Connie shares her review of The Tenderness of Wolves which takes place in Ontario, Canada, 1876:
Let me start by saying I am not much of a mystery reader, although I do enjoy character-driven stories in different settings and time periods. That is probably why this book appealed to me so much. There is a basic mystery at the core, but it seems secondary to the people, place, and time.
A French trapper has been murdered in a small settlement and a neighbor, Mrs. Ross, finds the body at the same time her 17-year-old son goes missing. Mrs. Ross, along with many others, sets out tracking her son and trying to discover who killed the trapper and why. Along the way, the reader learns a bit about the Hudson Bay Company and the peopling of the northern territory of Canada in the 19th century.
The story is told from the point of view of several characters as they traverse a cold, brutal environment, although Mrs. Ross’ story is the most developed. I found her a fascinating character and although the reader is given bits and pieces of her life, I wanted to know more. The author has said she wrote this, her first novel, as a sequel to a previously written screen play. The murder is solved by the end, but the characters’ lives aren’t resolved so neatly, leaving me — as a reader — hoping for another sequel!