Navajo tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Spider Woman's Daughter.
Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.
Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.
©2015 Anne Hillerman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
The pace of the first half of the book was very slow and the writing style nothing like as good as Tony Hillerman's originals - I was concurrently re-reading Thief of Time, and the style is so much smoother and more engaging. At the half-way point I still wasn't really involved in the story - in fact, I looked to see how long I had left and it was 'oh no, I'm only half-way through!'
No, I shall continue to listen to Tony Hillerman books (and read them in print!)
I guess. As a general thing I find men doing women's voices better than the other way about, although I hate to admit it. And someone should tell Christina Delaine how Europeans pronounce Gisela!
All the stuff about Mamma and Darlene.
Anne Hillerman's earlier work Spider Woman's Daughter was very much better but I can't see me bothering with any more of these.
"The Navajo Police save the day again"
The story follows the line of the other Hillerman novels with all the characters that we love. The reading of the Navajo words and accents of the Navajo people were very distracting to me. I wish they would find a native reader for these novels!!
Maybe, I love reading about the Southwest. I looked forward to listening to this book but was very disappointed.
The narrator read the conversation in a slooooooow "Native American" dialect...giving the wrong impression of her characters.
Another great book by Anne Hillerman. So glad she has continued the Chee / Leaphorn books. The stories have been seamless and just as exciting.
"Better than her dad!"
Monumental Western Landscape.
Bernie for sheer grit.
Visiting Joe Leaphorn at the end and tying up all the loose ends.
Hearing all the old names from the Tony Hillerman books I have read and loved.
I know I will listen to this many times. The gentle caring relationships among the characters warms the heart.
"Happy to See Anne Picking up where her father left"
One of the better ones.
Any Tony Hillerman novels. Picking up with characters her father created Anne keeps you from wondering "what ever happened to Chee and the others.?
Haven't listened to toheres.
Navajo mystery the next generation.
I enjoyed the book. Though not as detailed in Navajo culture, still a good story and nice to hear a woman's take on the characters.
"Good but too slow"
Enjoyed the glimpses of Navajo culture and beliefs, but the plot moved a bit too slowly with the main characters asking themselves the same question over and over.
"A long painful march"
This was even worse than the first book. Reader tried but still a lame plot, 2D characters and some remarkably bad dialogue. Finished but guessing the next paragraph or wondering at word choicrs
I enjoyed the book very much. After awhile I forgot that I wasn't listening to the old series. It was like visiting with old friends that you never thought you would meet up with again.
"75% is good fiction, but it is a terrible mystery"
Ms. Hillerman does a wonderful job with the relationships between people and her character of Bernadette. She does ok with Jim and Joe. Unfortunately she just is not a mystery writer. This is the second of her books in the series I've read and this one is worse than the first in terms of the mystery. The last part of the book was just painful, I muscled through, but it really ruins the book. If you buy this book, you'll know the point it just gets stupidly bad, put the book down and walk away don't listen to the end.
I love the complexity of the characters and the story line. Ann is carrying on and improving on her Fathers characters, making them her own. The well plotted story line and characters weave a wonderful mystery.
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