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Spider Woman's Daughter

(Leaphorn & Chee #19)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  11,052 ratings  ·  1,635 reviews
Legendary tribal sleuths Leaphorn and Chee are back! The supremely talented daughter of New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman continues the popular series with this fresh new Navajo Country mystery-her debut novel-filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich atmosphere

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Hardcover, 301 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Harper
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Michele I agree. My husband and I have missed Hillerman novels so much so when I saw this we were so excited. I have read through the reviews below and was di…moreI agree. My husband and I have missed Hillerman novels so much so when I saw this we were so excited. I have read through the reviews below and was disappointed that not all were positive- of course there are always nay sayers and people who will complain or be negative about anything- to us, this book was fun and knowledgeable, as all Hillerman's books were and even took the humor to a slightly higher level. We enjoyed this book very much and are looking forward to starting the next one- the only negative to us- and I hesitate to mention it because it had nothing to do with the writing- the narration was pretty close to awful. The narrator seemed to try to make Navajo's sound stupid and backward.(less)

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Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
This is Anne Hillerman's first attempt at continuing the Leaphorn and Chee series her father started.

It's good. It's definitely different than Hillerman's writing: darker, and she writes solely from female Bernie Chee's perspective.

When Bernie is washing the blood of Joe Leaphorn off her hands on page ten, I knew we weren't in Kansas anymore. LOL No, this book is a bit darker and more violent than her father's books. It opens with Joe Leaphorn being shot in the head right outside his favorite re
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you find yourself missing Hillerman country since the master died in 2008, take heart. His daughter Anne is continuing the series with good success in reviving their special flavor. That special mix of a puzzling mystery, showcasing the natural world of New Mexico and Native American spirituality, and colorful characters. She puts her own imprint on the formula by making Jim Chee's wife and fellow officer with the Navajo police, Bernadette Manuelito, the main character. She also adds more hum ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Hillerman, after years of penning excellent mysteries featuring the thoughtful Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and the impetuous Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, ended his career with the inferior The Shape Shifter. Hillerman’s daughter, Anne Hillerman, continues the series with her first novel. I was doubtful about Spider Woman’s Daughter and the odds that a debut novelist could come close to matching the Edgar Award-winning author, but I’m happy to say that Anne Hillerman has return ...more
Cathrine ☯️
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tony Hillerman fans.

This is a daughter’s first attempt to continue on with her father’s legacy; the stories surrounding the characters of Jim Chee, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, and Bernadette Manuelito. If you are a Tony Hillerman fan or love the four corners area of the the American Southwest and its rich Native American history I think you’ll enjoy this mystery. Well done Anne Hillerman. You did your dad proud and I enjoyed spending reading time with some of my favorite fictional characters again.
Clark Hallman
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was very enjoyable for me to read Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman. I was a big fan of the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee books written by Tony Hillerman (her late father). Since his death I have missed those two Navajo Nation police officers and the unique Navajo/Hopi culture in the Arizona/New Mexico area, which includes Window Rock in AZ and Gallup, Shiprock and Santa Fe in NM. Thankfully, Ms. Hillerman has produced a wonderful new Leaphorn and Chee story that enabled me to once again ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
As a first novel, especially being a mystery, Anne Hillerman's Spider Woman's Daughter is nothing to sneeze at. It's good. It's good enough that I regretted having to put it down when it was time to go bed and looked forward to picking it back up when I got home from work. I read it in only two sittings.

I really like the fact that the story is told primarily from the perspective of Bernadette Manualito. It's a welcome twist to Tony Hillerman's fictional legacy.

But this novel isn't any better tha
Kathy Disanto
As an author, I get the heebie-jeebies whenever I hear someone has decided to continue a series when the original author passes away. Authors - the good ones, at least - are not interchangeable.

Take the recent books written under the Robert B. Parker imprint. Not saying they're not good books, but they're not Robert Parker. Parker's voice was his own, and nobody else will ever completely capture it. IMHO, anyway.

