book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize A MUST read for any lover of the Land of Enchantment, or for anyone looking for an addicting read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Robin rated it really liked it This book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman prize and thus has some serious shoes to fill, and it fills them fairly well Set on the Pueblo, Potenza has created a fictional but believable tribe, the Fire Sky tribe She then gives each of her four major characters varying degrees of connection to the tribe At the center of the story is Sgt Nicky Matthews, a Pueblo police officer, not native herself.Her best friend, Savannah Analia, the public safety director s assistant, is full blood Then t This book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman prize and thus has some serious shoes to fill, and it fills them fairly well Set on the Pueblo, Potenza has created a fictional but believable tribe, the Fire Sky tribe She then gives each of her four major characters varying degrees of connection to the tribe At the center of the story is Sgt Nicky Matthews, a Pueblo police officer, not native herself.Her best friend, Savannah Analia, the public safety director s assistant, is full blood Then there s Ryan, who makes jewelery and who grew up with Savannah, but isn t native He does however have extensive knowledge and respect for native traditions And then there s conservation agent, outsider Frank, who is the uneven piece of this four person puzzle.While Savannah is full blood, she s also the one who is skeptical of some native beliefs and it s actually Nicky who seems to have visions and be connected by some kind of sight to the Fire Sky culture When the book opens, she s investigating a mini mart break in, and is totally freaked when she sees an old woman in the glass who then vanishes She also sees a white rabbit, a sign of death, and that s what garners the interest of Juanita Benami and her grandson Juanita is concerned that her granddaughter, who said she was coming home for the weekend, and whose car is in the driveway, is missing When the young woman is later discovered as the victim of a train pedestrian suicide, Nicky s antenna are up The grieving grandmother is sure she s a lost soul Nicky is all for discovering what really happened to the young woman, who was about to graduate from college with a journalism degree, and didn t appear to be the typical lost addict who ends up in front of a train.This book is packed It s packed full of plot, full of characters, full of setting, and full of the Native culture that the author so clearly loves The details of that culture are fascinating and by far the strongest part of the novel, seconded by the vibrant characters.The plot is sometimes a bit over the top it appears there s a serial killer at work but that said, this is a fun read that s hard to put down The final action scene is slightly clunky a first time author problem, and as I read I couldn t help compare it to the sublime action sequences written by authors like Lee Child and Robert Crais , but those comparisons are perhaps unfair I actually thought this was a solid first in series set up and the elements of native culture that are included are both haunting and meaningful, a nice balance I look toward to book two flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Caryn rated it it was amazing Winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Award, Heart of the Missing introduces readers to Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews In my opinion, it is a fitting win for this author I found in Potenza s book the Hillerman magic of the Southwest and the native tribes that is missing in many well written books Where Hillerman focused on the Navajo culture, Potenza takes readers inside the Pueblo tribes.A young woman, member of the Fire Sky Pueblo, is dead When the autopsy reveals high levels of vario Winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Award, Heart of the Missing introduces readers to Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews In my opinion, it is a fitting win for this author I found in Potenza s book the Hillerman magic of the Southwest and the native tribes that is missing in many well written books Where Hillerman focused on the Navajo culture, Potenza takes readers inside the Pueblo tribes.A young woman, member of the Fire Sky Pueblo, is dead When the autopsy reveals high levels of various drugs, she is presumed to be a victim of suicide by train Her body has been buried but her grandmother is convinced all is not as reported Her granddaughter, she claims, had been clean drug free at the time of her death Also the grandmother is convinced her granddaughter s spirit is not at rest because her body was not whole when she was buried She senses in Nicky the ability believe in the mystical side and to press for answers Nicky was indeed the right person to approach She has been experiencing visions of white rabbits and soon realizes these visions may be tied to the grandmother or her granddaughter in some way As the plot unfolds, readers are treated to an intricately planned crime spree and quite a dose of spiritualism.The author weaves the mystical beliefs of the people