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The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel    by Anne Hillerman order for
Tale Teller
by Anne Hillerman
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Harper, 2019 (2019)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Readers always know that when they have a book written by Anne Hillerman, they are in for a good read. Hillerman picks up the characters from her father's books and runs with them - Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito. I won't tell you how much Hillerman writes like her father Tony. My mother always said that comparisons are odious. I will tell you that you will not be disappointed.

Joe Leaphorn is no longer a tribal policeman for the Navajo Nation. But he has gotten tangled in the disappearance of a priceless artifact he is expected to find this priceless traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. The main suspect is discovered dead under mysterious circumstances. Then Leaphorn receives warnings to beware; witchcraft is afoot!

While Leaphorn struggles with a possible murder and the missing Navajo artifact, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito are on the trail of those responsible for a rash of burglaries. As investigations of both cases continue, it becomes apparent they overlap.

I found the story fascinating because of all the lore I learned about the history of the Navajo as well as their way of living today and their tribal beliefs all woven into a really fine book. Don't miss it.

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