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The Joe Leaphorn Mysteries: The Blessing Way / Dance Hall of the Dead / Listening Woman (Leaphorn & Chee #1-3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  543 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Part of a series of Joe Leaphorn Mysteries. Old, but a fun read.
Hardcover, 499 pages
Published March 30th 1992 by Wings Books (first published 1989)
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Mary
Oct 11, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
In this Navajo mystery (Dance Hall of the Dead), Hillerman is really hitting his stride. I had read this before, and remembered the 'twist' that went with it. But I still enjoy re-visiting the Reservation settings and 'seeing' the scenery again. This is another Leaphorn mystery, and the Navajo idea of 'harmony' is well presented. Again, there is a lot of cultural information here, including many differences between the various Native American tribes. In this story, we have an archeological dig, ...more
Joseph Longo
Apr 22, 2016 Joseph Longo rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a Tony Hillerman mystery, and I though I would take one up again as my husband and I plan a trip to New Mexico, the setting for most of the Hillerman mysteries. This one had an exciting, mostly unpredictable plot, interesting characters, and a credible ending. There are also great descriptions of New Mexico - the colors, the light, the texture. It's a very visual novel. It's a good read with a lot of action, and it involves a Navaho myth of a Wolf-Witch being taken ...more
Kirstin
May 17, 2008 Kirstin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
An interesting look at life on the "Rez" and how the Navajo people view the world makes this mystery series. Don't bother with the last of the series but the rest are good.
Gary
Apr 15, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
Listening Women is my favorite. Joe Leaphorn is a fine addition to the genre.
Richard Thompson
Jul 10, 2014 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, bumplibrary
Maggee and I read all of Hillerman's Navajo mysteries and remembering enjoying them a lot (with the exception of the last two or three books where a strong editorial hand was sadly missing... and, after all, who is going to get tough with a legend?...)

When I was considering including a "delegate" Hillerman title in the Bump Memorial Library, I decided to reread a book or two to see if they were as good as we remembered them to be. I read TALKING GOD aloud to Maggee recently, but most of the acti
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Lorena
Feb 18, 2012 Lorena rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Technically a re-read, as I first picked them up in my late teens/early twenties on the recommendation of my father. I'm happy to say that while time had dimmed my memory of the solving of the mystery, it did not dim my impression of the author treating the cultures respectfully. Honest and insightful, and above all, believable, Hillerman really is a good writer. Not just in plotting out his mysteries, but in characterization and cultural view.

I read all three of these books as one, what with t
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Betty
Apr 16, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains three mystery stories. I found these books fascinating. In the stories Navajo, and some Hope, and Zuni religious beliefs are included in the stories. Although I am not familiar with any Native American beliefs, this book has sparked my interest in learning more about them. The author describes the scenery in all three stories in great detail which adds to the mysteries of each story. In these stories belief in witchcraft plays and important part in each story and lends an eeri ...more
Michael Dandreaux
Mar 19, 2015 Michael Dandreaux rated it liked it
I enjoy Tony Hillerman's mysteries that involve the American Southwest and the exploits of Native American police officers. This is one of his earlier works and contains 3 complete novels that focus on Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. As usual, the stories take place in real locations in New Mexico and Arizona. There is also a lot of detail regarding customs and religious beliefs and practices of various Native American Indian tribes which I find particularly interesting. All ...more
Priya
May 01, 2008 Priya rated it it was ok
When it was published in 1970, this was Tony Hillerman's first novel and received lots of acclaim. It is mystery novel. It was original because it describes the conflict that exists among the modern Navajo people as they try to coexist between the invasive American culture and their ancient traditions. The mystery was nothing to wow over. It was however interesting to get an insight into the Navajo way.
Robert
Oct 05, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it
I think I have read all of the Jim Chee and Leaphorn books. The early ones are wonderful. Hillerman's insights into Navajo and Southwest Indian culture is quite fascinating and he weaves in some good adventure / mystery with a bit of romance. I would recommend starting on the earliest books and reading them all. The later books are starting to dry up a bit ...
Jim Fitzgerald
Oct 22, 2010 Jim Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Hillerman is a good story teller and does a great job of weaving the Navaho culture into his stories. Tony involves you with his characters and you are able to vicariously be present in the settings of his story.

I gave this book a 4 star rating because I reserve the 5 star rating for authors like Michener, Uris, Tolkien, Asimov, Clark, Heinlein, etc.
Jane
Aug 03, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it
Someone suggested that I might enjoy this writer/series and I finally took the opportunity to read him -and I now have a new type of mystery protagonist that I appreciate, and that would be the guide - the person/narrator who leads you through the story - lets you know "who dunnit" but you really don't know a lot about them - who they are. Very different from my fav - the flawed protagonist.
Maggie
Jan 26, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoy reading Hillerman, his characters are interesting and the story lines keep you guessing. Having lived in the American Southwest, I found myself picturing where these stories took place and wanting to go back and visit.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 19, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
A collection of three of Tny Hillerman's series of mystery stories involving Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.
S
Sep 18, 2010 S rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Trio of Joe Leaphorn mysteries. Engaging lead character and supporting characters. Enjoyable world view, without overdoing it.
Ahf
Nov 01, 2008 Ahf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing Navajo mystery.
Linda
Mar 15, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Re-read The Blessing Way and still found it an intriguing beginning to Hillerman's series.
R. Lawrence
Dec 05, 2015 R. Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, great, great!
Katherine Jensen
Jun 08, 2012 Katherine Jensen is currently reading it
Shelves: 92
Series #1-3.
Curtis
Jul 24, 2011 Curtis rated it it was amazing
Great series by Tony Hillerman. I just gave my copy away at church today.
Mcassidy7
Nov 04, 2008 Mcassidy7 rated it really liked it
Neat information about the Native American tribes of the Southwest, interwoven with good mystery writing.
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Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Leaphorn & Chee (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Blessing Way (Leaphorn & Chee, #1)
  • Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee, #2)
  • Listening Woman (Leaphorn & Chee, #3)
  • People of Darkness (Leaphorn & Chee, #4)
  • The Dark Wind (Leaphorn & Chee, #5)
  • The Ghostway (Leaphorn & Chee, #6)
  • Skinwalkers (Leaphorn & Chee, #7)
  • A Thief of Time (Leaphorn & Chee, #8)
  • Talking God (Leaphorn & Chee, #9)
  • Coyote Waits (Leaphorn & Chee, #10)

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