Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn & Chee #19) by Anne Hillerman

This book is set in Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mystery Series settings. Anne Hillerman has picked up her father's work, and made it her own. While the original heroes are in this book, it is told mostly from the perspective of Bernadette Manualito, a female officer in the Navajo Nation Police Force, and the wife of fellow officer, Jim Chee. The central mystery of the novel appears early, when Bernie (her nickname) watches a stranger shoot a close friend, unable to stop it. Who was this person? Why was the crime committed? Before the answers to these first questions is found, other mysteries and possible answers appear and disappear.

In the end, I really felt this book to be as good as any of her father's, but quite different. Not only is the story told mostly from Bernie's perspective, but the other characters have changed, too. This novel is set some years after the last of her father's novels, so time, at least, has changed them. The author shows us these changes in a totally believable way.

I have never been a big fan of mysteries, but I loved Tony Hillerman's Navajo series. It looks like I am also going to love Anne Hillerman's Navajo series.

I gave this book four stars out of five.

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