Spider Woman's Daughter

Hillerman, Anne

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Spider Woman's Daughter
"Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth-- and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course" -- from publisher's web page.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062270481
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 07, 2014
  • marciarayboston rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm so thankful for Anne Hillerman! I have been missing the Tony Hillerman characters and you can only reread books so many times. She carries on quite satisfyingly and I look forward to her next installment.

Aug 07, 2014
  • Emarly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you read and liked the Tony Hillerman books, read this. She does an excellent job carrying on where her father left off. She keeps the same voice and characters.

Aug 06, 2014
  • Tinamarie78 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you liked Tony Hillerman, you will enjoy this book.

Apr 02, 2014
  • LT rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Spider Woman's Daughter was OK, but Anne Hillerman doesn't have the flow or grace of her father when it comes to writing fiction. Dialogue is often stilted.

Mar 09, 2014

I didn't realize Tony Hillerman's daughter had written a novel until I spied this on the Recent Arrivals shelf of the library, and, as a big fan, of course I couldn't pass it by. I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Hillerman's fresh take on the characters her father created. She offers a more feminine perspective, particularly through the eyes of Bernadette Manuelito, and builds upon the histories of the characters. I've read other series that have had new authors, and been disappointed with the drastic changes the successors made. Not in this case, however. Critics here are taking Anne to task for not being exactly the same as her father, this is not only unfair, it is ridiculous to assume she would be. I applaud her for her effort to honor her father not by continuing his work, but by continuing to find her own voice.

Feb 21, 2014
  • nerowolfgal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely not up to Tony Hillerman's writing style. Not the same feel at all or the same take on the characters and landscape.

Dec 23, 2013
  • pfcpat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I just finished the book, "Spider Woman's Daughter," by Anne Hillerman, the daughter of Tony Hillerman who died in 2008. I'd say that this book is very nearly as good as his novels were about the Navajo Tribal Police. She's also a gifted writer. The Hillerman "Leaphorn and Chee" novels are extremely well-written mysteries that are accurate in depicting the Navajo culture and beliefs. I did like the way the new author depicted the women in the book. She gives the reader a new perspective on law enforcement from the female point of view. Yes, this is different from her father's work, but I don't see it as a negative. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The ending may have been more obvious to the reader than it would have been in her father's novels. But that wasn't a huge drawback to me. As to it being a travelogue, I kind of enjoyed that part. It didn't detract from the story, in my opinion.

Dec 21, 2013

She is definitely not up to her father‘s calibre and read at times like a travel book. Will not continue with her.

Nov 25, 2013
  • LaughingOne rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I could definitely tell this wasn't written by Tony Hillerman. There was a bigger focus on a female character (Bernie) and there were what I would call "feminine touches" throughout the book -- what is noticed by the main characters and how these things are described. Parts of it seemed more like a travelogue than descriptions that contributed to the plot. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the story. And I think I'm okay with Anne Hillerman writing another book for the series her father created.


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Jun 27, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You can't shoot Joe Leaphorn and try to fry up a couple more cops without getting some attention.

Jun 27, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some say everything natural on this mother earth is sacred.


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