The Ghost of Milagro Creek by Melanie Sumner
(Algonquin Round Table Mysteries)

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The story of Ignacia Vigil Romero, a full Jacarilla Apache, and the two boys, Mister and Tomás, she raised to adulthood unfolds in a barrio of Taos, New Mexico—a mixed community of Native Americans, Hispanics, and whites. Now deceased, Ignacia, a curandera—a medicine woman, though some say a witch—begins this tale of star-crossed lovers.

Mister and Tomás, best friends until their late teens, both fall for Rocky, a gringa of some mystery, a girl Tomás takes for himself. But in a moment of despair, a pledge between the young men leads to murder. When Ignacia falls silent, police reports, witness statements, and caseworker interviews draw an electrifying portrait of a troubled community and of the vulnerable players in this mounting tragedy. Set in a terrain that becomes a character in its own right, The Ghost of Milagro Creek brilliantly illuminates this hidden corner of American society. 

About Melanie Sumner

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Melanie Sumner is the author of The School of Beauty and Charm, a novel, and Polite Society, stories. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her MFA from Boston University and was the recipient of a Whiting award in fiction in 1995. She currently lives in Rome, Georgia, and teaches creative writing at Kennesaw State University.
Published July 6, 2010 by A Shannon Ravenel Book. 267 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Ethnicities, cultures, passions and beliefs clash portentously in Sumner’s second novel (The School of Beauty and Charm, 2001, etc.), which drags epic, tragic themes into its portrait of a mixed community in Taos.

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For the most part it was all a blur, but sometimes he thought he remembered rising to the surface in Tomas’s grip – the slam of their hearts against each other and the keening sorrow of love.” Every now and then, a “stealth book” comes along – one that surprises you, captures you in its grip,...

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The stage is set for a tragic showdown during Holy Week of 2001, just after Abuela's funeral.However, Sumner – who taught writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College in the 1990s...

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