Cave of Bones

Cave of Bones

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"New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series. 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. Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062391926
Characteristics: 309 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Tigard_AnnieS Jan 23, 2019

In this latest episode of the beloved Leaphorn, Chee, Manuelito Mysteries Bernie becomes involved in the disappearance of a young girl from an "Outward Bound" type camp. As the investigation unfolds a camp counselor goes missing as well which draws attention to possible misspent tribal funds. In true Hillerman fashion, the story weaves in another sub-mystery which Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee work to solve simultaneously. As always, the Four Corners area takes center stage and anyone who longs for that landscape will enjoy this.

Jan 16, 2019

I've read all 4 of her version of series and feel cover is a little misleading. The stories are primarily about Manuelito--she is involved in the main action at start and finish, plus her family plays big role. Chee is maybe 30% involved and Leaphorn, still recovering from near death incident, maybe 10%. Even still she and Chee are just too perfect, always respectful and missing one another when they are sent in different directions. They are both without flaws or edges.
The story line in this one was good read, though the young girl who went missing is always remembering something she should have said earlier they just seem like Hillerman lite. 4 stars

May 22, 2018

Another wonderfully written and engaging tale in the Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and Joe Leaphorn saga. The change of focus to the world of Bernie continues, and it adds depth to our insight of the Navajo culture. Bernie is called to the lava flows and lava tubes and is forced to deal with the desecrated burial of two ancient people, and perhaps draws a chindi into her investigation.
Anne Hillerman's side characters are very interesting and they all seem suspicious--they might not be the murderer but they are all up to something illegal. Jim and Bernie just need a little help from Joe to sort out what.

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