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Bad Medicine (Ella Clah #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Formerly an FBI agent, Ella Clah has returned to the reservation and is now a special investigator with the Navajo police force. When the daughter of Senator Yellowhair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the senator accuses Ella and the tribe's medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of tampering with evidence and falsifying the autopsy results. The fact that the you ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Forge (first published 1997)
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Dec 31, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the Ella Clah series on a whim. For some reason I am drawn to mysteries that have strong female leads and/or Native American "undertones." I just find learning about other cultures to be very fascinating. Mysteries as a whole are a new-to-me genre and I've been pretty impressed with what I've read so far.

Bad Medicine starts off kind of slow to be honest, kind of like a roller coaster, but once things got rolling this book was hard to put down. Ella is on her way to a crime scen
Oct 08, 2012 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
An intriguing and complex mystery, Bad Medicine stars a female Navajo police detective and female Medical Examiner finding their way through two murders, a mine workers' fight between Anglos and Navajos, a down and dirty senator, and Navajo beliefs and traditions. Filled with twists and turns, I really enjoyed this novel.
Jul 31, 2008 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2013 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Ella Clah mystery. Each book that I read in this series gets better by leaps and bounds. I also really enjoy all the details about the Dineh and the various paths in life that the people are taking. This story in particular reiterates the differences in standing and regard. It also still has a slight understory about skinwalkers which is still not one hundred percent resolved from it's first mention in the first book of this series. In addition to that we continue to see the tally ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 19, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Native American senator's daughter diers in a car crash while stoned. There is conflict at the coal mine owned by the Navajo tribe between the white and Indian workers and death bodies pile up. Medical examiner Roanhorse is accussed of being a witch. Investigator Ella Clah starts receiving messages from the grave from her former father-in-law who had been police chief and a skinwalker.
Bj Hoover
Mar 18, 2012 Bj Hoover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ella-clah-series
This third in the Ella Clah series, written in 1997, continues the fastinating story of a Navajo detective and her fight against evil and the threats to the Navajo Nation. I enjoyed it just as much in this reread as when I first read it 15 years ago. If you like the books by Tony Hillerman, you will enjoy these Thurlo books
Jan 01, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: socio-cultural escape for WASPs
Like Tony Hillerman, this well-published couple Aimee and David Thurlo writes a skillfully interwoven plot. Provides a window on Native American/Anglo cultural tension in a New Mexican reservation mining community. Intuition and minimal magic involved.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ella Clah, altho' it wouldn't be bad for her to get a love interest that lasted at some point--she is a great Native American and the mysteries are very good
Mar 12, 2010 Douglas rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying these Ella Clah novels. They are good mysteries/cop novels with that great Southwest Navajo flavor. I look forward to reading more
Cyn Mcdonald
May 21, 2014 Cyn Mcdonald rated it liked it
Could also be called Bad Editing. At least in this one Ella is not racking her mike every third page. The skinwalkers from the first two books are still active and out to get Ella and her family. Usually I don't mind story arcs that take time to develop, but this one is getting old. If I hadn't liked later books in this series, I would be tempted to stop reading them.
May 09, 2009 Patti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009, mystery
I would rate this book 3.5 stars, if that was a choice. I really like this series, I like Ella Clah, her coworkers, how she is learning to accept her own intuitive gifts, her family, but the pace drives me crazy. It's just a little too fast-paced for me. Sometimes I just want Ella to get enough sleep, or have a complete conversation, without something happening (explosion, gunshot, phone call...). In addition to it being a mystery series, I'm attracted to two other features in these books; 1) th ...more
Bonnie Drummond
Jan 20, 2016 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A highly recommend book to read for anyone who really likes to read on the edge of what ever you are sitting on; it's a highly charged book from a Ghost from the Grave, And an out break of a Meninjiste, and a Friendship and or Marriage that's lost forever. This book has it all.
really enjoyed this book, much like Tony Hillerman, the main character is strong and an independent thinker.
I really liked this third book in the series and am looking forward to more.
Mar 02, 2015 Jewett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better and better
Jan 15, 2014 Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I have read the first four installments in this series and Bad Medicine is unfortunately too similar in plot,character development and pace. I do have a tendency to read series as a group which might be the problem. Maybe it's too much at one time. The Ella Clah novels seem too repetitive and a bit boring. I'll give it some time and try again later this year in fairness to the authors.
Ruth Ellen
Jul 21, 2015 Ruth Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this story.
Jul 17, 2009 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ella-clah-series
I continue enjoying this series very much. I'm not a big detective/thriller reader, but what I like about these is the Navajo cultural tidbits. I will continue reading the rest of the books in the series.
Nancy Savonick
Another book I had to take back to the library before I was finished--and I probably won't take out again. I like the Sister Agatha series, but the Ella Clah series doesn't interest me.
May 05, 2014 Tomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mystery with lots of twists and turns, plus Navajo customs - what's not to like?
Sep 04, 2014 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Two and a half stars, the skinwalker paranoia is getting old
Jul 30, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok
Could not retain my attention. Slow-paced.
A fun read.
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Aimee and David Thurlo are the authors of the Ella Clah mysteries, the Sister Agatha mysteries, the Lee Nez vampire novels all set in New Mexico. David grew up on the Navajo Indian Nation, and Aimee, a native of Cuba, lived in the southwest for forty years.

Aimée passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of February 28, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer and related complications. She
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