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The Bone Seeker (Edie Kiglatuk #3)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 T
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Viking (first published January 1st 2014)
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Paul
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
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Patricia
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!
Matt
McGrath returns with another thrilling Edie Kiglatuk mystery, set in Canada's Arctic. When Kiglatuk discovers one of her female students dead in a toxic lake, she enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser, part of the local police force, as well as a close friend of Kiglatuk, known to series readers. Promising to uncover the truth, Kiglatuk vows to the victim's family that she will stop at nothing until the killer has been apprehended. While the murder investigation continues, lawyer Sonia Gut ...more
Liz Wilkins
Available now from Mantle

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
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Sheri
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.
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Amy Nightingale
Thanks to Mantle for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for review, it’s been sitting in my reading pile for a while now and I thought it was time to wipe off the dust and dive in! I do so love a good murder mystery and it had a particularly compelling cover!

The Bone Seeker tells the story of Edie who is teaching during summer, she has become keen on a particular student Martha, but when Martha goes missing and is found dead it falls on Edie’s friend Derek to investigate.

The main charac
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Niki
M.J McGrath is my new favorite author. I like her main character, Edie Kiglatuk, as well as the secondary characters of Derek Palliser ex-husband Sammy and stepson Joe and Willa. I also really love the Polar Arctic setting. I have never known any Inuit folks, not heard the language spoken, nor visited the Arctic Circle, but it seems to me that MJ McGrath has done a wonderful job with making the setting and characters and cultural details seem very authentic. I feel I am learning a lot about a ra ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Bone Seeker, by M. J. McGrath, a-minus, Narrated by Kate reading, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Edie Kiglatuk is working 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
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Cyndi
This is the third book in the Edie Kiglatuk series. I have not read or listened to any other books in the series and I was able to follow along just fine. The book started out a little slow for me, but by chapter 5 or 6, I was immersed in the story.

This book is based in the arctic world of Ellesmere Island where the majority of the population is the Inuit people and they don't like outsiders. When a young girl from the community ends up dead, what looks like an open and shut case ends up reveali
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Tabatha
I enjoyed this one too! I really enjoyed being back on Ellesmere Island. I liked the plot and the mystery. I found the Inuit culture interesting and fascinating especially the Inuit connection to being on the land.


The things I found annoying were:

1. Where are the characters finding the money to fly everywhere? I found that I didn't get a good grasp of how far places were from each other - it seemed everyone was catching a plane willy nilly and it wasn't costly but maybe that is the way it is.
2.
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Book Addict Shaun
You can see this and loads more reviews on my blog: http://bookaddictshaun.blogspot.co.uk/

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
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Liz Wilkins
Available now from Mantle

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
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Jody
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
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Becky
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
Mystry
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
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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
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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
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Bill Lancaster
“You know about avalanches and instant white-outs, two-hundred-kilometre-an-hour winds and what happens to a human body at minus fifty C. Maybe, when you first arrived you thought that because you knew all those things there was no need to be afraid. But nothing, not even avalanches and white-outs, not even bears or black ice, is as fearful as the way the Arctic throws you back upon yourself.” She watched his eyes.

Edie Kiglatuk is a summer teacher in the Canadian Arctic and is drafted by a local
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Melanie
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
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Sherrie
I was pleased to win a copy of the third book in the Edie Kigalatuk Mystery series through a Goodreads Giveaway. The first thing that I noticed about the book was the striking cover which features a native Inuit woman with tribal markings. The cover is done in rich tones and conjures up feelings of adventure and mystery. The book kicks off with one of Edie's high school students being found dead in Lake Turngaluk and suspicions pointing towards enlisted men in the area. As Edie begins to investi ...more
Bridget

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

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Melissa
Full Disclosure-I won a free unpublished copy of this book from Goodreads.
*Minor spoilers*

Though this is the first time I've read M.J. McGrath's work, I was excited to read this novel because I looked forward to delving into the arctic landscape. Having spent a couple years in Alaska, I was familiar with the terrain, style of living, and native customs that this book promised to explore. McGrath beautifully re-imagines the atmosphere and locale of the area. In that, I was quite pleased.

However,
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Janet Emson
3.5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publishers and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Edie Kiglatuk is spending the Summer teaching on Ellesmere Island and recovering from events that occurred last year. Hoping for a quieter pace it soon becomes apparent that this isn't to be the case when one of her pupils goes missing. Persuading her friend, police chief Derek Palliser to search for the missing girl, they soon come across her body. With it they stumble into a murder invest
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Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Edie Kiglatuk is currently working as a summer school teacher in Kuujuaq (up in the Canadian Arctic) when one of her students goes missing. Martha Salliaq is found dead in the taboo Lake Turngaluk (the Lake of Bad Spirits) nearby and Edie is convinced it is a homicide. Convincing Sgt. Derek Palliser to investigate, Edie is determined to find out what really happened to Martha. Meanwhile Martha’s father, Charlie, is positive it was an outsider from the military base close to the village who kille ...more
Darlene
I received this book, for review, as part of the Goodreads first-reads program. This is the third book in the Edie Kiglatuk series. She is still reeling from the last case involving a family member and has accepted a position as summer school teacher near Lake Turngaluk in the Canadian arctic. When one of her students, Martha, goes missing she asks for the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser. In a parallel case, lawyer Sonia Gutierrez, an environmental specialist is investigating the toxicity of the ...more
ChrisGA
This book is a complete cultural immersion into the attitudes, customs, and etiquette of those living in an Inuit settlement in the Canadian Arctic. Edie is half Inuit and half QALUNAAT, or white; and as such, somewhat of an outsider in the village she has come to live in as a summer school teacher. We see the strange, beautiful landscape and the villagers through her eyes and thoughts. We also learn of a history of neglect of the Inuits by the Canadian government and the native people’s suspici ...more
Nicole
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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
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Elizabeth
This is an interesting heroine. Edie is tough yet sensitive. The prose compares to Tony Hillerman's Navajo series; simple and direct dialogue with beautiful descriptions of the landscape. The first in the series was more intense and suspenseful. The second book was too complicated and far fetched for my tastes. Third book was somewhere in the middle, and I enjoyed the addition of a new character, Sonja, and the further development of the relationship between Edie and Derek.
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