Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza

Hearts of the Missing

When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire-Sky People. With an intimate knowledge of Fire-Sky customs and traditions, the killer ensures the spirits of those...

Details Hearts of the Missing

TitleHearts of the Missing
Release DateDec 4th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Hearts of the Missing

  • Liz
    As a long time fan of Tony Hillerman, I decided to take a chance on new author Carol Potenza, who won the 2017 Tony Hillerman prize. Nicky Matthews is a Sergeant in the Pueblo police. For some reason, I never thought there would be non-Indians on a reservation police force. But there she is. And despite being an outsider, she is the one that the Wind Mother chooses to visit. I enjoyed this immensely. Nicky has a lot of baggage, including an ex-lo...
  • Gail C.
    I love it when I have the opportunity to visit or revisit an area through a book, and that is what  Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza offered. The story takes place on the Pueblo of the Fire-Sky Native Americans  and is a rich combination of themes woven together in a way that leaves you hoping there will be more books featuring these people and this beautiful setting. The novel combines multiple elements, weaving them in and out to create...
  • Jacqui
    This is an excellent debut novel for Carol Potenza and well worthy of the Tony Hillerman Prize. I was drawn in by the deep characters, mesmerized by the local and cultural feel, and pulled along by a fast-moving albeit complicated plot. Kudos, Carol, for an excellent read!
  • Michelle
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical ARC copy of this book. This book is a winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize.I loved all the suspense, mystery and surprises in this book. There was so much suspense that it had me hooked to the storyline and I was so into uncovering the mystery of what was going on that I flew through this book and felt myself on th...
  • Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this arc.A complex and very convoluted plot. The pacing wasn't very smoothly done, but in my mind forgivable as this is the author's debut book. Further confusion was the addition of a number of characters with inadequate "introduction".... details of their backstories were not provided until 50 plus pages later, making them feel more like plot contrivances than real characters. I found the main char...
  • Maddison Michaels
    This was a phenomenal debut!! Wow, just wow... I loved it. The author had me hooked from start to finish. It was so well written, and the twists and turns, along with the red herrings, left me guessing to the end - just what I love in a good mystery. I adored the heroine Nicky - she was so relatable and I was cheering her on the whole time. I can't recommend this book enough. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy - you'll love it. I am now eagerly...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    After being forced to move and give up law school Nicky Matthews is finally doing something she really loves. She is a police sergeant with the Pueblo NM police force and she is the liaison with the Fire-Skye Indian reservation. Nicky has made many friends on the res and she is respected by the natives, but she is not liked at all by her boss who can’t wait to catch her doing something wrong. When a suicide seems to be linked to other missing F...
  • Homerun2
    This is an award winning debut novel by a biochemistry professor featuring a mystery set on an Indian reservation. The main character, Nicky Matthews, had intended to be an attorney but her life and career plans got sidelined when she had a disastrous affair with the head of the state police. So, she ended up as a cop on the reservation, a job which she loved.Nicky is asked to further investigate some unexplained deaths and disappearances which h...
  • Alison McMahan
    I was a little disappointed when I found out the tribe was fictional. It then made me wonder if the customs and rituals I had just enjoyed learning so much about were also fictional, but from online interviews with Potenza I gather that those are based on research (Potenza's sister in law is a police officer in a New Mexico Pueblo).The mystery revolves around scientific research, organ donors (the Fire Sky People have to be buried intact, so they...
  • Richard Becker
    This was a wonderful new book by the debut author who recently won the Tony Hillerman prize.Like the Hillerman books, it is set in the American southwest on a tribal reservation. The author shows an understanding and reverence for the native american way of life as portrayed in the book.Nicky Matthews, the detective charged with working a string of murders and missing persons among the tribe, relies on help from sympathetic members of the tribe a...
  • Book Him Danno
    3 1/2 stars out of 5Hearts of the Missing is a police procedural story that isn't able to find the right flow making the story feel jerky and a little too messy. The story throws readers right in with very little back story that could cause readers to becomes lost at times with who does what and why. The characters at times lack focus for being police which makes the story once again a little too stop and go feeling.While the story its selves is ...
  • Alyssa
    I truly enjoyed this book and was much more impressed by it than I expected to be. The portrayal of Native American cultural and ritual was well done. As another reviewer said, I agree that the storyline pacing was a little off at times, but overall it worked well. I read it in two days because I was intrigued immensely by both plot and characters.My only complaint would be in regards to some of the law enforcement portrayal. Not all of the lingo...
  • Laura Flores
    This book is a true mystery at every turn. I fell in love with the main character, Nicky Matthews, as she navigated being an outsider in a world she feels deeply connected to. The artistry and cultural competency Dr. Potenza used when capturing the spirit of the tribal lands of New Mexico is astounding. I respect any artist that is able to research and present this culture so respectfully, and this book certainly hits the mark. It is no surprise ...
  • Maggie Holmes
    I've decided to do a display: Old School, New School. It will feature mysteries that take place before technology took over, and those after. This book is definitely after. DNA analysis is a major part of the mystery, both solving it and causing it. And cell phones are a key component. This however also contains elements from so far back in history we are dealing with mythology. I loved learning about a new group of New Mexico natives and how the...
  • Cyrenius H. Booth Library
    This was a decent police procedural; if you temper your expectations you won't be terribly disappointed. The pacing is jerky, there are many relationships that are introduced poorly, and the minor characters, especially cops, are cardboard cutouts. While it's easy to see why this won the Hillerman prize as its descriptions of native culture and natural beauty of the West approach that author's lyrical prose, this doesn't hold a candle. Try this, ...
  • Sharon
    In this stellar mystery- hopefully the first in a new series- Pueblo police officer Nicky Matthews takes on a missing persons case that ends up exposing a wicked crime wave that might be more than she can handle. Mystical beliefs, personal heritage, crime investigating, cultural history, romantic entanglements, a richly created setting...this novel has so many layers, all perfectly balanced. I can't wait for Nicky's next case!This ARC was provide...
  • Kelly Well Read
    I was very impressed with this debut by Carol Potenza. The author doesn't stumble at all in her story about a police sergeant navigating the political and cultural minefield of a tribal police force in her efforts to solve the mystery of the "perdito," or lost ones, while also trying to understand the visions that plague her and how they relate to the case. Well done!
  • Lisa Wright
    Potenza takes us into the heart of the Fire-Sky people of New Mexico through the eyes of Pueblo Police Sgt. Nicky Matthews. When a suicide leads to suspicions of a larger horror, the story burrows into the history and culture of the pueblo. Rich characters and a mystery unique to the Fire-Sky people make this an exciting beginning to a new series.
  • Linda
    If you enjoy mysteries set in the Southwest and involving Native American culture and intricacies then you will certainly like this story. An interesting main character with a strong belief in right and wrong is determined to do whatever it takes to bring an organ harvesting killer to justice. Will she make it in time?Enjoy!
  • Onceinabluemoon
    I always looked forward to hillermans books, I was hoping the same with this new author, but the shoe just didn't fit... I love the four corners, steeped in rituals and history, I just didn't get that warm fuzzy feeling, didn't connect and wanted a deeper experience.
  • Merry
    A winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, so very similar setting and events. I liked it.
  • Rosemary Potter
    Really enjoyed this debut book. Want to read more from this author.
  • Isaac
    The book was incredibly amazing