Rock With Wings

Rock With Wings

Book - 2015
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Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases involving a missing woman and a drug bust gone bad.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062270511
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Hillerman 2015
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm


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BernardN_KCMO Sep 12, 2018

I read about half of the Tony Hillerman Navaho mysteries, and so I thought I'd check out what his daughter is doing with the characters. It felt like meeting old friends again, older and in somewhat changed circumstances -- the last time I saw Chee, he was beginning his relationship with Bernadette Manuelito, and Leaphorn was still in great health.
One reason to spend some time with Hillerman's cast of Navaho police is to simply spend time with them. Early on in the series, when Leaphorn was Tony Hillerman's only featured character was Joe Leaphorn, and Jim Chee is not even on the scene, we get a feeling that things are not rushed among the Navaho. This runs counter to the Western way of getting things done fast. But there is value in just taking time, for patience leads to insights that speed blurs or misses altogether. So, if you were wondering how Tony Hillerman's daughter is doing in carrying on the family tradition -- just sit a spell and find out yourself by reading one of Anne Hillerman's Chee, Manuelito and Leaphorn mysteries.

ArapahoeMarieC Jul 26, 2018

A fine addition to the Chee/Leaphorn book series started by her father. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the female voice Bernie Manuelito. I felt her writing was on par with her father's.

Jul 17, 2018

A fine addition to the Chee/Leaphorn book series started by her father. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the female voice Bernie Manuelito. I felt her writing was on par with her father's.

Dec 21, 2017

While not as good as her father, Anne has written a very nice supplement to his work. I do miss Joe Leaphorn, who appears mainly as a cameo or touchstone character. Perhaps his healing will allow him a greater role.

Her development of Bernadette is a nice touch, and Jim Chee continues to be a mainstay of the books. This novel, however, is not as good as her first. The story line gets a little far fetched at the end, allowing her escape. Hopefully, further development of the series will improve.

Nov 15, 2017

Good character development of Chee and Manuelito. And more beautiful scenery and lots of driving. Arizona and New Mexico are such huge spaces.

Oct 13, 2017

I'm enjoying Anne Hillerman's novels much more than I did those of her father. His were so macho, so much from a he-man perspective, that I could sometimes hardly read them. In my opinion, the quality took a huge swoop upwards when Bernadette Manuelito was added to the cast. I'm glad she has stayed, and Chee, too.

May 11, 2017

Authors should not try to continue a previously written series, especially if written by your father. I was always a Hillerman fan, the daughter not so much so-something is missing!

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 28, 2016

Tony Hillerman’s daughter continues series with Chee, Leaphorn, and Manualito. Anne Hillerman did a great job at setting the scene and the interactions between these beloved characters. I thought the mystery was a bit lackluster (as though it were an afterthought). The book was enjoyable but not compelling.

Sep 19, 2016

Even better than her first try. I love that she is telling the stories from a female police officer's perspective. It adds new depth to the saga that was lost when Chee stopped training to be a medicine man. The complications of caring for her mother, trying to keep he sister from self destructing, keeping her marriage afloat while solving crimes is a winning combo. Of course, we also get to see the misogyny and racial stereotyping from a new angle. Although the characters I loved from the original books are still here, I see them a little differently because Bernie has strong opinions, too.

Aug 12, 2016

Excellent! I hope she keeps writing more.

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Nov 15, 2017

Chee and Manuelito work independently in tis novel, setting out together for a weekend getaway when Manuelito is called home to check on her mother and Chee stays with his friend who needs help. Each pursues a case, both quite complicated. Chee works within a movie film shoot, while manuelito works a serial murder case and a burning car. Leaphorn makes brief appearances, with greater potential in the following book.


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