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Posted May 9, 2014
Until now, only Felix Francis has prominently authored novels in
Until now, only Felix Francis has prominently authored novels in a series created by his father. Other series, like those of Robert B. Parker, have been authored by writers unrelated to the deceased creators. However, Anne Hillerman now joins Felix in the distinguished company of an offspring continuing a popular series, undertaking to continue the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Cree Navajo mysteries, placing her own stamp on it by fully developing Bernie Manuelito, Jim’s wife, as well as a cop.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It is rather strange that the author chooses to begin the story by having Leaphorn, a main character in the series, shot though the temple, the bullet passing through his brain, and thus sidelined. Bernie, as first responder, is taken off the case and placed on leave (although that hardly stops her from nosing around). Cree is put in charge of the Navajo police investigation, while the FBI conducts its own case.
As did Tony Hillerman, his daughter captures much of the landscape and culture of the American Southwest, especially describing in detail Pueblo pottery and rug-weaving. However, much of the flavor of the original series does not get captured in this first effort. Perhaps, as she goes along in future installments, this aspect will improve. There seems to be some repetition and redundancy along the way, which could have been edited out. But the plot is solid, and the book certainly warrants a reading.
Posted November 19, 2013
Posted November 3, 2013
A worthy successor to Tony Hillerman
Anne Hillerman has stepped into her father's shoes and continues the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries, for which I am truly grateful. This first book is a seamless transition, with Jim Chee and his wife Bernadette Manuelito investigating who shot Joe Leaphorn in the parking lot of a restaurant. I enjoyed the novel and was glad to spend time with characters I enjoy in a place that the Hillermans make seem absolutely magical. More please!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2013
Different This Time
This book was no doubt written by a woman. It's so much more "touchy-feely" like when Chee "took her in his strong arms" for example and more "I love you" expressed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story itself is very interesting and a good mystery. I did find her descriptions of the landscape and geography of Dinetah not up to her dad's standards.
Still a good read.
Posted October 25, 2013
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