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Native American Mysteries
If you like Tony Hillerman's Native American Mysteries you might like to try...
Coyote Wind . . . Specimen Song. . . Cruzatte and Maria
Peter Bowen's Montana mysteries illuminate the history of the Metis, descendants of indigenous Canadian tribes and the French and Scottish voyageurs. Gabriel Du Pre, a hardliving Metis cattle brand inspector and fiddler of considerable skill, is Bowen's colorful and somewhat reluctant sleuth.
The Eagle Catcher . . . The Ghost Walker . . . The Spirit Woman . . . Killing Raven . . . The Drowning Man
Wyoming, Wind River Reservation mysteries with Arapaho lawyer, Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley
JAMES D. DOSS
The Shaman Sings . . . The Shaman Laughs . . . Grandmother Spider . . . The Witch's Tongue . . . Stone Butterfly
With Southern Colorado Ute lawman, Charlie Moon, his shaman aunt, Daisy Perika, and policeman, Scott Parris.
The Grandfather Medicine . . . Ghostland . . . Masked Dancers
Buckskin, Oklahoma mysteries with half-Cherokee Police Chief Mitchell Bushyhead and deputy, Virgil Rabbit.
Readers are often surprised Tony Hillerman is not himself a Navajo, so extensive is his knowledge and so feeling is his portrayal of native culture and history in his mystery series featuring Tribal Police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and officer Jim Chee. Fans will gain even more appreciation of the author in reading his memoir: Seldom Disappointed.
The series begins with The Blessing Way
and is followed by:
Dance Hall of the Dead
People of Darkness
A Thief of Time
The Jim Chee Mysteries (People of Darkness,
The Dark Wind and The Ghostway)
The Fallen Man
The First Eagle
J. A. JANCE
Hour of the Hunter
The widow of a man accused of murdering a young Indian woman has attempted to find peace in working with young Native American children when she herself is threatened by a vicious killer. She enlists the help of a Papago wise woman and local police in this atmospheric mystery full of the tradition and legend of the Tohono O'othham Indians of Arizona.
Lakota Saul Blue Sky's commitment to preserving sacred burial grounds on his property has placed him in conflict with local gaming interests and the townspeople of Bear Coat, South Dakota. When a man is found dead on Saul's property, civil liberties lawyer, Nate Rosen, is called on to defend him on a charge of murder.
MARDI OAKLEY MEDAWAR
Death at Rainy Mountain . . . Murder at Medicine Lodge . . .
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigator Emmett Quanah Parker, a Comanche detective with a troubled past, and rookie FBI Special Agent, Anna Turnipseed, A Modoc, investigate a murder in a section of the Grand Canyon controlled by the Havasupai nation.
Latest in series: Spirit Sickness
Listen to the Silence
On the death of her father, private eye Sharon McCone, is confronted with the mystery surrounding her own birth. When her mother refuses to reveal her birth parents, Sharon's quest to uncover her identity leads her to ancestral Shoshone lands in Montana and great personal danger.
Vanishing Act . . . Dance for the Dead . . . Shadow Woman. . . Blood Money
Seneca Indian, Jane Whitefield, surgeon's wife and professional guide, helps people disappear using skills of her native ancestors.
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand
The use of forbidden witchcraft is suspected in the brutal slaying of Bernadette Lefthand, a beautiful and spirited
young wife and mother of Jicarilla Apache and Pueblo origins. More than a mystery, this moving tale explores the origin of evil in human affairs.
A medical mystery and a story of a clash of cultures set on Navajo lands in New Mexico.
A Cold Day for Murder
In this first mystery in the series, Kate Shugak, a native Aleut and once the star investigator for the Anchorage D.A., has fled with her half-wolf dog, Mutt, to the Alaskan wilderness. Traumatized after a deadly battle with a child molester, Kate is called out of her seclusion to investigate the suspicious
disappearance of a park ranger.
A few of the many titles in the series: A Fatal Thaw . . . Dead In the Water . . . and Kate's latest: Restless In the Grave.
RICHARD MARTIN STERN
Murder in the Walls
Santo Cristo police Lieutenant Johnny Ortiz, self-described misfit of Anglo-Spanish-Indian ancestry, uncovers the dark side of Southwestern life when he investigates the murder of a young prostitute.
AIMEE AND DAVID THURLO
Blackening Song . . . Death Walker . . . Bad Medicine
With Ella Clah, former FBI officer and now a special investigator with the Navajo tribal police force. In her latest adventure, Red Mesa, Ella's niece and assistant, Justine Goodluck, is found dead and Ella is the prime suspect.
CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO
Ogilvie, Tallant & Moon
Charles Spotted Moon, an urbane San Franciscan attorney, calls on the skills of his native ancestors of the Iron River Tribe when defending a beautiful doctor accused in the murder of her patient.
The Shaman's Knife
Matthew "Matteesie" Kitologitak, an Inuk and inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, enlists the help of a local shaman in solving a double murder in the Arctic village of Sanirarsipaaq.
INTERESTED IN NATIVE AMERCAN
HISTORY AND CULTURE?
Look in dewey decimal areas listed below:
Spiritual and Religion.......... 299.7
Myths, legends and tales .......398.089, 398.2, 398.24
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