Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now
Berkley Prime Crime, Sep 4 2012, $25.95
In Wyoming the Wind River Reservation tribe is ecstatic that after over a century the regalia worn by Arapaho Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show are finally coming home as Trevor Pratt is shipping them from Germany. These relics will be placed in the Arapaho museum.
To the aghast of those opening the containers, nothing is inside. Attorney Vicky Holden and Catholic Father John O’Malley cherish their Arapaho friends and feel the despondency of the elderly. They search for the stolen heritage and quickly find avaricious killers prepared to murder anyone starting with the now dead Pratt to include a lawyer and a priest who get in the way of their profits. However, worse than the greedy deadly SOBs in the minds of the amateur sleuths are the horrid realization that some of the younger tribe members prefer to take the money and run over their heritage.
As always in this series with the entertaining Wind River Reservation Mysteries readers obtain a taste of modern day Arapaho life while shining a spotlight on the tribe’s heritage as the present repeats the past (the regalia was also stolen decades ago too). Although the investigation by Vicki and Father John is fun though similar to previous entries (see The Spider’s Web), fans will appreciate this engaging tale as the regalia provides fresh meaning to avarice.