into the plot of a crime novel creating another layer to her plot a layer deep in Native culture foreign to those outside the tribe While I didn t see any indication that this was the start of a new series, it seems probable I eagerly await the next book.A special thank you to St.Martin s Minotaur for an ARC of this book flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Regan rated it really liked it My library sends out monthly new reads in various genres and Carol Potenza s debut, HEARTS OF THE MISSING was on a recent list I m a fan of Tony Hillerman, Margaret Coel and James Doss so I thought I d give her a try Boy am I glad I did While I figured out early on what was the core mystery what was driving the killer, Potenza adds some twists and turns I did not see coming While at times I had to go back and read parts to make sense of the flow, the writing was clear and kept you involved My library sends out monthly new reads in various genres and Carol Potenza s debut, HEARTS OF THE MISSING was on a recent list I m a fan of Tony Hillerman, Margaret Coel and James Doss so I thought I d give her a try Boy am I glad I did While I figured out early on what was the core mystery what was driving the killer, Potenza adds some twists and turns I did not see coming While at times I had to go back and read parts to make sense of the flow, the writing was clear and kept you involved in the story I had a hard time putting the book down once I started it and that became even pronounced when I got to the last 40 or so pages at that point it was hard not to skip ahead to find out what happened I didn t Potenza s characters are fully formed and their individuality comes through There were a few times I wanted to sock Frank Martin a good one but ultimately kinda fell in love with the character Nicky is now one of my most favorite female detective sleuths She s intelligent and determined but has a very human side If she were real I d truly want to know her and have her as my friend I loved the historical aspects to the Fire Sky culture and the rituals and beliefs as described by Potenza In looking at the usual book sites, i.e Fantastic Fiction, FictFact and , so far this is a stand alone read Nicky, Savannah, Ryan and Frank are really great characters so hopefully this is the start of a new series flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Laura rated it did not like it Shelves library I am really irritated that I read this book I d heard about it somewhere whoever recommended it to me, you re on my shit list and when I was looking for books to read for Book Riot s Read Harder 2019 challenge, I decided to do this one for Challenge 9 A book published prior to Jan 1, 2019 with fewer than 100 reviews on When I looked at the reviews on January 2, the book only had 82 reviews, so I got it from inter library loan and read it last weekend And now I see that ther I am really irritated that I read this book I d heard about it somewhere whoever recommended it to me, you re on my shit list and when I was looking for books to read for Book Riot s Read Harder 2019 challenge, I decided to do this one for Challenge 9 A book published prior to Jan 1, 2019 with fewer than 100 reviews on When I looked at the reviews on January 2, the book only had 82 reviews, so I got it from inter library loan and read it last weekend And now I see that there are over 160 reviews and I totally wasted hours reading this dumb dumb book So irritated The plot is overly complicated and unbelievable, the characters are even less believable than the plot, the dialogue frequently turns into exposition avalanche, and the writing is bad Just really bad.Potenza changes the nickname of one of the main characters from Frank to Franco two thirds through the book Why Who the fu k knows I don t get why people are giving this four and five stars Is it because it takes place on a Native American reservation and that means it has to be good How did Potenza win the Tony Hillerman prize Was hers the only book out of New Mexico last year I don t get it You shouldn t either Don t read this book flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Homerun2 rated it liked it Shelves first reads This is an award winning debut novel by a biochemistry professor featuring a mystery set on an Indian reservation The main character, Nicky Matthews, had intended to be an attorney but her life and career plans got sidelined when she had a disastrous affair with the head of the state police So, she ended up as a cop on the reservation, a job which she loved.Nicky is asked to further investigate some unexplained deaths and disappearances which have been officially written off as suicides Nicky This is an award winning debut novel by a biochemistry professor featuring a mystery set on an Indian reservation The main character, Nicky Matthews, had intended to be an attorney but her life and career plans got sidelined when she had a disastrous affair with the head of the state police So, she ended up as a cop on the reservation, a job which she loved.Nicky is asked to further investigate some unexplained deaths and disappearances which have been officially written off as suicides Nicky is an interesting character and the author s narrative voice and respect for the Native American culture are strong.Unfortunately, I found the plotting to be elaborate and confusing Lots of characters, several different threads, and of course, multiple law enforcement agencies are involved The climactic last scene was completely over the top Throw in some occasional supernatural activity and an overabundance of scientific detail and things get pretty messy.Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Steven Howes rated it really liked it I found this to be an enjoyable mystery novel set in the area in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico It involves elements of Pueblo Indian religion and culture, the issue of racial or tribal purity among native populations, and the illegal trade of human organs Nicky Matthews is an officer of a tribal police force with a backstory that somewhat complicates her efforts to solve some mysterious disappearances and a suicide Being a non native also hinders her job as she operates with I found this to be an enjoyable mystery novel set in the area in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico It involves elements of Pueblo Indian religion and culture, the issue of racial or tribal purity among native populations, and the illegal trade of human organs Nicky Matthews is an officer of a tribal police force with a backstory that somewhat complicates her efforts to solve some mysterious disappearances and a suicide Being a non native also hinders her job as she operates within the constraints placed upon her by tribal and police department politics This is an excellent first novel by the author Seeing that it had won the Hillerman Award was enough to convince me to purchase it flag Like see review Oct 23, 2018 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it 3 1 2 stars out of 5Hearts of the Missing is a police procedural story that isn t able to find the right flow making the story feel jerky and a little too messy The story throws readers right in with very little back story that could cause readers to becomes lost at times with who does what and why The characters at times lack focus for being police which makes the story once again a little too stop and go feeling.While the story its selves is interesting giving readers a in depth look at fire 3 1 2 stars out of 5Hearts of the Missing is a police procedural story that isn t able to find the right flow making the story feel jerky and a little too messy The story throws readers right in with very little back story that could cause readers to becomes lost at times with who does what and why The characters at times lack focus for being police which makes the story once again a little too stop and go feeling.While the story its selves is interesting giving readers a in depth look at fire Sky customs as was as Native Americans traditions it gets lost in the stories inability to flow.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Minotaur Books for the advance copy of Carol Potenza Hearts of the Missing flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Kiwi Carlisle rated it liked it Shelves 2019 I would have liked to give this a higher rating because there were a lot of things I genuinely liked about it Carol Potenza put her biochemistry training to good use in this book with an innovative use of DNA and HLA markers I also liked the character of Nicky Matthews, a strong an empathetic cop with a lot of strikes against her The concept of the fictional Fire Sky Pueblo people was interesting, but often went way over the top in terms of believability and sensationalism I also found the f I would have liked to give this a higher rating because there were a lot of things I genuinely liked about it Carol Potenza put her biochemistry training to good use in this book with an innovative use of DNA and HLA markers I also liked the character of Nicky Matthews, a strong an empathetic cop with a lot of strikes against her The concept of the fictional Fire Sky Pueblo people was interesting, but often went way over the top in terms of believability and sensationalism I also found the final confrontation with the bad guys melodramatic and cliched, right down to the use of the word monologuing There s the potential for a good and interesting series here, or just a one shot I d like to see from Potenza, but in a thoroughly original and consistent vein flag Like see review Dec 19, 2018 Alyssa rated it really liked it I truly enjoyed this book and was much impressed by it than I expected to be The portrayal of Native American cultural and ritual was well done As another reviewer said, I agree that the storyline pacing was a little off at times, but overall it worked well I read it in two days because I was intrigued immensely by both plot and characters.My only complaint would be in regards to some of the law enforcement portrayal Not all of the lingo used was entirely accurate, but I doubt anyone wh I truly enjoyed this book and was much impressed by it than I expected to be The portrayal of Native American cultural and ritual was well done As another reviewer said, I agree that the storyline pacing was a little off at times, but overall it worked well I read it in two days because I was intrigued immensely by both plot and characters.My only complaint would be in