That being said, I have to admit Anne Hillerman has done a creditable job of taking
3.5 stars. While not great, this is still enjoyable, as the story starts in a shocking way, and we follow Bernie Manuelito as she copes with the incident, and also attempts to find the culprit. I liked Bernie, and I also liked how, unlike many mysteries I've read, she's in a stable marriage, has a loving relationship with her mother, and is good at her job. Bernie also has concerns about her mother's health and her sister's behaviour, and a good portion of the book is devoted to how central fami ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, and on certain levels I did.

Picking up someone else's legacy, even if that someone is your father, is a difficult undertaking. Anne Hillerman tackled the immensely daunting task of writing, as her debeut novel, the 19th book in a very popular series.

In the vast expanse that is the Leaphorn/Chee universe, I'd say Ms. Hillerman did as well as her father did on the last three novels, though the books which followed "The Wailing Wind" were not on par with Tony Hi
Tom Scanlan
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although she has published a number of non-fiction books, Spider Woman's Daughter is Anne Hillerman's first novel. Some of you may know her as the daughter of Tony Hillerman, famous for his numerous mystery novels, set primarily in Arizona and New Mexico, describing the exploits of two Navajo Indian policemen, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Tony Hillerman died almost five years ago. It must have seemed an enormous and intimidating challenge for Anne to continue these stories. Tony Hillerman fans hav ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I enjoyed reading some of the Leaphorn and Chee novels. Anne Hillerman continued her father's series, beginning with this installment. Leaphorn spends most of the novel in the hospital with readers uncertain whether or not he'll survive an attempt on his life. Officer Bernadette "Bernie" Manuelito witnesses the incident and is placed on administrative leave. Her husband Jim Chee is put in charge of the Navajo side of the investigation with the FBI in charge of the case. As they puzzle ...more
I am always skeptical when another author continues a series. The original author in this instance is Tony Hillerman and the series is Leaphorn and Chee. There were 18 novels featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. The settings are usually in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona. However, the author who is continuing the series is his daughter Anne Hillerman. Another factor that I thought added something to her continuing the series is that the centra ...more
Karen Cox
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved all of Tony Hillerman's books, but like every mystery writer, the early ones were better than the later ones. Still, I never tired of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee and the rest of the Navajo Tribal Police in Hillerman's world. He was at his best describing the scenery of Northwestern New Mexico, from the terrible roads to the glorious sunsets. His daughter Anne takes up where her father left off. Chee and Leaphorn are back, but this book focuses on Mrs. Jim Chee, Bernadette Manuelito. We get ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who enjoy Native American culture and mystery!
This is my introduction to this series begun by the author’s father, Tony Hillerman. Anne Hillerman’s Spider Woman’s Daughter (Leaphorn & Chee #19) continues with the characters who were created by her father and beloved by many. I now count myself as a devotee of these skillfully written characters who were (Leaphorn-retired) and are (Chee) members of the Navajo Nation Police Force along with Bernadette Manuelito (Chee’s wife) who is also an officer of the Navajo Nation Police Force. The author ...more
Amber Foxx
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
While continuing the characters and settings from Tony Hillerman’s books, Anne Hillerman has her own style and voice as a writer. I didn’t feel as if I was reading one of her father’s books, but I felt fully at home with her mastery of the series. She has the understanding of Navajo culture that’s central to the stories, and she knows the characters well. Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernie Manuelito are familiar and fully developed, with touches ranging from Chee’s off-beat humor to Joe Leaphorn’ ...more
Well, I was in tears as I finished this book and read the acknowledgements at the end. What the tears were about I'm not sure; maybe joy that a series I loved has come alive once again, or that "the one who was shot" is still alive. Or maybe it was sadness that I am again leaving behind the world of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and Bernadette Manuelito, although hopefully not for good, as I thought had happened after the death of Tony Hillerman, the wonderful author who created this series. Or maybe ...more
I was going to give this book 2 stars but decided I was allowing the narration of the audiobook to unduly influence my impression of the book.

I think Anne Hillerman did a good job of continuing her father's series. I liked that she chose to write it from the point of view of a female character. Write what you know best. The information about Navajo pottery and weaving, as well as the Navajo traditions surrounding death was quite informative and interesting.

