Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn and Chee Novel
by Anne Hillerman
HarperCollins, 2013. 301 pgs. Mystery
The late, great Tony Hillerman's fans will be delighted by his daughter's addition to the Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn Navajo mystery series. Not only does Anne have her father's love (and eye) for the desert Southwest and its original inhabitants, but she tells a good story, as well. In this volume, Jim Chee's wife Bernie is among a group of fellow officers having breakfast with Joe Leaphorn on a hot summer day. When he leaves, she sees him gunned down in the parking lot. Her eyewitness testimony of the shooter's car, height, weight, and clothing will provide important clues for solving the case, but her emotional attachment to Leaphorn along with the trauma of seeing him shot, takes her off the case. But Chee needs help as he is assigned as chief investigator, so the husband wife team begin a perilous search to discover who would want Leaphorn dead and why. The trail is crossed by any number of red herrings (or, perhaps, red hot chilies in this locale), but Chee and Bernie finally make a connection that may cost them their lives. A great read, especially for Tony Hillerman fans, and clean clear through.