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Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Sequel to Broken But Not Dead, an IPPY Award Silver Medalist

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her tw
Published November 1st 2016 by Dancing Lemur Press LLC
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Anna del C. Dye
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Matowak Woman who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler is a murder mystery that will keep you glued to its pages with a good plot and inviting deliverance. It moves nicely to get to the twist at the end.
A very important retired lawyer and diplomat is killed in his house after breakfast, and his wife is the main suspect.
There is a lot of racism going on in this book, related to the Native American characters and those who think white people are better than they are. The policeman in charge of the crime
Stuart Aken
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a police procedure crime novel, with the bonus that it’s set in Canada and therefore reveals both cultural and procedural aspects that may be new to many readers. Certainly, aspects of this fascinating tale led me across entirely new ground.

The three main characters are intriguing in their complexity, and the fourth, who sits in the background as a constant reminder to one of the others, plays a subtle role in defining the nature, history and priorities of the lead detective. Racial
Syndi Day
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i was the lucky winner of a copy of this novel through a goodreads win. i loved this story. it is very deep and intense. the story follows two main characters- a corporal with the rcmp who is investigating a murder and the woman whose husband has been murdered. at the same time the corporal is also dealing with his own feelings of grief and guilt surrounding his wife's recent murder, while the woman is dealing with her feelings about her son's murder/suicide and an emotionally abusive husband. t ...more
Medeia Sharif
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel mainly follows two tortured characters: Sally, who is a suspect in her husband’s murder and who is grieving the death of her sons from a past event, and Danny Killian, the corporal in charge of the case who is torn by the recent murder of his wife. These are two characters readers can sink their teeth into. The author goes deep into their hearts and minds.

The novel explores the dynamics of Sally’s imperfect husband, an important minister in Canadian government. We also experience num
Lynn La
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A few days ago I finished Matowak: Woman Who Cries and I'm still haunted by Mrs. Warner. Joylene Nowell Butler is a master at getting inside the mind of her characters. The unexpected twists held my attention from beginning to end.

It was good to meet the Meshango character again and learn how she was dealing with life after the horror she experienced in Broken But Not Dead. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, add Matowak: Woman Who Cries to your reading list.

Lynn, Manager
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Rosie Amber
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Three Point Five Stars.

Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is a murder mystery set in Canada, and is a sequel to "Broken But Not Dead". The book opens with a murder scene of Leland Warner a former Minister of National Defense. During Leland's life and political career he built a long list of enemies and it quickly becomes a high profile case.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Danny Killian is given the case, he's a native Haida aboriginal, whose wife was recently murdered, which gives him an emotional
Christine Hart
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent novel from Joylene Nowell Butler! Matowak: Woman Who Cries is a powerful story, vividly portraying northern British Columbia and delving into grief and healing for two very different characters.

Having read the related Broken But Not Dead, I found it fascinating to pick up the story in the same world with two new protagonists, one of which was someone I'd had little regard for in the previous story. I enjoy having my world view challenged by though-provoking stories. I think it'
Books and Spoons
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
An engaging and intriguing murder mystery of a Canadian political figure, that flows easily off the pages and pulls the reader into the world crimes, scandal, and racial adversity, and human tragedy.
Solving of the crime is filled with details of the police procedures Canadian style. I liked the setting of the tale, the new aspects it gives to a crime reader, as everything is not the same as it is in the States. The development of the investigation has its twists, more uncertainty brought on by
Lori L MacLaughlin
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't have much experience with police procedural murder mysteries when I picked up Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler, but the story intrigued me and drew me in. Leland Warner, retired Canadian Minister of National Defense, is found murdered in his home. Corporal Danny Killian, an Aboriginal Canadian with the RCMP, must track down the murderer. One of the suspects is Leland's long-suffering wife, Sally. The story is told in first person from Sally's and Corporal Killian's poin ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am very firmly lodged on the horns of a dilemma. You may ask why (or you may simply decide you have better things to do and stop reading at this point). The answer is that I couldn't finish this book, so it is a DNF, but my conflict arises with the fact that I genuinely don't think that this was badly written.

Let me try and explain. I scheduled this book for review by a certain date. That is the expectation from the author in return for a review. I started reading well in advance, so that I wo
Patricia Stoltey
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler is set in Canada. The novel is told from two points of view, a technique that worked well for building suspense. One POV character is RCMP Corporal Danny Killian who’s suffering from the as-yet unsolved murder of his wife, a case on which he’s not allowed to work. The second POV character is Sally Warner, the wife of murder victim Leland Warner who was a retired Minister of National Defense. Sally is the chief suspect, but there’s not a speck of ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars!

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A fascinating murder mystery with intriguing characters, twists and turns in every chapter and an undertone of racial tension, Matowak Woman Who Cries is a page turner that will suck you in.

A fascinating crime procedural, the writing is engaging and well-thought out. Plot development is eased along appropriately with a dash of foreshadowing thrown in here and there. I am not an expert by any means, but I appreciated the care the author so clearly took in addressing
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a dysfunctional family at the core, author Joylene Nowell Butler skillfully crafts a suspenseful murder mystery with teeth.
Her characters are a diverse group, well-developed, likable, and easy for readers to relate to and understand. The varied emotions of the characters can easily be felt through the author’s rich descriptions.
The setting adds depth to the story. With numerous twists and turns, the story moves along smoothly and at a good pace. The story opens with a bang and doesn’t let u
Lynelle Clark
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Written in the first person we are confronted with the life of a prominent figure in the political sphere of Canada where winter and snow the permanent backdrop of this crime thriller adding to the difficulties of the widow and investigating officer.
The characters were believable: each with their unique intrigues that supports the story line perfectly.
Matowak is the perfect name for the book describing the woman's turmoil after her rece
Toi Thomas
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is for the audio release with narrator, James Newcome.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. Because I listened to the audio book, I feel a separate assessment is needed for each the story and the presentation. Also, since I’m reviewing this products months after my initial experience, some of my thoughts may no longer be relevant.

The story- Well, I was a bit bummed to realize there was a first part to the story of the main character. If I had realized that, I would have read the first book
Kathleen Kelly
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story starts out with the murder of Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner. His wife become a suspect but the Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal police officer, is tasked with figuring out how she was able to not leave any clues. All fingers point to her, especially as the reader learns about her marriage and life as a mother of two son's. These son's were involved in a murder, suicide prior to the start of this story.

What kind of a family were the Warner's, what kind of secrets were
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
While grieving from the tragic death of her two sons, Sally Warner was now forced to discover the bloody body of her husband on the kitchen floor! Numb with shock and grief, she called 911 and kept her distance from the body. She had talked with him only a couple of hours ago! How can this be. Now she had no one left.
Corporal Killian was assigned to the murder investigation of former Cabinet member, Leland Warner. The pressure was intense in this high profile case. Every lead seemed to go nowher
Stephanie Faris
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Matowak: Woman Who Cries, a woman suddenly finds her husband dead of a gunshot wound in their kitchen. Because he's the retired Minister of National Defense, the list of suspects is long...and it includes his grieving widow, Sally. She has lost so much, you can't help but feel for her while at the same time wondering if she really did have something to do with it. If you are one of the many people (like me!) who like police procedurals, this is a book you'll LOVE. ...more
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I am Canadian/Métis, the author of suspense novels Dead Witness, Maski: Broken But Not Dead, Break Time, and Matowak. I won the IPPY Silver Medal for Broken But Not Dead in 2012. Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, (April 25, 1953) I am the youngest of three children of Charles (Charlie) Murray Nowell, veteran, farmer and truck driver, and Gabrielle Frances, (nee Desjardins), a member of the wa ...more

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