Leaphorn, Chee and Bernie are back! Anne Hillerman, daughter of the late writer, Tony Hillerman brings your favorite Navajo law enforcement officers back for a thrilling story that will be difficult to put down.
We all wondered if Anne Hillerman, who usually covers stories for news media and has authored several nonfiction books, could transition to a fiction author. They answer is.... she did a great job. And, following in the footsteps of Tony Hillerman is not easy.
You'll love her soon-to-be-released novel, Spider Woman's Daughter. The novel starts out with a bang, literally, leaving everyone emotionally hooked as the story progresses. Bernadette Manuelito works with her husband, Sgt. Jim Chee to solve a crime involving someone near and dear to them.
The story has all the intrigue, action and danger you would expect right up until the end. Throughout the twists and turns of the story you will sense a woman's perspective. Bernadette Manuelito, Navajo policewoman, is featured right along with her family members. Eldercare, worry about an alcoholic sister and her love for her husband are all aspects of her life that resonate with women. So, yes, there is a different twist to this novel, written by Anne Hillerman.
The story takes place in locations very familiar to those of us who have lived in the Santa Fe, NM area. Chaco Canyon and early Native pottery are central to the intrigue. Researchers working with early pottery art are up to no good. Navajo weaving is part of the story. Bernie's mother is a weaver as was Spider Woman, the first to weave her web of the universe. You'll find Bernie and Chee traveling familiar roads through Santa Fe, down I-25 and over to Chaco Canyon. If you are a Pueblo pottery lover, or a lover of Navajo weaving, this story will grab your attention.
If you love mysteries, this book is for you. If you are a Hillerman fan, buy this book. You will enjoy the return of Leaphorn and Chee. Ahéhee Anne.
Kick off event: Anne Hillerman will read from Spider Woman’s Daughter, with students from the New Mexico School for the Arts. Time: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m. private fundraiser for Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, $50, 505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). Location: Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail