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Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel | [Anne Hillerman]

Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ann 07-12-14
    Ann 07-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good first Anne Hillerman attempt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like, and really miss, Tony Hillerman's books this will help fill that void though I figured out who did it very early in the story. I think with more practice she will get the hang of mystery books and I have to add that her understanding of Navajo people is right on so I have to give her a high score on that.The narrator really helped in with keeping my interest in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Bernie Chee. She is a smart woman while retaining her Navajoness. I would like to see more Bernie in future books with just a little Jim and Joe.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

    The Navajo mother who I think was named Mrs Begay?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The above non-named mother made me smile. She reminded me of all very strong mothers.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Anne continues to follow in her father's footsteps, but, with the caveat that she use more of her own insights into these characters. Mr. Hillerman cannot be replicated and he was able to write from a male perspective, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, and now it is time for the Navajo female's perspective. Women see things differently than men and work their way to a conclusion differently which I think Bernie did quite well.

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    Kieran 06-21-14
    Kieran 06-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't be so hard on the narrator. I'd like more!"
    What did you love best about Spider Woman's Daughter?

    Anne Hillerman did a very credible job in furthering the Joe Leaphorn series. The interweaving of the strands of Navajo heritage, native American antiquities, and a state of the art crime thriller came together well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Leaphorn has always been my favorite Hillerman character. However, in this writing and given the circumstances of the plot, Bernadette and Jim clearly evolved as true crime fighters and major characters


    What aspect of Christina Delaine’s performance would you have changed?

    Previous reviewers seemed to be pretty hard on this narrator. I have to admit that in the early portions of her narration it was difficult for me to really appreciate Christina's role in portraying the various characters. However, I told myself that the Hillerman brand is worth the time to give Christina's efforts my attention and, in the end, I wasn't disappointed. Christina's narration became more realistic and enjoyable as the book progresses and it was unfair to assess her portrayal of Hillerman's characters in the shadow of George Guidall. Christina did an excellent job overall and I look forward to her future collaborations with Anne Hillerman in keeping the Leaphorn, Chee, and, now, Manuelito adventures alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more of Hillerman and Delaine collaboration in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Arnup 06-10-14
    Jane Arnup 06-10-14 Member Since 2001
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    "the continuation of a fine tradition"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the Chee and Leaphorn books by Tony Hillerman and have missed new books since Mr. Hillerman stopped writing them. Ms Hillerman has done an amazing job of capturing the characters, the kind of story and the language used by the characters never sounded a single false note. If I hadn't known who wrote this book before I heard it, I would have thought that it was Tony Hillerman. I hope Ms Hillerman continues this wonderful series and I look forward to the next story in the series, I hope).


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    Melissa Jamestown, NY, United States 05-28-14
    Melissa Jamestown, NY, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Spider Woman's Daughter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend who enjoys Hillerman mysteries and stories set in the southwest. The conclusion is not obvious from the start and this makes it a more interesting story. I love the southwest setting and all of the Navajo culture makes the scene come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spider Woman's Daughter?

    The scene near the end when Bernie is attempting to rescue her husband shows her fearlessness and dedication to her husband, and to her job.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s voice?

    Nasal, inaccurate and annoying. She sounds like she has a cold. She shouldn't perform with that kind of nasal twang to her voice. Also, her Navajo accent sounds like a cross between a northwest coast "stoner" and the youthful cast of "Smoke Signals" who were from nowhere near Navajo country! As a Native person myself, I feel that her performance stereotypes Native Americans as mentally simple. I found that offensive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt empathy for Bernie's sister Darlene, who expressed that she felt trapped in her life on the reservation. Recently I spent ten days sitting with my sister in the ICU as she slowly died from pneumonia. Because of this, the hospital scenes with Lt. Leaphorn were particularly poignant to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Readers should be carefully screened before they are given jobs reading. It was hard for me to get past feeling that a lot of the Navajo characters sounded stoned and simple minded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dahlia Delight <3 Wonderland 05-07-14
    Dahlia Delight <3 Wonderland 05-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Through the Looking Glass - Down the Rabbit Hole

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    "Loved the new additon to Leaphorn and Chee series"
    Would you listen to Spider Woman's Daughter again? Why?

    Anne Hillerman, is truly as talented as her bestselling author father Tony Hillerman. Anne 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 is brought to life by Christina Delaine's performance. Bernie witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her - none other than Joe Leaphorn himself. With Leaphorn 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita San Angelo, TX, United States 05-03-14
    Anita San Angelo, TX, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed the book, Eagerly awaiting more from Anne"
    Would you listen to Spider Woman's Daughter again? Why?

    Ms Hillerman does not let the reader down as she brings Tony Hillerman's characters (Chee and Leaphorn) to life once again. She picks the storyline where Tony left off (due to his untimely death). Hope to see more from Ms Hillerman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eaglecliff Wichita KS USA 04-13-14
    eaglecliff Wichita KS USA 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    synergy expands natural life

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    "Same feel and flavor as Dad's stories."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a little concerned that I would again just move right into the Arizona countryside, but there I was. My familiar folk doing what I expected of them in many ways, and some expanding in unexpected ways, but lively and lifelike. Oh Yeah-h-h-h. Hope to see more of Leaphorn yet, but this was an outstanding adventure that helped support a 12 hour drive!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spider Woman's Daughter?

    I really enjoyed *Mama's* talk of blanket making/design, and descriptions of pottery patterns. I'm a archeo- and mythology enthusiast so continuing that tradition in the writings is rewarding to me.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This was my first female reader for Hillerman, but with a female-focus in this adventure it was most accommodating. Think that if we focus on Chee & Leaphorn action more, I like to hear a male voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Just really needed to embellish the miles....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Sylmar, CA, United States 03-25-14
    Cheryl Sylmar, CA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than Dad"
    Would you listen to Spider Woman's Daughter again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a well paced story with lots of the Navajo culture in the story. Of course I really enjoyed that it was told from the perspective of a woman officer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette Manualito.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was very good at portraying the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would make a great film but I don't know what the tag line would be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-10-14
    G. Minott Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Some good continuation, some deviation"
    What did you like best about Spider Woman's Daughter? What did you like least?

    The immersion in Navajo culture and the southwest was excellent. For awhile I liked the continuation of A Thief of Time; however, I have read that book 15 times (with high school classes) and I wish the author had. The returning characters drifted too far from their original characters. The last 20 percent of the book became, ugh, chick novel. I would read another one by this author IF it did not take the chick novel route.


    Would you recommend Spider Woman's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    With reservations. My friends have all read the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accents and the characterization of Chee were horrible. Audible needs to re-record this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was pretty much out of rhythm with the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States 02-19-14
    David Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "She's just not her father."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was awful. Her attempt at a Navajo 'dialect' was terrible. It made some characters just sound foolish. As a Native American who lives in New Mexico, it was bordering on offensive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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