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Anne Hillerman is an American journalist and a New York Times best-selling author of mystery books.

She also writes non-fiction books.

A University of New Mexico alumnus, Anne has worked as an award winning art, education and NM legislative reporter, and as the editorial page editor and restaurant critic for two newspapers.

The daughter of celebrated novelist Tony Hillerman, Anne followed in her father’s footsteps by not only becoming an author, but also continuing the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series after her father’s death in 2008.

Some of her accolades include: The 2021 New Mexico Book of the Year, New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards; The 2019 Frank Waters Award for literary excellence; and The Spur Award, Best First Mystery, Western Writers of America.

Anne, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, enjoys reading, cooking, skiing and traveling.   

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Genre: Mystery

Born: 1949

United States


Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito (Continuation of Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn And Jim Chee Series)

  1. Spider Woman's Daughter (2013)
  2. Rock with Wings (2015)
  3. Song of the Lion (2017)
  4. Cave of Bones (2018)
  5. The Tale Teller (2019)
  6. Stargazer (2021)
  7. The Sacred Bridge (2022)
  8. The Way of the Bear (2023)


  1. Children's Guide to Santa FeChildren's Guide to Santa Fe (1984)
  2. Ride the wind, USA to Africa (1995)
  3. The Insiders' Guide to Santa Fe (1998)
  4. Santa Fe Flavors (2009)
  5. Tony Hillerman's Landscape (2009)
  6. Gardens of Santa Fe (2010)
  7. Done in the Sun (2012)

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Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito (Continuation of Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn And Jim Chee Series)

Spider Woman's Daughter

It happened in an instant. After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito sees a sedan careen into the parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. When the dust clears, someone very close to her is lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood.

With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every person in the squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter.

Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving Chee’s former boss and partner, retired lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with fresh eyes and new urgency, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth with every clue...and closer to a killer who will do anything to prevent justice from taking its course.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062420589
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Rock with Wings

Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.

Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded suspect, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.

Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062821737
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Song of the Lion

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon.

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.

Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062821744
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Cave of Bones

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek.

While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais.

In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back―and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0062791986
Publisher: HarperLuxe
The Tale Teller

Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact—a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history.

Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot.

While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries.

Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI.

As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge...and offer an unexpected opportunity that opens a new chapter in Bernie’s life.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062963499
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

What begins as a typical day for Officer Bernadette Manuelito—serving a bench warrant, dealing with a herd of cattle obstructing traffic, and stumbling across a crime scene—takes an unexpected twist when she’s called to help find an old friend.

Years ago, Bernie and Maya were roommates, but time and Maya’s struggles with addiction drove them apart. Now Maya’s brother asks Bernie to find out what happened to his sister.

Tracing Maya’s whereabouts, Bernie learns that her old friend had confessed to the murder of her estranged husband, a prominent astronomer. But the details don’t align. Suspicious, Bernie takes a closer look at the case only to find that nothing is as it seems. Uncovering new information about the astronomer’s work leads Bernie to a remote spot on the Navajo Nation and a calculating killer.

The investigation causes an unexpected rift with her husband and new acting boss, Jim Chee, who’s sure Bernie’s headed for trouble. While she’s caught between present and past, Chee is at a crossroads of his own. Burdened with new responsibilities he didn’t ask for and doesn’t want, he must decide what the future holds for him and act accordingly.

Can their mentor Joe Leaphorn—a man also looking at the past for answers to the future—provide the guidance both Bernie and Chee need? And will the Navajo heroes that stud the starry sky help them find justice—and the truth they seek?

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0062977151
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Sacred Bridge

Sergeant Jim Chee’s vacation to beautiful Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell has a deeper purpose. He’s on a quest to unravel a sacred mystery his mentor, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, stumbled across decades earlier.