I was a little lost in the story line.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Tony Hillerman
Tony Hillerman was and still remains my all-time favorite author. His books were introduced to me by an anthropology professor I had in college. I loved them from the minute I picked up Coyote Wind. I immediately devoured every single one of his books. When Hillerman passed away, I was saddened at his passing and at the thought I would never get to read about the adventures of Lt. Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, Bernie Manuelito, and the many other wonderful characters that populated these mysteries sit ...more
Maybe 3.5 stars

It's been a few years since I re-read one of my Tony Hillerman novels so it's hard to accurately compare her style and his. From what I recall of his, based on this book she's more emotional, more about the personal lives of the characters. Once I adjusted my expectations, I enjoyed the story and investigation. Parts of the mystery I figured out early on and parts not at all. I loved the descriptions of the countryside and the atmosphere of the setting was perfect. I felt as if I
Oct 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this book and am so grateful to Anne Hillerman for continuing the life of her father's characters. Tony Hillerman created memorable characters in Leaphorn, Chee and Bernadette Manuelito. I read everything he wrote and hope that the stories will continue with Anne in the future. ...more
Meredith VanOordt
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful continuation of her father's (Tony Hillerman)Leaphorn & Chee series. It felt like comfort food. It fits beautifully.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito witnesses the shooting of the “legendary” retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn while she is talking on the phone with her husband, Officer Jim Chee. Bernie sees a slim white figure conceal a gun and drive away in a battered blue truck as she rushes to the aid of the fallen father figure of the Navajo Nation Police.

If the opening scene of this story isn’t a metaphor for the way that Anne Hillerman is brin
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anne Hillerman took a gamble picking up her father's mystery series. Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee

novels were beloved. But, she came up a winner, taking the series in a slightly different direction. Hillerman focuses on Officer Bernadette Manualito, a Navajo Nation police officer, married to Sergeant Jim Chee.

Captain Howard Largo invited a number of younger police officers to the Monday morning meetings at the Navajo Inn where the cops brainstormed cold cases over breakfast. Bernie felt ho
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Tony Hillerman's mystery novels ever since I first discovered them 20-something years ago. My grandparents were living in Sante Fe at the time, and the whole family started reading the novels. I quickly devoured the whole series.

I was thus a little leery of reading "Spider Woman's Daughter," a continuation of the series by Hillerman's daughter Anne. Later writers so rarely manage to live up to the standard set by the original author of an iconic series.

However, "Spider Wom
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This was like visiting relatives you haven't seen in awhile, the familiar but with noticeable changes and differences. Anne Hillerman is the daughter of Tony, she had collaborated with him on a book of photography and wtitten other non-fiction books about the southwest. She is familiar with the landscape and people and has great affection for both.

This is her first mystery and she gives it a good try. The characters are much as I remember but some of the dialogue and descriptions feel a bit off
2018: This book has been on my shelves for a while. I was leery of a Chee mystery not written by TH, but I may end up liking Anne's stories better than her father's. They both have a strong sense of place -- Tony does a better job of capturing the wider landscapes, while Anne does better with the specific locations. Chee and Leaphorn were Tony's main focus, but it looks like Anne is going to use Bernie, which works for me.

I've always read this series more for the sense of place, the characters,
Janet Martin
While it was a thrill to revisit Hillerman's world of Leaphorn and Chee, Anne has a way to go before her work equals that of her father. She kind of lost credibility early on, with the substitution of "prone" (lying on one's front) for "supine" (lying on one's back)--it's hard to spot a bullet hole on the forehead and look into the victim's eyes when the face is likely planted on the concrete, another unlikely posture after being shot in the face (where was the copy editor on that one?). She is ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anne Hillerman has done a good job of picking up her father’s series featuring Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manualito. She draws on the past to weave a new mystery involving one of Leaphorn’s earlier cases. She is fairly successful in painting the picture of the Navajo southwest that made Tony Hillerman’s books so great. I very much enjoyed the focus on Bernadette Manualito (Bernie) and hope that will continue. The plot is weak compared to her father’s early books, although about on par wit ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman's slant

Not only does the author carry on for her father in her own voice, but the story is more Bernie Manuelito than Chee and Leaphorn. Same beloved characters, but a distinctive perspective. Heavier on atmosphere and relationships than plot, but that is not a complaint. This is not imitation Tony, and it shouldn't be. Anne is a new voice for the Fine.
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