regards to some of the law enforcement portrayal Not all of the lingo used was entirely accurate, but I doubt anyone who s not in the field would recognize that I felt at times that the main character, Nicky, was too soft and emotional in situations Cops become calloused very quickly and not much fazes us Overall, I really enjoyed this book and hope to see from this author flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Maggie Holmes rated it really liked it Shelves books read in 2018 I ve decided to do a display Old School, New School It will feature mysteries that take place before technology took over, and those after This book is definitely after DNA analysis is a major part of the mystery, both solving it and causing it And cell phones are a key component This however also contains elements from so far back in history we are dealing with mythology I loved learning about a new group of New Mexico natives and how they are trying to maintain their culture Good chara I ve decided to do a display Old School, New School It will feature mysteries that take place before technology took over, and those after This book is definitely after DNA analysis is a major part of the mystery, both solving it and causing it And cell phones are a key component This however also contains elements from so far back in history we are dealing with mythology I loved learning about a new group of New Mexico natives and how they are trying to maintain their culture Good characters, interesting plot, played fair with the clues, great descriptions ala Tony Hillerman you want to be there and I hope this will be a continuing series flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Sue Em rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, kindle Taut amalgam of Native American culture, current landscape of their society now and a crackling good mystery Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize 2017 for best debut mystery set in the Southwest, this book will educate you on Fire Sky Native Americans while keeping you up late with your heart in your throat Meet Nicky Matthews Pueblo Police Sergeant who has earned the respect of the community, but runs afoul of her police captain Let s just hope she will be back to thrill is again soon.Highly r Taut amalgam of Native American culture, current landscape of their society now and a crackling good mystery Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize 2017 for best debut mystery set in the Southwest, this book will educate you on Fire Sky Native Americans while keeping you up late with your heart in your throat Meet Nicky Matthews Pueblo Police Sergeant who has earned the respect of the community, but runs afoul of her police captain Let s just hope she will be back to thrill is again soon.Highly recommended Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Sep 26, 2018 Cyrenius H Booth Library rated it liked it Shelves doug This was a decent police procedural if you temper your expectations you won t be terribly disappointed The pacing is jerky, there are many relationships that are introduced poorly, and the minor characters, especially cops, are cardboard cutouts While it s easy to see why this won the Hillerman prize as its descriptions of native culture and natural beauty of the West approach that author s lyrical prose, this doesn t hold a candle Try this, and if you like it then try Hillerman flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves arc from pub, mystery suspense In this stellar mystery hopefully the first in a new series Pueblo police officer Nicky Matthews takes on a missing persons case that ends up exposing a wicked crime wave that might be than she can handle Mystical beliefs, personal heritage, crime investigating, cultural history, romantic entanglements, a richly created settingthis novel has so many layers, all perfectly balanced I can t wait for Nicky s next case This ARC was provided by Minotaur Macmillan, in exchange for an honest In this stellar mystery hopefully the first in a new series Pueblo police officer Nicky Matthews takes on a missing persons case that ends up exposing a wicked crime wave that might be than she can handle Mystical beliefs, personal heritage, crime investigating, cultural history, romantic entanglements, a richly created settingthis novel has so many layers, all perfectly balanced I can t wait for Nicky s next case This ARC was provided by Minotaur Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review. flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Julie rated it really liked it I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but decided on 4 based on the depiction of the Southwest setting, and the well developed characters that I came to care about by the end, particularly the protagonist, Nicky Matthews The Tony Hillerman award was well deserved for a first novel, this is a great effort Very atmospheric and intense, with a lot of attention paid to detail regarding the Native American customs and religion that she explores through the plot flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Kelly Well Read rated it really liked it I was very impressed with this debut by Carol Potenza The author doesn t stumble at all in her story about a police sergeant navigating