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Cave of Bones: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel Book 22) Kindle Edition
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A New York Times Bestseller
Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.
When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.
Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.
While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.
Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.
A thrilling southwestern...set in the vivid landscapes of Navajo country...A must-read for anyone who loved the great Tony Hillerman novels.-- "Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
A worthy continuation of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee series. Anne ably returns to Navajo Country in a colorful mystery that is both fascinating and vividly compelling.-- "David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author"
Accessible and relaxingly paced...Readers who enjoy the work of Anne's father, Tony Hillerman, as well as mysteries by Nevada Barr, will welcome another outing with Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito.-- "Booklist"
As Hillerman continues her father's legacy through his beloved characters, she's gradually and gratifyingly finding her own voice.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Hillerman's use of the harsh but beautiful landscape and details of Navajo life is as strong as ever.-- "Publishers Weekly"
In the fourth series installment, the law enforcement talents of Hillerman's characters shine... Hillerman's vivid descriptions of Navajo culture and the desert landscape are top-notch; the story lines flow smoothly to a satisfying conclusion. Verdict: Fans of Hillerman's characters will relish this Southwestern mystery and cheer Bernie's growing confidence as a sleuth.-- "Library Journal" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B071KYZBT5
- Publisher : Harper; Unabridged edition (April 3, 2018)
- Publication date : April 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 323 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
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At the beginning of the story, I found the youth group leaders to be harsh and judgmental towards the girl Annie, especially since they don’t know Bernie yet. Unprofessional and flippant. The trooper Manzanares was unprofessional and rude as he dealt with Bernie. Annie’s mom was over-the-top obnoxious, and it was hard to see her as a tribal official. I found it hard to believe that a new FBI agent would be so insensitive and rude to everyone involved. I found myself thinking, “ Would people really act this way?”
Also, not to give anything away about the end of the book, I had to reread the end because it appeared that someone got away with certain crimes that led to hospitalization and death.
By Anne Hillerman
I enjoyed this book, the first title by Anne that I have read. The first half was better written than the last in my opinion, but I felt the story was coherent throughout. In my view, the Hillerman talent continues to show through. I look forward to rereading some of Tony's earlier titles and more of Anne's contributions. 4 stars from me.
This book combines both new and old themes in the Hillerman works. It starts when a troubled teenage girl wanders away from the site of her “vision quest” camp and discovers a cave with human bones inside—and at the same time, one of the camp counselors, sent out to look for her, disappears. Bernie, having reluctantly agreed to talk to the girls in the camp (she hates public speaking), becomes involved in the search for both the cave and the missing counselor. She finds the cave and verifies that the bones belong, not to a recent murder victim, but to an ancient burial. Meanwhile, Chee, attending classes in Santa Fe, must deal with Bernie’s unpredictable younger sister, Darleen, and her new artist friends, as well as hunt for a man who (caught between dueling mother-in-laws) has also disappeared. Joe Leaphorn is long past chasing suspects in person, but he provides useful background information for both Bernie and Chee.
I guessed some of the motivations behind the mystery, but many surprises remained. The main point, in any case, was getting to spend time with Bernie, Chee, and Leaphorn and the beautiful landscape and fascinating culture of which they are parts.
The oversights by the editor are few; however, typos and extra words that should have been deleted are slightly irritating. The characters are well developed, the setting is superb and there is enough mystery to keep the reader guessing ‘til the end. The storyline is a good one, but it does move slowly. Actually, it is two plots slightly hinged in the middle to make one story. As per usual, Chee is on an assignment in one part of the state, while Bernie is on duty in another area. The setting takes place in The Land of Enchantment’s scenic deserts and mountains and treats the reader to some of the intriguing Navajo culture and traditions. The lava beds where much of the story is focused is well detailed, and makes the reader wonder about the outcome of anything lost in the area.
Bernie’s case involves a young girl who has been traumatized by her find of a cave with mysterious bones scattered hither and yon, a missing instructor, a Search and Rescue Mission among lava beds, a blizzard and, of course, murder.
Chee’s adventures, while attending intensive training instruction at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe, involves sorting out his sister-in-law’s connection to a vindictive man that he previously sent to prison.
I enjoyed learning about the Raman reservation and El Mapais.
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I first came across the series in Arizona where I was given a map or the Grand Circle. I also bought a copy of the Indian Country Map that Leaphorn makes much use of in the early books. You can start anywhere in the series but I would recommend the beginning. For a while I could only find the books in the Four Corner area but now they are on Amazon they are accessible to everybody.
Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are fascinating characters and the books are full of all sorts of interesting information about native American tribes in the south west of the United States as well.