Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Stargazer (Leaphorn & Chee #24)


Stargazer is the 24th book in the Leaphorn & Chee (& Manuelito) series started by Tony Hillerman and capably continued by his daughter Anne. Released 13th April 2021 by HarperCollins on their Harper imprint, it's 336 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

Ms. Hillerman is unquestionably a capable author and she writes intelligently and plainly without flowery prose or unnecessary embellishment. The stories are plotted well and although the narrative meanders a bit in places, the denouements and resolutions are satisfying and complete. That being said, it's *not* Tony Hillerman, any more than even the well written homages with Robert B. Parker, Rex Stout, and others' characters are capable of being the originals (however well written). It does satisfy the craving to visit with old friends and see how their lives are going.

I enjoyed this installment very much and although the writing is recognizably different than the canonical Leaphorn & Chee, it's fine in its own right and definitely worth a read. 

Four stars. This is a solid mystery in a long and satisfying series.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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