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Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal go Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity. After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there? In the end, Rivera faces a moral crisis: Should he enforce the law or serve the cause of justice? And a woman learns the answer to a question that's been haunting her for seventy years.


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Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal go Events which took place in 1938 lead to the present-day killing of a ranch hand in the remote canyon country near Moab, Utah, a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers. The only clue besides a 9-mm slug in the victim's head is an ancient-Indian potsherd stuck into his chest. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera is assigned the case and judges that it's likely related to a drug deal gone bad. But he's actually up against an intelligent and cunning adversary driven by greed who's discovered a long-forgotten cave containing a collection of rare museum-quality Indian artifacts. Local politicians and merchants are exerting strong pressure on the sheriff for a quick resolution to the case as the killing is threatening to disrupt the upcoming tourist season, Moab's sole source of economic activity. After all, who would want to explore the backcountry with a killer on the loose out there? In the end, Rivera faces a moral crisis: Should he enforce the law or serve the cause of justice? And a woman learns the answer to a question that's been haunting her for seventy years.

30 review for Artifacts of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Manny Rivera is a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed following him in his detective work and his introspective thoughts. His love of the natural beauty of the West came through. I love the huge vistas, canyons, mountains, and rocks of the southwest and the author clearly does too. The setting was great, the mystery was well done, the detective work was top notch, but the best part for me was Manny’s grandfather’s wisdom about intent of the law and justice. There were a lot of morals to thi Manny Rivera is a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed following him in his detective work and his introspective thoughts. His love of the natural beauty of the West came through. I love the huge vistas, canyons, mountains, and rocks of the southwest and the author clearly does too. The setting was great, the mystery was well done, the detective work was top notch, but the best part for me was Manny’s grandfather’s wisdom about intent of the law and justice. There were a lot of morals to this story and I appreciated that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    I'm thrilled to find this series. I especially enjoyed the setting in Moab, as I am pretty familiar with that area. A local ranch hand is found dead in a canyon. Deputy Manny Rivera has been assigned the case. He has been told to solve the case fast as tourist season is coming soon, no one wants a killer on the loose in the canyon country. Then he starts to figure out there is a connection to valuable ancient pottery and artifacts. Looks simple and one dimensional, however, another case comes int I'm thrilled to find this series. I especially enjoyed the setting in Moab, as I am pretty familiar with that area. A local ranch hand is found dead in a canyon. Deputy Manny Rivera has been assigned the case. He has been told to solve the case fast as tourist season is coming soon, no one wants a killer on the loose in the canyon country. Then he starts to figure out there is a connection to valuable ancient pottery and artifacts. Looks simple and one dimensional, however, another case comes into it having to do with the first and an old unsolved disappearance as well. Would recommend this book. Especially for those of you who enjoy Tony Hillerman or James Doss. Thanks for carrying on a great tradition!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim Angstadt

    Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera #1) Rich Curtin (Goodreads Author) This story is set in the area around Moab, Utah, the mountains just to the southeast, and the surrounding open landscapes. Except for Moab, some surrounding ranches, and some outdoor enthusiasts, the area is very lightly populated. Just the sort of place where a cache of artifacts could be hidden forever. After Josh dies, Liam becomes the only one who knows the location of the cave where the artifacts are stored. Then Liam dies. Th Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera #1) Rich Curtin (Goodreads Author) This story is set in the area around Moab, Utah, the mountains just to the southeast, and the surrounding open landscapes. Except for Moab, some surrounding ranches, and some outdoor enthusiasts, the area is very lightly populated. Just the sort of place where a cache of artifacts could be hidden forever. After Josh dies, Liam becomes the only one who knows the location of the cave where the artifacts are stored. Then Liam dies. The only clue to the cave's location is found in a series of letters that Liam wrote to his intended wife. So the trail goes cold for decades until Frank Sorenson comes across the letters. For me, the strength of this story lies in the descriptions of the land, the weather, the people who have lived and worked there, and their values of honesty, perseverance, and care for others. Of course, not all share those values. Namely Frank Sorenson and a few of his associates. They see easy money and little responsibility. Deputy Manny Rivera is trying to makeup for a previous blunder while on stakeout. If Manny cannot solve this case, then maybe he's not good detective material. The inconsistencies of character and action of Frank Sorenson were a negative for me. Maybe others would consider these inconsistencies within some normal degree of variation, but, for me, the variation was too pronounced. Overall, an enjoyable read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer S. Alderson

