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 really enjoyed the story. Anne writes very similar to het father Tony, but with enough differences that you can easily tell their story writing apart.
The one thing I did not like about this story was that about 3/4 of the way through it was easy to determine who the murderer was. It was fortunate that it did take until the third to last chapter to understand why!
The fact that all of the landmarks actually exist make the story fun to read because if someone has not been to these locations, the possibility that they may someday get to go there is real. For those of us that have been fortunate enough to have already been to these New Mexico & Colorado locations and seen these sunsets, starlit skies, rock formations, and desert landscapes, well her detailed writing is just a way for us to revisit those memories of our minds.
Hopefully, there will be many more audio.com books by both Tony & Anne Hillerman.
I like the Audio version because I travel in the car and it is much easier to listen.
I like a good mystery and learning about other cultures. Anne Hillerman does an excellent job of giving insight the Navajo Culture through the eyes of Bernadette Manualito, much the way her father did in Chee and Leaphorn. I have traveled through that part of the country and it makes listening to the books more realistic.
I can't wait for her next books to come out.
Anne is taking her father's characters in a direction all her own in a good way. Readers still get Jim Chee, Bernie and Leaphorn with Tony's daughter at the helm with her own direction which is a great fit.
Christina Delaine sounds identical to Siri. Her take on a Navajo accent would prevent me from pursuing further Anne Hillerman audible products.
like references to the weaving
don't like all the second guessing that Bernie does -
really dislike the Chee voice - sounds like a stoned mexican Dylan
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.
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