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Murder in the Chilcotin

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The third book in Roy Innes' mystery series sends RCMP Inspector Coswell and the newly promoted Sergeant Blakemore to the district of West Caribou in British Columbia, where the murder of a neophyte Mountie, the son of a local rancher, threatens to ignite racial conflicts that have been simmering in the region ever since 1885, when five First Nations men were hanged for tr ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Newest Publishers
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The setting for this police procedural/murder mystery is a remote section of central BC. It is the historic home of the Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) native tribes and gives the area its name. In 1885 there was a public hanging of 5 Tsilhqot'in Warriors under white man's law. There has been racial tensions between local natives and the white settlers who have imposed their law and authority on the tribes.
A young RCMP officer, son of a rancher, has been murdered on native land. Tensions are building
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I think this book is terrific for 2 reasons:
1. I am Canadian; and
2. I love detective fiction.

The Canadiana angle of the book is it's most appealing aspect to me. It delves into race relations and historic feuds between First Nations and white Canadians. Reconcilliation with its aboriginal peoples (First Nations) is a critical social issue for Canadians at present. "For centuries the Tsilhqot’in [pronounced Chilcotin] Nation, a semi-nomadic grouping of six bands sharing common culture and histor
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if I have read either of the author's previous two books. After reading this one, I hope there is a new volume soon. Good solid mystery, taking place in BC's Chilcotin area, involving death/murder of a rookie RCMP officer who grew up in the area, and a good part of the sociopolitical history and current affairs between the aboriginal population and the ranchers, loggers and tree planters in the area, as well as more broad references to similar and other criminal concerns within the ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Impressive crime thriller/police procedural from Roy Innes. Innes has a wonderful insight into current and past First Nations issues in British Columbia. He brings his insight to this well written and very enjoyable and esy to read novel that is the third in his series featuring RCMP Inspector Coswell and Sergeant Blakemore.

There are not too many novels set in British Columbia so this series is a wonderful treat. The Cariboo Chilcotin region of BC is incredibly beautiful. Rolling hills are the s
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 whe ...more
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Inspector Coswell is called from Vancouver to Anahim, west of Williams Lake in British Columbia to assist Sergeant Blakemore in the investigation of the shooting of a young Mountie, he is somewhat apprehensive of the racial tensions between the local natives and their perceptions of "white man's justice". He finds he must deal with an aboriginal policeman, prejudiced white ranchers, tree planters and fallers, grow ops in the deep woods, and an aboriginal girl on a supervised methadone progr ...more
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Super Read! This book has essentially restored my confidence in Roy Innes's novels after my immense disappointment with the second book in the series - "The West End Murders"
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Roy Innes is a retired eye physician and surgeon. An early penchant for the arts, buried for years in the world of science, was rekindled on retirement. He enrolled in the Humber School for Writers program and under the mentorship of literary notable, Olive Senior, wrote his first novel, Murder in the Monashees, released in 2005 to excellent reviews. Equally at home in the city or the wilds, Innes ...more
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