Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #4)

Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series #4)

by Anne Hillerman


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New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062391926
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 101,858
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several nonfiction books and the New York Times bestselling novel Spider Woman's Daughter, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Cave of Bones 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Mr. Hillermans books for many years and was not sure MS. HIllerman could carry this off. She did and wrote a really good book peopled with characters we love. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every book in this series beginning with the original Tony Hillerman books. All wonderful books. And now I have read all of Anne Hillermans continuation of the series and cannot wait for the next book. Her latest book (Cave of Bones) is wonderful. I loved every word. The books vivid descriptions of the rugged New Mexico landscape and the Navajo people make me want to plan another trip to visit the locations described in this novel. Loved it!!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
WhistleTooth 10 months ago
Very Good. Still lots of mystery around the Volcanic Lava Malpias. The weather is just as unpredictable. Description of life in the area varys at least as much as Anne Hillerman writes. One can drive ten minutes to an hour from the Malpias and step back in history between five minutes and a thousand years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hillermans both have described this wild country beautifully, and the mysteries they set in it are always spellbinding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the same realm as her father
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and feels like friends not just characters telling the tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, right from the start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Hillerman has really picked up where her father Tony Hillerman left off, but with a feminine edge. Story lines are well crafted and totally enjoyable.
lhill82125 More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I have read a book by Anne Hillerman and I really enjoyed it. It was so full of who done its that it kept you guessing. I love to read about the Native American history and folklore. I am sure I will be reading this author again! Thank you Anne!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading.Been to NE W MEXICO and was able to revisit thru book
Casey07 More than 1 year ago
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman which is published by Harper Collins.  I have posted a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages. I read this book as I have read all of Anne Hillerman's fiction books. Like her other books it is billed as a Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito novel, but the primary focus is on Deputy Manuelito. She continues the Hillerman family tradition of writing a story that is rich in Navajo history and culture along with vivid description of the four corners region where the action takes place. This one also deals with the sale of stolen artifacts and politics on the reservation. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Tony/Anne Hillerman novels or someone who wants to learn more about the Navajo reservation area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb Hillerman. Always enjoyable. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got bored at repetition in first half, but book got more interesting and moved faster in second half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Favorite series, I always look forward to more.