With People of the Mist, bestselling authors W Michael Gear and Kathleen O Neal Gear take us to the Chesapeake Bay of six hundred years ago, when the unprovoked and brutal murder of a young woman on the eve of her wedding threatens to turn the entire Algonquin Nation against itself in a brutal war that could destroy them as a peopleNo ordinary woman, Red Knot was the heir to the Greenstone Clan and the future leader of the independent villages Her death has shattered all alliances and left a power void that several ambitious clan chiefs see as their destiny to fill The very air vibrates with the drums and war cries of the rallying warriorsInto the eye of this brewing storm steps the bitter old man they call The Panther Feared as a sorcerer, The Panther is the only one with the power to demand to be heard by all But as he digs deeper into the ever thickening web of lies surrounding the murder, and uncovers darker, deeply rooted secrets, he fears there may be no words to stop the impending bloodshed


10 thoughts on “People of the Mist

  1. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    This was actually one of the best of the PEOPLE series It s set relatively late in the Pre Columbus era, around 1300 A.D And instead of showing Native American traveling all over, it sticks to one place, a small village on the Delaware Bay, with people living a very familiar woodland Indian lifestyle But what makes this story so much better than the others is the fact that there s a real plot, with a murdered girl and the usual suspects Everyone seems to have had a motive to kill the girl This was actually one of the best of the PEOPLE series It s set relatively late in the Pre Columbus era, around 1300 A.D And instead of showing Native American traveling all over, it sticks to one place, a small village on the Delaware Bay, with people living a very familiar woodland Indian lifestyle But what makes this story so much better than the others is the fact that there s a real plot, with a murdered girl and the usual suspects Everyone seems to have had a motive to kill the girl But who actually did it And the detective on the case is a feared old medicine man who just might be a suspect himself One thing that is unique in these books is the Native American approach to good and evil The young warrior, Copper Thunder, and the old medicine man, basically hate each other like poison But over the course of the book you see that they both have a legitimate point of view And at the end balance is restored, instead of just good destroying evil But the best thing of all was the air of mystery surrounding the old man s past The way he keeps dropping hints about lands to the west, where the people live in great cities and build pyramids that reach to the sky, and the chief of all the chiefs can call up 5000 warriors at any time Bring on the Mound Builders


  2. Herman Herman says:

    People of the Mist by the anthropology team of Kathleen O Neal Gear and Michael Gear was another well crafted carefully drawn story of Native Culture Eastern Woodland prior to the arrival of Europeans I haven t read a Gear book in a number of years and I frankly had forgotten how good they are As with most of their books it starts out in the present day with a Anthropologist exploring some legal options for protecting artifacts these are just throwaway openings and it is one part of their stor People of the Mist by the anthropology team of Kathleen O Neal Gear and Michael Gear was another well crafted carefully drawn story of Native Culture Eastern Woodland prior to the arrival of Europeans I haven t read a Gear book in a number of years and I frankly had forgotten how good they are As with most of their books it starts out in the present day with a Anthropologist exploring some legal options for protecting artifacts these are just throwaway openings and it is one part of their stories that I could deal without, for the most part it doesn t really add anything to the story and it s rather repetitive at this point Once we move on into the story itself then we settle into a easy story telling rhythm A old man living on a Island by himself feared as a witch is approached by a young woman who seeks him out as the only person she could think of to help her friend accused of murder The rest of the book unfolds as a classic who done it with Raven the old man, doing a fairly good imitation of a tanned hide and feather version of Peter Falk playing Columbo In the end it comes all together and the crime is solved but even though I was following it very closely I was surprised by a number of revelations Good little book not one of their bests but a fun and entertaining read Nice way back to my two favorite authors sorry I ve been away for so long


  3. Lia Lia says:

    I am sorry to say that I was not particularly satisfied with the book I had a hard time following the story Part of my difficulty was the characters names did not make me automatically think that they were persons names, I had to constantly reread sentences when someone s names were mentioned I probably able to enjoy my reading better if the names were in Native American languages The other part was the writing styles are not able to make me engage in the time and era the book suppose to c I am sorry to say that I was not particularly satisfied with the book I had a hard time following the story Part of my difficulty was the characters names did not make me automatically think that they were persons names, I had to constantly reread sentences when someone s names were mentioned I probably able to enjoy my reading better if the names were in Native American languages The other part was the writing styles are not able to make me engage in the time and era the book suppose to cover One thing that nags me, the introduction prolog took place in the modern time cubicle, office, telephone, electric light, ect , but this prolog has no follow up view spoiler What happen to the stolen artifacts Did the archaeologist able to trace these items to the pawn shop hide spoiler


  4. Adam82 Adam82 says:

    Although you have a European writer writing about Natives, it is an entertaining story It s not very realistic in terms of those of Native Heritage.


