Book Review – Return to Deadhorse Canyon

Hey, Readers. Happy Tuesday. In 2021, I read a book co-written by Marcha Fox and Pete Risingsun titled The Curse of Deadhorse Canyon. I was intrigued not only by the story, but Pete Risingsun is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

I’ve been interested in learning about Native American culture for a while, so I enjoyed learning a bit about them. (As many of you know, I’ve since been reading a series of books that features Native Americans.)

I purchased the second book Return to Deadhorse Canyon when it was released late last year and it just now came to the top of my TBR list. It didn’t disappoint.

My Review:

Return to Deadhorse Canyon is the second book of a trilogy. The action picks up where the first book left off.

Sara Reynolds is determined to carry out her husband’s wishes to expose corrupt government officials. After she goes on television, her life is in more danger. Someone doesn’t want the truth told.

Charlie Littlewolf also wants to avenge his friend’s death. He takes a job with an oil drilling firm, even though he feels they are violating the earth. An accident leaves him severely injured, and he returns to his Cheyenne family in order to heal and learn the ways of his people.

Like the first book, I enjoyed the parts that told of Native American customs. The action is also well-paced throughout most of the book. I did feel it bogged down a bit on the scenes with Sara’s astrologer.

The only other issue I found was the use of regional dialect by two characters from Texas. I’ve lived here all my life and never heard the term “y’all” used when speaking to one person. It was confusing to me.

Other than those two items, this was an enjoyable read. I don’t normally like serial fiction—preferring books of a series have a satisfactory conclusion—but I look forward to the conclusion in book three. There’s also an interesting twist at the end of this one that further entices me to read more.


You can purchase a copy of Return to Deadhorse Canyon by clicking the link above. If you haven’t read the first book, I highly recommend doing so first.

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  1. Great review, Joan. I have been addressed as “y’all,” but I’m trying to remember where it was. Either a small town in OK or VA, not in TX. Maybe it’s just isolated pockets of the population that use it for a singular person.

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  2. I love the cover of this one, Joan. How beautiful. And an excellent and thoughtful review. I sometimes notice regional differences in language (soda versus pop, bag versus sack). There are a bunch of them. Small things but interesting. Thanks for the reading recommendation!

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    1. Around here we call everything “Coke.” 🙂 I try to avoid too much vernacular in my stories. Some regions, especially, use words and phrases that make things too difficult for readers to understand. I had to give up on reading a book earlier this year because I didn’t have a clue what the characters were trying to say. A shame because otherwise it was a good story.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your review, Joan. Y’all is what it means. You all (however many there are). Not just you. I had to laugh out loud when as a volunteer in San Antonio the leader was explaining expectations. She said, “Y’all need to bring y’all’s lunch with y’all.”

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    1. Some of us were talking several days ago about regional sayings. “You guys,” “Youse guys,” “Yous.” I think I’ll stick with y’all, but I do say “You guys” on occasion. I never add the “s” to it.

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    1. It is, Liz. My critique partners are from the northeast. Every once in a while one will use a term that I don’t have a clue what they’re trying to say. I’ve done the same thing with them. I mean, we know what we’re trying to say. 🙂

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