Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rock with Wings


Today's post is on Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman.  It is the twentieth in the Navajo Mysteries series. It is 366 pages long and is published by HarperCollins.  The cover is the sun setting over the desert with stylized woman in the center. The intended reader is someone likes mysteries, has read the others in the series, and good writing. There is no sex, no language, and violence in this book. The story is told from the third person of the characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter.
Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.
Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.

Review-  An amazing read, good character development, an excellent mystery, another winner by Anne Hillerman.  Jim Chee and his wife, fellow officer Bernie Manuelito, hoped for a week of vacation.  Of course that will not happen due to events, starting with Bernie's sister not following through on the care of their mother, to Jim's cousin needing help getting his business off the ground. Retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn advises both of the younger officers, Jim and Bernie, helping them to plan and direct this challenge to their expertise and commitment to the Navaho community.
This second novel by Anne Hillerman is a fun read. If you liked Spider Woman's Daughter then you need to read this one.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I was given this book by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.