Coyote in Provence
I read the first book in this series, Blue Coyote Motel, earlier this year. Since then, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the sequel. Let me say that Ms. Harman didn’t disappoint with Coyote in Provence. I like this book even more than the original.
Coyote in Provence tells the story of Maria Brooks, who has taken the name of Elena Johnson after fleeing to France. Elena thinks she is wanted for her deceased husband’s murder. Elena has settled into her new life, but is growing bored with quiet country living. So she decides to take a job in a local café where she can put her gourmet cooking skills to use. Elena’s life changes dramatically when she meets Jordan Kramer, a police detective attempting to locate art that was stolen from a dealer in California.
Ms. Harman’s uses her signature writing technique to tell two stories in one. She weaves the back story for the art theft into a powerful moral dilemma that rocked this reader down to her socks when it was revealed. In just one paragraph, the reader goes from rooting for the detective to rooting for the art thief. The author artfully mixes black and white with right and wrong. This reader couldn’t help but measure the degree of right against the degree of wrong while examining her own internal moral compass.