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The Boy in the Snow (Edie Kiglatuk #2)

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Edie Kiglatuk’s discovery along Alaska’s Iditarod trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy

M. J. McGrath’s debut novel,White Heat, earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such asSmilla’s Sense of Snowand the Kurt Wallander series.

In M. J. McGrath’s compelling follow-up toWhite Heat,Edie Kiglatuk, the half-Inuit and half-outs
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Viking (first published October 1st 2012)
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Apr 11, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
For many North Americans used to mainstream murder mysteries and thrillers, McGrath opens the genre wide open and takes readers on a splendid ride. Alaska sets the scene for the book, surrounding the famed Iditarod dogsled race, a baby’s frozen body is discovered and no one is doing anything about it. When an orthodox religious group of outcasts are determined to be responsible, the small community seems ready to close the case. However, an amateur sleuth in town for the race begins to ask quest ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: ladies-writin
Isn't it nice when you pick a book up at random because everything you have at home is not doing it for you & you just need to break the cycle of starting things & getting nowhere with them? And the book you pick up happens to be delightful? It makes me wonder why certain people come to the library & complain that there's nothing good to read, but that's neither here nor there. Edie Kiglatuk is a character I can absolutely get behind. This is a tad convoluted & very sad, and what ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller
Edie Kiglatuk is in Alaska with her friend, policeman Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy Inukpuk participate in the famous dog-sled race called the Iditarod. Edie is out in the woods exploring the area when she stumbles across a "spirit house" hidden under a tree which contains the body of a baby boy. She immediately informs the authorities and then begins her own investigation into what happened to this child.

This could have been a really good book but the story was so haphazardly pat
Sandy Lenahan
A good solid second entry into McGrath's Edie Kiglatuk series. Edie, Derek and Sammy leave Ellesmere Island for the loud & crowded Anchorage Alaska. Sammy is running the Iditarod in honor of his murdered son Joe, Edie and Derek his mushing crew.

Nothing ever goes the way you imagine it. Not the race, not Edie's time in the city or her drive out on the snow mobile where she finds a small frozen wrapped bundled. Edie being Edie needs to find the answers to the mystery surrounding the bundle.

Apr 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#2 in the Edie Kiglatuk series. An engrossing mystery of corrupt politics, trafficking in underage girls for prostitution and illegal adoptions of their offspring, and crooked real estate deals, all set against Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race. Edie is a native of Canada's Ellesmere Island and just visiting Alaska, but Britishisms such as kerb, tyre and snowplough are still distracting.

Edie Kiglatuk series - A native of Ellesmere Island, half-Inuit and half-outsider, Edie Kiglatuk comes to Alaska
Dec 30, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book made no sense. The plot was convoluted and nonsensical. Why did any of the characters act the way the did? I didn't understand the bad guys' (yes, there were many) motivations. The author obviously visited Alaska and had many of her details right, but it didn't come together. It was as if she was book-smart about Alaska, but didn't really understand it. Poor character development. Disappointing.
Ihastuin Edie Kiglatuk:iin jo ensimmäisessä trillerissä Jään muisti, jonka bongasin isäni kirjahyllystä. Tällä kertaa Edie seikkailee kotipaikkansa pohjoisessa Kanadassa sijaitsevan Ellesmeren sijaan Alaskassa, tarkoituksenaan avustaa Iditarod:in koiravaljakkoajoon osallistuvaa ex-miestään, mutta kas kummaa juuttuu tutkimaan lumesta löytyneen vauvan kuolemaa.

Ihmiskauppaan ja poliittiseen kähmintään keskittyneen juonen ja rakenteen puolesta tämä oli aika perinteinen jännäri, helppolukuinen ja väh
Paul Pessolano
Dec 07, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“The Boy in the Snow” by M.J. McGrath, published by Viking.

Category – Mystery

This is a mystery for someone who is looking for something different and one that has several layers of complexity.

“The Boy in the Snow” combines the harsh weather conditions of Northern Alaska, the famous Iditarod dog sled race, animal spirits, Russian Orthodox religion, Alaskan Politics, the Dark Believers, and the philosophy and psychology of the Inuit.