    I really enjoyed the setting and story as well as the information included about Native American art and artifacts smuggling. The author dedicates this book to Tony Hillerman, which makes me want to read his work even more. I loved the descriptions of Utah and the 'desert country'. My only complaint is that the mystery that has to be solved by a police officer, is actually explained in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is the officer playing catch up. I kept waiting for another plot t I really enjoyed the setting and story as well as the information included about Native American art and artifacts smuggling. The author dedicates this book to Tony Hillerman, which makes me want to read his work even more. I loved the descriptions of Utah and the 'desert country'. My only complaint is that the mystery that has to be solved by a police officer, is actually explained in the first few chapters. The rest of the book is the officer playing catch up. I kept waiting for another plot twist, but that didn't happen. (Reminded me of Murder, She Wrote.) Still, the author has a easy to read style and writes about topics I enjoy reading about, so I'm sure I'll read more of his work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Very well written police procedural. Deputy Rivera starts his investigation with no clues whatsoever and moves from there to point A and on down the line until he solves several mysteries A "feel good" ending that was decades in the making makes up the end game on this. And the author's description of the area in and around Moab Utah makes this a real fun read. Those who have read Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn series will appreciate the scenery descriptions. Definitely will continue this series. Very well written police procedural. Deputy Rivera starts his investigation with no clues whatsoever and moves from there to point A and on down the line until he solves several mysteries A "feel good" ending that was decades in the making makes up the end game on this. And the author's description of the area in and around Moab Utah makes this a real fun read. Those who have read Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn series will appreciate the scenery descriptions. Definitely will continue this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Good characters and interesting plot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    A very well written little mystery story, even more enjoyable because it was set in areas I know about--Moab, Salt Lake City, and Vernal, Utah. It concerns the illegal sale of Indian artifacts, which has been and continues to be a problem, and the deputy who solves the whole situation/crimes. It was a good read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Cosen

    There was neither a mystery here, nor twists. Every facet was completely and blandly predictable. To make matters worse, the dialogue sounds like it was written by Siri. Completely unbelievable--nobody talks the way the author has his characters talking. I could not recommend less.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Britt, Book Habitue

    Good story but an unfortunate amount of "telling" rather than "showing". Good story but an unfortunate amount of "telling" rather than "showing".

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    3.5 stars When the book opens in 1938, in southeast Utah, a ranch hand named Liam has just discovered a private cave belonging to a fellow named Josh. The cave is located behind Rutherford Ranch, up Burro Canyon. The cave contains artifacts like Indian pots, bowls, and plates that Liam’s friend Josh has stored there over the years. Josh passed away leaving his artifacts to Liam. Now Liam contemplates how he’s going to transport the artifacts without being spotted and consequently followed. While 3.5 stars When the book opens in 1938, in southeast Utah, a ranch hand named Liam has just discovered a private cave belonging to a fellow named Josh. The cave is located behind Rutherford Ranch, up Burro Canyon. The cave contains artifacts like Indian pots, bowls, and plates that Liam’s friend Josh has stored there over the years. Josh passed away leaving his artifacts to Liam. Now Liam contemplates how he’s going to transport the artifacts without being spotted and consequently followed. While examining more artifacts in the cave Liam gets bitten by a rattlesnake and dies shortly after. Forward to the present, a man named Frank Sorenson is planning on getting his hands on the same artifacts. Apparently, he’s moved some successfully and made a large profit out of them. This is going to be his sixth trip down the canyon to retrieve more treasure. Soon after the body of a ranch hand is discovered near the top of Cottonwood Canyon at the Kokopelli Trail crossing by three mountain bikers. Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera of the Grand County Sheriff’s Department is called in to investigate. Manny’s boss Sheriff Bradshaw has put pressure on Manny to close the case as soon as possible seeing as the news of the murder would harm the tourism industry in Moab, a mining town that has since evolved into a tourist destination. As Manny digs deeper, he soon discovers that the victim was killed in Burro Canyon and his body moved to the top of Cottonwood Canyon. It doesn’t make any sense to Manny why the victim was killed and his body moved but Manny is determined to get to the bottom of it. An interesting police story and the first book in the Manny Rivera series. Well written. Definitely recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Having grown up in Colorado -> I appreciate crime novels set in the rural western states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico, geography that I am familiar with. I enjoy reading series that develop characters over time. Artifacts of Death is a free Amazon download that introduced me to the Manny Rivera series. Rich Curtin is an able story teller, articulate writer, the plot of this book is entertaining w/ interesting protagonist. I am looking forward to reading the next novels in this serie Having grown up in Colorado -> I appreciate crime novels set in the rural western states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico, geography that I am familiar with. I enjoy reading series that develop characters over time. Artifacts of Death is a free Amazon download that introduced me to the Manny Rivera series. Rich Curtin is an able story teller, articulate writer, the plot of this book is entertaining w/ interesting protagonist. I am looking forward to reading the next novels in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Colin Conway

