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...
  • Linda
    "I believe that there is more to this world than our minds recognize." There was an odd catch to his voice, a hint of uncertainty.Sergeant Nicky Matthews feels a certain presence as she wraps up her investigation in a convenience store robbery. The lateness of the hour seems to have played tricks on her vision. From the corner of her eye she sees the reflection of an ancient woman in the glass staring back at her. She draws in a quick breath and ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Suanne
    I have read everyTony Hillerman book and, being raised in the Southwest, loved how he (and later his daughter Anne Hillerman) captured so beautifully the aura of the land and its people. When I heard Hearts of the Missing had won the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest, I was intrigued enough to read it.Let me say, I was not disappointed. Potenza’s book is every bit as enthralling as a Hillerman Leaphorn or Chee mys...
  • Diana Holguin-Balogh
    I enjoyed the story on Audible. Hearts of the Missing is a captivating mystery with a romantic edge and a deep Indian cultural dimension. Fire-Sky people are vanishing. Micki Matthews, a feisty, dogged, intelligent tribal police woman is on a mission. She is endeared by the locals and two special Pueblo friends, Ryan and Samantha. They serve as her Indian translator, connector, and interpreter of signs. The plot will zig you here and there so hol...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Paula
    I really enjoyed this excellent modern mystery with original characters and a distinctive southwestern setting. The book is action packed, with a bit of a supernatural element that gives it a bit of an unsettling feel, and has a strong female protagonist that comes across as a real person. The setting of the noval on a fictional Native American reservation in Northern New Mexico is intriguing and adds an authentic southwestern feel to the story. ...
  • Jypsy
    Hearts of the Missing is a murder mystery set on Native American lands. A Pueblo police detective must find who is killing Fire-Sky tribe members. It's a compelling story with a unique perspective. The story gives a look at Native American culture, and I don't read many stories about this. The story is engaging, but the pacing is off. I was confused at times. The main character is likeable and intelligent. It's an overall good read but not fantas...
  • Kristine P
    This was such a tense and atmospheric novel that really packed a punch! I’m not usually into murder mysteries, but I was intrigued by the Native American culture that was a key element of this story, as well as the badass female protagonist and the taut pacing that kept me flipping pages past my bedtime. This book is addictive and hard to put down, and you’ll be hard pressed to do anything else until you finish it.
  • Cc
    Sandra Deering is doing her thesis on the missing in her Sky-Fire tribe. Then Sandra is found as an apparent suicide. Her Grandmother asks Sgt. Nicky Matthews to check into her death because she knows Sandra’s soul isn’t at rest. If you like Craig Johnson’s Longmire or books by Tony Hillerman you’ll LOVE this book! A great mystery, fabulous landscapes and very real characters!
  • Christina
    Five stars until the last third, then it just got too confusing 🤦🏻♀ Five stars until the last third, then it just got too confusing 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • Dale
    debut novel, winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize; an easy to read novel with twists and turns galore set in New Mexico; can’t wait for her to write more; 2018 hardback via Madison County Public Library, Berea, which my spouse found while checking books in as a volunteer at the…Library; 391 pgs.;
  • Heather
    I received this book as a giveaway through Goodreads.This book instantly captured me. I could not stop reading it, so I found myself reading until late into the evenings, just to get another chapter read. The main character was both feminine but tough at the same time, which I think resonates well with today's young women. I enjoyed the twists and turns this book offered all along the way. I would definitely read more from this author.
  • Mattie Nieves
    A great read
  • Melanie Izzo picciotti
    I read this book in 2 days, I ignored TV. I enjoyed the characters, especially Sgt. Nicky Matthews. The book was exciting, just as a good mystery should be. Move over Longmire!
  • Phyllis Bernstein
    I enjoy reading books about the Southwest, especially mysteries. It was interesting how a non- tribal policewoman was able to work with the Indian tribe. It was a good, intriguing well paced story. I will be looking for other books by this author
  • Nancy Higgs
    Won the Tony Hillerman award. First time author. Great language, lots of detail and Knowledge of Native people.
  • 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...
  • Caryn
    Winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Award, Heart of the Missing introduces readers to Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews. In my opinion, it is a fitting win for this author. I found in Potenza's book the "Hillerman" magic of the Southwest and the native tribes that is missing in many well written books. Where Hillerman focused on the Navajo culture, Potenza takes readers inside the Pueblo tribes.A young woman, member of the Fire-Sky Pueblo, is d...
  • Suzi
    Loved this book. So interesting I didn't want it to end.
  • Marisa Young
    Intriguing characters, great setting and terrific story. I can't wait to read more books by this author.Pueblo police sergeant is drawn into investigating the death of a Fire-Sky tribal member that has been ruled a suicide. However, the spirits of the lost seem to be sending her messages and the investigation expands.
  • 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...
  • Sue Em
    Taut amalgam of Native American culture, current landscape of their society now and a crackling good mystery. Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize 2017 for best debut mystery set in the Southwest, this book will educate you on Fire-Sky Native Americans while keeping you up late with your heart in your throat. Meet Nicky Matthews Pueblo Police Sergeant who has earned the respect of the community, but runs afoul of her police captain. Let's just hope...
  • Anne Hayes
    I can see why she won the Hillerman award. Lots of good Native American lore.
  • Ruthann
    I loved this first novel by Carol Potenza! It was fast moving and kept me thinking and wondering. The characters were well developed. A great read!