Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of best-selling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman's Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.
Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.
Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.
©2013 Anne Hillerman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Any of Tony Hillermans
Stop trying so hard for different character voices. It was painful to listen to at times
Am glad the series is being continued-and well also. But, please reconsider the reader. I understand this book is from a woman's perspective and "should" have a woman reading it-just not this one.
No - it was difficult enough the first time. Made a long drive more interesting, though, and the story was worth it.
The healing sing in the hospital at Santa Fe, and the change in Chee's feelings about Santa Fe.
The Navajo men for the most part sounded like cliched Italian mobsters vaguely from New York city or New Jersey. Women were better, some pretty convincing.
She's a good enough cop, after all.
This is a weak book. The plot was okay and it had a Southwestern ambiance was there, but it was almost impossible to get by the horrible narration.
A lot of the Navajo sounded mispronounced to me and the Navajo accent was way off (I have lived and worked in the Southwest for many years and have had many Navajo coworkers). Even some of the Spanish was mispronounced. The Navajos, especially the Captain, sounded more like Italian mobsters than anything else. All-in-all, I had a terrible time getting past the narration to hear the story. Some of the characters were weak and stereotyped.
I hope this writer tries again and goes on to develop a stronger voice. I hope either the narrator does more research on how words and place names are pronounced. It was a decent first effort to fill some mighty big shoes, marred by the worst narration I have come across on Audible.
Enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed all of her father's books, some were great, some were good and some were just ok. I would rate this book in the high end of good. I enjoyed the story and had some great detail, very much in keeping with her Dad's books.
Bring back George Guidall as the narrator. I did not like the narrator. Eventually just finished reading the book. The narrator's male voices were very distracting
Keep writing Anne! For a first Novell I think the book is very good, better than I was expecting. I look forward to her next book.
Perhaps George Guidall could have salvaged the book with his genius for good voices and acting emphasis. Perhaps.
It's very difficult for a woman tor do male characters when reading, but some of them pull it off. This one did not. Her males were strained and fake, the same voices that you hear in cliche, usually saying something like "Heap big chief." While they're using good English, the tonal emphasis says they're producing a heap big pile of pony product.
I don't know if George ever spent any time around Navajos, but he could at least produce the diction and pacing associated with many Natives. Even those who are of different tribes seem to have some speech techniques in common, probably from the large numbers who travel from one tribe to another.
I don't think Tony would have taken this book in the same direction that his daughter did. There are families of writers who each find their own voice and become successful. This book did not do it for Anne. Perhaps her next effort will do it...but I will be extremely reluctant to try it.
I cannot recommend this as an audio book. As a written book, you have the option of giving your own interpretation to the words on the page, and this may make it somewhat viable in that form.
Meanwhile I only finished this to see what happened to the legendary Lieutenant. I'll never have a reason to listen to it again.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn series. When I saw his daughter Anne Hillerman is going to try to revive the series I was nervous about her carrying it off. I thought it was smart of her to choose Bernadette (Bernie) Manuelita to carry the story forward. Joe Leaphorn is shot right in front of Bernie and she is determined to find out who did it. Her husband Jim Chee is put in charge of the investigation and to co-ordinate with the FBI. I loved the description of Navaho culture and of the county side. The description of Chaco canyon ruins was excellent. I enjoyed the description of the old blanket hanging in the museum. The last half of the book has lots of action and suspense as Bernie closes in on the shooter of Leaphorn and the murderer of the art appraiser. Christina Delaine did an acceptable job in reading the story. Thought Anne did a good job for her first try at the series. I am looking forward to more in the series.
"Great...Thought I was hearing a Tony novel...just as good. The dad would be.proud of the daughter."
Must read for Hillerman fans...probably as good as the father's work. Very well written and suspenseful. Ordering the next one now!
I have written before about my (going on thirty-years now) love of Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries. Tony Hillerman wrote eighteen books about Navajo detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, before he passed away in 2008, and I read every one of them.
So I was reaaaaally skeptical about his daughter picking up his pen and continuing the series. Kids of famous authors who pick up their old man's work and continue it (e.g., Brian Herbert and Christopher Tolkien) often seem to be milking a cash cow rather than giving homage to their father's legacy.
But, I had too many years invested in Leaphorn and Chee not to at least give their new adventure a try.
Right away, in the opening chapter, Leaphorn gets shot. (Yeah, the blurb above plays cagey about who it is who gets shot, but come on, it's on page 3!) So I'm wondering just how big Anne's balls are - is she going to kill off her father's main character in her first book?
Leaphorn spends most of the book in the hospital, leaving his younger (not so young now) protege Jim Chee and his wife Bernadette Manualito as the main characters, which was pretty much the pattern of Tony's last few books. Bernadette, who was introduced relatively late in the series but took on an increasingly large role in the last few books, is the chief protagonist here, as she does most of the legwork, with the subplots mostly involving her family troubles and her relationship with Jim Chee. There were a lot of things that struck me about this book as stereotypically "female author," but not in a bad way, just that it was clearly more centered on feminine characters and concerns.
The actual detective work was fairly routine, and the writing was on a par with her father's last few books (which, frankly, were not his best). Anne Hillerman seems to be trying not to diverge too far from her father's style, and if I hadn't known it was her daughter writing this one, I might have believed that Tony had written one more book that was published posthumously, with clear signs that it had been rough and in need of some revision. But still a satisfying enough read for fans of Leaphorn and Chee.
I can't say I have the same enthusiasm about one of my favorite series, which was already long in the tooth and showing its age, now that it's being continued by the original author's daughter, but she did a serviceable job with her first attempt, certainly nothing that disgraces her father's legacy, and I will probably keep reading the books she puts out, unless she screws them up terribly.
INFORMATIVE, ENTERTAINING, LOYALTY
The respect the young officers had for the now old cop who was a friend and mentor.
Bernadette's devotion to her "new" husband.
No extreme reaction, but an enjoyable, entertaining story.
Report Inappropriate Content