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The Boy in the Snow (Edie Kiglatuk #2)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  581 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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-ou
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Viking Adult (first published October 1st 2012)
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Matt
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
Melissa
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
Stephanie
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
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Liz
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.
Paul Pessolano
“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
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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
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Richard
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
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Cheryl
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
Kari
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
Joanne
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
Evelyn
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
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
Erin
my god these are some long convoluted mysteries but I love the scenery
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
Neyly
The Boy in the Snow is #2 in the Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series. It can stand alone but I recommend reading White Heat (#1 in the series) first. I think you'll like the first and enjoy the second even more if you know the characters.

That said, I like the second book better than the first. The things that bothered me in the first book (see my review of White Heat) are no longer an issue. Overall, the book just seems a smoother read. My rating probably falls just short of 4 stars but I found it hard
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Shonna Froebel
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
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Beth
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 booktrib.com
Alison Gray
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
judy
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
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
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.
Anna
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.
Heather
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.
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.
Amy
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
Jacqueline
Not as good as "White Heat" which was superb. but still good. Edie goes to Anchorage.
Gill Haygreen
Great follow up to White Heat. Edie Kiglatuk yet again cannot leave alone a crime to be solved! Whilst ex-husband Sammy is racing in a sled race, Edie and her policeman friend Derek search for answers after Edie finds the body of baby in the snow. McGrath surrounds the story with ordinary lives, politics and subtle environmental issues. Rather than 'screaming' through the crime as it unfolds, it is steadily and doggedly unpicked by Edie in her quiet but terrier like manner.

McGrath gives you a r
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L
This was just…boring. I waited for it to pick up and thought maybe the ending would be a big payoff but it only let me down. Propelled by a mediocre main character, this novel contained more waves of nausea and more lip-biting than can possibly be normal. If one played a drinking game around the mentions of those two things one would be passed out fairly soon.

The plot didn't hold my interest and none of the characters felt compelling enough to follow. Edie's dialogue seemed unrealistic.

One point
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Nicole
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Nranger7
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I forced myself to finish it. From the reviews I saw here, most people who liked it had read the first of the series (and said that this one was not nearly as good). I believe that is the main problem here. You HAVE to read the first book to understand the second. I have NO idea why this strange woman is with these people or what her motivations are. She comes across as just plain stupid and selfish. Why is she going around trying to solve a myste ...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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