A New Mexico Book Award Winner
"The insights that Barber, an Albuquerque resident, offers heighten the pleasure of reading her mysteries and give a fresh take on why Santa Fe is called the City Different.”--THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
“Full marks to Barber for providing the mesmerizing Southwest landscape and mindset.”--KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Readers will enjoy the Santa Fe atmosphere and the local lore along with an intriguing plot.”-- BOOKLIST
“Santa Fe is a vivid character in this book, impacting the characters, the mystery and the crime. This complicated and excellently written story moves quickly, is realistic and has an interesting set-up where the two main characters are almost never physically together.”--ROMANTIC TIMES
"Barber ... has a knack for slicing the the core of her richly flawed characters. . . . The beautiful part of The Bone Fire is its refusal to turn away from truth. The crimes at the center of the mystery begin with the kind of all-too-common violation that, left to fester in silence, leaks its poison through multiple generations."--PASATIEMPO DIGITAL
PRAISE FOR THE REPLACEMENT CHILD
“Provides detours into the rich Hispanic traditions, the geography, the architecture and vagaries of life in present-day Santa Fe...I think the pleasurable novel will endure as a far more insightful tour guide than any document printed for that purpose.”
“The author has a sharp eye for details about Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico that longtime area residents often take for granted.”
—THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
“[Barber] has put as many twists in the plot as there are in the mountain roads near Santa Fe, and you'll be fooled again and again.”
"Looking for an undiscovered gem? Christine Barber won the very first Tony Hillerman Prize last year for the best unpublished novel set in the Southwest. Along came a publisher, and now we have Barber's very good debut."
—THE GLOBE AND MAIL (TORONTO)
"Rich in local color."
—FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM