In keeping with the school year, every fall Murder Among Friends (MAF) picks a Literary Lion of the Mystery Genre to explore. This year we are doing this in a very special father/daughter way. Our Literary Lion is none other than the iconic Tony Hillerman. This month, we will be reading & discussing the very first of his books that introduces Navajo police officer Joe Leaphorn -- The Blessing Way.
Next month, we will be reading his daughter Anne's first Leaphorn/Chee novel -- and she will be calling in to discuss it and her father's works! So dig in this month and familiarize yourself with Tony, the Southwest cornerstone of mystery writing, and join us for The Blessing Way -- then join us again next month for Anne Hillerman's novel Spider Woman's Daughter and talk to the author about both her father's books and her own!
Tony Hillerman was well-known for his first-hand knowledge of Navajo traditions and ceremonies which he treats respectfully and uses brilliantly in both the Navajo Tribal Police stories that feature Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. These two lead characters came together to form one contiguous series that has recently been continued by Tony's daughter Anne.
In The Blessing Way, Lt. Joe Leaphorn of The Navajo Tribal Police discovers a corpse with a mouth full of sand at a crime scene seemingly without tracks or clues, he is ready to suspect a supernatural killer. Blood on the rocks...A body on the high mesa...Leaphorn must stalk the Wolf-Witch along a chilling trail between mysticism and murder.~courtesy of goodreads