Review: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

Note: I’m going out-of-town for a couple of weeks and I don’t know that I will have internet very much. I have a few posts I’ve scheduled, but I probably won’t get to check my blog very often. I was just starting to finally answer some of the comments people have posted and visit a few blogs, but that may not happen again very soon.

Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

Series: Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #21

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Setting: Arizona and New Mexico and the Grand Canyon

Source: Audiobook, Library

Narrator: Christina Delaine

Publishing Date: 2017

293 pages; 10 hours, 12 minutes

Synopsis: A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer in this riveting Southwestern mystery from the bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. 

My thoughts

I’ve read the Leaphorn & Chee books written by the late Tony Hillerman for years, but this book is written by his daughter, Anne Hillerman, and it’s the first book I’ve read by her. I was a little worried when I saw she was continuing the series, but I loved this book. I feel it’s a great continuation of the series and I’m very happy she has written more books in this series.

There are earlier books I haven’t read (by both Hillermans) so I’m going back and reading some of those. Some things have obviously happened in these books that I haven’t read about yet!

The Grand Canyon

This is a really good mystery involving environmental issues and development in the Grand Canyon area. Lots of different groups want to weigh in on the issue of building a hotel near the Grand Canyon. Different Indian tribes may have different views as well as the many different views of the non-Indians. When the mediator’s car is bombed and someone dies the questions abound. Was the bomber killed? Is this ecoterrorism? Is the mediator in danger?

This is a part of the United States I love so I always enjoy books that take place in the Southwest. I think the book does a good job showing the beauty of that part of the country.

Bernie Manuelito

It was so fun to read about Manuelito as well as Leaphorn and Chee. I like that the narrator for Anne Hillerman’s books are narrated by a woman. That makes me feel Manuelito is getting equal billing with Leaphorn and Chee . (The cover of this book says “A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel” even though Goodreads doesn’t show that with their listing.) I like the way the three of them work together deciphering clues and depending on each other. It’s a really good mystery and I can’t wait to read more. And I like the part the lion plays in the story!


I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narrator–Christina Delaine. She did a great job with the different voices. A lot of the voices were male and I always thought they were male. Now I want to read and/or listen to more books in this series very soon!

My Rating: B+

Narrator Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Reading Challenges

Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge hosted by the POPSUGAR website — A book with an animal in the title

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

dead-heatDead Heat
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2015
E-book, purchased
336 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

She’d learned to argue from her father, a very good lawyer. “Let them argue themselves into your court if you can manage it,” he’d told her. “They’ll do a better job of convincing themselves than you ever could.”


“But that is the dual gift of love, isn’t it? The joy of greeting and the sorrow of goodbye.”


  • I enjoyed this latest installment about Charles and Anna. It deals with love, family, friendship, aging, death.
  • I like how the relationship is growing stronger and stronger between Charles and Anna.
  • The Fae continue to play a big part in the series–more so now that they have withdrawn from human society.
  • We see more and more just how scary and alien the Fae are.
  • I like the way Ms. Briggs uses Charles’ age in this series. He has lived a long time even though he still appears young. He’s seen many friends die and it’s very hard for him to see another friend who is old and sick. He wants to ignore that part of life. But when he’s faced with this he also is strong and knows he can’t interfere with death and a friend’s wishes.
  • I loved seeing the horses in the story. I grew up around Quarter horses not Arabians, but I’ve always been fascinated with Arabians. And what a wonderful birthday present for Anna that Charles wants to buy an Arabian for her!
  • The U.S. government is involved with werewolves now that they are public knowledge. The Fae lived on reservations for quite some time and it was easy to underestimate them, but now the government is learning that was an error. There is, of course, lots of politics involved in the interactions with the paranormal creatures and the government.


  • None!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I love these two urban fantasy series and am always sad when I’m caught up with the series and have to wait for the next book. . . LOL.
  • I think I enjoy the Mercy Thompson series a little more, but really it’s more of a dead heat(!)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children and horses. She began her writing career writing traditional fantasy (which is also very good) before switching to urban fantasy in 2006.
  • She is now writing two urban fantasy series which take place in the same world, but with slightly different though sometimes overlapping characters. The Mercy Thompson series takes place mostly in Washington State; the Alpha & Omega series mostly in Montana. Events in both series are causing more overlap in the two series which is great!

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge