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Publication Order of Wind River Reservation Books

The Eagle Catcher (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Walker (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dream Stalker (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Bird (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story Teller (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spirit Woman (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thunder Keeper (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Dancer (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Raven (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wife of Moon (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eye of the Wolf (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drowning Man (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl With Braided Hair (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Spirit (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spider's Web (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buffalo Bill's Dead Now (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Custer (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the White Buffalo (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Fell from the Sky (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter's Child (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Catherine McLeod Books

Blood Memory (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Suspect (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Arapaho Ten Commandments Books

Chief Left Hand, Southern Arapaho (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hole in the Wall (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stolen Smoke (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman Who Climbed to the Sky (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Last Goodbye (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Heart (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nobody's Going to Cry (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Man Found Dead in Park (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Watching Eagles Soar: Stories from the Wind River and Beyond (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Goin' Railroading (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tivoli: Bavaria in the Rockies (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

How the West Was Read, Volume 2(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women Before the Bench(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunken Sailor(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Crimes(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Towns(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

A writer of mystery novels, Margaret Coel is well known for her ‘Wind River Mysteries’ series of books. Although part of a collection, they’re made to be read in no particular order, as they work individually as stand-alone novels. Coming from America where she was born and raised, she has been writing for many years now having created a long and illustrious career for herself.

Early and Personal Life

As a New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Coel has been successfully writing her unique brand of suspense and mystery for some time now. Living in Boulder, Colorado, she was born and raised as a native Coloradan, having come from a native family resident to Colorado. Having not spent long away from her home, she feels it’s a part of who she is as it informs both her and her work as an author local to the area.

Attending the Marquette University to study journalism, which she graduated from in 1960, she is also a historian alongside her career in mystery novels. Born on the 11th of October, 1937, she has built herself a reputation throughout the years that is based on both critical and commercial success. With an in-depth knowledge of the local area, she began her career writing for the ‘Boulder Daily Camera’ upon graduation.

Her work has been published across other publications as well, and she’s also known for her non-fiction books too. With a view of the Rocky Mountains from her window, she continues to draw inspiration from the land around her defining her literature in the process, which she still writes to this day. Taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape, she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, as she will carry on with her novels into the foreseeable future.

Writing Career

Starting out in journalism for her local paper, Margaret Coel began by writing for the ‘Boulder Daily Camera’ following receiving her degree in journalism. Going onto write a number of articles for publications as diverse as the ‘New York Times’, to the ‘American Heritage of Invention and Technology’ along with the ‘Christian Science Monitor’, she gained her credentials as a serious writer. This then all paved the way to her publishing her first book which was a non-fiction title based on ‘Chief Left Hand’ published in 1988. Her first fiction novel was titled ‘The Eagle Catcher’, which was to be the first in her ‘Wind River Reservation’ series of books, it being initially published in 1995. Over the course of this series there have been approximately eighteen novels to date.

Writing a number of other works too, Margaret has written many non-fiction books as well. With her memoirs of the Indian people, along with her in-depth knowledge of the local area, she has created large quantities of literature concerning the history of Colorado. Books such as ‘Goin’ Railroading’ rank amongst the hundred best books focused on Colorado history. All of this has seen her receiving awards and recognition of her work over the years. She has also appeared on the cover of ‘Mystery Scene Magazine’ during the Fall of 2006 with a profile featuring her. There are also regular appearances from her at the ‘Tony Hillerman Writer’s Weekend’, whereby she gives talks and meets her fan-base.

Continuing to write, she will carry on writing into the foreseeable future. With her work being of a highly accessible nature, she has also started to gain recognition internationally as well. All of this means that she is to continue growing from strength-to-strength as her status shows no signs of stopping.

The Eagle Catcher

Published in 1995, this was to be the first foray into the ‘Wind River Reservation’ series from Margaret Coel. In it a tribal chairman of the Arapaho is found murdered within the sanctity of his tepee. Although the evidence is weighed against the nephew of this chairman, many don’t believe it to be possible. Two of these people are Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden and the St. Francis Mission pastor Father John O’Malley. Protesting his innocence they look to clear his name and set him free.

What soon transpires in their quest for the truth is a trail that takes them back through the past, as they discover what happened to the Indian people when they were forced onto reservations. With oil deals gone bad, there are plenty of cases of corruption as well, as it soon comes to light that there maybe someone who’s willing to go to extreme lengths to keep history firmly rooted in the past at whatever cost. As the killer looks set to strike again, it appears they’re locked in a race against time to uncover the truth about what evil happened upon the Great Plains one hundred years prior. Will they learn the truth and get justice for the chairman? What exactly did occur on those plains one hundred years ago? Can they crack the case in time or will the killer strike again?

The Spirit Woman

Number six in the ‘Wind River Reservation’ series, Margaret Coel published this book in 2001. Set around the legend of Sacajawea this time, Coel relates the story of this Native American woman who was said to have helped guide the Lewis and Clark expedition all across the American wilderness. According to the famous myth her body is buried in none other than the Wind River Reservation. The problem is, a female college professor has vanished without a trace whilst looking for her grave.

It is now up to her friend and associate, Vicky Holden, to return once again to solve this latest mystery and rescue her long-time friend. Accompanying her once more is pastor Father John O’Malley who will, together with Vicky, solve this case getting to the bottom of the mystery involving Sacajawea. With another woman having disappeared previously as well, the clock is ticking for them to save their friend. Who is the culprit behind all these vanishings and what exactly do they want to cover-up? Just what secrets do the hidden memoirs of Sacajawea hold? Will they be able to solve the case in time before it’s too late, or will they have another victim on their buried forever along with the truth?

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10 Responses to “Margaret Coel”

  1. Rosemary: 9 months ago

    My local hospital has a Take One / Leave One Book Exchange table in the lobby. To my surprise, I discovered Margaret Coel’s The Ghost Walker! Surprise, because my grandmother first brought the Wind River Reservation to my attention in the 1940’s (!!!) when I was a child. I still receive their monthly newsletter. When we lived in St. Louis, I met Tony Short, SJ, a friend of my sister-in-law, before he was assigned to Wind River in the 60’s. (Now I wonder if Father John is modeled after him.)
    Ms Coel has gracefully and skillfully woven so much cultural history into this first-for-me book. And now it’s a SERIES.

  2. Mary Jo Bonds: 2 years ago

    Where can I find a books in order list of the Wind River books? Thanks PS: An up to date one

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      On this very page.

  3. Jennifer: 2 years ago

    Thanks for the list, it always helps me to easily find the next book in the series. I also appreciate the authors and series background.
    Keep up the great work!

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      You’re welcome! Thanks so much for taking the time to say that Jennifer. Much appreciated 🙂

  4. Ben Thompson: 3 years ago

    I have Winter’s Child. Is it the last Wind River Mystery? I hope not as when getting hooked on her characters, one feels they are family and miss them. If she has run out of stories, just read the front page of any newspaper for a new one or two.

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      Yes unfortunately that was the last one in the series.

  5. Jo Davis: 3 years ago

    Has Margaret Coel written any books recently? I have all her Wind River series.

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      Unfortunately not.

    • Roger Adams: 1 year ago

      Looking for more books in wi d river series. I think I have read them all. Hopeing someone to carry on series as did Anna Hillerman with her dads, if ms. Coel is no long writing. These characters have become like beloved friends that I miss.


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