The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery
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The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery (Edie Kiglatuk #3)

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The intrepid Edie Kiglatuk discovers one of her female students dead in a toxic lake in her third arctic mystery

In the third novel in this highly praised mystery series that will appeal tofans of The Killing, Top of the Lake, and The Bridge, Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2014)
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The Bone Seeker – An Arctic Thriller

If you are looking for a crime thriller that has bodies dropping left right and centre and car chases and hard men then this book is not for you. If you want a well thought out plot a feel of the desolation for being a forgotten people and governmental cover-ups and being at the end of the world then this is the book for you. The Bone Seeker by M.J McGrath is set in the arctic world of Ellesmere Island and the Inuit people who are the unwitting victims as a mu...more
I was surprised when I read The Bone Seeker at how wonderfully well this book is written. The book starts out with an Inuit student of Edie Kiglatuk being found dead. While trying to untangle the case, it is dicovered what appears to be a big conspiracy involved. The descriptions of the Canadian artic and the people who live there is excellent. Since this is the 3rd Edie Kiglatuk mystery, I shall be on the search for the first 2. I higly recomment this book to any who love a great mystery!
Liz Wilkins
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Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case, promising the girl’s Inuit family that they will uncover the truth. Meanwhile, lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved. As...more
Full disclosure - I won a copy of the book in a Goodreads contest...

This is the first time I've read a novel by this author. The story was good & it did move along; however, because my lifestyle is SO different from the main character's - Edie Kiglatuk I found this to be a difficult read mostly because I had difficulty relating to the lifestyle, the food, even the characters names & language. I like to be absorbed by stories so much that I lose track of myself & the world I live in....more
Book Addict Shaun
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The first thing that drew me to the book was the cover, and then I read the blurb and was straightaway intrigued to read this book. I received a free proof copy in return for this review so thanks to the publisher for that. As crime fiction is my most read genre, it can get a bit repetitive and so I like to look for books which are a bit different, whether that be in setting or in story, and well this book...more
Liz Wilkins
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Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case, promising the girl’s Inuit family that they will uncover the truth. Meanwhile, lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved. As...more
The strong points of this novel are its exotic, well-described setting in the High Arctic and its great characters. This is the second novel I've read this summer about Inuit and their culture (oddly enough), and they are a fascinating people. McGrath helps limn some of the differences and similarities between "southern" culture and that of the High Arctic in a thoughtful, interesting way. Plus, her descriptions of the landscape itself are just gorgeous.

The plot was the weakest element of The Bo...more
Edie is spending the nightless summer in Kuujuaq as an interim teacher for the local school. It's supposed to be a break from her home and the memories of her ex stepson's all too recent death. When one of her students goes missing and is later discovered gruesomely murdered, Edie once again gets drawn into the investigation. This time it's at the request of her friend Derek Palliser. With the only other officer in Kuujuaq off for training, the force is grossly unequipped to deal with a murder....more
3.5 Stars
There was a lot in this story that I couldn't relate to, and I really did not care for the main character, Edie. That sort of made it hard to really fall in love with this book. But, overall it turned out to be a pretty good read. The revelation of who the murderer was/what happened seemed a bit rushed... it was all over and done with in a page. It would have been nice to have some more insight and explanation into why the murder happened and was carried out in the way that it was - mor...more
Anahita Mody
Firstly, many thanks to publisher for the review copy!

Having not read any of MJ McGrath's novels before, I was intrigued by the cover and I love the idea of Arctic thrillers so I gave The bone Seeker a read and I am so glad I did!

The book begins with school teacher Edie Kigatuk finding her Iniut student, Martha, brutally murdered. What follows is Edie being asked to help with the investigation which turns out to have a slight conspiracy angle to it. As Edie gets closer to the truth, she finds...more
Karen M
We all know the past can come back to haunt you but this time it’s haunting an entire town. The town of Kuujuaq on an isolated island called Ellesmere in Canada. None of the population are aware of the dark secret, not yet anyway, but they are being affected by something sinister. Something bad happened here, something so very bad that it was covered up.

Edie Kiglatuk is teaching summer school until one of her students turns up dead. Derek Palliser, native police Sergeant, needs her help to find...more
I received this book through the goodreads firstreads program. I wasn't sure I would like it, as it was very unfamiliar reading, taking place in the frozen outback. I thought the author did a pretty good job of helping the reader follow along.
The story starts with a body of a young girl, found murdered in an abandoned body of water. The locals are looking for a murderer while balancing interference from the military, leading them to wonder what's being hidden.
I was interested in the characters...more

Edie Kiglatuk is hoping for a quiet summer on Ellesmere Island, with a teaching post and the occasional hunt. But the land of the midnight sun is disturbed by a horrific murder, and the deeper Edie digs the more elusive the murderer becomes. Can Edie solve the mystery that's been plaguing Ellesmere for over fifty years?