Chee’s journey takes a deadly turn when, after a prayerful visit to the sacred Rainbow Bridge, he spots a body floating in the lake. The dead man, a Navajo with a passion for the canyon’s ancient rock art, lived a life filled with many secrets. Discovering why he died and who was responsible involves Chee in an investigation that puts his own life at risk.

Back in Shiprock, Officer Bernadette Manuelito is driving home when she witnesses an expensive sedan purposely kill a hitchhiker. The search to find the killer leads her to uncover a dangerous chain of interconnected revelations involving a Navajo Nation cannabis enterprise.

But the evil that is unleashed jeopardizes her mother and sister Darleen, and puts Bernie in the deadliest situation of her law enforcement career.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0063211711
Publisher: HarperLuxe
The Way of the Bear

Fossil harvesting, ancient lore, greed, rejected love and murder.

An unexpected death on a lonely road outside of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument raises questions for Navajo Tribal Police officers Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito. Why would a seasoned outdoorsman and well-known paleontologist freeze to death within walking distance of his car? A second death brings more turmoil. Who is the unidentified man killed during a home invasion where nothing much seems to have been taken? Why was he murdered?

The Bears Ears area, at the edge of the Navajo Nation, is celebrated for its abundance of early human habitation sites and the discovery of unique fossils which revolutionized the scientific view of how early animals dealt with their changing world. Chee and Manuelito appreciate the area’s scenery and wealth of human and scientific resources, but their visit to this achingly beautiful place is disrupted by a current of unprecedented violence that sweeps them both into danger. Illicit romance, a fossilized jawbone, hints of witchcraft, and a mysterious disappearance during a blizzard add to the peril.

It takes all of Manuelito’s and Chee’s experience, skill, and intuition to navigate the threats that arise and see justice served.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0063297814
Publisher: Harper Large Print


Children's Guide to Santa FeChildren's Guide to Santa Fe

Santa Fe offers plenty of fun for children. Although best known for its arts and culture, the city has museums, parks, hikes, special attractions and seasonal events sure to charm children of any age. 

This newly updated Sunstone Press classic presents an enticing menu of places to go, things to see and activities to entertain and amuse children visiting Santa Fe as well as those fortunate enough to live in the city, all in an easy-to-read format. Addresses, phone numbers and websites to make the information more accessible are also included.

The guide opens with a child-friendly chapter on Santa Fe's history designed to help parents and children get the most out of their exploration of this unusual and fascinating place known for its three cultures. The book also offers a family-focused calendar of events designed to guide visitors and residents as they plan their time to enjoy the area's annual events that have special appeal to children. 

Also included is information about recommended day trips, as well as child-friendly places and events in nearby Albuquerque.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 1984
ISBN: 978-0865344488
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Ride the wind, USA to Africa

Anne Hillerman's gift for story-telling is nowhere as evident as in Ride the Wind: USA to Africa with its exhaustive research, transcriptions of radio transmissions between the flight operators, and photos of the balloons in full splendor.

The transatlantic race between teams from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States became more of a cooperative venture as teams radioed information back and forth about locale, altitude, wind streams, and equipment malfunction.

To ensure equality of competition, all the dual-design gas and helium powered balloons were exactly the same with a height of 90 feet and a weight of 100 pounds. A bright yellow, four by seven foot floating capsule would ensure an emergency landing at sea.

Thousands observed the pre-dawn launch of the five balloons on September 16, 1992. Not only did the crews hope to win by being the fastest to fly over the Atlantic, they also hoped to break Richard's father's record of 137 hours in the air.

Novice readers will learn all about the mechanics of ballooning, from zonal flows and rigging to ballasting and feathering the burner. Adventure seekers and travelers will embark on a hair-splitting journey as helium valves stick open and the over-inflated balloon threatens to rip apart. The balloonists endure a lack of privacy, hygiene, and climactic extremes, clearing ice from the equipment in the morn, and sweating from the balloon envelope's heat later in the day.

