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Rock with Wings

(Leaphorn & Chee #20)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  7,768 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter

Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Harper
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
Actually, this was good. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought this was a stronger novel than Anne Hillerman's first attempt, Spider Woman's Daughter. She is improving as an author. And I think she is a good writer. She is not disgracing her father's name or anything. I wasn't invested so much in Hillerman's Navajo mysteries, but I know I won't touch "fake" Spenser novels with a ten-foot-pole, so I know how longtime fans of the series feel. However, if you wish Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito had ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok

Anne Hillerman is following in her father - Tony Hillerman's - footsteps, carrying on with his Navaho Tribal Police series. This is the second book Anne Hillerman has written for the long series.

As the story opens Navaho Tribal Police Officers Jim Chee.....

.....and Bernadette Manuelito, recently married, are taking a vacation in Monument Valley when fate steps in.

Jim ends up helping a relative in Monument Valley while temporarily working security for a movie company. And Bernie returns to their
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a decent mystery story but it's stripped of the soul that set Tony Hillerman's mysteries apart from the rest of the pack. Two of the major characters in the Tony's series were the Southwest scenery and Navajo culture. Both are almost completely gone from this novel. It could be a generic mystery series set anywhere and that's what is so crushing about reading this theoretical continuation of the Chee/Leaphorn series. Early on, Jim Chee visits Monument Park and what would have been a mar ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Anne Hillerman, coming off the great success of Spider Woman's Daughter, a continuation of the series begun by her father, Edgar Award-winning author Tony Hillerman, returns with her sophomore effort, Rock with Wings, the 20th novel in the series that regaled readers with the adventures of Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navaho Tribal Police and his mentor, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn.

As in Spider Woman's Daughter, the action concentrates mostly on Chee and his wife, fellow officer Bernadette Manuelito, ra
Carol Jean
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know...nice atmosphere, someone died at some point, and there was a big black dog... Something went wrong here, as nothing in the books seems to have caught my attention or imagination. I think the focus was too spread out and the proliferation of coincidence a bit Dickensian. ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tony Hillerman was one of my favorite authors. That his daughter Anne is carrying on his Leaphorn and Chee series is a fitting tribute to such a fine author. Hillerman could evoke such a sense of place that you could feel the wonders of the Navajo reservation as you were reading. His daughter Anne is able to do this as well.

Anne Hillerman has been able to keep up the continuity of the Leaphorn/Chee stories by focusing on Jim Chee's wife, Officer Bernadette Manuelito. She is able to tell the sto
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Ms. Hillerman's descriptions of the Four Corners area are so beautiful. In fact, they made me cry a little bit because I miss living in the area. I recognized all the towns, highways, and scenery she described. But I did not buy into the several mysteries. The Navajo Reservation is huge, bigger than many states, so I did not buy into the main mystery having to do with needing one elderly Navajo's tiny piece of land. So, this is a fun book if you love the area. and the protagonists are likeable. ...more
Tina Cipolla
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Passable mystery novel.

Cons: too many things going on, too many concurrent story lines, too easy to lose track of everything and stop caring. Also not too big of a fan of the main character, she seemed self-righteous which I found annoying. The nefarious characters are too shallow. You have no idea what motivates them and that is because there are too many "bad guys" and so no attempt is made to explore how they became the bad guys they are. It would have been better if there had been only one
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
I just love what Ms. Hillerman has done with this series. She has kept it authentic, but at the same time, she has put her signature on it. She doesn’t just duplicate the style of her father, Tony Hillerman. She has enlarged the franchise by featuring Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernie Manuelito. Bernie is married to Jim Chee, who is also a Navajo Cop, and she is friends with Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. In Ms. Hillerman’s first book, Spider Woman’s Daughter, Leaphorn is shot in the head, and nearl ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Officer Bernie Manuelito and Sergeant Jim Chee start a brief vacation when two cases cause them to forgo the vacation. Chee has a case of a missing women and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks. Bernie is managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong. She uncovers the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere. She is also looking into an ambitious solar energy development with consequences for the Navajos. All the while she is dealing with her sister’s drinking problem.

The book is well writ
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review brings me no pleasure to write, but if I can save even one person from experiencing the hot mess that "Rock With Wings" is, I have performed a kindness.This is the 20th book in the great Leaphorn/Chee seriies that was created by Tony Hillerman. And what a wonderful series it was to experience the great Southwest with Leaphorn & Chee as our guide! Unfortunately, the 18th & final book by Mr. Hillerman was the last book that he wrote & Mr. Hillerman's daughter wrote the 19th & 20th in t ...more
Jan C
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Probably 3 1/2☆. It was an enjoyable read. Still not quite up to her father's level. But I heard there was a new one coming out in the spring.

I liked it well enough. Read most of it in the last two days. And I think it picked up when I was focusing on it.

It is nice to visit with "old friends " even if it is with another author at the helm.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was excited to see another of the Hillerman mysteries come out, especially after reading the Anne Hillerman's first novel that followed her father's story line. However, this book did not live up to my expectations or the series. There are 2 separate stories going on, which isn't unusual. But the way the stories proceeded, or dragged around, made it difficult to follow either one. The conclusions, of course, came with a both stories having a connection. But that connection was awkward as was t ...more
Karen Cox
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Anne Hillerman, daughter of the great Tony Hillerman, continuing his stories of the Navajo Tribal Police, focusing on Jim Chee and his wife, the delightful Bernadette Manuelito. This one has the Manuelitos vacation to Monument Valley interrupted by a family issue, requiring Chee to continue to Utah and Manuelito to return to Shiprock, and from there proceeding with two separate stories. Hillerman has the same knack for setting that her father did, and the landscape is, ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Tony Hillerman fan so it pains me to say...Anne has already surpassed her father in just her second book.

