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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Cave of Bones



I'm posting a 'soon to be released' book on Wednesdays.  These will always be books that I am particularly looking forward to.  I'll be linking up to 'Can't-Wait Wednesday' hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and plan to take part in this each week.

The book I selected for this week is the 4th book in a series that is a spin-off of another series I loved many years ago.  Tony Hillerman was a well-loved mystery author who wrote about the Four Corners area of the Southwest.  His main protagonists were Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.  I loved that series.  After his death, his daughter, Anne Hillerman, with her mother's blessing, continues the Leaphorn and Chee stories.  Joe and Jim still appear, but the focal character in Anne's books is Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito, married to Jim Chee.  While Anne's style is not exactly like her father's, I am well satisfied with how the characters are portrayed.  And love the beautiful, spare New Mexico and Arizona settings.  This week I can't wait for:




Publication Date:  April 3rd  

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

52 comments:

  1. Looks good, and I like that the original author's daughter continued the series! Nice. This sounds like a chilling mystery, and the Four Corners area would be a great setting!

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    1. It is a great setting. Can't wait to read this!

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  2. I'm with Greg, this does sound god -- but what I love most of all is the daughter keeping her father's stories going, and still adding her stories to the canon he created. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to him.

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    1. That was sweet wasn't it? She was a photographer before and had a couple of books about the area, but had not written fiction I don't think.

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  3. I hope this proves to be as good as the original series was for you!

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    1. I've read the first 2 books in the series, so I'm only 1 behind.

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  4. I keep thinking I should read this new series. I love Tony Hillerman's books. They were among my earliest mystery reading. So I'm going to go see about getting the first book in the series. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Great! I think you'll like it.

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    2. When I looked for Anne Hillerman's books I discovered I bought the first book in her series several years ago. I've decided to reread a few of the last books Tony Hillerman wrote.

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    3. Sounds like a great plan, Jan!

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  5. I have enjoyed Tony Hillerman's characters and plots for years and am glad that his daughter keeps them active!

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    1. Yes, I'd hate to see the last of Joe and Jim and Bernie.

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  6. I've read a ton of Tony Hillerman's books over the years but somehow never read anything by his daughter. I really need to give her a try.

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    1. If you get a chance, pick up the first one. It was good.

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  7. I've always been interested in Tony Hillerman's books but never read them. Maybe I should give his daughter's books a try instead. Nice choice.

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    1. That sounds like a good plan, Barb.

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  8. I haven't heard of this series, but I hope you enjoy this installment!

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  9. The series sounds the a really good one! Nice pick!

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  10. This sounds great! I haven't seen this series before, but I'm gonna have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. A two for one mystery is always great. That's really cool that the author is continuing her father's series.

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    1. It seems very fitting as she really 'knew' the characters well.

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  12. I'm not familiar with the series but it definitely sounds like a good one. The Navajo lore and the southwestern setting intrigue me. I haven't read too many books set there. Hope you enjoy this one!

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    1. The setting and traditions play a big part.

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  13. I've never read this author, but I've seen her books around. Great pick! Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday Post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier.

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  14. Wow, I did not realize the connection to Tony Hillerman, thanks for sharing that. This sounds so good!

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    1. Yes, I think a lot of people are unaware of their father/daughter status. I'm always glad to let others know.

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  15. I read the first two that Anne Hillerman wrote to follow in her father's footsteps. Ironically, I've only read one of Tony's and that was a long time ago. I'm taking this "changing of the guard" as an excuse to jump in and start in the middle of the series.

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    1. That sounds like a good plan. I think you'll be pleased.

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  16. This is new to me, but this series sounds really good. I also really like the father/daughter aspect of this.

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    1. I think she's done a good job, while putting her own stamp on the characters.

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  17. I’ve never heard of this, but I hope you will love it!! It sounds interesting. 😊

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    1. I suspect it will be a great read!

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  18. Thanks Kay for letting me know about this new Ann Hillerman book. I can't wait either.

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    1. Glad you like this series too, Margot!

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  19. I didn't realize his daughter continued his series. That's neat but I'm sure must be daunting. I think I've only read a couple of Hillerman's books.

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    1. I saw her at a mystery conference last year. She seems to enjoy continuing the characters lives.

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  20. My dad was a big Tony Hillerman fan. I have never tried his books, nor his daughters. Maybe someday.

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    1. If you ever need books set in New Mexico/Arizona, they would be a good pick.

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  21. You know, I've seen Tony Hillerman's name around, but I didn't know that he was a mystery writer. And how WONDERFUL that his daughter has been continuing her father's series! That's so sweet and poignant..... :)

    I'm not much of a mystery fan, but I do like the Navajo angle here, and the setting sounds fabulous. So I might pick up this one.

    Thanks for sharing! Thanks as well for commenting on my "Can't Wait Wednesday" post!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Hillerman was quite the name for mysteries in his area. His daughter was a photographer first and then became a writer. Saw her at a mystery conference. She's interesting to listen to.

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  22. Great pick, wow I've been seeing a lot of new books that I never heard before. And this one looks and sounds absolutely fantastic, I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance. And thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

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    1. It's fun to see what everyone picks, isn't it? And thank you!

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