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 targeted will wander lost forever. As Nicky closes in on the murderer, those closest to her are put in jeopardy. She realizes she must be willing to sacrifice everything--her career, her life, and even her soul--to save the people she is sworn to protect.

Hearts of the Missing Details

TitleHearts of the Missing
Author
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250178282
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Hearts of the Missing Review

  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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-lover trying for a comeback and a boss that hates he 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-lover trying for a comeback and a boss that hates her. But she also has good friends that provide a strong support system and a good head on her shoulders. There’s a possible love interest. The plot kept me involved and made me want to keep turning the pages. There’s a serial killer on the loose not to mention a possible conspiracy. Loved the ending, even if it was unbelievable, and how it all came together. This is a well thought out book, with a strong dose each of science, myth and history. To be honest, I found it better than a lot of the Tony Hillerman books. I am hoping this is the start of a new series. My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    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 a beautiful tapestry.There is Nicky, the federal la 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 a beautiful tapestry.There is Nicky, the federal law enforcement officer who takes her oath to protect and serve to heart. For her, it’s as simple as that. The people on the fire-sky pueblo are her responsibility and she must protect them, even if it means going against orders, even if it means putting herself at great risk, even if it means revisiting elements of her own past that are better left in her past. This isn’t easy to accomplish when she is the only woman in a male dominated field, resented by some, hated by others. It’s hard to find and know for sure who exactly has her back.There is the spirituality of the Fire-Sky people. Their belief that unless a body can be buried in its entirety, the soul will wander, lost, for eternity. Combine that with the spirits who guide the people and make themselves visible to Nicky, add white rabbits to lead the way. The character who knows the most about how these spirits interact is Howard, an alcoholic whose efforts to contact Nicky and tell her what he knows are both courageous and confusing.Then there are the remaining characters of the novel. There are the men who make up Nicky’s police unit, including those who resent Nicky, especially her Captain, who would like to see her fired and removed from the pueblo. There are other law enforcement officers, some good, some not, and the reader has to figure out, along with Nicky, who is on the side of good and who is truly on the side of evil. Potenza does an excellent job of leading you one way, only to shift and cause you to wonder if you’ve been wrong all this time, then shift again.Then there is the beautiful setting of the state of New Mexico providing it’s breathtaking wide open spaces. If the reader has spent any time in the west, the writing will evoke memories of Native American territory; the beauty of it, the poverty of it, the evidence of a different culture and lifestyle than the Europeans who settled across the United States. If the reader hasn’t spent time in the area, the novel may spark a compelling desire to see it for themselves and experience a foreign land that exists within their own country.As for writing style and pacing, Potenza has done a superb job. The novel moves at a steady pace, one that calls the reader back if they have been forced to put it down for any reason. It is a book that most readers will want to read if not in one sitting at least in large parts at a time. At the same time, if circumstances require it, the reader can read a few pages here and there, in between accomplishing whatever has called them away from their reading.This was a thoroughly satisfying read, with Potenza crafting a novel that is successful on a number of levels. The mystery is altogether satisfying, with good clues and red herrings that allow the reader to work through to the solution along with Nicky. The characters morphing from good to bad and then back again in some cases, was well done. Descriptions of the spiritualism and beliefs of the Fire-Sky people allowed a view into a culture and belief system that, for some, will be totally different from anything they have ever known. In short, it is a complex novel that provides the reader with multiple paths to involvement in the story, and I highly recommend it.My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing me an advanced digital copy in exchange for an unbiased review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Jacqui
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 the edge of my seat as I was reading through the cha 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 the edge of my seat as I was reading through the chapters.We are introduced to the main character Nicky Matthews, a police sergeant. While at the scene of a crime she sees a white rabbit and an elderly woman’s face in a window. Was the woman really there or was it a spirit? Nicky comes to learn that both the face of the elderly woman and the white rabbit are omens of things to come… but what does it mean?One by one several local people go missing. Nicky is determined to find out what is going on in her town and find who is responsible. One day Nicky is contacted by a young boy and his grandmother. The young boy’s cousin has gone missing and they fear she has met the same fate as the other missing people of this town. Nicky has been assigned to the case and she is determined to find this young woman.The case takes Nicky on a whirlwind of a ride. What Nicky finds is shocking! There are several shocking twists and turns in the book that you definitely won’t see coming and I loved that! It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading late into the night to see what would happen next.I really enjoyed reading about Nicky’s characters. She was a badass and had determination to solve each of her cases, and this one would be no different. She had a fun personality and it was interesting and fun to read about her character and watch her evolve in this story. I also enjoyed reading about her close friends Savannah and Ryan.Without giving too much away this book was amazing! I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!All the stars for this book!
