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Pumpkin Seed Massacre (A Ben Pecos Mystery) (Ben Pecos Mystery #1)

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Murder in Reserve

Native American psychologist Ben Pecos has returned to the New Mexico pueblo of his birth as an intern with the Indian Health Service. Still struggling with the demons of his past, he is plunged into the nightmare rampage of a mysterious virus that is killing the residents of the pueblo, including his own grandmother.

One of the victims, the powerful trib

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Mass Market, 252 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Worldwide Library (first published October 1st 1999)
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Juli
Mar 30, 2016 Juli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Psychologist Ben Pecos has just returned to his birthplace, the Tewa Pueblo in New Mexico, to intern with the Indian Health Service. He was adopted as a young child, growing up outside the Pueblo. Unfortunately, just as he returns, Tribal elders begin dying from a mysterious illness that kills quickly. Ten tribal members, including Pecos' grandmother, die from the virus. The IHS and an investigative reporter from Albuquerque work together to discover the source of the upper respiratory illness a ...more
Susan
Set in Tewa Pueblo and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ben Pecos returns to the pueblo, his birthplace, undecided whether to reconnect with his heritage. Mysterious deaths of pueblo elders are investigated by Dr. Sandy Black in Albuquerque's Indian Hospital as well as Atlanta's Center for Disease Control (CDC). Many on the pueblo believe spirits are causing the deaths because the cemetery is being enlarged. Cub reporter Julie Conlin is assigned to cover the mystery illness at Tewa Pueblo. When the Pueb ...more
Rosie Beck
Jul 12, 2009 Rosie Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay for Tony Hillerman fans. Ben Pecos returns to his Tewa village and finds a virus is spreading and killing people. A novice reporter is sent to do some research and cover the frightening story. Together, they find
a conspiracy to insure the building of an unwanted casino. A virologist infects pumpkin seeds-which was only to kill the current governor of Tewa and replace him with a new greedy governor more inclined to their side.
Unfortunately the seeds end up being eaten by others, and left for
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scherzo♫
Apr 22, 2013 scherzo♫ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mys-tepids
Indian casino murders packed with cliches and coincidences but no mystery.

Compared to Tony Hillerman? Superficial similarities, but it's like equating a 2 pound asteroid to the sun because they're both made of atoms and can be found in the solar system. Not the same at all!
Crystal OBrien
Mar 14, 2009 Crystal OBrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprising good, and the first in what I learned is a series based on the main character. It was good enough where I am going to check out the following book Yellow Lies, to see if reads as well as the first. It is a smaller book, but a good read.
Pat
Apr 28, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan
I began to find this tedious. The perpetrator and means were narrated fairly earl on and the ongoing story seemed to lack purpose, although there were bits of tension and concurrent plots chiming in. Not bad, but not recommended.
Mary
While this was no "Mary Higgins Clark keep me up all night because the suspense is killing me," it was still a fun little mystery.

It was more interesting for me to learn a bit about the Tewa Indian customs, than the mystery they were trying to solve.
Lynne Pfeiffer
Of all the recently read murder mysteries, this is the one I recommend.
Krista
This was an okay mystery. Even though it's set in one of my favorite locations (Sante Fe, NM) and is the first book in a series --- I don't think I'll seek out any more books in this series.
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Susan has lived in the Southwest for 32 years. The enchantment of New Mexico comes alive in her Ben Pecos series - The Pumpkin Seed Massacre, Yellow Lies, Thunderbird, and A Way to the Manger.
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