When a young RCMP officer is murdered in British Columbia’s Caribou District, Inspector Mark Coswell is dispatched from Vancouver to assist local authorities. It isn’t long before Coswell realizes that little about this investigation will be straightforward or easy. Resources are limited in the Chilcotin, and the hostility between the white ranchers and First Nations residents has been going on since the Chilcotin War over a hundred years earlier. Few are interested in helping the police, so when more deaths occur, Coswell’s job becomes much more complicated.
Murder in the Chilcotin is a terrific police procedural that combines hi-tech investigative techniques in an old world environment. Cultural clashes, colorful local history, eccentric personalities, and contemporary crime issues create a rich and complex mystery that reminds me of a Tony Hillerman novel. If you’re interested in a richly textured whodunit, then read this book.