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Spider Woman's Daughter: 05/31/14

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Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman is a continuation of the Navajo Mysteries which ended with The Shape Shifter and Tony Hillerman's death. Whether or nor Anne Hillerman has more mysteries planned, I don't know, but I hope so.

Bernie Manuelito, back on the job after her honeymoon, runs into Joe Leaphorn while having breakfast. She watches him head back to his car, where he is shot by someone in a passing truck. To say Leaphorn and Chee are back, as the book description does, is a bit misleading. Leaphorn is there in that he's the victim of a brutal crime and is now fighting for his life.

I as I predicted in my review of Shape Shifter, Anne Hillerman has made Bernie her authorial insert. Sure, Chee is still there to provide a different point of view, but this is the first time we really get into her head. We also see her family: a sister who is an alcoholic; a mother who is slowly slipping into dementia.

Do the characters still feel like themselves? Yes. Was the mystery challenging and satisfying in its resolution? Yes. Would I read the next one if one were published. YES!

Five stars

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