Coyote by Kelly Oliver: Mystery Fiction Review

coyote-book-reviewJessica James rides again. This time into the world of big oil fracking, corruption and sex trafficking all set in the mountains of Montana. Coyote by Kelly Oliver is the second in a 3-part series following Jessica James through the unraveling of murder mystery.

Intriguing Characters from Kelly Oliver

When I reviewed the first in this 3-part series of mystery fiction, Wolf, I happily told you author Kelly Oliver knows how to write characters that you will enjoy. In the second of the series, Coyote, she continues that talent. Yes, we meet some new characters and finally meet the Jessica’s mother. She’s referenced often in Wolf.

Oliver does a masterful job of presenting the kind of characters that we want to follow. We want to see what happens to them. And to me, that is a sure sign of  good writing talent.

Subplots Abound in Coyote

The publicity about the Jessica James mystery series touts “ripped from the headlines” for the plots of these novels. And I won’t disagree with that, but I will disagree that it needs to be prominent. We are talking about some good basic mystery stories, whether they are ripped from the headlines or not.

Author Oliver in Coyote puts together more subplots than most writers would even consider. Set in the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana, not only do we have a troubling Native American situation, but we see corruption in big oil, the reason fracking is such a controversy, the ease with which an otherwise ethical politician can be compromised, and plenty more.

It takes a truly talented to writer to put together a multitude of subplots and resolve them all satisfactorily in the end. Since I refrain from giving book spoilers, I’ll leave it to you to decide if Kelly Oliver succeeded.

Coyote: A Can’t-Put-Down Mystery Novel

What I will tell you is that I was drawn into Coyote from the beginning. The story moved along quickly with each new subplot being introduced efficiently. By the time I hit the halfway point, I gave up the rest of my day to finish it. It’s a mystery novel that I consider one of those “can’t put it down.”

I’m anxiously awaiting the 3rd in the Jessica James series. But, I’m also waiting to hear from the publisher when it will be released. As soon as I know, I’ll update this article for you. In the meantime, enjoy Coyote by Kelly Oliver. But be sure to start with the first in the series, Wolf.

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About the Author

About the Author: Avid reader of all in the mystery genre for more than 30 years. Over the past several years, I have been part of the review team for pre-release mystery fiction. My experience includes review and evaluation of mystery genre manuscripts for new authors. Clearly, mysteries are my passion when it comes to novel reading. .


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  1. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like another great mystery that must be solved and another great book that must be read!

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