Cave of Bones (Leaphorn & Chee #22) by Anne Hillerman

Into the Wild

Cave of Bones (Leaphorn & Chee #22) Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Cave of Bones (Leaphorn & Chee #22)
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ISBN : 0062391941
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Chris rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2018

Anne Hillerman continues to provide Bernie and Jim with opportunities to use their special gifts to solve interesting and baffling crimes. Their particular approach to these situations keeps Leaphorn’s legacy going strong.

Judy rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

I really like her books but she seems to focus more on Bernie than Jim Chee. I would like to see a better mixture of the two. With that said, I received this as a give-away and am grateful to the publisher for this advance copy. This takes place mostly in the rugged lava wilderness where an exper...

loretta rated it ★★★★☆

April 06, 2018

I enjoyed this latest tale in the Leaphorn and Chee series. Ms. Hillerman does a wonderful and authentic telling of the Navajo nation via this series. The mystery unfolds in much the same way as though being told by Navajo... slowly, with deliberation and not with the hurried, often abrupt way of...

Kathy rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2018

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman is a perplexing mystery with several cases to solve. This 22nd installment in the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series can easily be read as a standalone. Tribal police officer Bernadette "Bernie" Manuelito is only supposed to be giving a talk to the participants o...

Janet rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

When Officer Bernie Manuelito is helping search for a missing Navaho guide in the lava badlands of El Malpais in North Western New Mexico, she overcomes her discomfort about the presence of the dead to investigate a shallow cave containing a burial. It's been opened and looted, and isn't the only...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

Tony Hillerman’s mysteries set on the Navajo reservation have always been favorites of mine. I was delighted when his daughter Anne brought his beloved characters Chee and Leaphorn back in her series. Her main character is Navajo police officer Bernadette Manuelito, who is married to Jim Chee. Th...

Kathy rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2018

Cave of Bones is the 22nd book in the Leaphorn and Chee (and Manuelito) series by Anne Hillerman. The first 20 books were written by her father, Tony Hillerman. Anne has done a brilliant job in continuing this fabulous and beloved series. I really appreciate it. Thanks Anne. Cave of Bones is a gre...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

April 12, 2018

While Jim Chee is at a training session in Sante Fe (and checking on his difficult sister-in-law Darlene), his wife Bernie is trying to find a missing man in a deserted part of their territory. Not only is the man, who knows the territory well, missing, but a girl in the group he was leading is h...

Helen rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2018

I think I've enjoyed this book the best of Anne Hillerman's work in taking up her father's legacy. This was a complex mystery that showed the real frustrations of police work and how not everything is as neatly connected as a one-hour TV show would suggest. Still, Bernie and Chee and Leaphorn com...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

April 09, 2018

The best Anne Hillerman book yet. Bernadette must solve or help solve several mysteries, beginning by finding out what happened to a man who failed to return to base camp in the Malpais region. Anne has, unfortunately turned the series into a Bernadette Manueltio series, seemingly almost forgetti...

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