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
I listen mostly to history, classic scifi, cozies, medical suspense and liberal arts Great Courses.
I listened to both this and Rock with Wings, both by Anne Hillerman. I enjoyed both stories and am so glad to know that this series has been taken over by the late Tony Hillerman's talented daughter. The narrator, though, grows irritating after a while. Okay, I get it that she is trying to imitate the unique way of speaking that some Navajo have. But almost all the Navajo women (not Bernie, so much) have voices that whine and the white women all sound like little old white ladies who are trying too hard to be sweet. It really grates after a while. Story makes it bearable.
Love the Navajo angles and the Southwest scenery.
listen to this book at bed time and you will go to sleep with absolutely nothing on your mind. Don't waste your money.
as far as Ann Hillerman, YES
yes, the story was interesting enough to give it another listen, yes it is so
that Leaphorn made it through, yes it is so
she did a great job
Bernie & Chee its the way it should be
The author had some big shoes to fill and did so nicely. I enjoyed the story and the return of some of my fave fictional characters.
The narrator did her best, I'm sure, but I never got used to the voices. Chee's voice, especially, sounded slow and plodding.
I will give the next book a listen, though.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and the southwest. Anne Hillerman follows in her father's footsteps, creating a full experience with sights, sounds, smells and emotions. Of course she is not on a par with her father yet, but she honors the characters he created. I like that she tells this story from the viewpoint of Bernie Manuelito. It's nice to have a feminine lead for a change.
It could be compared to any of Tony Hillerman's works.
Soft, (a little too) sweet and crisp.
I did not laugh or cry but I felt a good tension throughout and felt engaged in the story.
It's not a Tony Hillerman book, folks, Unfortunately Tony has left the building. Christina Delaine is not George Guidall. Don't expect her to be, and you will enjoy this book more. I didn't care so much for her male voices, but I enjoyed seeing Hillerman country from a feminine point of view and from the eyes of a more innocent, less experienced police officer who has much to learn. I quite enjoyed the little missing parts that frustrated me and made me want to grab Bernie and Chee and say, "what about THIS?" For example, they apparently never found Leaphorn's cell phone. Drove me nuts! I figured out "who done it" and I didn't mind that either. It was interesting wondering if they'd ever figure it out. A different viewpoint for a mystery.
Anne Hillerman does an admirable job in keeping the characters in his series going. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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