    While visiting Moab, Utah, I wanted to try a crime fiction novel set in the area. I stopped into a local bookstore and grabbed Artifacts of Death by Rich Curtin. This was exactly what I was looking for! Curtin provided a tremendous amount of local flavor while delivering a fantastic mystery. I loved the ending. I look forward to reading another book by this author. While visiting Moab, Utah, I wanted to try a crime fiction novel set in the area. I stopped into a local bookstore and grabbed Artifacts of Death by Rich Curtin. This was exactly what I was looking for! Curtin provided a tremendous amount of local flavor while delivering a fantastic mystery. I loved the ending. I look forward to reading another book by this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara George

    A wonderful multilayered mystery. Detective Rivera is faced solving his first big crime with no clues to help him. He starts with The tiniest bit of evidence from a hundreds year old piece of pottery. The process of solving one man's mysterious murder is enhanced with wonderful history of Utah and native treasures and bad guys from a variety of venues. Another excellent work by rich Curtin. A wonderful multilayered mystery. Detective Rivera is faced solving his first big crime with no clues to help him. He starts with The tiniest bit of evidence from a hundreds year old piece of pottery. The process of solving one man's mysterious murder is enhanced with wonderful history of Utah and native treasures and bad guys from a variety of venues. Another excellent work by rich Curtin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ely

    Tony Hillerman fans will love this... A mystery set in Tony Hillerman country, spanning across several generation, with all the twists and turns worthy of Tony Hillerman.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandra The Old Woman in a Van

    I enjoyed this mystery and will read more of the series. The book’s setting and descriptions of place and the artifact selling aspect of the story were especially interesting. The mystery aspect was mostly interesting but overall depended on adding together some disjointed coincidences that involved new characters just showing up to close a plot point. It would have been better if the stories of these characters had built up through the book and then converged. Easier to criticize than write, I I enjoyed this mystery and will read more of the series. The book’s setting and descriptions of place and the artifact selling aspect of the story were especially interesting. The mystery aspect was mostly interesting but overall depended on adding together some disjointed coincidences that involved new characters just showing up to close a plot point. It would have been better if the stories of these characters had built up through the book and then converged. Easier to criticize than write, I know, but to me the story and characters weren’t as engaging as they could have been. That said, I am going to continue for another book or two and see if the author develops them more. I loved the setting around Moab, Utah.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    An intriguing non-grisly plot and descriptive desert-country elements kept me reading until the end. On the one hand I enjoyed armchair traveling through the canyons and cliffs, and rooting for the bad guy, rather hoping for a flash flood to help him out by washing away traces of his crime. On the other hand, when the story shifts to the detective I felt like I was listening to a dull uncle at Thanksgiving tell a plodding story full of boring details. Hope the author loosens up the starchy shirt An intriguing non-grisly plot and descriptive desert-country elements kept me reading until the end. On the one hand I enjoyed armchair traveling through the canyons and cliffs, and rooting for the bad guy, rather hoping for a flash flood to help him out by washing away traces of his crime. On the other hand, when the story shifts to the detective I felt like I was listening to a dull uncle at Thanksgiving tell a plodding story full of boring details. Hope the author loosens up the starchy shirt. He's got a promising series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kay Laird

    Fabulous mystery! Loved the characters and the setting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Harris

    Has been compared to Hillerman, but is not quite as good. Lot of description of the four corners country, but a good mystery. Keeps you guessing until the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    James

