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Publisher's Summary

“A fine legacy series...in the spirit of her late father, Tony.” (Booklist)

An ancient mystery resurfaces with ramifications for the present day in this gripping chapter in the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series from New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman.

Sergeant Jim Chee’s vacation to beautiful Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell has a deeper purpose. He’s on a quest to unravel a sacred mystery his mentor, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, stumbled across decades earlier. 

Chee’s journey takes a deadly turn when, after a prayerful visit to the sacred Rainbow Bridge, he spots a body floating in the lake. The dead man, a Navajo with a passion for the canyon’s ancient rock art, lived a life filled with many secrets. Discovering why he died and who was responsible involves Chee in an investigation that puts his own life at risk. 

Back in Shiprock, Officer Bernadette Manuelito is driving home when she witnesses an expensive sedan purposely kill a hitchhiker. The search to find the killer leads her to uncover a dangerous chain of interconnected revelations involving a Navajo Nation cannabis enterprise. 

But the evil that is unleashed jeopardizes her mother and sister Darleen and puts Bernie in the deadliest situation of her law enforcement career. 

©2022 Anne Hillerman (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Performance almost ruined the story

As usual, Ann Hillerman delivers a wonderful slice of the world of the Southwest with her latest Chee/Manuelito novel. Unfortunately, her beautiful descriptions of landscape, people, and activities, were ruined by the narrator. The narrator repeatedly mispronounced simple words, such as Manuelito, and her phrasing Was not consistent. She sounded like someone reading aloud for the first time. The only characters who sounded like Navajo were the elders, Everyone else could have been from anywhere.
I found these things very jarring and distracting, especially considering The excellence of the previous narrator.

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Totally Bad

you've made chee and Bernadette sound and act like white city folks. No one on the rez speaks like that...

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Needed Christina Delaine as narrator!

Hard to finish, narration is that bad! It's getting old, two story's, one with Chee, the other with Manuelito, never shall they merge until the end with a kiss and a miss you on their lips.

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Poor reading

The reading is very weak. It mostly sounds like someone reading out of a book. She uses a strange almost slurred southern accent, not at all the inflection used in the southwest. This is very disappointing and really ruins the book.

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Where is Christine Delaine?

Please bring back Christine Delaine. This narrator was ok but Christine really makes the story sound authentic

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Another good book from Anne Hillerman.
Lots of desert stuff, which I really like- cave
art, artifacts showing up as a great reservoir
losses so much water.-all good stuff.
And some murders. Interesting people
in an interesting place.

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Not George Guidall

Story was ok, not quite as good as her fathers, but ok. For me the main problem was the narrator. Little to no differentiation between characters. Pronounced many words incorrectly. She gets credit for trying to pronounce the Navajo words correctly, but she had to stop and gear up to do it. Big effort.

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I wish I had time to actually read!

Didn't like the narration at all. Is it Chee or Shee(narrator version). It was hard to listen to but hopefully, someday, I can read it instead. If Anne Hillerman tells me Jim Chee is pronounced Jim Shee, then I won't be gritting my teeth all the time.

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Great story as always!

And although this narrator was better than the last book… please please bring back Christine Delaine!!!

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Bernie*Chee*Lake Powell*Marijuana

I am a fan of Tony Hillerman stories and enjoy the continued stories by Anne.

Main characters are well developed…enjoyed the two story lines in the Sacred Bridge interspersed with current Lake Powell and marijuana farms in the SW and the “issues” surrounding Native history, water, monetizing and greed.

Performance detracted and made storyline difficult to follow, which in addition to a seriously laborious first couple of chapters almost had me do a full stop.

Having faith (and a long car ride;-) I continued learning interesting facts about Lake Powell and marijuana farms.

I look forward to the next installment of Bernie and Chee personal and professional growth. And, I hope for a better “performance”, or I will need to save for a long ride with no other readily available options!

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