Wednesday, August 09, 2006

RfP Wednesday -- Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

For those of you just tuning in, Reading for Pleasure Wednesday is the brainchild of Dr. Crazy.

While I was visiting Grandma Jogger last week, I came across a load of Tony Hillerman books from Grandpa Jogger's collection. I stole them all, and I've already read all of Dance Hall of the Dead, the second book published in the series. It's a good, solid mystery, well-told and fun to read. The characters are very interesting, and there is enough action to keep your attention. It has an interesting "Lady or the Tiger?" ending. I highly recommend it.

I'll be interested to see how this series develops. There are actually two protagonists in the series, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The first book in the series that I "read" (the one I actually listened to on tape) balanced the two rather nicely, in a pair of mysteries that came together. The second one I read (working backward in time) was almost all Chee, with Leaphorn just mentioned in passing. Now I've started at the beginning, and the first two books have only Leaphorn, with no Chee at all. So I'll be interested to see when Chee gets introduced, and how Hillerman shifts the focus from one to the other (and then at least partway back.)


Uncle Not A. said...

Hey Nephew:
Tell Mrs. J. and the little J's that you are going to be busy for a little while RFP. I hope that you enjoy Tony Hillerman as much as I have. That collection may have been where Late Uncle D. got infected. I definitely got the bug from him. Enjoy!!