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(Leaphorn & Chee #24)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,180 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in this enthralling entry in New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman’s Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series, set amid the beautiful landscape of the American Southwest.

What begins as a typical day for Officer Bernadette Manuelito—serving a bench warrant, dealing with a herd of cattle obstructing traffic, and
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by Harper
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May 17, 2021 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews.

In this 24th book in the 'Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito' series, Officer Bernadette Manuelito juggles police investigations and family problems. The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the characters is a plus.


Dr. Steve Jones is an astronomer at New Mexico's Very Large Array (VLA) astronomical observatory, which studies
The stars are all aligned in this latest offering from Anne Hillerman.

Expansive skies reach over the tribal lands in central New Mexico. Officer Bernadette Manuelito of the Navajo Police receives an unexpected call from a friend. Leon is worried about his sister, Maya, who's gone missing. There's a deep connection here. Maya was Bernadette's roommate in college. But she and Maya seemed to go their separate ways when Maya married a young scientist, Steve Jones. The couple had a son, Junior, and m
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries, and his daughter Anne has carried on the tradition by adding a female officer, Bernadette Manuelito, to her father's characters, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Bernie's old college roommate, Maya, has confessed to murdering her ex-husband, an astronomer, but something seems off to Bernie. She is convinced that Maya is lying, but the case seems open and shut. Could Maya be lying to protect the real murderer? The Southwest landscape, a twisty plot ...more
Barb in Maryland
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The blurb says it all as far as the plot is concerned; I won't bother with a recap.

A few thoughts--
I sympathized so much with Bernie and Jim over their relationship troubles. It is never, ever, good to have your spouse as your boss. No wonder Bernie was willing to get involved with Maya's case. It gave her a chance to put some physical, job-related, distance between herself and Jim.

I thought the mystery was well done. I certainly didn't figure out who did the deed until the final confrontation.
Chuck Tulloh
I had said about Cave of Bones that the Anne Hillerman books aren't really Leaphorn and Chee books any more, and it's true here too. Early in the book Manuelito is interviewing an admitted murderer along with Chee (in a rare in person appearance in the book) when Chee as her boss has to admonish her for stepping outside professionalism in her interface with the prisoner (who also happens to be a former friend) by chipping away at the facts and confession. Oopsie. No lawyer present and as a resul ...more
The Library Lady
Hillerman Fille's Leaphorn and Chee books have smoothly continued the adventures of the Navajo police force. As I may have mentioned before, moving the prime focus to Officer Bernie Manuelito gives Hillerman a chance to continue to use her father's characters, but to tell the stories with a female voice. Nicely done. ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I'd give it 3&1/2 stars. ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 24th book in the Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito series & I have read every one. I am so glad that Anne Hillerman decided to continue her father’s well loved series, and though their styles are slightly different, the stories are still filled with the spirt & characters that make me enjoy them so much.
Mike Reinking
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another nice visit to Hillerman Country

Enjoyable mystery with all kinds of moving parts. Glad that Chee, Leaphorn, and Manuelito are all back together again. A fun read.
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I was both relieved and nervous when Anne Hillerman began writing new volumes in the Leaphorn-Chee-Manuelito series started by her father. Stargazer is, I think, the best of these new additions. The characters are every bit as complex and rich as they ever were. I particularly appreciate the growth in number and depth of female characters.

The mystery here is "who killed the astronomer?" His ex-wife has confessed to the crime, but Officer Bernadette Manuelito, who has known her since their childh
Roberta Young
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
This is my first book by Anne Hillerman. I have read a number of the other written by her father. I enjoyed the book and the high standard she has maintained. I like the introduction of the female central character and additional female characters/ The plot was strong and the twists to keep things interesting. I am going to find and read her other books.
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So loved being back in Navaho country with Officer Bernie and Sargent Chee and Lieutinant Leaphorn. It is always a learning place plus a good mystery. Thanks again, Anne for continuing this series and for bringing Bernie front and center. Looking forward to visiting the VLA, Karl G Jansky Very Large Array and learning more about the study of the galaxy. And beyond.
Kathy Holland
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and Bernadette Manuelito Navajo police series!! I am so grateful to Anne Hillerman for continuing the series after the death of her father. I love the intertwining of detective work with the Navajo spiritual world.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first learned of Chee and Leaphorn on the PBS series, and then discovered the book series by Tony Hillerman. I am glad to see Anne continuing the series, with a natural progression to Bernie Manuelito as the main character.The characters are well-written and the mystery was excellent. I learn more about the Navajo culture and area with each of these books. I loved this story! The balance between the mystery, the characters, and the setting were perfect! The mention of the missing women and abu ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I persist in enjoying these books, despite my growing wish that they were written by a Native author instead. I appreciate that Hillerman is taking the stories further away from Navaho religious practices and concentrating more and more on the authentic lives of her characters -- it's interesting to see where they go with their various relationships to law enforcement and each other and to the greater New Mexico community. A solid addition to the series.

Advanced Readers' Copy provided by Edelwe
Jay Ruud
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This latest novel in the venerable Leaphorn-Chee-Manuelito mystery series came out on April 13, 2021, and if you’re a fan of the series, you need to get hold of this one—and if you’re not, why not?

