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People of the Mist (North America's Forgotten Past #9)

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People of the Mist takes us to the Chesapeake Bay of six hundred years ago, when the unprovoked and brutal murder of a young woman on the eve of her wedding threatens to turn the entire Algonquin Nation against itself in a war that could destroy it as a people. High Fox, the young man who had an obsessive love for Red Knot, is the prime suspect in the murder. The woman who ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Forge
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Carol Storm
This was actually one of the best of the PEOPLE series. It's set relatively late in the Pre-Columbus era, around 1300 A.D. And instead of showing Native American traveling all over, it sticks to one place, a small village on the Delaware Bay, with people living a very familiar woodland Indian lifestyle.

But what makes this story so much better than the other is the fact that there's a real plot, with a murdered girl and "the usual suspects." Everyone seems to have had a motive to kill the girl,
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Lia
I am sorry to say that I was not particularly satisfied with the book. I had a hard time following the story. Part of my difficulty was the characters' names did not make me automatically think that they were persons' names, I had to constantly reread sentences when someone's names were mentioned. I probably able to enjoy my reading better if the names were in Native American languages. The other part was the writing styles are not able to make me engage in the time and era the book suppose to c ...more
Andrew Lee
The Gears, a husband and wife writing team who are both professional archaeologists/anthropologists, have produced an extended series of these “People” books, which tell stories of the pre-Columbian peoples of North America, ranging all over the continent as well as different points in a history that spans millennia, from the arrival of the first humans on the continent to just before the age of European colonialism. The books do not need to be read in order.

With this story, the Gears depart fr
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Melissa
This book definitely diverged from the usual format of the First North American series. It was a murder mystery. And I'm not quite sure that it worked with the rest of the series, although technically you could read it as a stand alone.

Red Knot is set to marry Copper Thunder, the leader of another tribe, but she yearns for another. So when she is found dead there are many suspects, among them her lover. But a young girl, Sun Conch believes he is innocent and convinces the local "witch" to help
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Earthchild
Found this book at the library book sale. The cover told me I wouldn't enjoy it. Good thing I don't listen to covers. I also don't usually like mysteries. Yeah. I was sucked into this story from the start and hated every time I had to put it down to do some necessary task or another. It's a murder mystery set in the time before Europeans arrived in the "New World". Every time I thought I knew who dun it, something would be discovered that showed that person couldn't be guilty or implicated someo ...more
Joy Wilson
I have read all of the books in this series so far, and this may be my favorite due to the murder mystery. The Gears have always done a great job of dropping me into the world of the Native American group that the story is based on, but the element of a murder mystery was very different from the other books. People of the Wolf was probably my favorite until now, but this book has a very compelling story and kept me guessing until the end. I feel like they do a tremendous job of telling the stori ...more
Theresa
The book starts in modern times with a small Native American group claiming artifacts from a museum. Before the museum curator can do anything to stop them, the group sells off the artifacts, then disappears.

Afterwards, the story becomes basically a murder mystery set in Early American Chesapeake Bay. Who killed Red Knot and why and what should be done about it and how it affects the power balance of the region.

Red Knot was the granddaughter of the tribal matriarch: Hunting Hawk. On the morn
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Theresa
People of the Mist by Kathleen O’neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
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A divergent from the form of the people series, beginning with the careless actions of a young head strong girl Red Knot, ready to run away with her teenage lover. She was defying her family, clan, and tradition. She is brutally killed, with no obvious clues. Like all mysteries many people would have had a reason for the young girls death. Panther an old reclues "witch" who brought by the plea of another young girl Sun Conch, i
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Janet

