I haven't finished reading The Tale Teller yet, but I can say it's Anne's best yet, full of interesting crime, especially good descriptions of scenery which effortlessly "take you there," accurate depictions of family life (Bernie's, Leaphorn's, Bernie & Chee's, as well as several other characters) and the quiet explanations of the Navajo worldview in context. The main thing is that it all FLOWS so effortlessly and cohesively. With even a few moments of humor! Loving it. Thanks, Anne.
I dearly love all of Tony Hillerman's books. I was happy that his daughter continued the series with Leaphorn and Chee but they aren't quite the same. They are well written and I have enjoyed them, even though the style is different. Bernadette is the focus of Anne's books with Leaphorn and Chee relegated to very minor peripheral roles. I sometimes think it would be good for her to go her own way with a different set of characters, but it would mean saying goodbye to old friends.
Had to force myself to stop reading, so I could write a review. Thanks Anne for continuing on your Father's footstep. I cannot wait to restart my reading of the book and savoring every page. I really enjoy the adventures of Joe leaphorn. Also reading about Navajo history, customs and beliefs.
I am only about four or five chapters into this and I can tell Anne has another winner. Joe Leaphorn is back along with his intrepid Louisa, and it really is a good read. Joe is making a comeback after his devastating wounding and we get to see Louisa's character developed more. Anne keeps her Dad's characters true to form, and even better and she has definitely hit her stride on this genre. There are bodies piling up, Leaphorn and Manuelito are on it, and we are getting some great Navajo history to boot. I spent an hour on Wiki studying Navajo history after I finished my evening allotment of chapters--it is hard not read it all it once. Still a mystery to me is Joe and Louisa's relationship, hoping something clues me by the end of this one, I have always thought Joe needed to lighten up some, maybe in this one! At least he is sweet with the cat.
Anne Hillerman is no longer just Tony’s daughter. She has become a strong voice in her own right. Her skillful handling of familiar characters and expansion of the role of Bernie Manuelito make her books a great read. As Joe Leaphorn makes his return in the THe Tale Teller, we can rejoice in the familiar and enjoy the new. Brava, Anne!
Love these characters from Tony Hillerman's books, but even though I have read the other books and found them disappointing...I decided to try this last one and see if they were getting better. This is like reading a 3rd grade reader, or maybe "Dick and Jane". The dialog is silly...."do you want a glass of water?" Small details that are unnecessary to the story, plot, or development of the characters, just bog the reader down. I am wishing the author would just get on with the story, or make an attempt at the story. I may not be able to finish...and I'm not buying anymore of these books no matter how much I miss Chee and Leaphorn.
The Tale Teller is the best book of Anne Hillerman's series. For awhile it seemed to me she was focused more on Bernie Manuelito and the other characters were mainly on the sideline. This time however Chee and Leaphorn are back has real people in her book. Reading how Joe handles his problems with his brain injury and his relationship with Louisa and even her cat is great. Chee has done a lot of growing and the book reflects that has well. The history of the Long Walk is beautifully written. Thank you Anne Hillerman for such a novel.
Received this book and it was so good, I couldn't stop reading it. Finished it in three days. They just keep getting better and better. I've read all of her fathers books and now all of her books, and I have to say, she's every bit the story teller her father was, different, but every bit as good. I should say that you really need to read them in the order they were written to understand what's happened to the characters and how this impacts the current story. Good books! You should get them all! Now, I'll have to wait another year for the next installment.