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The Pictograph Murders

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
 Alex McKelvey longs to fit in. She doesn’t realize that her earth-mother style—the connections she feels toward the earth and to a certain eerie pictograph panel—sets her off from the crowd. Wanting only to enjoy the beauty of the Utah desert, she packs up her gear and her Siberian husky, Kit, and joins an archaeological dig. But when the site’s owner vanishes, forces com ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Signature Books (first published September 15th 2004)
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Melissa McShane
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, mystery, lds-author
A caution: this is not really a murder mystery. Nor is it a literary novel. It is a strange blend of the two, which means that readers looking for a mystery may be put off by the slow, elegant prose, and readers looking for a literary work may find the emphasis on plot distracting. With its emphasis on the conflict between literal Good and Evil, and its refusal to definitively identify Coyote as either human or supernatural, it might most easily be read as fantasy...but in the end, it's in a cla ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers (particularly those who are LDS)
Shelves: general-fiction
I knew the author, Patricia Gunter Karamesines, in college where she wrote very impressive poetry and the symbolism that captivated her then still has hold now as shown through these pages. I call this a "thinking man's" whodunnit, full of layers, allegories, and symbolism. If you're a patient reader who likes to figure out a mystery, then this book is for you. If you're a member of the LDS Church, you'll particularly get into it.
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
The mystery is almost secondary. The Mormon stuff is not overt at all. This really is more a psychological thriller with an emphasis on language and power and myth. Very, very good.

But I expected no less from Patricia.
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredible mix of murder mystery and mythos. This isn't the thing that fits in one category, so don't expect the typical murder mystery. Nor is it only a mythos or fable, because it is set in the modern age. It's also a naturalist journey through the desert and a woman's journey within herself. This book crosses so many genre lines that it's hard to keep up with. Within the story little is overt as well, and the author doesn't explain everything for the reader who expects that.
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