Edie Kiglatuk is half Inuit and is supporting her ex-husbands att
Luanne Ollivier
The Boy in the Snow is the second book in M. J. McGrath's Edie Kiglatuk mystery series - the follow up to her very successful fiction debut novel White Heat.

Edie is a wonderfully unique protagonist. She is half Inuit, half white and makes her home on remote Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, working as a guide. She has travelled 'down south' to Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser to support her ex-husband/his friend Sammy in his bid to run the Iditarod. But while out on a drive, Edie stumbles across the
Oct 30, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a clever story with deep resonating comment on modern life. The main characters of the first book, White Heat are transposed into Alaska during the annual dogsled endurance race.
The star again is native hunter and Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk clearly out of her comfort zone. This aspect is presented factually and not overplayed; her ability to adjust and adapt is championed as she takes on a new case. Finding a dead child in the forest she sets out to uncover the truth and find justice for
Jul 23, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Too many words. The underlying structure of the book seems sound enough, for a run-of-the-mill genre crime novel. But it doesn't seem to have had much editorial input. That got me to wondering just how the publishing houses work nowadays. Many older well established authors have complained a lot over the past few years how book editing has drastically declined. It seems that for most authors, they get more of a copy edit of their book only, and then it's out to the marketing dept. This book badl ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Kari rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
The Boy in the Snow is the sequel to White Heat which came out last year. I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it. In truth, it was pretty dull. I listened to the audio-book and I'm surprised I even finished it. There was too much going on in the book and too many characters to keep track of to easily follow the book. I don't remember having this issue with the first one. One thing that got annoying was the main characters constantly being referred to by their ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This is the second Edie Kiglatuk mystery that I've listened to, and although I didn't think it was quite as good as the first book, I still really liked it. In this one, Edie and her policeman friend Derek Palliser have joined Edie's ex-husband, Sam, in Alaska as he competes in the Iditarod. When Edie takes off exploring on a snowmobile, she finds the frozen body of an infant boy with a strange symbol on him. Trying to discover his identity and how he ended up frozen in the woods like that lead ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it
A serial killer, cultural, religious and racial prejudices twined around the Iditarod dogsled race. It was interesting to learn more about the Athabascan and Inuit people of the north.
Heather Fineisen
Nov 17, 2012 Heather Fineisen rated it liked it
M.J. McGrath's The Boy in the Snow has many great features--Alaska setting, the Iditarod, evil politicians, spiritual elements and history. Perhaps there are too many great features, which keeps the book from being a great book. The Iditarod race and some of the characters seem to be forgotten as the mystery unfolds. But this is worth the read, for Edie Kiglatuck, the half-Inuit sleuth, is an intriguing character that offers something new for the mystery reader. I will be picking up the first in ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
my god these are some long convoluted mysteries but I love the scenery
Sid Nuncius
Nov 05, 2015 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it
This is a perfectly decent thriller. I quite enjoyed it but in the end I found it followed a rather familiar formula despite the arctic setting which I had hoped would make it distinctive and more interesting.

The plot follows a pretty familiar course. Edie, an Inuit woman from the Canadian High Arctic travels to Alaska to support her ex-husband in the Iditarod race. Before she gets to the start she makes a gruesome discovery which local police fail to investigate to her satisfaction, and so...we
Rob Kitchin
The first Edie Kiglatuk story, White Heat, was one of my reads of 2012 so I was looking forward to reading The Boy in the Snow. However, the tale did not live up to expectation. While the premise is an interesting one, focusing on political ambition and corruption, sex trafficking, and property development, the plot was too full of holes and there was a constant stream of plot devices (unlikely coincidences and connections, police incompetence, stupid actions, blind luck) to be convincing. What ...more
Shonna Froebel
Mar 29, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This novel is part of a series featuring Edie Kiglatuk. Here Edie finds herself down in Alaska from her home in Ellesmere Island helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to race the Iditarod. Sergeant Derek Palliser is the other member of Sammy's support team. Edie is out for a walk when she sees a spirit bear and follows it, losing her way. When she gets back on track, she finds a small baby dead in a spirit house, but it is unclear who placed him there.
Edie's search for the truth and for justic
Jul 07, 2015 Linnaea rated it it was amazing
This book was so good, I late to class because I got back from the library and started to read it. I found this one especially interesting because it takes place in Alaska yet this was a trip south for Edie and to read the differences between Alaska (the south) and the FAR NORTH was a little trippy (the interview with the cop made me laugh). The book deals with dead babies - so be warned. This is the 2nd book of the series and we keep some of the characters - Edie, Sammy the ex-husband, and Dere ...more
May 04, 2013 Beth marked it as could-not-finish
I won't rate this book because I couldn't finish it. I gave up. The opening scene was enough to tell me I wouldn't like it, but I read further and didn't change my mind.

