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The Blessing Way
The Blessing Way | Tony Hillerman
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Witchcraft seems to be involved in the death of a Navajo whose body has been found in Many Ruins Canyon, and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is charged with the task of solving the crime. Reissue.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I struggled a bit with this one. I wasn't sure why things were happening and it was a bit distracting, also... The series is called Leaphorn and Chee but Leaphorn is only in about a quarter of the book, and Chee I don't think that character showed up at all I was very distracted by this 😂
Overall it was a quick read and I was glad for it overall reading it in New Mexico and recognized many of the spots in the novel.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Reading in Santa Fe

sarahbarnes I love NM. ♥️♥️ Enjoy! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Very appropriately reading Tony Hellerman in New Mexico.

Librariana I 🧡 this! I love the background of your photograph, I love that you're in NM! I 🧡 that your reading choices are on brand for the location! I hope you're having a wonderful time! 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Librariana had a couple of rough days, the weather and food have been... challenging. But today was Carlsbad caverns and Sitting Bull falls and I am feeling better about this trip! 2mo
Librariana I'm so glad you're feeling better! I'm just sorry the weather and food weren't kind. I think I've mentioned in the past that I'm originally from 🇲🇽 but lived in Texas (El Paso, to be exact) for most of my formative years 😊 I'm very familiar with Carlsbad caverns! I don't know if you'll get to venture to Old Mesilla, but I hope you do! It has a very quaint town square with a lovely bookstore 🥰 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Librariana oh I had not heard about this town! Unfortunately I am past that area, doing a little loop Albuquerque, White Sands, Carlsbad, and Santa Fe. (Going to stop in Roswell today on my way to SF) it is amazing how many cars here have TX plates, feels like I see more TX then NM! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Any guesses where my next adventure is taking me?

Librariana New Mexico?? 2mo
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Michael_Gee
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Mehso-so

Written with what feels like the unbridled enthusiasm of a good-hearted Boy Scout, Hillerman is (& he would agree, according to his biographer) much more interested in depicting Navajo culture and the western landscape than in his murder-mystery plot, which is vaguely wrapped up with a sort of hand-waving explanation. But it‘s short! 🐺

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majkia
The Blessing Way | Tony Hillerman

Interesting with lots of local color and Navajo background. Surprised at how little Leaphorn appeared in the story.

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TheAromaofBooks
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I've had this mystery series, with its Native American protagonist, on my radar for a while. The Blessing Way was a decent start to the series & I will give the next book a try, but it was definitely a soft pick. First off, this book needed a map in the worst way. The characters are dashing around all over the place & their proximity to one another is critical to the story - but I have no idea where they are. I'm visual & I need maps!!! Second, ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I honestly still had a bunch of questions at the end. Like it was mostly tied up, but there was a person who got killed that I'm still not sure exactly why it was necessary to knock him off (from the bad guys' perspective) & a few other details that just didn't quite “click“ for me. Thirdly, there are references to a LOT of Navajo ceremonies & deities with NO explanation. Like I don't need intricate details about all of these different ⬇ 1y
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) things, but literally the title is The Blessing Way, which is apparently an important ceremony, it's referenced multiple times, but we're never actually told what it means or why it's important?? So I felt like I was missing information that would have added a lot of depth to what was happening. Finally, the main character of this series is supposedly Joe Leaphorn, but although we do follow him around for some of his investigation, the ⬇ 1y
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) actual story revolves way more around his friend, a professor who is doing research in the area. We never hear anything about Joe's thoughts, family, background, etc. No idea why he decided to go into law enforcement, not sure if his jurisdiction just encompasses the reservation or how that all works, don't know if he has any family or even where he lives??? Again, I don't need all the nitty-gritty details but some information would be ⬇ 1y
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) nice. ANYWAY despite all my griping, I actually did enjoy this book while I was reading it. The sense of being in the desert was so well done & I liked the characters. I'll definitely be giving the next book or two a chance to see if I like them better - if not, I don't see myself actually getting through all 24 books lol

#ReadtheUSA2021 - Arizona
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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Blueberry
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Leftcoastzen Nice pick! 2y
Andrew65 This is another series I still need to read. 2y
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Christinak
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When he found Yazzie he would learn that Yazzie had lost many sheep to this “witch” and that he had decided to abandon his #traditional grazing grounds and his hogan because a witch is, after all, more than a man can be expected to cope with. #QuotsyDec19 #tradition

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HeatherBlue
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I guess Binx wants attention...

brit91 😻😻😻😻 3y
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AMVP
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Refreshing in its indigenous perspective, though dated where aspects of gender are concerned. Ends a little neatly for my taste, but is a great ride getting there.

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AMVP
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Was stopped in my tracks by this stunning collection of Olive Editions. Picked up a couple of promising titles to get into the spirit of the season.

#fallisbooked #octobertbr

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️🖤❤️ 3y
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Airykah13
The Blessing Way | Tony Hillerman

I think this is going to be a DNF. It‘s boring and not holding my attention at all.

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Christinak
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“Far up the west rim of the canyon, a coyote yipped twice, and then poured out its #soul in a full-throated bay. The sound seemed to float down from the stars, the voice of some primeval hound drifting infinite sorrow across the sky.”
#QuotsyNov18

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Blueberry
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1. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
4. Running with Scissors by Augustin Burroughs

@Tove_Reads @NataliePatalie

Tove_Reads Agree with Gone Girl! (edited) 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agree with Scissors - done with that! 5y
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Brooke_H
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Mehso-so

Wow, the first half of this book was boring. It was also a little messy and all over the place as far as narrative structure. There is one (one!) female character, and she is a stereotypical cipher. (At one point, McKee tells her something like, "Do as you're told and behave yourself!" And she cries pitifully. Um...)

However...

The second half of the book is really well written. I especially loved the villains. There was some great dialogue.

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Christinak
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A couple of years ago I decided to re-read this series while on a vintage car road trip across the US. We broke down on the Navajo reservation not far from where his book takes place. As I sat on the side of the road waiting for the flatbed to come I was happy I was not #camping and hoping the flatbed would get there before dark. #sizzlinsummerbooks

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