    Artifacts of Death is an exceptionally well-written book. One of the BEST I've read in years. And I've read many. I don't know much about Rich Curtin, but if this was his first novel, he is, without a doubt, a Natural. The writing is superb. Plain and simple. The characters and place ring true and authentic. This is how real people behave. Period. And though Curtin dedicated the book to the memory of Tony Hillerman, this is in no way an attempt to copy or mimic Hillerman's tales of Jim Chee and Artifacts of Death is an exceptionally well-written book. One of the BEST I've read in years. And I've read many. I don't know much about Rich Curtin, but if this was his first novel, he is, without a doubt, a Natural. The writing is superb. Plain and simple. The characters and place ring true and authentic. This is how real people behave. Period. And though Curtin dedicated the book to the memory of Tony Hillerman, this is in no way an attempt to copy or mimic Hillerman's tales of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Sure, the vividly described setting is the southwest and the story involves Native American artifacts. But this book is about Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera and how he struggles to solve a crime involving murder and those Native American artifacts. Much like the old Columbo TV series, the criminal and crime are revealed right away. The bulk of the book is the account of our Deputy Sheriff protagonist doggedly following the clues to the end, with a few missteps along the way. I especially liked Curtin's portrayal of Deputy Rivera. Not a Super-Cop or James Bond type for sure, but a fallible. slightly insecure Sheriff's deputy who tries to do his job well while doing the right thing. It did seem odd that Deputy Rivera took his police vehicle home to his apartment every night. But maybe that happens in extremely small towns. After all, this isn't 1 Adam 12 or NYPD Blue. I also thought it a bit farfetched for Deputy Rivera to look the other way after catching one of the characters in a crime. Granted, it was sort of a Catch 22 situation. And who knows, maybe that happens in real life too. By the way, the descriptions of the Moab area give this book a very authentic feel. In fact, this is one of those rare books that makes me want to visit the locale in person. The only other writers who have accomplished this feat for me were Louis L'Amour and Tony Hillerman. Many years ago, L'Amour's Haunted Mesa [highly recommended] compelled me to drag my family on a tour of the Four Corners and Native American areas because I had to see the places described for myself. Hillerman accomplished the same thing. And now Curtin has me wanting to check out Moab. Make no mistake, Artifacts of Death is a great novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Cokenour

    Having lived in the 4 Corners area of the SW, this first in the series hit on many points of why I do...the landscape, the wildlife, plant life, fresh air, blue skies; the adventure of hiking and climbing the trails and among the red rocks. Enough of that, now to the story, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera lives in Moab and isn't sure if he should stay or not. Then a murdered man shows up on the Kokopelli Trail and he is put in charge of the case. Besides trying to solve a murder with slim to none clu Having lived in the 4 Corners area of the SW, this first in the series hit on many points of why I do...the landscape, the wildlife, plant life, fresh air, blue skies; the adventure of hiking and climbing the trails and among the red rocks. Enough of that, now to the story, Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera lives in Moab and isn't sure if he should stay or not. Then a murdered man shows up on the Kokopelli Trail and he is put in charge of the case. Besides trying to solve a murder with slim to none clues, Manny begins to find himself while spending time in the back country of Grand County, Utah. Been there myself, so know exactly how he feels. Finding a pottery sherd in the dead man's chest, then another sherd at a canyon entrance far from the initial crime scene leads Manny into the world of illegal Native American pottery/artifacts dealing. There is a bittersweet love story, beginning in 1938, wrapped in mystery for an abandoned sweetheart which finally comes to fruition at the end of this novel. Anyway, if you happen to live in the area which is written about in depth, you'll definitely enjoy this read. If you don't, you'll catch the adventure bug and want to visit asap. PS to the author, Rich Curtin: as soon as you described the interior of the Rim Rock Diner, and the wonderful waitresses....yes, that was Smithy's Golden Steakhouse! We loved going there and sure do miss it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    A surprisingly good book that I got for "free" from Amazon (thanks, Bookbub!). Manny Rivera is a sheriff's deputy in Grand County, Utah. He moved there from New Mexico because he loved the land. He is mostly alone there, but he does the best he can. Manny is called in to investigate a murder that had taken place, ostensibly on BLM land, and the Sheriff, aware of the lifeblood of tourism around Moab tells Manny to drop everything and solve the murder. "Thanks a lot," I'm sure Manny thought. But it t A surprisingly good book that I got for "free" from Amazon (thanks, Bookbub!). Manny Rivera is a sheriff's deputy in Grand County, Utah. He moved there from New Mexico because he loved the land. He is mostly alone there, but he does the best he can. Manny is called in to investigate a murder that had taken place, ostensibly on BLM land, and the Sheriff, aware of the lifeblood of tourism around Moab tells Manny to drop everything and solve the murder. "Thanks a lot," I'm sure Manny thought. But it turns out Manny is a good detective. The murder happened because a ranch hand just happened to be in the wrong place when an ex-Army guy was removing old Indian pottery from a hidden cache on the land. A rather hard crime to solve. Manny will solve it (of course, this is "Book 1) but there are some neat twists and turns along the way. The story is really pretty cohesive. I like a lot of the independent (i.e. "self published") writers and this author did a lot of time in research and building his characters. My only complaint is that it is a short book and I would have liked for the book to have been a little more expansive... it is short book and it coulda been longer. Still, I will keep this author on my short list and try to show some love by BUYING the next book. Oh, and a final note ... Manny is not alone anymore.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    A cowboy is found murdered along a popular trail in Utah's La Sal Mountains and the Grand County Sheriff is getting a lot of pressure from the local tourism businesses to quickly solve the case before it causes economic harm. The case is assigned to a deputy named Manny Rivera whose initial investigation provides very little information and almost no clues to follow--just a fragment from an ancient Native American ceramic vessel. Tenacious Manny develops more leads and soon another body is disco A cowboy is found murdered along a popular trail in Utah's La Sal Mountains and the Grand County Sheriff is getting a lot of pressure from the local tourism businesses to quickly solve the case before it causes economic harm. The case is assigned to a deputy named Manny Rivera whose initial investigation provides very little information and almost no clues to follow--just a fragment from an ancient Native American ceramic vessel. Tenacious Manny develops more leads and soon another body is discovered, also murdered. Following the evidence, the deputy heads to a remote canyon to find a cave at the same time another man is looking for the same place. Both men are armed but only one of them knows the other is in the area. This novel is actually the first one Rich Curtin published in the Manny Rivera series, all set in southeastern Utah. I've read others and the fact that I did so out of order and still enjoyed the books should be good news for those of you who can't always get them in the right order. It was a very quick read, entertaining, and peppered with interesting people, a romantic back story, and a good plot twist.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian Campbell

