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Tony Hillerman's latest Joe Leaphorn Mystery.

I don't know where I've been, but I completely missed the 2006 release of The Shape Shifter. I had given up all hope of ever reading a new Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee book again. How happy I am to be wrong.

When Tony Hillerman published his first mystery novel about the Native American Navaho Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, I doubt anyone realized the impact this would have on the police procedural mystery world. What he did is launch a whole new genre of mystery featuring Native Americans located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States that are not only a whodunit, but popular anthropology and Native American beliefs.

This page features book reviews of other Native American mystery book series. A wide variety of  tribes are represented in these mysteries.

Besides just being good mysteries, we find ourselves becoming involved with the characters as they try to come to terms with the difference between non-reservation Native Americans, reservation, traditional Native Americans, and the white populations near the reservations. Hillerman and others of this genre have done much to open the eyes of many people about the Native American cultures. It seems like Americans can't get enough of this genre.

There are many series of this type with more coming out all the time. Take a look at the mystery series below if you like Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn-Jim Chee Novels. Check back frequently as I'm reading and writing as fast as I can.



Anna Turnipseed and Emmet Parker
by Kirk Mitchell


A young female Modoc FBI agent teams up with a DIA Camanche who is set in his ways. Together the visit a variety of Native American reservations thoughout the United States and deal with the mysteries they confront.

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Father John O'Malley and Vicki Holden
by Margaret Coel


A Catholic priest, and an Arapaho woman lawyer investigate crimes and mysteries on and off the Arapaho-Shoshone Reservation in Wyoming. An interest mix where A Native American and a very caucasian work together. Oh and by the way, they are attracted to each other.

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Ella Clah

by Aimée and David Thurlo

A young Navajo woman returns to the reservation in New Mexico as a special investigator and finds rejoining her family and tribe is harder than solving crimes. Sometimes, she's not sure whether she's a Native American or the L.A. woman others call her in derision. No matter what she does while solving mysteries, she seems to offend someone.

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Lee Nez
by Aimée and David Thurlo

This quirky, fun series features a Navajo Vampire who works as a state patrolman and a beautiful, young FBI agent who resembles his long dead wife. Located throughout New Mexico. This couple deals with skinwalkers and nightwalkers as they work with the FBI, Native American police and New Mexico State police while they try to solve mysteries and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

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Sister Agatha
by Aimée and David Thurlo

The newest Thurlo mystery series features Sister Agatha an extern nun from the Our Lady of Perpetual Hope monastery neary Albequerque, New Mexico. Sister Agatha became a nun late in life, after a career as a journalist. She uses her natural curiosity and journalistic skills to solve murder mysteries that occur in Bernalillo the nearest town. For muscle she uses Pax, a retired trained police dogs. For transportaion she uses the monastery's decripit car, the Anti-Chrysler when in runs or when the weather is bad. Otherwise Sister Agatha cruises in a restored classic Harley motorcycle complete with a sidecare for Pas. For fun, you should read the Sister Agatha novels.

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