This book begins with a ridiculously unrealistic scene that put a bad taste in my mouth right away. But I hoped the story would redeem itself. Instead, it seemed young adult, what I might have read when I was 12.

I don't need easy reading. So I stopped wasting my time.

I won this book on
Alison Gray
May 13, 2014 Alison Gray rated it really liked it
This is the second outing for Edie Kiglatuk. Edie is a bit of a mystery - a highly pragmatic woman with a history of alcohol abuse and an ex called Sammy, whom she remains on good terms with. This story is held within the framework of the Idatirod trail race in which Sammy is taking part. She is based in one area of the Arctic whilst Derek (the policeman with an interest in lemmings) is based in another, both to support Sammy in the race. Edie follows a bear in the woods and gets lost but makes ...more
This is the second book in this series that I have closed up before finishing. I remembered the title of the first one but did not remember my reaction when I picked this one up. My issue is the same. For whatever reason I cannot connect with or care about the characters. I don't understand it but there it is. I'm sure I will remember NOT to pick up any future books billed as "An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery".
Katie Rekowski
Sep 11, 2014 Katie Rekowski rated it really liked it
2012. Read by Kate Reading. While in Alaska, Edie discovers the body of an infant boy in a spirit house out in the forest. No one takes notice and pretty much brushes her off. The blame is passed on to the Russians, known as Dark Believers, who don't realistically exist. Edie is supposed to be supporting her ex-husband Sammy run the Iditarod race. Edie is drawn to the little boy; reminds her of an event in her past that has kept her "stuck" in her self loathing life. Besides, things are not addi ...more
Ian Hind
Jan 09, 2014 Ian Hind rated it it was ok
Sorry, don't do this very often but I've had to drop this book part thee way. The storyline is ok but there are too many 'oh by the way' moments and too much fleshing out history between dialogues. Tend to prefer these things unfolding over time through combination of narration, dialogue but get tags just preference.
Mar 02, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
I can't explain how annoyed I was with this book. Having lived in Nome and currently living in Anchorage I had a running list of inaccuracies. The author should have done far more research and I really hope, but doubt, that the majority who read this realize how much crap she made up.
Jul 18, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
I wish I liked this more but I think it's one of those books where you have to have read the first book. I didn't get why the main character did ost of what she did and why the police character had zero police authority (or skills)
Jean L.
Jan 10, 2013 Jean L. rated it it was ok
Setting not used effectively and character development seemed stilted, so comparisons to "Smilla's Sense of Snow" and the Kurt Wallander series are not quite appropriate.
Feb 14, 2015 Tabatha rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
I liked this book as much as the first. I liked that it had a different feel since it was set in Alaska. The author did a great job of making Alaska feel different than Ellesmere Island despite the fact that the scenery was similar with the snow and the ice. She did incredible job of making me feel the differences between American culture, Canadian Culture and differing Inuit, Aleut, and First Nations culture without being obvious. This book just had a slight different tone than the first becaus ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this book 3 stars, because I did like it, until about the last 15 pages. It was nicely paced and just a wee bit creepy, but the bottom fell out at the end. I particularly take issue with the ending of Sammy's Iditarod try. You don't bring a dog team, sled, equipment and supplies down to Alaska, then walk onto a commercial flight concourse to go home, alone, without anything more than a suitcase (if that). This is twice that McGrath overlooks key logistics in where a story line h ...more
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I was born in Romford, Essex, the third of four children. My parents, Peter and Margaret, had moved out of East London some time before, looking for a quieter, more spacious life. They thought of themselves as upwardly mobile, which they were. We moved a lot during my childhood, first to Basildon in Essex, then to a village in Germany, from there Kent, then north to Lancashire,
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