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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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    Melissa Jamestown, NY, United States 05-28-14
    Melissa Jamestown, NY, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    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.


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    Pat Shea Staten Island, NY USA 11-26-13
    Pat Shea Staten Island, NY USA 11-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "The Legacy Lives On"
    What did you love best about Spider Woman's Daughter?

    I have read ALL of the Leaphorn and Chee stories. After Tony Hillerman passed, I mourned the loss of this great author, as well as his wonderful characters. My husband and I went out West shortly after his death and I referred to our trip to the area as the "Tony Hillerman Memorial Tour"...
    Recently, when I learned about "Spider Woman's Daughter," I was hesitant to read/listen to the story because I worried that I would be disappointed. However, I was thrilled to realize that the story is not only up to the standard of a well-crafted Hillerman novel, but true to the characters.
    Ms. Hillerman wisely chose Bernie as the center of the story in her first attempt to continue the story line. And she successfully composed a sensitive, well-woven mystery. It was terrific to learn more about the Manuelito family - adding realism to the family element of these contemporary tales. I do hope more Leaphorn & Chee stories are planned! I will surely read them all. Must be in the DNA.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well-paced


    Have you listened to any of Christina Delaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Wixon San Francisco CA 11-12-13
    John L. Wixon San Francisco CA 11-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Easy reviewer

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    "Very Good story line"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spider Woman's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I am very pleased with the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of characters for he fathers writtings. Very fine use of the old in the new version.


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

    The length of the audible book makes this a fine 2=3 session listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been able to read all of her fathers books and Tony Hillerman would be proud to have this tradition carried on by his daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patroo the High Desert 11-08-13
    Patroo the High Desert 11-08-13 Member Since 2005

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    "It's just not up to par"

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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