Review – Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler @cluculzwriter

Book & Author Details:

Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler
Published by: Dancing Lemur Press
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Crime, Suspense

ma--towak.jpgThe follow-up to Broken But Not Dead, an IPPY Award Silver Medalist

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.

Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…


I am very firmly lodged on the horns of a dilemma.  You may ask why (or you may simply decide you have better things to do and stop reading at this point). The answer is that I couldn’t finish this book, so it is a DNF, but my conflict arises with the fact that I genuinely don’t think that this was badly written.

Let me try and explain.  I scheduled this book for review by a certain date.  That is the expectation from the author in return for a review.  I started reading well in advance, so that I would have time to think about the story.  But, the story just never grabbed me.  The pacing of the narrative didn’t assist, although I can see how this was an effective tool for maintaining the uncertainty.

The characters have depth, and there is a clearly intriguing mystery to be solved, as well as some significant personal issues to be dealt with.  The connection with me, as a reader, simply wasn’t there.

And this is the crux of the issue.  I expect, had I significantly more time, that I would have returned to this book and finished it.  However, as I don’t, I’m afraid I didn’t.

This book is, however, garnering good reviews, so I am likely to be a blip in an otherwise enthusiastic landscape.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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About the author

I am Métis and have been writing my entire life. I began my first novel in 1983 to honour the passing of my dad. Today my husband and I live in the home we built with our own hands on Cluculz Lake.

My first novel Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. My suspense thriller Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal for Canada West. My newest novel Break Time, the steampunk anthology is now available on Kindle and in print.

I’m retired, sort of. I teach T’chi in my spare time and am currently applying final touches on two suspense thrillers. I provide editing services to young and older writers alike. I spend my winters in Bucerias, Nayarit. If you want to talk writing or about life in general, contact me at cluculzwriter at yahoo dot ca. I’m always here.
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