- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (March 6 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765350351
- ISBN-13: 978-0765350350
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,557,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mourning Dove: An Ella Clah Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 6 2007
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“The Thurlos' popular series has long brought Navajo culture to life; in Mourning Dove Ella must face great changes in her life and outsmart a murderer. [The novel also] celebrates the legendary Navajo code talkers of World War II.” ―Library Journal
“Special Investigator Ella Clah of the Navajo Tribal Police has murder on her hands and something close to that in her heart.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Mourning Dove
“An all-around satisfying adventure.” ―Publishers Weekly on Mourning Dove
“A suspenseful read. Ella is a charismatic, believable protagonist, and her quest to use old Navajo teachings in her everyday life makes her a character that readers will thoroughly enjoy.” ―Romantic Times BookReviews on Mourning Dove
About the Author
Aimée and David Thurlo are the authors of the Ella Clah series, the Lee Nez series of Navajo vampire mysteries, and the Sister Agatha novels. Their other works include Plant Them Deep, a novel featuring Rose Destea, the mother of Ella Clah, and The Spirit Line, a young adult novel.
David was raised on the Navajo Reservation and taught school there until his recent retirement. Aimée, a native of Cuba, has lived in the US for many years. They live in Corrales, New Mexico, and often make appearances at area bookstores.
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The Ella Clah series is about a former FBI agent who returns to her home reservation and works for the Navajo Tribal Police. Ella lives with her mother and daughter on the reservation. Her brother is a shaman or healer which means he often appears in that role in the stories. There are frequent references to her former years with the FBI, but main concentration is with the "current" situation of the Navajo tribe and its needs. There are many references to changes that have been made since her childhood and the situation on the rez in the present era.
A good read.
Well, to say the least, I did NOT find what I was looking for in any of the 3 Thurlo books. I really tried to read them, even picking them up to read again after several hiatuses. However, I just could not get past the 1st or 2nd chapters, because they were SO BORING!
I thought the story lines of the plot had potential, if they had been developed in a more structured, compelling and interesting way. The main characters of the story were difficult for me to identify with, or feel empathy for, because they were so one dimensional. It seems that the writers tried to use dialogue to develop their characters and story line, but fell far short of achieving either.
This book appears to be mainly dialogue, and not very exciting or interesting dialogue, at that! So, if you are looking for a book of not particularly stimulating, or dynamic dialogue, this is the one for you! To all other readers, don't waste your money!