She has Chee and Bernie working two different plotlines only to have them merge unexpectedly at the end. She keeps the level of "Who dunnit?" suspense high throughout the book while developing our favorite characters. What I liked best is that Anne has upped her game in including the native culture touches that made her dad's writing so enjoyable. She even includes a short Navajo gl
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Native American police work & life!
Rock With Wings is actually named Ship Rock, a natural stone formation found in the US area of Four Corners (This is where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, & Utah intersect.) Anna Hillerman’s Rock With Wings (A Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito Novel #20) is actually Ms. Hillerman’s 2nd novel continuing her father’s (Tony Hillerman) series, and I would like to add that the author is doing an excellent job. Rock With Wings begins with Officer Chee and his wife, Officer Manuelito anticipating a short geta ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I needed an easy peasy read after a very intense book, it was like slipping into well worn moccasins, always enjoy the southwest.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Some people stop reading a series that they read regularly after the original author has died. I'm one of those people who continues to read a series that's been taken over by another writer after the death of the original author if I liked the series. I sometimes think that the new writer is an improvement.

Anne Hillerman, the daughter of Tony Hillerman, is an improvement when she writes the perspective of Jim Chee's wife, Bernadette Manuelito. Bernie, as everyone calls her, is a Navajo Tribal P
John McDonald
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Anne Hllerman apparently tried to write Joe Leaphorn out of the Leaphorn-Chee adventures, but in the last page of the book, she has Leaphorn's voice tell us he's returning to the NNPD as a sort of consultant. I don't know why that reintroduction was made, but suspect that Anne Hillerman didn't have the same facility with the character as her father, Tony..
Unfortunately, far too much effort is made in this novel describing, without directly saying, the different, caring views of the world women s
Elaine Bougie
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This second of Anne Hillerman's books carrying the torch of her father's Navajo Reservation mysteries was better than the first, I feel. It touched more on the ways of The Dineh and reminded me more of Tony Hillerman's original treatment of the subject matter than the first book. I'm very happy about that, as the rather action-oriented feel of Spider Woman's Daughter made me a little uneasy, as though Anne Hillerman shifted the ground of Tony H's series a little away from the central and compell ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sargent Chee and his wife Bernie Manuelito planned a little vacation to the beautiful and iconic country of Monument Valley. They had an invitation to visit Chee's cousin and stay in his new hogan. Of course things didn't go as planned because Chee was asked to help local Navajo police with a large movie crew that was filming a zombie movie and Bernie had to go home to care for her mother. While they were separated they had to solve several mysteries and ask the help of the legendary Leaphorn, w ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a slow-moving book. The opening mystery with Bernie trying to figure out why the guy in the traffic stop is nervous about boxes of dirt is intriguing, but it fades to the background too often. The procedural protocol that comes into play when working among a host of law-enforcement agencies is both realistic and in part to blame for the slow development of this plot point, but the author diverts a lot of energy into the mother-good daughter-bad daughter subplot, and that also contributes ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I never write reviews for books that I haven't completed, but this is an exception. It is possible that I have read more banal writing sometime in the past, but I can't remember when that was. If this had been my introduction to Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito I would have never read another. Besides the utter banality of the dialogue, we are treated to the spectacle of Bernie assuming that 2 "shallow boxes of dirt" were being used for smuggling drugs. Really? How? Who would actually think that?

May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yea! "Rock With Wings" is the TWENTIETH book in the Navajo Mysteries series, and I am proud to say I have read them all. First with Tony Hillerman as my guide, and now his quite capable daughter, Anne Hillerman. Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, Bernie, Largo, Louisa, and all the others are in very capable hands.

Sorry, no spoilers here. You'll just have to read and enjoy your travels through the Navajo lands, like I do.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a joy to catch up with my favorite Navajo characters, Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and now, Bernie Manuelito. Thank you Anne for continuing this amazing mystery series begun by your Dad Tony Hillerman, many years ago. Loved it!
Tracey Sinclair
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A slightly unbelievable denouement, but other than that an enjoyable addition to the series. Anne Hillerman has shifted the focus slightly to Bernie and Chee, but the books are still as interesting.
Una Tiers
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Too many of the characters talk alike. The plot went too far to reach convoluted.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anne Hillerman had a 5 star read for this one until she lost me at the end. I liked her characters and her description of the setting was fabulous. I didn't mind her sending Chee and Bernie in two different directions. I thought she intertwined their storylines well. The wrap-up of Chee's case was handled well and I enjoyed the ending to his mysterious bones at the gravesite. Bernie's case was going well for me until the very end. It was a little too dramatic for my taste. But, I still enjoyed t ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rock with Wings is the second of Anne Hillerman's mysteries set in the Navajo nation, and continues her father's mysteries. While her first book in this series focused on Bernie Manuelito and less on Chee and Leaphorn, this story balances Manuelito and Chee to a greater degree. Like her first, a now-recovering Leaphorn, still reaches into the story with unexpected insights and solutions.

Rock with Wings continues to explore the differences between White and Navajo perspectives. In some ways this
Joe Bolin
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've read all of the Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mysteries and enjoyed them as much for the mystery and character development as for the beautiful setting. This latest installment, however, falls flat both as a mystery and as a novel; as a travelogue, perhaps it has virtue. The mystery is set up well early on and while there are only brief appearances by Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, developments with Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito are fun and natural. It's when it comes time to solve the ...more
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