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Dance of Bones, by J.A. Nance.

August 4, 2015

Dance of Bones, by J.A. Jance. Harper/Collins, forthcoming September 2015.

Indigenous Reading Challenge

3+ stars

Another mystery set in American southwest and appreciative of Native Americans by a popular and prolific writer of mysteries.

J. A. Jance is the author of several series of mystery books, some of them set in the Arizonia desert and others in Seattle. Her stories often have too much killing in them to be considered “cozy mysteries, but I like them because they regularly include strong women combining their professions with their families. In this book, Jance brings back two male detectives from previous series, A.J. Beaumont and Brandon Walker, but the women in it are also impressive.

In Dance of Bones, Jance also writes respectfully about the O’odham people, Native Americans living between Tucson and the Mexican border. Although she does not belong to the tribe, she is an example of how an outsider can write well about Indigenous people.  Several of the main characters are members of the tribe and the plot centers on passing down their traditional practices. Each chapter begins with part of a traditional tribal myth.

I recommend this mystery who like mysteries that involve Native American characters.

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for sending me an electronic copy of this book to review.

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