Tony Hillerman was an award-winning author of the first 18 novels in this series that introduced not only Navajo police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee to the reading public, but also filled the New York Times best-selling novels with fascinating details of southwestern Native American cu
Marilyn Fontane
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Stargazer by Anne Hillerman is her 6th book continuing her father, Tony Hillerman's, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series of Navaho mysteries, which she succeeds in doing by having added Chee's wife, Bernie Manuelito, to the Navaho police force. She, of course, focuses through Bernie, but is able to keep the wonderful setting, and the two original characters. It was 50 years ago that her father first brought the series to life, and I have enjoyed it all the way through the 24 books--18 from Tony and ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all 24 books of this series in order. The series, first written by Tony Hillerman and then continued by his daughter Anne, follows the personal lives and law enforcement careers of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito in New Mexico.

Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in this novel set amid the beautiful landscape of the American Southwest.

I highly recommend this series to all readers of police procedurals and Native American stories.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book with the setting in the Navajo Nation. I have visited New Mexico and Arizona several times and enjoyed the different cities and settings in this book like Shiprock and Grants. It seems more real since I have been there. I liked the lady police investigating the murder. Plus one of the suspects was a third grade teacher, and I was a third grade teacher too. I enjoy reading about the stars too which play a role in this book.
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was a huge fan of this Tony Hillerman series and I have become a huge fan of Anne Hillerman's efforts to carry on the legacy...Great characters, settings, cultural sensitivity and a huge improvement in the plotting of a mystery...Bernie Manuelito old college roommate has confessed to murdering her ex-husband, but things just don't add up. Somethings off...Pages fly by as the mystery unfolds Good Stuff!!! ...more
Garlan ✌
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another really good novel from Anne Hillerman. Its a quick read with all the usual protagonists and a few interesting antagonists. It has a good storyline and the characters are all believable. A solid 4 star read.
Diane McKenzie
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anne continues her father's legacy of writing about Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie with the same attention to detail about the land and culture of our Native American's in New Mexico. Bernie takes the lead with several criminal cases as Chee is substituting for Captain Largo. Leaphorn continues his private investigation as well as being a very sound counsel for both Chee and Bernie. ...more
Becky Abbott
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stargazer by Anne Hillerman is a welcome continuation of her Bernie Manuelito books. I learn something new each time I read another of these books and it is good to get the female side of the Navajo culture. Having read this one in one sitting, I can only look forward to the next one. Mystery & Thriller
The body of Steve Jones, an astronomer at the world-famous VLA Institute in Central New Mexico, is found on the Navajo Indian Reservation, outside of New Mexico state jurisdiction. The cause of death, a single gunshot wound to the head, is clear. Maya Williams, the victim’s former wife, confesses to the crime.

According to the law, the case is turned over to the Navajo County Police. Deputy Bernadette Manuelito, the wife of Sgt. Jim Chee, takes the call. When Bernie follows up, she realizes that
Kat Lebo
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒛𝒆𝒓, #24
by Anne Hillerman

Sigh. I've read all of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn & Chee series, and have faithfully followed Anne Hillerman's continuation of her father's series. I think this will be the last I will read.

This decision came about after careful thought and review of a couple of her father's books in this series. It's not because there is a flaw in the plotting or in the pace, or in the amount of action, proofing, editing, and so on. It's simply because this has, from the first one
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This seems almost unbelievable, but it’s been 51 years since Tony Hillerman published his first Joe Leaphorn novel, The Blessing Way. The books are now such revered classics I was hesitant when I picked up Anne Hillerman’s first book, thinking there was no way she could continue the work of her father. But Ms. Hillerman has made the series her own. The central character is neither Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee, but Bernadette (Bernie) Manuelito, giving the series an entirely new flavor.

Bernie and Che
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Stargazer by Anne Hillerman is a truly spellbinding mystery. This twenty-fourth addition to the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend the previous installments as well.

Officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito makes a horrifying discovery when she tries to find the owners of wandering livestock. After knocking on the door of the house, she begins hearing noises that she is compelled to investigate. Once inside, Bernie finds a woman who has be
Mark Jochim
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't really write reviews but I really wanted to comment on this novel....

I began reading Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries more than 30 years ago, shortly before I moved to New Mexico. His descriptions of of the wonderful landscapes and of the traditions of the Diné were one of three things that motivated me to move to the Southwest from the Kansas City area (the others being an ill-fated university "field trip" of sorts that took in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and -- best of all -- a day a
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Stargazer is the 24th book in the Leaphorn & Chee (& Manuelito) series started by Tony Hillerman and capably continued by his daughter Anne. Released 13th April 2021 by HarperCollins on their Harper imprint, it's 336 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive form
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This is called a Leaphorn and Chee book, but Anne Hillerman does not really continue the series made famous by her father Tony Hillerman. She instead focuses on Bernie Manuelito, a Navajo police officer who is married to a Jim Chee. Lieutenant Leaphorn is long retired, but still makes appearances. Jim Chee, who I really liked from the original series, is not utilized in Anne’s books. I find that disappointing. In this Manelito book, Bernie is called upon to help with the investigation into the d ...more
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Other books in the series

Leaphorn & Chee (1 - 10 of 24 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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