The Tale Teller

Harper. (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito, Bk. 5). Apr. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9780062391957. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062391971. M
OrangeReviewStarHillerman (Cave of Bones) presents the fifth in her series featuring retired Navajo policeman Joe Leaphorn and officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito. Each is investigating a crime within the Navajo Nation. As a favor to a friend, Leaphorn is looking into the disappearance of a priceless, sacred artifact, a traditional dress dating back to the Long Walk, when the Navajo were forcibly removed from their homeland. A series of robberies and a shooting are the focus for Chee. And Manuelito becomes entangled with the FBI when she discovers a body while on a running trail. Mysterious deaths, lies, and secrets plague the investigators. Nevertheless, their diligent efforts uncover clues that assist them in unraveling each of the cases, and all are guided by the history and culture of the Navajo.
VERDICT Hillerman's writing becomes stronger with every new installment in the series, deepening the development of each character. Fans will be intrigued by the intertwining stories that keep them guessing. The picturesque Southwest, as well as the history of the Navajo, come through on each page.
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