This tale of a competitive, transatlantic balloon flight is a historic tale of cooperation and courage, eloquently conveyed by one of the Southwest's great storytellers. Although the Belgians won the race, the U.S. balloon piloted by Abruzzo and Bradley flew onto Morocco, making it into the record books for the longest time in flight at 145 hours.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-0964256170
Publisher: Rio Grande Pub
The Insiders' Guide to Santa Fe

The natural beauty of Santa Fe, New Mexico, come alive with this thoroughly updated and revised 2nd edition of the Insiders' Guide to Santa Fe.

This guide includes the best offerings of this old but up-and-coming city and provides excellent information about its native cultures. Nearby Taos and Los Alamos are also included.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-1573801225
Publisher: Insiders Guides
Santa Fe Flavors

Best Restaurants and Recipes

IN A CITY KNOWN FOR ITS FINE DINING, Santa Fe boasts countless restaurants for the food lover. Restaurant critic Anne Hillerman takes connoisseurs on a whirlwind tour through some of the most delectable Santa Fe restaurants and offers recommendations on the best eateries and provides diners the chance to re-create some of their favorite dishes with recipes contributed by restaurant chefs.

More than fifty restaurants and recipes are included, with both celebrated and undiscovered chefs.


Bobcat Bites, El Farol, The Pink Adobe, Blue Heron at Sunrise Springs, Coyote Cafe, Geronimo, Trattoria Nostrani, and more.

According to the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Santa Fe has more than 200 options for dining.

In 2007, Santa Fe was ranked the number four top city in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine.

On average, Santa Fe attracts 1.2 to 1.4 million visitors annually, according to the Visitors Bureau.

Santa Fe was chosen as one of America's Top 25 Destinations by TripAdvisor in 2008.

Online marketing and promotions.

Print and web advertising campaign.

National broadcast and print publicity.

Co-op available.

During more than twenty years as a journalist, Anne Hillerman has worked as editorial page and arts editor for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican. She has been the Santa Fe restaurant reviewer for the Albuquerque Journal and Journal North since 2001.

Her other books include The Insiders' Guide to Santa Fe and Children's Guide to Santa Fe. She is a director of Wordharvest Writers' Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers' Conference. She lives in Santa Fe.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1423603184
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Tony Hillerman's Landscape

Step into the world of Tony Hillerman’s novels with this stunning collection of original documentary photographs of the landscape that was integral to his writing.

Alongside these breathtaking photos are brief synopses of Hillerman’s novels, descriptive passages from the novels, the author’s own comments about the sites, and narrative information on the locations pictured.

Compiled by his eldest daughter, Anne Hillerman, with original photos from Don Strel, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape is a timely showcase of a hauntingly beautiful region that captured one man’s imagination for a lifetime, and is a daughter’s loving tribute to her father.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B003V1WUPS
Publisher: Harper
Gardens of Santa Fe

Take a visual journey through the some of the most spectacular and luminous gardens of Santa Fe, which boasts an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna, from traditional succulents and drought-resistant plants to roses and fruit trees.

Anne Hillerman has worked as editorial page editor for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and as arts editor for both papers. She is the author of six other books, including Santa Fe Flavors.

Don Strel has had photos featured in The Insiders Guide to Santa Fe and Children's Guide to Santa Fe, books he and Anne created together.

A fresh look at the well-loved but secluded gardens of Santa Fe.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B003XYERRW
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Done in the Sun

In easy-to-read style, simple experiments with common household objects teach young readers first-hand about solar power. The book makes learning fun and appeals to children who want to try things out for themselves.

Step-by-step directions are given for each experiment along with a complete list of the items needed. In each project, the sun is the hero and (in story form) the book uses three children as characters to ask questions and them perform the experiments which are ''done in the sun.''

Parents and teachers will welcome this book as an aid to explaining how the sun works for all of us. Fully illustrated, black and white line drawings, bibliography.

Author: Anne Hillerman
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0865340183
Publisher: Sunstone Press