Time to check out a few family-written novels | News

It’s pretty much a given. Whenever I start talking to people in the community, that talk at some point shifts to books. Madison County is a reading community, and people here like to talk not only about what they’re reading, but what others are reading as well.

So at last week’s Berea Arts Council Quilt and Fiber Extravaganza, while sitting at the Friends of the Madison County Public Library’s info table, my friend Hazel (at the next table over) and I started talking about books. And she brought a new author to my attention. Anne Hillerman, daughter of the legendary western detective/mystery writer Tony Hillerman.

Following her father’s death in 2008, Anne took up the writing mantle, even keeping the stories of many of the characters in her father’s Joe Leaphorn series going. The Joe Leaphorn stories began with the publication of The Blessing Way in 1970 and continued through The Shape Shifter in 2006. Anne’s debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, follows the further adventures of the characters her father made famous, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. It places one of Tony’s supporting characters, Officer Bernadette Manuelito, in the spotlight to make the series her own. Released by HarperCollins, the book received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013.

You can check out this novel, along with Anne’s next novels, Rock with Wings and Song of the Lion, in a variety of print, audio, and eFormats with your Madison County Public Library card.

Talking about Anne Hillerman continuing her father’s writing legacy made me think of another famous mystery writer whose legacy lives on through his son’s writing.

Before his death in 2010, Dick Francis and his son Felix Francis collaborated on his last four novels — Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money and Crossfire. Felix,…

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