  5. Amie& Amie& says:

    This is the 8th book in a series, and just like everything else written by the amazingly talented Kathleen O NEILL GEAR, it is meticulously researched and compellingly written Kathleen O Neill Gear has the uncanny ability to make readers feel as if they are not only reading the story, but are actually experiencing it alongside the characters in her books People of the Mist is set in the Chesapeake Bay area six hundred years ago It is the story of the brutal murder of a young Indigenous woman This is the 8th book in a series, and just like everything else written by the amazingly talented Kathleen O NEILL GEAR, it is meticulously researched and compellingly written Kathleen O Neill Gear has the uncanny ability to make readers feel as if they are not only reading the story, but are actually experiencing it alongside the characters in her books People of the Mist is set in the Chesapeake Bay area six hundred years ago It is the story of the brutal murder of a young Indigenous woman who is about to be married creating an alliance between her clan and the upper Potomac villages This marriage would have created an alliance between two of thepowerful clans This would have been a boon to her people and would have insured peace for many years A murder mystery as well as a work of historic fiction, this book provides readers with hours of entertainment It is a great read I highly recommend it and have chosen to give it 5 OUT OF 5 STARS To readReviews and to enter terrific Giveaways, Check out my blog at Also be sure to follow me on Instagram at


  6. J.M. Northup J.M. Northup says:

    A Book For All Readers Who Love Mysteries, Crime Novels, and Romance Once again we see why the Gears are award winning archaeologists and acclaimed writers This book is a little different in the series because the focus isn t on a dreamer However, it is riddled with intense emotion, plots twists, political agendas from the prehistoric landscape that could rival any seen in today s news headlines, and it brings our American history to life It educates readers about the Algonquin Nation, located A Book For All Readers Who Love Mysteries, Crime Novels, and Romance Once again we see why the Gears are award winning archaeologists and acclaimed writers This book is a little different in the series because the focus isn t on a dreamer However, it is riddled with intense emotion, plots twists, political agendas from the prehistoric landscape that could rival any seen in today s news headlines, and it brings our American history to life It educates readers about the Algonquin Nation, located in the Chesapeake Bay with a captivating tale that draws you in and keeps you guessing I highly recommend this book and the entire series


  7. Courtney Courtney says:

    I overall enjoyed the book and will probably read a few others in this series My only real complaint is how Shell Comb and Red Knot we re portrayed I felt Shell Comb was portrayed as this lusty women whose only focus in life with men and that she lacked any other personality traits It seemed every man wanted to bone her Red Knot was 16 17 year old girl and was frequently said that she was following in Shell Comb s footsteps her mom because she wanted to run away with the guy she loved I overall enjoyed the book and will probably read a few others in this series My only real complaint is how Shell Comb and Red Knot we re portrayed I felt Shell Comb was portrayed as this lusty women whose only focus in life with men and that she lacked any other personality traits It seemed every man wanted to bone her Red Knot was 16 17 year old girl and was frequently said that she was following in Shell Comb s footsteps her mom because she wanted to run away with the guy she loved I did like the beginning set in the present day with an archaeologist being concerned about Native American remains artifacts just being removed willy nilly per NARPA I d like to have seen that expanded Maybe even read a whole book about it preferably by a native person


  8. Isabel McEniry Isabel McEniry says:

    The Missing LeaderOver 600 years ago in the Chesapeake area, this story unfolds There were clans of people who all wanted the same thing, to rule the lesser people Through twist and turns a man named Panther, who lived alone on a nearby island and was viewed as a witch, ends up solving the crime of murder of a young girl In doing this, he must finally admit that he was the only elder of one of the clans and in doing so had to admit his secret and managed to prevent a hugh war A great nove The Missing LeaderOver 600 years ago in the Chesapeake area, this story unfolds There were clans of people who all wanted the same thing, to rule the lesser people Through twist and turns a man named Panther, who lived alone on a nearby island and was viewed as a witch, ends up solving the crime of murder of a young girl In doing this, he must finally admit that he was the only elder of one of the clans and in doing so had to admit his secret and managed to prevent a hugh war A great novel about North America s forgotten past by archeologists who dug the history up and wrote a wonderful novel


  9. Eileen Eileen says:

    An absolutely great read so please get through all those many, many hard to remember names, because it is so worth it Enjoy.


  10. Stephanie Gerson Stephanie Gerson says:

    One of theirsimpler novels Too much of a who done it novel Most of the dialogue is repeating the facts The solution to the murder doesn t really correspond to the rest of the novel.