A Review of Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Spider Woman's DaughterSpider Woman’s Daughter

by Anne Hillerman

I never imagined that I would see another book in the Leaphorn and Chee series. I was so excited when I saw that Tony Hillerman’s daughter had decided to carry on the series that had been such a joy to read. This series always put me into a laid back, commune with mother earth, kind of feel. I would feel in a really good place while reading Mr. Hillerman’s books. When Mr. Hillerman passed in 2008, I figured that the series died with him.

Anne Hillerman has done a great job continuing the series, while making it her own. She has allowed Jim Chee’s wife, Bernadette, to tell the story. This gets the reader to accept the slight differences in writing style as a logical extension of the change in point of view. Everything feels so right and comfortable. My heart leaps with joy to have this series returned to me! I want to thanks Ms. Hillerman for bringing the Navajo Nation’s finest back into my life.

I give this book 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! Anyone who loved the Leaphorn and Chee series will love this fine addition.

If you have never read any books in this series, don’t be afraid to jump right in with this one. You won’t feel lost, not knowing the backstories, since this book doesn’t rely on your knowing what went on before. You also will be able to go back and read the earlier books, since there really are no spoilers here.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description

Release date: October 1, 2013 | Series: Leaphorn and Chee

Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling 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.

Product Details

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Harper (October 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0062270486

ISBN-13: 978-0062270481

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Anne Hillerman, daughter of best-selling mystery writer Tony Hillerman, will continue her father’s Navajo detective series with “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” due for publication Oct. 1, 2013 (HarperCollins.) The book follows the adventures of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito as they track a would-be cop killer, travel to Chaco Canyon on the trail of a murderer, and discover intrigue in the world of ancient Indian art and artifacts.

She is the author eight non-fiction books including “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.” She and photographer Don Strel made numerous road trips to photograph and write about the landscapes beloved by New Mexico’s best known mystery writer. Working on that book inspired her novel.

“In the process of researching Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, I re-read all of the Chee/Leaphorn mysteries, paying close attention to the settings. I ran into mud, dust storms, rez dogs, snow and those pricelessly beautiful days Tony Hillerman wrote about for more than 35 years,” Anne said. “I loved nearly every minute of it. My personal highlights included New Mexico’s Bisti badlands, the mysterious landscape near Ship Rock and vast, empty Chaco Canyon.”

Anne, the eldest of Tony and Marie Hillerman’s six children, came to New Mexico as a child and enjoys living in the Southwest. She is currently at work on the second book in the new mystery series.

Her other major non-fiction projects include “Gardens of Santa Fe,” with features photos of Santa Fe’s finest gardens and interviews with their creators, and “Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes.” Both received top honors at the New Mexico Book Awards. She worked for many years as a journalist, receiving awards for her writing from the New Mexico Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women. When she isn’t working, Anne likes to ski, garden and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She is a founder of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference held annually in Santa Fe, N.M.

The book description is from Amazon.   Spider Woman’s Daughter

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