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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
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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 Marple 06-10-14
    Jane Marple 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Dahlia Delight <3 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.


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    eaglecliff 04-13-14
    eaglecliff 04-13-14

    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 03-25-14
    Cheryl 03-25-14 Member Since 2014
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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.


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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 2012
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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 2015
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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 11-26-13
    Pat Shea 11-26-13
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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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