Cave of Bones

Cave of Bones

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.

Title:Cave of Bones
ISBN:9780062391940
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About Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman's newest book,"Spider Woman's Daughter" debuted at number 10 on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel continues her father Tony Hillerman's popular Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn series. The book followed "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn," with photos by Don Strel of the country the renown mystery author visited in his novels. Her cookbook, "Santa Fe F


    Cave of Bones Reviews

  • Jean

    I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman’s books. When his daughter Anne, started writing, I began following her. She has big shoes to fill as Tony was a master storyteller. Anne has improved with each boo...

  • Alex Bledsoe

    Part of the attraction of a series is getting to know the writer’s personality as well as his characters. When that author dies and someone else steps in, at best you get a quality imitation, at wor...

  • The Book Shelf

    I read this while I was at the beach last week and I really enjoyed it. I have been a fan of the Hillerman universe for over twenty years. The characters are so well-developed and familiar that I feel...

  • Jeanne

    When Anne Hillerman took over the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Cree enterprise from her father, I wasn't thrilled (same with the Stieg Larsson/David Lagercrantz Lisbeth Salander series). Were the new books in the...

  • Lana

    I love that the author is carrying on her father's legacy and keeping these characters alive. I really enjoyed Rock with Wings and Spider Woman's Daughter - - so I was super excited and pre-ordered th...

  • Chris Conley

    Anne Hillerman continues to provide Bernie and Jim with opportunities to use their special gifts to solve interesting and baffling crimes. Their particular approach to these situations keeps Leaphorn...

  • Betty

    My thanks to the Meridian Library for my copy. This is The latest book in the long-term series of the Navajo tribe. Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives at an outpost to speak to a group...

  • Chris

    Officer Manuelito spends most of the book running back and forth between Grants and Shiprock. Lots of windshield time. She’s sent to the Malpais to give some at risk youth a speech but ends up getti...

  • Clare O'Beara

    This is the first I have read by Anne Hillerman, having enjoyed many of her father's books. I like that the focus here is on Officer Bernie Manuelito, married now to Jim Chee. Jim is off getting updat...

  • Judy Crudele

    I really like her books but she seems to focus more on Bernie than Jim Chee. I would like to see a better mixture of the two. With that said, I received this as a give-away and am grateful to the publ...