Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #1)

Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #1)

by Anne Hillerman


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It happened in an instant. After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito sees a sedan careen into the parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. When the dust clears, someone very close to her is lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood. With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every person in the squad and the local FBI office is hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie too wants in on the investigation, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter.

Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving Chee's former boss and partner, retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with fresh eyes and new urgency, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth with every clue . . . and closer to a killer who will do anything to prevent justice from taking its course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062420589
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 48,058
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Spider Woman’s Daughter, Rock with Wings, Song of the Lion, and Cave of Bones, as well as several nonfiction books. She is the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Spider Woman's Daughter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
They say that confession is good for the soul.  Assuming that's true, I will admit that I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman and his Navaho series – Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and the rest.  BUT I was disappointed in the last few novels in the series.  When Mr. Hillerman left us, I thought that would be the end of the line for my special glimpse into life on the Navaho reservation – and that my last memories would be of average work from a writer who typically turned out extraordinary stories. A great big THANK YOU to his daughter, Anne Hillerman.  Not only did she pick up her father's mantle and provide us with another story in the series, BUT she also restored the quality that the name “Hillerman” had come to represent.  One of Ms. Hillerman's  tricks – perhaps the secret of her success with this book – was to put the spotlight on Officer Bernadette Manuelito (finally married to Jim Chee), who was never more than a supporting character when her father documented the series.  That's not to say that Leaphorn, Chee, and the rest are not present – but that there are other talented and interesting characters worth some time in the sun. I hope this is NOT a one-shot, and that this excellent series has found a new life with Anne Hillerman. RATING: 4½ stars, rounded up to 5 stars out of appreciation for the return of these beloved characters and the excellent job in doing so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess it's no surprise that Tony Hillerman's daughter, Anne, in undertaking to continue her late father's wonderful mystery series set in the Southwest's Indian country, would put a feminine spin on the narrative. The dust jacket of "Spider Woman's Daughter" identifies the book as "A Leaphorn & Chee Novel." More accurately, it's a Bernadette Manuelito novel, whose protagonist is the young Navajo police officer married to Lt. Jim Chee. Leaphorn plays a totally passive role in the story; Chee's role is that of Bernie's adjunct and supportive spouse in her intepid quest of the villain. That said, this book is a welcome continuation of Tony Hillerman's characters and insights into the culture of the Southwest. It's well-plotted, well-written, and fast-paced. Tony's fans won't be disappointed.
NefinMtnPk More than 1 year ago
I think Anne did a great job carrying on her fathers legacy. Yes, there were slight differences in the writing - why wouldn't there be? She is of a different generation - all the better to understand Chee, Bernie and bring them to the current time period. She has now made these characters her own. I really liked the way she tied this book in to one of Leaphorn's old cases and my favorite book "A Thief of Time". If you are new to the Leaphorn mysteries - read it first. You will enjoy this book - great plot, great characters, wonderful descriptions of my favorite state - New Mexico.
Home-on-the-Range More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the book. While it seemed to go along with Tony Hillerman's style of writing, I realized she centered her story on the female character rather than the two male characters her father had developed. It certainly did not diminish the story at all. The story line had lots of twist and turns that added to the mystery. I look forward to more stories by Anne Hillerman.
mystery_readerCA More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to see if Ann Hillerman could really carry on her father's heritage. The story picks right up where Tony Hillerman left off in covering the trials and triumphs of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. The new story was entertaining and the mystery was well-written. I look forward to her next endeavor to see whether she is truly able to continue to bring the two detectives to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Following in her father's footsteps. The book is a great start for a new author, and a great read. One of those books you don't want to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book. Anne does a nice job picking up where her father left off. I'm hoping there will be many more "four corners" mysteries to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love the Chee & Leaphorn series, I hope she will continue to write about them. She did a