    Good mystery, enjoyable read. I’ll probably read more in this series. Compares OK with Hillerman’s Jim Chee titles except that Chee works for hometown police while Rivera’s hometown is outside his police jurisdiction and there was no Navajo spiritualism in the Rivera title. I enjoyed Rivera’s emotional connection to the beauty of the landscape. I also enjoyed the moral strength of character in the sheriff and in ranch foreman. Once Rivera got to the brink of identifying the murderer, the end of Good mystery, enjoyable read. I’ll probably read more in this series. Compares OK with Hillerman’s Jim Chee titles except that Chee works for hometown police while Rivera’s hometown is outside his police jurisdiction and there was no Navajo spiritualism in the Rivera title. I enjoyed Rivera’s emotional connection to the beauty of the landscape. I also enjoyed the moral strength of character in the sheriff and in ranch foreman. Once Rivera got to the brink of identifying the murderer, the end of the murder mystery happed with some quick coincidences which I found slightly unlikely. The end of the book wrapped up a story of lost love with pleasant dramatic sentiment. The spiritual aspect in the text was Christian and came from the murderer. While I liked what Curtin did with the “Hillerman formula”, I wonder what he will create without it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terralyn

    1 1/2 Stars ✨ 1 Star for enjoyment. 2 stars for readability & effort required to write a book which shouldn’t be downplayed. Just not my cup of tea. Meh 😒 Fairly painful 😖 for me. Flat and unrealistic dialogue, bordering on preachy if it wasn’t so boring. It seemed like an example of how everyone SHOULD talk and behave with one another at all times rather than reality ......... right down to the introspection and remorse of the criminals. Not enough about the archeological to be educational. It d 1 1/2 Stars ✨ 1 Star for enjoyment. 2 stars for readability & effort required to write a book which shouldn’t be downplayed. Just not my cup of tea. Meh 😒 Fairly painful 😖 for me. Flat and unrealistic dialogue, bordering on preachy if it wasn’t so boring. It seemed like an example of how everyone SHOULD talk and behave with one another at all times rather than reality ......... right down to the introspection and remorse of the criminals. Not enough about the archeological to be educational. It did really sell the ‘amazing desirability of living in the area surrounded Moab “an amazing recreational tourist destination” ’. Did I mention plodding and bland? Not recommended unless you have insomnia. Sorry. I want those reading hours back please.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Sheriff Manny Rivera got a call about a dead body by the caves in the desert. The man was shot in the head and pieces of Indian pottery were stuck in his chest. Liam's friend sent him a letter before he died telling him about a cave that he had stored lots of Indian artifacts. So he decided he will find them and sell them for lots of money a little of them at a time so no one would know what he was doing. He had a man who would buy all he can get so he already had over $250,000 in the bank and a Sheriff Manny Rivera got a call about a dead body by the caves in the desert. The man was shot in the head and pieces of Indian pottery were stuck in his chest. Liam's friend sent him a letter before he died telling him about a cave that he had stored lots of Indian artifacts. So he decided he will find them and sell them for lots of money a little of them at a time so no one would know what he was doing. He had a man who would buy all he can get so he already had over $250,000 in the bank and about one third of the items left yet to get out. Things were going good for awhile. Manny had no clues of who killed this man yet. Story has two happy things happening after all this time of suspence and mystery for everyone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe Beauchamp

