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Cave of Bones

A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Series: Navajo Mysteries, Book 22
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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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

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Enjoyable story , well read!

I listened to this book straight through and was completely immersed in the story. The narration was very clear and well characterised..

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  • Jean
  • 17-06-2018

A Fun Trip to the Southwest

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 book which makes it fun to watch a writer grow. In this book Jim Chee is in Santa Fe at a training conference. Bernie Manuelito covers for a fellow officer to give a talk to a group of children on a camping trip. One of their leaders goes missing and Bernie is in for lots of work, danger and solving a mystery. Hillerman does a great job in describing the scenery and Navaho customs and spiritual beliefs. To me, this makes the story much more enjoyable. The book is well written and the plot twists and weaves about. The suspense builds but there is also some humor tossed into the story. I cannot wait for the next book. The book is a little over ten hours. Christina Delaine does an excellent job narrating the story. Delaine is an actress. She has won multiple Earphone Awards for her audiobook narrations.

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  • mouselicious
  • 30-05-2018

Delighted and Greatfull this series is thriving!

All I can say is AWESOME job, Anne! You kept the magic alive & thriving! Great storyline, educates, entertains and entrances. lovely epilogue to tie up the loose ends except why Mayfair put the datura in the cookies? I'm ready for the next in series!

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  • Andrew Pearson
  • 01-01-2019

Tried to like it but failed

I'm a big fan of Tony Hillerman and have tried to give Anne Hillerman a chance to continue the series but it's not working for me. Tony's characters carried their traditions along with intelligent insights. With Anne they now seem dull and slow witted. Combining that with the terrible narration, I found this a difficult book to complete. My wife listened to some of it and laughed at loud at the characters' dimwittedness.

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  • Sandy McMahon
  • 17-05-2018

Another Wonderful Hillerman Novel!

Anne Hillerman continues her father’s superb Manuelito, Chee and Leaphorn series of Navajo police mysteries. Taking the feminine perspective of Bernadette Manuelito, she adds extra personality and richness to her father’s stories. Highly respectful of Navajo culture and perspective, this book, like its predecessors, is a joy to experience.

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  • Baer
  • 02-08-2019

I wanted to kill myself

I love books about the southwest. And the Hillerman brand has consistently delivered. But, this one is like getting dentsl work done. Delivered in a monotone faking Navajo vocal patterns, this performance was more about Navajo rather than story delivery. I don't know if I can finish it.

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  • NOKWISA
  • 01-05-2019

HELP

This is the first Anne Hillerman book I have purchased and this is a Return to sender. The narration is horrid esp. the male voices. I did not expect her to duplicate her father's work but I was hoping for somewhere in the neighborhood. "Leaphorn and Chee" are just lightly salted in and a hook to get the $$.00. It is obvious that A. Hillerman cannot write these characters. Seems to me she is turning this series into 'Chick Lit' . I am a Chick and have read 'a bit' of that genre and I couldnt finish it. Not a Chick Lit fan. Miss Annie needs to drop the Chee & Leaphorn and get on with it. Develop her own character. Put some meat on her bones for crying out loud!

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  • lfleming
  • 26-10-2018

Irritating...

The narrator's overly dramatic reading and poor attempt to sound like the characters distracted from the story so much that I finished the book by reading it. I have read all the books in this series starting back with Tony Hillerman and really enjoy the detail and learning about the history of the area. I listen to books while I walk or drive a lot and I will choose other narrators in the future.

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  • Mouse
  • 20-04-2018

Little man

This is a great book to listen to the speaker acts out each voice and really adds to the plot The story is filled with different characters and plots for each solving The Who done it was challenging This book is a fantastic addition to the series!

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  • Ruth Ann
  • 13-04-2018

Not as good as her first two—

I really liked her first Bernie and Chee books but this one was hard to buy. For instance, I don’t believe for an instance experienced PD are unaware what death smells like. The overall story was a bit tedious too. I do hope she’ll continue writing these mysteries but hope that book 4 will be better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2018

New Mexicans with New York accents? Ugh!

I gave up listening as soon as I realized that someone made an extremely poor choice in selecting the narrator. Hillerman's books, like her father's, center and depend on and describe all aspects of their distinct regionalism. It's obvious from the first spoken words of this book that the narrator's region is provincial NYC and that she's probably not aware that people in the Southwest speak differently---and that the difference is important. This possibly excellent book absolutely requires a narrator who can speak "New Mexican"---that is, voice Navajos, New Mexican Hispanics, and Anglos, each group in its distinct and characteristic way ---accurately and who can pronounce Spanish words and names as New Mexicans do. I can't believe author Anne Hillerman is happy with this audiobook.

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