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Hemlock Needle

(Maeve Malloy Mystery #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Anchorage, Alaska, Yup’ik Eskimo chief financial officer and single mother, Esther Fancyboy, walks out of a party and into a blizzard. She is never seen again, leaving behind a seven-year-old son, Evan. The local cops say she’ll come home when she’s done partying, but family friend Maeve Malloy doesn’t think it’s that simple. She goes looking for Esther just as she’s ge ...more
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Level Best Books (first published January 19th 2019)
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Jody Hansen
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second in the Maeve Malloy series by Keenan Powell left me eager for another adventure with main character Maeve. The heroine and her trusty protector Tom, are written with both appeal and frustration as you watch their relationship unfold a bit more. The murder of a child's mother tugs the heart as does Maeve with all her inner demons. Maeve's search for the answers for the child, the mystery that shrouds what happened to the mother, mingled with Maeve's personal doubts, and demons pull you ...more
Janet DeCastro
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
FICTION, SUSPENSE, LEGAL, ( series book #2)
Anchorage Attorney Maeve Molloy is facing the fight of her life, avoiding being disbarred for an error made at trial. Not being able to take on any new legal cases, she and her investigator Tom Sinclair look into a missing persons case which the police are slow to follow up on - as the missing young woman is native American. But there's more to the case than a jealous ex-husband. A mysterious black SUV, shady bosses, water quality, and business practice
Sue Martin
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As good as the first

One thing I liked was how the author incorporated into from the first book into this one. One question I had: what happened to Mike from book one?
Wendy Kendall
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The most recent book in the Maeve Malloy Legal Thriller series finds the adroit attorney under investigation herself in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s been advised not to take on any cases until her own is settled. Depending on how it’s settled, she may not be allowed to take on cases ever again. While under pressure to prove her own innocence she makes a pro bono exception that tugs at her heart, to help find a missing Yup’ik Eskimo chief financial officer who is a single mother. Is this a partying w ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Attorney Maeve Malloy has just learned she is facing disbarment when an old friend shows up and pleads with Maeve to find her missing daughter, Esther. Needing to fill the time until her hearing with the Bar, Maeve agrees and takes the request as a pro bono case. But Esther has been keeping secrets, and, when her beaten body is found in a snow berm, Maeve continues investigating. The closer Maeve gets, the more lies she uncovers; if she doesn’t find the truth fast, Maeve could end up too dead to ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this second novel in an intriguing series set in Alaska. The characters are well developed, and the main character is a hard-working, no nonsense, bright and caring young woman immersed in the inner workings of the Alaska legal scene. Her situation is complicated, and at times she is her own worst enemy. But Maeve Malloy is persistent, tenacious, and determined to help the Native family who came to her for help. Hemlock Needle is a compelling mystery with a great protagonist and a unique ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
Give me a good mystery with strong, flawed characters and call me later! Hemlock Needle is the second novel by Keenan Powell and set in Alaska. The protagonist, Attorney Maeve Malloy, is best described as hard-working, tenacious, and no nonsense. She has managed to get herself into her own legal situation (did I say 'flawed'?). In this book, Maeve helps a young Native boy, Evan, whose mother goes missing. He might also be in danger. With the help of her investigator, Tom, they embark on a race a ...more
James Terry
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Legal Procedural Novels, the crime as seen through the eyes of a lawyer, were not my genre of choice. I must confess that when I saw the date, time and place at the beginning of every chapter I thought, aha, just as I thought, emphasizing process over creating rich characters and developing a robust plot. A meticulous rendering of criminal court procedure and politics, along with how police and prosecutors work together (or don’t).
Then, as if that was not enough to put me off, this audacious aut
Grace Koshida
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maeve searches for a missing mother and justice for a young boy i

Esther Fancyboy disappears during the Christmas holidays in Anchorage, Alaska. Cora, Esther's mother, asks lawyer Maeve Malloy to find her for the sake of Evan, Esther's 7-year old son. Although Maeve is in danger of losing her law license, she agrees to help Cora. With the help of her investigator Tom Sinclair, Maeve digs into Esther's job as CFO for Neqa Inc., which has a federal grant to build water supply systems in remote Nati
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alaska lawyer Maeve Malloy finds herself in trouble again as she faces a disbarment hearing. It stems from a case in the previous book and causes huge concern for her. In the meantime a friend asks her to find her missing daughter. Esther Fancyboy would never leave her son Evan, so Maeve is sure something bad happened to her. On the trail to find Esther, she finds fraud, deceptive business practices and much more. An excellent look at life in Alaska
Holly Abbie
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this well constructed mystery. The Alaskan setting is wonderful. Definitely will read more of Keenan Powell's work. Hard to compose a complete review on a kindle. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a good mystery.
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Keenan Powell's first publication included illustrations in Dungeons and Dragons, 1st edition, while in high school. Art seemed to be an impractical pursuit – she wasn’t an heiress, didn’t have the disposition to marry well, and hated teaching – so she went to law school instead. The day after graduation, she moved to Alaska. A

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