The story

Ellesmere Island in summer is an odd place. Warm by local standards, the residents divide their time between their homes and their summer camps, hunting places that are

Marina Sofia
I just love reading about the Inuk community - these books are good anthropological descriptions as well as mystery stories. This time there is a government cover-up to unravel, as well as murder, and perhaps it does feel a little too conspiracy-theory oriented, but the authors has avoided some of the longueurs of the first Edie Kiglatuk book (which I nevertheless also loved. This one has more diverse characters and moves at a faster pace. Above all, it has the poignant portrait of Martha, the g...more
Pam Gnner
I won this book through the Goodreads program. Thanks so much.

Edie Kiglatuk takes a job teaching for the summer in a artic village. When she discovers the body of a student named Martha Salliaq in a lake. She gets help from Derek Palliser to help find out what happened.

The teenage girls dad had just won a lawsuit from the government over land. This allows the village to reclaim land used during the cold war by the military. The Salliq's lawyer starts to feel that her death has something to do...more
Liked this more than the other book I read by McGrath, also taking place in the Arctic with same cast of characters. Edie Kiglatuk - hunter, step-mother, occasional policewoman - has taken a job as a teacher in a small Arctic village. A girl disappears and is found having been killed. The book revolves around her murder and, of course, catching the bad guy. Who turns out to be not at all whom we expect, and, of course, there are a bunch of other bad guys involved too.
Michele bookloverforever
a young woman is killed....and the investigation leads to the discovery of hidden nuclear explosions in sparsely populated Inuit lands in Canada and radiation poisoning of native populations covered up by the government . delves deeply into native customs, traditions and deep mistrust of Caucasians...for very good reasons. as well as native lov and respect for their harsh environment and the land.
All McGrath's books are well-written and this is no exception. The plot is plausible and complex. But somebody's got to help her out with airplanes!! This time, the good guys take off from Ellesmere to Iqaluit (a commercial flight of over 3-1/2 hours) in a Twin Otter prop plane and are airborne for approximately 50 minutes. Picky of me? A little, but mistakes like this just shouldn't be allowed into print.
Veronica Sanche
This is an awesome novel that is a page turner in regards to the mystery; yet all the many important themes that are present keep you absolutely fascinated. A story that takes place on Ellesmere Island, dealing with Inuit culture, history, soldiers, social issues and the list goes on. The characters are all believable. Well written. I'm glad I read this book.
Elizabeth Jones
Edie Kiglatuk investigates when one of her students is murdered. She uncovers a web of conspiracy and family secrets, and other deaths occur, before the puzzle is solved. There is great insight here into Inuit culture and how different their thought processes are from those of Westerners. The book was well constructed and suspenseful, but a little slow moving.
The Bone Seeker is the third book in a marvelous mystery series featuring Edie Kiglatuk. Edie is part Inuit, part outsider. The story takes place in the high Arctic and the beauty and desolation of the landscape is an integral character in the story.

Edie is working as a summer school teacher when the book opens and one of her students is found dead in a remote, haunted, lake area. While the mystery angle is what propels the story, it's the beautifully fleshed out characters that make this such a...more
I received this book free through Goodreads and had not read anything by this author before. This was not the first book in the series but that did not really matter and was not disruptive of the story. I really enjoyed the plot and the topic behind the story and it keeps you thinking about it after you are done reading and even made me do some research about the topic. The only thing that sort of bothered me was the descriptions of the nature were at times a bit hard to read as I did not know a...more
I want to first thank the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read this book. This is the first time I've previewed a book and I have to say I was not disappointed. I found myself intrigued from the very beginning although the setting was very unfamiliar to me (the Canadian arctic) the author did a wonderful job of describing this part of the world to me. The author is new to me but I would love to read more from her. This is a great mystery that had me not wanting to put the book dow...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This was a very unusual novel set in the northern Artic. I learned a lot about the Eskimoes or Innuits. The main character Edie was very intuitive and if it weren't for her the murder of a young Innuit girl probably wouldn't have been solved. It was exciting and full of suspense but I would have liked it better with a little more romance between her and the Chief of Police. Perhaps that happens in the later series. I almost forgot to mention that this was a free Goodreads book that I won. Free i...more
Not quite what I expected it to be! Started out as a crime novel with a murder to solve and then focused more and more on the secrets being kept by the Defense Department in the Arctic... full review:
This book is set in the Canadian arctic and is about the Inuit people. This part made the novel worth reading, the culture/language are well defined making it an intriguing read. The adventure manly came at the end and I could tell there was good research done to improve the story. I did give 3 stars because most of the novel is dull, hard to keep interested in the story.

Received this book for free from goodreads first reads
Filled with so many twists and turns,at times it was difficult to know who was coming and going and which side they were on.some of the confusion was due to the story being set in a culture quite different from that which most Americans are used to. The Arctic setting in this novel gave it its own special brand of mystery. I loved this novel so much I fell asleep reading it, and finished the next morning. With great characters, an awesome setting, an interesting plot, and the chance to learn abo...more
Jul 16, 2014 Sheridan marked it as to-read
I'm very excited to read this! It's a new story for myself and I hope I will have a chance to read it :)
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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,...more
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