Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

Reviewed by Mary Alice Gorman
Hardcover April 2017

I’m crazy about how adeptly Anne Hillman transforms the best selling series of her late father into a very contemporary mystery series featuring a woman Navajo Tribal cop Bernadette Manuelito married to Jim Chee and admirer of the tired Joe Leaphorn. Catch Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings before feasting on the latest, Song of the Lion. I read this during the hot summer of protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota and the simmering complaints by the Standing Rock Souix Tribe about water safety and the destruction of sacred burial grounds. This third mystery features the moral dilemmas in the encroaching civilization the the land and life of theNative American tribes. This one is a great mystery but the question is left unsolved for another day.