I loved this book! It's such a good mystery! It was very nice that, once you've been initially exposed to all the many characters, the author will remind you of their relationship and the book in such a way as not to be obvious. This was very helpful and I wish many more authors could achieve this. I still kept an ongoing list in my iPhone notes section. This really slows the pace of my reading but it's better than paging back trying to figure out the history of characters.
What kept this from ea
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Katie Rhodig
Do you like a good “who done-it” murder mystery? If so, People of the Mist is a story for you. Set in pre-Christopher Columbus Chesapeake Bay area, Red Knot, the heir to Greenstone clan is found dead, murdered on the eve of her upcoming wedding day. Who is to blame? Her pampered childhood sweetheart High Fox? Her ‘would-have’ been husband, the sly, upstart chief Copper Thunder? The wannabe warrior, Flat Willow, also a scorned admirer? Red Knot’s village blames High Fox, who flees back to his own ...more
Jodi
Jan 10, 2014 Jodi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Interesting look at Native American tribes and their culture in about 800 AD. The book dragged at times for me and really belabored the forensic investigation into the murder of a girl in the tribe. Still very well researched and good read!! I know every culture has their own belief system and social mores, but I was really saddened that High Fox was completely ruined when it was revealed that Red Knot was his sister and he was outcast for having had relations for her. True - incest is not cool, ...more
Julie
True to W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's earlier books, this also is set in prehistoric America, this in what we now call the Chesapeake Bay area. The people we learn about here will eventually produce Powhattan and Pocahontas, but now it is 1300 AD, and we have a murder mystery to be solved by a most unlikely old man. I have enjoyed it as much as any I've read, especially because I also enjoy murder mysteries... Hurrah!
Frank
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel of pre-Colombian North America. The novel takes place around 1300 A.D. in the area around what is now the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The story is basically a murder mystery revolving around who killed a young maiden on the eve of her marriage and why. But along the way, the authors take you into the world of the Algonquin Independent villages to include the Native American religion and deities, superstitions, taboos such as incest, clan life, war ...more
Ana
I'm reviewing this as part of my "Same Title- Different Book" project! This particular People of the Mist deals with the recreation of Native American 'history' as imagined by the authors. There is a very long series of books that deal with these origin stories for tribes and peoples throughout present-day America. You can absolutely tell that the two authors are not writers by trade. The writing is not strong and definitely not 'literary' in any sense. And yet I keep going back to their books b ...more
Kitty Sutton
The Gears are the best at what they do, which is writing about pre-history based on archeology, creating a plausible fictional story to help us to understand the facts and thus preserve our own Native American history. Kathleen and Michael have been my lamplight in becoming a Native American historical fiction writer. They alone are responsible for peeking my interest in our dim past and have provided a window to that time and place of which they write. If you desire to see the past of our unkno ...more
Mnmom
Found this at a garage sale. A fun diversion, like something you'd find at a lake cabin stacked up with the Parcheesi and Yahtzee.
Lynne
I truly enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed...there was depth to them. Although the story was written in a time long ago, people don't change. So many situations in the book are relevant still today. The Panther is very wise...and what was so interesting was how he had taken time to take a good hard look at himself...and make changes. The friendship he and Nine Killer developed was genuine. Good story, easy read, nice change from my usual genre.
Mary Good
Just couldn't get into it. Don't think that is a reflection on the book.
Jennifer
I found this very interesting, once you got used to the different names (actually for the first 30 pgs or so, I wrote down a list of the character names, and that really helped me keep them straight). I enjoyed the native peoples and historical aspect to this mystery. I felt that Red Cloud was very well developed characher as was her grandmother, the head of their tribe. Some nights i stayed awake very late while reading this entertaining mystery.
Denise
Es el segundo libro que leo de estos autores. Es un libro bien escrito y muy realista. Realmente te transportan a la época y cultura de las tribus de América del Norte. Y ésta novela en particular tiene mucha intriga, vueltas de tuerca y suspenso que te mantienen pegado al libro. Es de fácil lectura y muy ameno. Me gustó mucho. Es ideal para pasar el rato cuando quieres distraerte y leer algo ligero, y sobre todo si te gustan los "thrillers".
Suzie
This was the first book I've read by this author.

I loved this book for the very realistic and detailed information about early Native Americans, how they lived, their culture, rituals, and other bits of info woven into a mystery. I didn't want to put the book down!

This would be an especially good book for archeology students to read! Note the many references in the back!

Can't wait to read more from her!
Farhana Faruq
Anyone who has read my reviews, already knows I love the 'People' series.

This one was just as interesting as the others!

You know when you worry your 500 page book is going to end... and you wish it wouldn't. :D

Those interested in Mystery may enjoy this.
Carole Bellacera
although it was a bit of a slow read, it kept me interested enough to want to know the identity of the murderer. (I guessed it correctly, by the way.) It's not the best Gear book I've read, but overall, I enjoyed it.
Sarah
Love and own all of this series
Cherokee_shawnee
Liked the book, its like tribal historic book. I only read several books they wrote and it's all good. If you like historic books about tribes, I suggest you try this book or other books they wrote.
Angela
Fantastic, unexpected twists, well laid out plot line, great characters. Overall this is my favourite book of the series. It was also fun and unusual to have this murder mystery set in ancient North America.
Sheila Walters
Liked this much more than I expected to. Well-written enjoyable historical fiction with memorable characters and a damned good mystery to boot. Really well-sculpted mystery I thought.
Avis Gill
Feb 17, 2013 Avis Gill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Avis by: no one
I love this series! It is the 9th book and like the others (1-8) once you start reading, they are hard to put down.
The detail and story line are outstanding.
Soapykitty
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Jackie
Same with People of the Ravens. I had no idea I had read this. I really enjoyed the first few books of the series; but I do not remember people of the Mist or Ravens!
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