First Paragraph: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

I’m so glad that Anne Hillerman is continuing the series her late father, Tony Hillerman, started. Its so enjoyable to keep up with the adventures of Jim Chee and his wife, Bernie Manuelito and even Joe Leaphorn. Here’s how the newest book in the series begins:


Chapter One

Navajo Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito stood in the lobby of the Shiprock High School gym, fondly known as the Chieftain Pit of Pain, trying to decide if she should buy a hot dog or a Frito pie from the booster’s stand. Despite the decibel level produced by more than a thousand fans screaming and stomping on the bleachers, she recognized the new sound even as she felt the building shake.

In Bernie’s mind, the noise from the parking lot changed everything. She nudged back her panic and hurried toward the exit, pushing through a few folks also hoping to leave the building. They sensed danger and wanted to escape; she headed toward it.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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8 Responses to First Paragraph: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

  1. What a tribute to her father – yes, although I haven’t read the original series because who can resist someone that walks towards danger rather than away from it?

  2. emma says:

    I have never read Hillerman though I have heard good things. It will be interesting to see how his daughter taking up the mantle is taken – sounds like this is well from your post.

  3. This series has a huge following. It’s nice it will continue and stay in the family, so to speak.

  4. Kay says:

    OK, yes, I’ll certainly be reading this one. I’ve read the first in her series and I thought I had already read the second, but apparently not. Here’s something fun – I met Anne Hillerman at Malice Domestic and got to talk with her for a few minutes. So fun! Told her my mystery group read the first in her series and we were very pleased with how she is continuing her Dad’s characters and also putting her own spin on them. Enjoy, Margot!!

  5. I’m a big fan of Tony Hillerman (and Jim Chee), and I’m delighted that his daughter is continuing his books. I’ll definitely read this one.
    My Tuesday post features A Memory of Violets.

  6. I’ve been meaning to read this series. I like how the detective heads toward the danger.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  7. Diane says:

    I’ve never tied this father/daughter authors but, it sounds good.

  8. Nise' says:

    Hope the continuation of the series is good!

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