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  • By Pierrot on September 16, 2014

    This is the second book in this series. I enjoy the writing itself quite a bit, but I had hoped for depth this time. It's possible that changing the setting had something to do with this more superficial story.

  • By John N. Lavieri on November 13, 2013

    This is McGrath's second engaging mystery novel set in northern climes. The plot holds the reader's attention, the characters are interesting, and her description of life in the far north feels insightful.

  • By jessie olivier on March 24, 2013

    I enjoyed the book. I enjoy the eastern european books in general depending on the translation. Books not translated well are often tedious to read. This was not the case. Not in the same league as Jo Nesbo and co but still a pleasant read

  • By Steve Benner on April 5, 2013

    "The Boy in the Snow" is Melanie McGrath's second Edie Kiglatuk novel. Chronologically, it is set some six months or so after the first and while it is not at all necessary to have read the earlier book, this one makes a little more sense in places if you have. In this story, Edie finds herself from her home of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian high Arctic, as she and her friend, police officer Derek Palliser, provide logistical backup and support to her ex, Sammy Inukpuk, who is competing in one of the toughest sporting events on the planet -- the long-distance Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Edie being Edie, of course, it isn't long before she is embroiled in an emotionally charged mystery, involving two dead babies, which nobody else seems much interested in investigating, and which is intimately entangled with sordid sex- and baby-trafficking, as well as political intrigue. And again, as usual, Edie's natural nosiness and sense of justice is soon putting not only her own life but that of her friends in grave danger.As a follow-up to the earlier "White Heat", the book is something of a disappointment, for me, at least, failing to recapture the magic of the earlier volume. It is also somewhat inconsistent with the first book -- Edie's ready adaptation to "qalunaat" living in Alaska, for instance, sitting at odds with her discomfort experienced in Greenland in the earlier story. As a book in its own right, "The Boy on the Snow" is a fairly typical and almost formulaic thriller, albeit one set in an unusual environment. What lifts the book out of the ordinary is the author's handling of the Edie's character -- which has grown even more for this story -- and the naturally hostile environment of snow and ice of Alaska, although here again, this is somewhat disappointing in that it never comes alive as much as the Arctic does in the first book and only really features in the last few chapters of the book.As with the earlier volume humour and pathos drive the story through its slower moments, making the book an easy and a quick read. Shorter chapter lengths than in the first book also help to mount the tension more, although the somewhat predictably story-line spoils that a little bit. Fans of Edie Kiglatuk anxious for more after the first volume will probably be delighted with the book, as she shines here even more than before and will no doubt gobble this book down quickly before heading out to sign up for their copy of the next in the series, "The Bone Seeker".

  • By Miki101.Maus 🐭 on December 15, 2012

    ... set in the cold of Alaska.But it will be more the coldness of heart and soul that are able to express some of the more than sinister characters in this mystery set around the Arctic Circle that will haunt You in the dark...Edie Kiglatuk is an half-Inuit ex-hunter of polar bears living in Autisaq on Ellesmere Island, in High Arctic Canada just shy of the North Pole.She has come down to the "warmer" regions of Alaska to help out her ex to make it through the Iditarod, one of the toughest dog sled races of the World.This race is done since 1973 to remember the Great Race of Mercy, the heroic 5-and-1/2-day dog sled trek during the harsh winter of 1925. The 20 mushers and 150 dogs rushed - without thinking of their own lifes - to bring the dipheteria antitoxin for 675 miles across Alaskan ice to the remote town that was Nome in those days. So they could prevent an epidemy - and there are not many who never heard of Balto, the leading dog ...Only nowadays the race goes over a 1,100 mile distance and it takes about 2 weeks to complete. So Sammy Inukpuk, yet minus his leading sled dog Bonehead, needs all the help he can get. His son Wally has broken his arm, so Edie jumpes in - wanted to jump in.But a Kermode bear - an otherworldly creature leads her to a spirit house with a dead, frozen little boy in it, marked with strange symbols.And that opens the way to the - carefully planned - persecution of the Old Believers, orthodox people emigrated after 1666 from Russia and seeking peace of mind all around the globe.But not even in Alaska they are allowed to find it. After a second little boy is found dead they are marked as "Dark Believers" - devil-worshippers - and will be destined to be forced out from this once so peaceful place to make large for the so-said "development"!But Edie forces her way through all possible and almost impossible tasks.She will stumble in the way of the Anchorage Mayor Hillenberg and his power-hungry wife Marsha, both the next candidate-couple for the gubernatorial race against a long established politician. And then in that of developers without any scruples.And if that's not enough - there are Russians who have their own agenda with under-age girls and newborn babies. And at the end every bad thing is in some way connected to the other...This is a very fine and also culturally very interesting thriller.We will learn that on this planet are cultures we know very little about.Other habits, beliefs, even the food is different - but very near to the nature.And Edie Kiglatuk herself in the very end breaks with one of her own traditions and makes two creatures very very happy - one ex-Goth girl and an ageing dog who would have been only bound to be shot sooner or later...And this was one of the happiest ends I ever read in a book!If You are hooked, try the Freebie Edie Kiglatuk's Christmas: An Arctic Mystery. It also contains the first chapters of this book.Now I have to read the first book of this series - White Heat and I yet suspect that Melanie McGrath will not disappoint me :).PS: I bought my kindle version :)


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