wonderful job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She does a great job of continuing the series. So glad to see Leaphorn and Chee back. Anxiously awaiting her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad to see the return of Tony Hillerman's characters. Thanks to Anne Hillerman for extending the "lives" of Joe,Jim, Bernie, and the rest of the family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Tony Hillerman's books since about 1986. This book by his daughter was so very close to his books I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recomnmend it to every reader of Tony Hillerman's series of books. I will anxiously await her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want to read a tony hillerman like book after he passed away. A review changed my mind and I am so pleased it did. This is a really good book in every way. I am sure Mr. Hillerman would be proud. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad to see the mysteries continued. I felt like I lost a friend when Mr. Hillerman passed away. I'm glad his daughter had the courage to pick up her pen and follow her father's footsteps into fictional writing. I thought she did a wonderful job. I'm looking forward to her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always liked her Dad's books, now I like hers.
SaraRoseGA More than 1 year ago
I was apprehensive about this book because I am a huge fan of Tony Hillerman's work and didn't want to be disappointed reading his daughter's work. I wasn't disappointed at all. Anne has her own style of writing, but has followed in her father's footsteps and writtten an interesting book that combines mystery with insights into Navajo culture. I'm looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Wonderful story, reminiscent of her father's writings but uniquely her own. Beautifully detailed descriptions of Southwest and SW Native American culture, stunning scenic descriptions, well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book fell far short of Tony Hillerman’s storytelling. Instead of employing his clean story lines and crisp characterization, Anne has modernized the words and actions between the traditionalists Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito who are married, but do not share the same surname.
JackColeman More than 1 year ago
As a Tony Hillerman fan for several decades I was a bit skeptical when I discovered Anne Hillerman was writing using her father’s characters Jim Chee and the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Well she made a believer out of me just a few pages into Spider Woman’s Daughter (her first novel of this type). Anne Hillerman can weave a mystery with the best of them. A worthy successor to Tony Hillerman. Can’t wait for the next book to arrive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great deduction of clues slowly put together to solve the case. Likable characters. Will be watching for more from Anne Hillerman. Carry on the tradition. I'll have to go back and read some of the Tony Hillerman series to catchup with the earlier origin of Leaphorn,Chee, and Manuelito characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The continued adventures of Leap horn and Chee, with a new voice, at least to me, Bernadette Manuelito. It was like visiting with friends that you haven't seen in a long time. Some things have changed, but they're still the same people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Tony's stories and now I love Anne's.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Tony Hillerman's mystery novels ever since I first discovered them 20-something years ago. My grandparents were living in Sante Fe at the time, and the whole family started reading the novels. I quickly devoured the whole series. I was thus a little leery of reading "Spider Woman's Daughter," a continuation of the series by Hillerman's daughter Anne. Later writers so rarely manage to live up to the standard set by the original author of an iconic series. However, "Spider Woman's Daughter" proves to be a happy exception to that rule. Anne Hillerman has her father's knack for atmosphere, setting, and evoking a foreign yet familiar culture. As I am reading this entirely from the outside, as it were, I can't speak with too much authority about the actual authenticity of the Hillermans' depiction of Navajo culture, but it certainly *feels" authentic to someone who spends a lot of time reading about and studying other cultures. This is probably a good time to dive into the issue of cultural appropriation, which I'm sure some people are going to raise. Is it okay for someone who is not Navajo to make a lot of money writing about Navajo characters and Navajo culture? Some might say "No," but most of what I know about Navajo culture, and most of the positive feelings I have towards Navajo culture and Native Americans in general, come from reading these books. Translators serve an important purpose, and one could argue that what Tony Hillerman and now his daughter Anne are doing is acting as translators of a sort, bringing Navajo culture to the wider, English-speaking world. Anyway, fans of the original novels are likely to enjoy "Spider Woman's Daughter" as well. It is not, however, just a copy of Hillerman pere's work; Anne Hillerman brings her own fresh voice to the series, focusing more on female cop Bernie Manuelito and the women's side of Navajo culture. Certainly worth reading if you are already a fan, and also worth checking out if you want to read some mystery that's a little bit different from a lot of the mainstream fare out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. She has captured her dads way of telling a story while making it her own. Enjoyed it to the end. And she left me wanting more.