Death on the Greasy Grass

FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R-and-R at the site of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present…


As a scout for the legendary General Custer, Crow tribe member Levi Star Dancer kept a journal chronicling his exploits from the Battle of the Greasy Grass onward. Now, the missing journal has been found and the descendants of those mentioned in the account—including Levi’s own—want to keep their family secrets hidden at all costs.

Manny’s trip to the Crow Agency Reservation turns out to be ill-timed when a reenactor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn is killed right in front of him. It turns out the victim was the one who found Levi Star Dancer’s famed diary and was planning on selling it to the highest bidder. And while the dead body is hard to miss, the journal is nowhere to be found. Manny has to watch his back while searching for a murderer and the missing journal—because this slippery killer will do anything to make sure the past stays buried.

Based on 84 Reviews
g. a.mct
November 10, 2017

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars

enjoyed it

Real American
December 11, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

I have read 4 of his books now, About impossible to put down once you start reading !

Robyn Lewis
August 22, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Death on the greasy grass

This was a good story couldn’t put it down

Carol Crigger
May 20, 2016

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read

Good plot, good characters, good subject. I had a little problem with the characters laughing at inappropriate times, and sometimes it got a bit repetitive. I still liked it well enough to read further adventures of Manny and Stumper and Willie. Realistically, I’d give this three and a half stars.

Diana L. Braun
September 25, 2015

4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read

This book is a bit above the cut of most of the murder paperbacks that I’ve read lately. There is of course the murder, a few suspects, a bit of humor, descriptions of a barren and dry land, and a bit of Indian lore, however it all adds up to a really fine/strong read. I’ve been racing through books lately looking for something well written, and this is it. Very enjoyable, and I tried to make it last!

September 7, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

A good read.

Helen I Blanton
April 9, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

Excellent. The authors usual quality

Cynthia L.
October 13, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

another great book from Wendelboe

Nanci T. Kerr
July 28, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars

Arrived on time and was as described.

David C. Isgur
July 7, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Crafted Mystery

This series gets better with every book. This third book in the series features a well crafted mystery interspersed with important pieces of Native American history and culture. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

coral Gibson
May 7, 2014

3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward

I liked the books, but as a new writer he is awkward in his style. I read all three and by the third he had improved.

September 17, 2013

4.0 out of 5 stars Death on the Greasy Grass

Hard book to put down. Characters are interesting, fast paced action. Also about places I know. Will watch for the next book by Wendlboe

Sandra Blackmon
August 10, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars This Author can't write fast enough

I have enjoyed the whole series of books and keep checking to see when a new one comes out. The story line and the characters are so believable and interesting. I am definitely hooked on the series.

Sue Smith
July 5, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far…

I’ve read all three books in this series. While I’ve enjoyed all of them, this has definitely been my favorite! The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and I love the twists and turns in the plot!

Kindle Customer mmr
June 20, 2013

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Modern Mystery with Historic Roots

I really enjoyed the book. The mystery is convoluted enough to hold my interest all the way through, the main character is not a cardboard hero, and I live in the region where it takes place and the author does too, so it rings with authenticity. FBI agent Manny Tanno, is a member of the Lakota tribe who grew up on a South Dakota reservation, got away as an adult, and never wanted to go back. The first book of this series, Death Along the Spirit Road, took Manny home, and by this third book he is beginning to accept being back. He’s a middle-aged, slightly overweight, bachelor who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and has quit smoking (but still struggles with the cravings). He has also found love, but is more than a little nervous about marrying. Not your typical main character! The first two books of the series are good reads (which I recommend) and will fill in the background before reading this one, but this book can still be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. The story begins as Manny and his deputy, Willie, begin their vacations by attending a re-enactment of The Battle of the Little Big Horn (i.e., Custer’s Last Stand). Willie is anxious to get to Yellowstone Park, but Manny insisted on stopping at the battle site. It was a decision that leads to deadly repercussions. Once you jump into the story it will pull you along and keep you reading until all is made clear. The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five stars was because I had picked out a villain too early. But I did not get it all right! Lots of twists and turns. Woven into the story is a backstory from 100 years ago. The events of that time, from the actual battle of the Little Big Horn, set up many of the events of the modern day story. That’s all I’m saying about that, because I would hate to spoil the story. But whether the century old events or the modern day events, this story will hold your interest.

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