Friday, January 6, 2012

Murder in the Northwest in 1867

THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES by Stef Penney is one of the better books I have read in the past year.  It takes place in a cold isolated settlement in Canada's Northwest Territory.  The setting feels authentic and the characters real.  The reader is taken back in time to the frontier where the early settlers, traders and Indians mix warily.  From the moment the murder is discovered by Mrs. Ross to the gunfight at the climax of the book, the reader is engrossed in the life of the characters.  I am not a great fan of westerns, but this book fired my imagination from start to finish.

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