    Artifacts of death rich curtin 4 This didn't feel like a cohesive story from the start. Did I really care that some ranch hand got bitten by a snake? The separate characters seemed to have separate story lines like separate short stories. Throughout the book, it felt like there were enough casual murders that people were in a carnival line to be the next one to shoot somebody. I think that if I was enamored with the initial scene and premise, I wouldn't feel the disentanglement. That said, after Artifacts of death rich curtin 4 This didn't feel like a cohesive story from the start. Did I really care that some ranch hand got bitten by a snake? The separate characters seemed to have separate story lines like separate short stories. Throughout the book, it felt like there were enough casual murders that people were in a carnival line to be the next one to shoot somebody. I think that if I was enamored with the initial scene and premise, I wouldn't feel the disentanglement. That said, after a slow start, things moved pretty well and kept my interest. Some lucky things here and there, and I question the final status of the art dealer since the art came from a legal private collection. Still a decently fun quick read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    G. Cosgrove

    This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work made it very interesting and the twist and wrap up was well done. All in all I will be looking for more from this author. This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work kept you involved, the sub plot about the ranch an This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work made it very interesting and the twist and wrap up was well done. All in all I will be looking for more from this author. This was an enjoyable mystery. The descriptions of the artifacts involved, the canyons and mountains and everything in general were interesting. The detective work kept you involved, the sub plot about the ranch and the wrap up made for a good ending. I am looking forward to the next story by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Draper

    Great mystery and love story! Wonderfully written story. Begins in 1938 with the love story of two young people and the mysterious disappearance of the young man in 1938 and move ps along quite nicely to the current year. There is a murder and stolen Native American artifacts woven together and the truth is unraveled methodically by the detective work of the young local deputy sheriff. Who murdered who? Why was a body moved from one Canyon to another, and what happened to the original owners of t Great mystery and love story! Wonderfully written story. Begins in 1938 with the love story of two young people and the mysterious disappearance of the young man in 1938 and move ps along quite nicely to the current year. There is a murder and stolen Native American artifacts woven together and the truth is unraveled methodically by the detective work of the young local deputy sheriff. Who murdered who? Why was a body moved from one Canyon to another, and what happened to the original owners of the artifacts. Very satisfactory ending! I very much recommend this book. Contains great details of the Moab area of a Utah.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol Ann

    Another Terrific Mystery by The Talented Rich Curtin Artifacts of Death is another terrific Manny Rivera Mystery by the talented Rich Curtin. Set in the breathtaking New Mexico/Colorado/Utah area, the story begins with secret cache of ancient Native American pottery hidden in a isolated cave. Somebody is selling off pieces for personal profit. A young ranch hand gets in the way. Body number one. I love New Mexico and the Four Corner region and felt as if I were back there again just reading the d Another Terrific Mystery by The Talented Rich Curtin Artifacts of Death is another terrific Manny Rivera Mystery by the talented Rich Curtin. Set in the breathtaking New Mexico/Colorado/Utah area, the story begins with secret cache of ancient Native American pottery hidden in a isolated cave. Somebody is selling off pieces for personal profit. A young ranch hand gets in the way. Body number one. I love New Mexico and the Four Corner region and felt as if I were back there again just reading the descriptions. I love Manny Rivera. This is the third Manny book I’ve read, but it is the first of the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chanel

    This is a new author for me. I am pleased I took a chance on this book. The vivid descriptions of Moab and surrounding area drew me even more into this entertaining story. This is a criminal drama with thorough police investigation. The plot is original and the main character is a stand-up individual. Manny Riveria is in law enforcement and he seems to comes from a family with strong values. He approach the investigation like putting a puzzle together. The most thought-provoking line is “The sma This is a new author for me. I am pleased I took a chance on this book. The vivid descriptions of Moab and surrounding area drew me even more into this entertaining story. This is a criminal drama with thorough police investigation. The plot is original and the main character is a stand-up individual. Manny Riveria is in law enforcement and he seems to comes from a family with strong values. He approach the investigation like putting a puzzle together. The most thought-provoking line is “The smaller your desire for material things, the larger your happiness”. I like my dramas with romance. There is none in this book, though the ending hints there may be in future installments. I sure hope so.

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