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Sky Woman Falling (Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  297 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
On the New York reservation of the Oneida, FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed and Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Parker find the broken body of a community elder who seems to have fallen out of the sky--much like the woman in the Oneida creation myth. But it's a land dispute that's taken her life--and threatening to ground Turnipseed and Parker in facts far st ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Berkley (first published 2003)
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May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
Mitchell has crafted another positive, strong story interwoven with Native American mythology, but without the red-on-white issues that were so strong in the previous book. There is some of that, but the main story is more focused on the rebellious youth and the mystery of how a tribal medicine woman (some say witch) died.

The romance between Turnipseed and Parker is background, and even when there are romantic events, they aren't truly pivotal, or made to seem so to move the story. That makes th
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, a Modoc, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Parker, a Commanche, are sent to the upstate New York reservation of the Oneida nation to investigate the unbelievable. It appears that the broken body of an Oneida elder, Brenda Two Kettles, simply fell out of the sky. Is her death connected to the 1985 Supreme Court decision that ruled for the Oneida in their quest to have 270,000 acres returned to their ownership--land that is now owned by whites? And ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very solidly written mystery with descriptions on par with a good Hillerman novel. Being familiar with Southwestern Native America much more so than other parts of the U.S., I found the descriptions of the cosmology, spirituality, and symbolism of the Haudenosaunee and Oneida truly enthralling and beautiful. The characters are complex and have enough depth and breadth to be believable - and both likable and despicable. The suspense and tension of the plot were very well balanced with the action. ...more
Tom Gorski
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
All around a pretty interesting story, blending a contemporary issue (Oneida land rights in upper New York state) with a good plot. Unfortunately the ending was transparent early on to the reader and it was just a matter of getting to it. On the other hand, as with Tony Hillerman novels, one does learn a good bit about American Indian culture, history and spirituality (specifically Modoc, Commanche and Oneida).
Teri Simonis
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the 2nd book I've attempted to read in this series. At a certain point in both novels, I have found myself uncaring about the characters, the story and the out one and I quit reading the book. I think Kirk Mitchell so overwhelms the plot with history and anthropology of Native Americans the writing would make.a better text book.
Edna Little Fish In Running Waters Spring
I relearned the Creation Story of the Haudenosaunee along with learning some Oneida words and some of their History.
The Mystery was awesome, NEVER in a million years would I have EVER figured out how the Murders were done.
What an imagination!
Jeff Dickison
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good Parker & Turnipseed novel about the murder of an Oneida Reservation woman who plummets from the sky. Well written and exciting, although I did not buy the last two pages at all. Highly recommended to fans of mysteries and Native American stories.
Cindy Snyder
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great look at the tensions between Indians and local communities. Kirk Mitchell always develops his characters and makes you care about all of them, even the bad ones. Lots of twists and turns in the plot.
Michael Karpovage
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent crime mystery thriller set in central NY around Indian sovereignty issues.
Deb W
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: zune
This was the second of Kirk Mitchell's works with Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed, and while I still like his use of Native American mythology in the stories, and the romantic tension between the partners, the graphic descriptions of child abuse left me completely turned off. It seems that some time in the past twenty years, references to child abuse became a popular writers' "go to" rationale for a characters deviance. Perhaps I am naive, probably I am naive, but I think it's not as prevalent ...more
Steve Payne
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book better than the previous one. It didn't bog down with the Anna-Emmett relationship. The book had a good pace to it. I didn't really understand what the dirty cop was getting out of it or what the ultimate goal of the evil doctor was. The good twin-evil twin talking to "the voice" didn't really add that much to the story.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this series, though, fair warning, it can be very dark and also quite gory .
This one is a particular fave, bringing us to an East Coast rez whereas the
rest of this series and many like it occur in the Southwest.

Not as gory as some of this series.

The protagonists are real and engaging.
Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed, Book #4. Emmett and Anna are on the Oneida Reservation in New York investigating the death of a woman who has fallen from the sky, a possible reference to the Oneida creation story.
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
These books read like Tony Hillerman novels;but much better!
Still take place in 4-corners area. They move faster than Hillerman's
& kept me on edge of my seat! YeaHa! I never saw "the next twist" coming. Way fun!
Jun 05, 2013 added it
I really enjoyed this book! It was well written, and very entertaining.
Diana Biggs
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy Kirk Mitchell & this is no exception. Has a true insight into Native American culture. A few red herrings pop up but ending made sense.
Cally King
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
After a slow start - totally engaging, couldn't put down middle - slightly drawn out end.
Good read.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wonderful writing, and loved how he wove in the Native stories. I'll be looking for more from this author!
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was okay until the last two pages when everything was ruined.
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: already-read
New Mexico author has a mystery series set in the southwest with the two main characters both Native American. I enjoy their interaction and a peep into their two tribes' cultures.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tony Hillerman or Nevada Barr fans
fun, fast read - a good who dunnit and American Indian culture
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Kirk Mitchell is an author who is known for his time travel, alternate history, historical fiction, and adventure fiction novels. Mitchell has also created several novelizations of movies.He writes under the pseudonym of Joel Norst

Kirk Mitchell served as a deputy sheriff on the Paiute- Shoshone Indian reservations of the desert country that includes Death Valley, and was a SWAT sergeant in souther
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