Anne Hillerman reunites her crime-fighting trio in this fictional tale of murder, astronomy, and a magical sacred site. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
ANNE HILLERMAN REUNITES HER FICTIONAL CRIME-FIGHTING TRIO of Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and Joe Leaphorn for an intricate tale of murder, astronomy, and a magical sacred site in Stargazer (Harper). The 24th novel in a series begun by her late father, the beloved Tony Hillerman, this is Anne’s sixth installment, and it deepens our admiration of “Bernie,” her creation. (I’m rooting for a little Manuelito-Chee to appear in the next book.) Besides the Navajo Nation, the tale dips into Socorro, Magdalena, the Very Large Array, and the Alamo and To’Hajiilee bands of the tribe. I won’t give away anything else but this: It’s a great summer read.