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    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 character Nicky a little unrealistic (too much emotion 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 character Nicky a little unrealistic (too much emotion and not enough good sense for her "job") and felt like she was also part of the problem. Overall though, this was a compelling read. The atmosphere and creepiness were just right for me.
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  • Maddison Michaels
    January 1, 1970
    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 awaiting book 2 - and Potenza is an auto buy for 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 awaiting book 2 - and Potenza is an auto buy for me now!!
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  • Nancy McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    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 Fire-Skye people Nicky defies her boss and investigat 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 Fire-Skye people Nicky defies her boss and investigates. Ancient beliefs and culture, greed, revenge, and modern day genetics all mix together in this beautifully written police procedural.
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    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 have been officially written off as suicides. Nicky 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 have been officially written off as suicides. Nicky is an interesting character and the author's narrative voice and respect for the Native American culture are strong.Unfortunately, I found the plotting to be elaborate and confusing. Lots of characters, several different threads, and of course, multiple law enforcement agencies are involved. The climactic last scene was completely over the top. Throw in some occasional supernatural activity and an overabundance of scientific detail and things get pretty messy.Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Alison McMahan
    January 1, 1970
    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 aren't donors), and DNA. Potenza is a practicing 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 aren't donors), and DNA. Potenza is a practicing biochemist and it is in this part of the mystery where her writing really shines.There is a fascinating subplot with an evil ex-boyfriend who is also a powerful social influencer. Although it is only a small part of the story, I was actually more engrossed in that relationship than I was in Nicky's love story with a fellow officer who may or may not be what he seems. This is the first book in a planned series. The real hero of the story in many ways is the landscape and how the people who live on it interact with it.
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  • Richard Becker
    January 1, 1970
    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 and good deductions to solve the case. She does thi 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 and good deductions to solve the case. She does this in spite of the problems posed by certain members of the police force. She is an engaging character, as are her little band of helpers that she calls on. I hope that this series continues to provide good solid mysteries set in the Native American west. We can use some more to replace the stories we were getting from Margaret Coel and the Thurlos.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    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 interesting giving readers a in-depth look at fire 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 interesting giving readers a in-depth look at fire-Sky customs as was as Native Americans traditions it gets lost in the stories inability to flow.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Minotaur Books for the advance copy of Carol Potenza Hearts of the Missing.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    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 used was entirely accurate, but I doubt anyone wh 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 used was entirely accurate, but I doubt anyone who's not in the field would recognize that. I felt at times that the main character, Nicky, was too soft and emotional in situations. Cops become calloused very quickly and not much fazes us. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from this author!
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  • Laura Flores
    January 1, 1970
    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 that this book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman 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 that this book is the winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize. A MUST read for any lover of the Land of Enchantment, or for anyone looking for an addicting read.
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  • Maggie Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    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 they are trying to maintain their culture. Good chara 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 they are trying to maintain their culture. Good characters, interesting plot, played fair with the clues, great descriptions (ala Tony Hillerman you want to be there) and I hope this will be a continuing series.
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  • Cyrenius H. Booth Library
    January 1, 1970
    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, and if you like it then try Hillerman.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    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 provided by Minotaur/Macmillan, in exchange for an honest 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 provided by Minotaur/Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelly Well Read
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Lisa Wright
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Onceinabluemoon
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Merry
    January 1, 1970
    A winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, so very similar setting and events. I liked it.
  • Rosemary Potter
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this debut book. Want to read more from this author.
  • Isaac
    January 1, 1970
    The book was incredibly amazing
  • WHPL Reference
    January 1, 1970
    Find it at the West Hempstead Public Library http://encore.alisweb.org/iii/encore/...
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