Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman is another brilliant episode in the Leaphorn and Chee series started by Tony Hillerman. Hillerman’s daughter picks up the Navajo Tribal Police saga and makes it her own. She brings Officer Bernadette Manuelito to the forefront of the crime-solving team.
Sergeant Jim Chee heads to Santa Fe for special training and a mystery concerning his sister-in-law. Bernie agrees to what should be a quick and easy talk to at-risk teens. When one of the group leaders goes missing, Officer Manuelito confronts a web of grave robbing, antiquities fraud, and murder.
Set in the captivating El Malpais area of New Mexico, Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman evokes fond memories. I have enjoyed many hours of hiking and camping in the badlands. Familiar trails and scenery bring the story to life and add excitement for me.
I like how Leaphorn continues to play a significant role. He got shot in the head in Spider Woman’s Daughter and is still recovering. Oops! Didn’t know that Joe Leaphorn nearly died in Officer Manuelito’s arms?
As if Bernadette doesn’t have enough going on taking care of her elderly mother and misbehaving sister. Then there’s that husband of hers: Jim Chee. That’s right, Jim didn’t marry Janet what’s-her-name after all. It’s time to catch up with these great characters. Follow them through new adventures as they continue to solve mysteries on the Navajo Reservation.