the political and cultural minefield of a tribal police force in her efforts to solve the mystery of the perdito, or lost ones, while also trying to understand the visions that plague her and how they relate to the case Well done flag Like see review Sep 09, 2018 Lisa Wright rated it really liked it Shelves mysteries, loved it Potenza takes us into the heart of the Fire Sky people of New Mexico through the eyes of Pueblo Police Sgt Nicky Matthews When a suicide leads to suspicions of a larger horror, the story burrows into the history and culture of the pueblo Rich characters and a mystery unique to the Fire Sky people make this an exciting beginning to a new series flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 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        A biochemistry professor at New Mexico State University, Carol decided to write for something to do after her kids went off to adulthood Hearts of the Missing is her debut novel It won the Tony Hillerman Prize in 2017 She keeps busy teaching biochemistry and writing the next book in the Nicky Matthews series which will always include 1 science twisted into science fiction , 2 some paranorm A biochemistry professor at New Mexico State University, Carol decided to write for something to do after her kids went off to adulthood Hearts of the Missing is her debut novel It won the Tony Hillerman Prize in 2017 She keeps busy teaching biochemistry and writing the next book in the Nicky Matthews series which will always include 1 science twisted into science fiction , 2 some paranormal because a number of her relatives are sensitive she is not and have GREAT ghost stories that she weaves into the fabric of her books, and of course 3 murder


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    1. As a long time fan of Tony Hillerman, I decided to take a chance on new author Carol Potenza, who won the 2017 Tony Hillerman prize Nicky Matthews is a Sergeant in the Pueblo police For some reason, I never thought there would be non Indians on a reservation police force But there she is And despite being an outsider, she is the one that the Wind Mother chooses to visit I enjoyed this immensely Nicky has a lot of baggage, including an ex lover trying for a comeback and a boss that hates he As a [...]


    2. I believe that there is to this world than our minds recognize There was an odd catch to his voice, a hint of uncertainty.Sergeant Nicky Matthews feels a certain presence as she wraps up her investigation in a convenience store robbery The lateness of the hour seems to have played tricks on her vision From the corner of her eye she sees the reflection of an ancient woman in the glass staring back at her She draws in a quick breath and leaps to the doorway No one there, not even a bre I believe [...]


    3. I love it when I have the opportunity to visit or revisit an area through a book, and that is what Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza offered The story takes place on the Pueblo of the Fire Sky Native Americans and is a rich combination of themes woven together in a way that leaves you hoping there will be books featuring these people and this beautiful setting The novel combines multiple elements, weaving them in and out to create a beautiful tapestry.There is Nicky, the federal la I love [...]


    4. This is an excellent debut novel for Carol Potenza and well worthy of the Tony Hillerman Prize I was drawn in by the deep characters, mesmerized by the local and cultural feel, and pulled along by a fast moving albeit complicated plot Kudos, Carol, for an excellent read


    5. Thank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this arc.A complex and very convoluted plot The pacing wasn t very smoothly done, but in my mind forgivable as this is the author s debut book Further confusion was the addition of a number of characters with inadequate introduction details of their backstories were not provided until 50 plus pages later, making them feel like plot contrivances than real characters I found the main character Nicky a little unrealistic too much emotion Thank you NetG [...]


    6. This was a phenomenal debut Wow, just wow I loved it The author had me hooked from start to finish It was so well written, and the twists and turns, along with the red herrings, left me guessing to the end just what I love in a good mystery I adored the heroine Nicky she was so relatable and I was cheering her on the whole time I can t recommend this book enough Do yourself a favour and grab a copy you ll love it I am now eagerly awaiting book 2 and Potenza is an auto buy for This was a phenomen [...]


    7. Review can be found on my blog here you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical ARC copy of this book This book is a winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize.I loved all the suspense, mystery and surprises in this book There was so much suspense that it had me hooked to the storyline and I was so into uncovering the mystery of what was going on that I flew through this book and felt myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading through the cha Review can be found on my blog here you to Minot [...]


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