When Eugenia Potter discovers some old pottery on her Arizona ranch, she is anxious to discover their origins. Feeling sure they are Native American artifacts, she journeys to the retreat of Medicine Wheel in Colorado, where there are tours and lectures for women who are interested in Native American culture. In addition, there are archaeologists on hand to help answer questions and add insight to the tours.

Eugenia finds her fellow attendees to be a congenial group that includes teachers, a reporter, and a woman out to ease her grief after her daughters death. Eugenia also finds there is a bonus at Medicine Wheel: a group of teenagers given the chance to have the camping experience of a lifetime.

At first everything is as it seems at Medicine Wheel, but tensions begin to grow. It is obvious that the program director is under a terrible strain. Next, some of the attendees start to believe they can communicate with the spirits of Native Americans who have passed on. At first these events seem minor, but when the tour group of teenagers vanishes without a trace and two members of Medicine Wheel die mysteriously, Eugenia finds there is something more than the spirits of the dead wrecking havoc in Colorado.

Nancy Pickard does a wonderful job of continuing the Eugenia Potter series created by the late Virginia Rich. As always, there are fantastic recipes includedMs. Rich virtually invented the cooking recipethat go along with the story setting. A nice read for fans of traditional mysteries, lovers of all things Native are in for an extra treat with this one. (Apr., 336 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg