Navajo tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Spider Woman's Daughter.
Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.
Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.
©2015 Anne Hillerman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Officer Bernie Manuelito and Sergeant Jim Chee start a brief vacation when two cases cause them to forgo the vacation. Chee has a case of a missing women and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks. Bernie is managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong. She uncovers the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere. She is also looking into an ambitious solar energy development with consequences for the Navajos. All the while she is dealing with her sister’s drinking problem.
The book is well written and researched as to Navajo culture. The descriptions of the four corners area are excellent. Anne has kept the book authentic, but she has put her own signature on it. She is not duplicating her father’s style but applying her own style to the series. She features Bernie Manuelito more than Chee or Leaphorn. She has managed to keep the flavor of her father’s stories while inserting her own. In this story the author had a bit of a problem with the plot. It appeared a bit formulated. Her prior book had a better developed plot. I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the next book.
The book is about ten and half hours long. Christina Delaine does a good job narrating the story. Delaine is a voice over artist and audiobook narrator.
The story follows the line of the other Hillerman novels with all the characters that we love. The reading of the Navajo words and accents of the Navajo people were very distracting to me. I wish they would find a native reader for these novels!!
Maybe, I love reading about the Southwest. I looked forward to listening to this book but was very disappointed.
The narrator read the conversation in a slooooooow "Native American" dialect...giving the wrong impression of her characters.
One of the better ones.
Any Tony Hillerman novels. Picking up with characters her father created Anne keeps you from wondering "what ever happened to Chee and the others.?
Haven't listened to toheres.
Navajo mystery the next generation.
I enjoyed the book. Though not as detailed in Navajo culture, still a good story and nice to hear a woman's take on the characters.
Monumental Western Landscape.
Bernie for sheer grit.
Visiting Joe Leaphorn at the end and tying up all the loose ends.
Hearing all the old names from the Tony Hillerman books I have read and loved.
I know I will listen to this many times. The gentle caring relationships among the characters warms the heart.
This is my first book by Anne Hillerman, though I have read all of the late Tony Hillerman's novels. AH delivers on the atmosphere of the Four Corners and the cultural richness of the Navajo, and for these alone I will read her other novels in the series. My only disappointment is with AH's reveals -- the truth about the crimes comes in a big rush without enough buildup and, perhaps, too many unknowns so that the reader doesn't feel the tension in the mysteries nor receive full satisfaction in the resolutions. I like Bernie. Love her Mom. Chi and Leaphorn are faithfully drawn from TH's template. I like the incorporation of contemporary dilemmas-- solar farms that endanger flora and despoil the landscape; caring for the elderly while maintaining a career; the claims of white people and Navajo to participate in the sacredness of the land. These are interesting and worthy themes that make AH's novel well worth the read. Excellent narration!
After an hour, we'd had one uneventful arrest and everyone was still playing well together and being agreeable with each other. I don't know if an actual story developed later; I was comatose with sugar-coated niceness.
Add conflict? You know, that thing they talk about the first week of Writing 101?
Adolescent. But that could have been from struggling with the material. Her male voices were quite highly pitched, which drove female voices into little-girlishness.
Well, uhm, the actual sentences and use of words weren't bad.
"Sadly, not a patch on the original"
The pace of the first half of the book was very slow and the writing style nothing like as good as Tony Hillerman's originals - I was concurrently re-reading Thief of Time, and the style is so much smoother and more engaging. At the half-way point I still wasn't really involved in the story - in fact, I looked to see how long I had left and it was 'oh no, I'm only half-way through!'
No, I shall continue to listen to Tony Hillerman books (and read them in print!)
I guess. As a general thing I find men doing women's voices better than the other way about, although I hate to admit it. And someone should tell Christina Delaine how Europeans pronounce Gisela!
All the stuff about Mamma and Darlene.
Anne Hillerman's earlier work Spider Woman's Daughter was very much better but I can't see me bothering with any more of these.
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