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The Tale Teller

4 ratings

Summary

Legendary Navajo policeman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn takes center stage in this riveting, atmospheric mystery from New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman that combines crime, superstition, and tradition and brings the desert Southwest vividly alive.  Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact - a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware - witchcraft is afoot.  While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI.  As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge...and offer an unexpected opportunity that opens a new chapter in Bernie’s life.

©2019 Anne Hillerman (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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Spider Woman's Daughter

3 ratings

Summary

Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of best-selling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman's Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere. Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.

©2013 Anne Hillerman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Song of the Lion

3 ratings

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A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the best-selling author of Spider Woman's Daughter and Rock with Wings. When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multimillion-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes. Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police's investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge. Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved best-selling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.

©2017 Anne Hillerman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Rock with Wings

3 ratings

Summary

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 best-selling 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, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley. Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land. Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.

©2015 Anne Hillerman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Cave of Bones

1 rating

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New York Times best-selling 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 a onetime 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.

©2018 Anne Hillerman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Un matin sur la terre

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À quoi peuvent songer trois soldats dans le petit matin glacial du 11 novembre 1918, à l'aube d'un armistice dont ils ne savent rien encore ? Un fils de notaire du Périgord, un instituteur du pays cathare et un ouvrier parisien qui n'auraient jamais dû se rencontrer, trois hommes jetés dans l'enfer et qui se raccrochent désespérément au souvenir de leur vie d'avant pour ne pas sombrer. Les yeux fermés, ils se souviennent de ces heures de paix lumineuses qui donnaient un sens à l'amour et à l'insouciance. L'ordre arrive enfin : le cessez-le-feu interviendra à 11 heures. Si près de la délivrance, Pierre, Ludovic et Jean imaginent l'émotion de leurs femmes, de leurs enfants, de tous ceux qui les attendent au pays et se réjouissent sûrement de leur retour prochain. Encore quelques heures à tenir, et la vie sera si belle... Cinq heures, une éternité, où leur destin va se jouer. Ce n'est pas un livre sur la guerre qu'a voulu écrire Christian Signol mais un livre sur l'enfance, l'amour, l'aspiration au bonheur, les tragédies et les miracles de l'existence. Un roman terrible et merveilleux. Comme la vie. "C'était avant que la vie nous emporte, avant que je comprenne vraiment ce qui se passait là, dans le secret des arbres, le murmure de l'eau, le parfum des herbes et cette lumineuse enfance qui me faisait tellement battre le cœur." Une île sur la Dordogne. Un monde aquatique, poétique et mystérieux, propice aux rêves, un refuge. C'est là que vivent Bastien et sa famille. L'eau et la rivière sont leur univers, un paradis qui les fait vivre et les enchante, jour après jour. Mais si la guerre ne parvient pas à en briser l'harmonie, tout se dissout pourtant peu à peu, sauf le souvenir du bonheur, de l'enfance éternelle. Une histoire universelle qui évoque le Giono du Chant du monde. Jamais Christian Signol n'avait suggéré avec autant de sensibilité et de nostalgie la fuite du temps, le passage à l'âge adulte et la splendeur de la nature. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2007 Éditions Albin Michel (P)2008 Éditions VDB

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Stargazer

Summary

Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in this enthralling entry in New York Times best-selling 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 stumbling across a crime scene - takes an unexpected twist when she’s called to help find an old friend. Years ago, Bernie and Maya were roommates, but time and Maya’s struggles with addiction drove them apart. Now Maya’s brother asks Bernie to find out what happened to his sister. Tracing Maya’s whereabouts, Bernie learns that her old friend had confessed to the murder of her estranged husband, a prominent astronomer. But the details don’t align. Suspicious, Bernie takes a closer look at the case only to find that nothing is as it seems. Uncovering new information about the astronomer’s work leads Bernie to a remote spot on the Navajo Nation and a calculating killer. The investigation causes an unexpected rift with her husband and new acting boss, Jim Chee, who’s sure Bernie’s headed for trouble. While she’s caught between present and past, Chee is at a crossroads of his own. Burdened with new responsibilities he didn’t ask for and doesn’t want, he must decide what the future holds for him and act accordingly.  Can their mentor Joe Leaphorn - a man also looking at the past for answers to the future - provide the guidance both Bernie and Chee need? And will the Navajo heroes who stud the starry sky help them find justice - and the truth they seek?

©2021 Anne Hillerman (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Darrell Dennis
Length: 12 hrs
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