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Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in this enthralling entry in New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman's Leaphorn, Chee andamp;amp; Manuelito series, set amid the beautiful landscape of the American Southwest. What begins as a typical day for Officer Bernadette Manuelito—serving a bench warrant, dealing with a herd of cattle obstructing traffic, and stumbling across a crime scene—takes an unexpected twist when she's called to help find an old friend. Years ago, Bernie and Maya were roommates, but time and Maya's struggles with addiction drove them apart. Now Maya's brother asks Bernie to find out what happened to his sister. Tracing Maya's whereabouts, Bernie learns that her old friend had confessed to the murder of her estranged husband, a prominent astronomer. But the details don't align. Suspicious, Bernie takes a closer look at the case only to find that nothing is as it seems. Uncovering new information about the astronomer's work leads Bernie to a remote spot on the Navajo Nation and a calculating killer. The investigation causes an unexpected rift with her husband and new acting boss, Jim Chee, who's sure Bernie's headed for trouble. While she's caught between present and past, Chee is at a crossroads of his own. Burdened with new responsibilities he didn't ask for and doesn't want, he must decide what the future holds for him and act accordingly. Can their mentor Joe Leaphorn—a man also looking at the past for answers to the future—provide the guidance both Bernie and Chee need? And will the Navajo heroes that stud the starry sky help them find justice—and the truth they seek?
Publisher: 2021
ISBN: 9780062908353
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jun 08, 2021

Tony Hillerman would be proud of his daughter's latest work. The story is thoroughly developed with interesting characters (both good and bad) and a fast pace (maybe a bit faster than I would like). Just like her father, the author paints beautiful word pictures of the Navajo countryside. I like the focus on Bernie, with much less focus on Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The plot had several twists and turns for a story that begins with a confession. The activities involving Joe Leaphorn and the woman Bernie finds beaten and tied up don't really add much to the main story but do a good job of providing a bit of a breather in a truly fast-moving main story, while providing short updates on what is happening with Joe and Jim.

Apr 13, 2021

Another enjoyable book in the Leaphorn and Chee series brings the clear night sky of New Mexico into the storyline. Bernadette Manuelito of the Navajo Police finds herself exhausted as she works to solve the mystery of a dead man. Her friend, a teacher, is claiming responsibility for the murder, but Bernadette does not believe her. Along with this she’s stumbled upon a dead baby and beaten-up woman on a search for the owners of some stray cattle. Add in that her husband, is not her temporary boss, and her mother’s dementia is causing her guilt and Bernadette is one exhausted woman.

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