Monday, November 3, 2014

The Blessing Way - Teaser Tuesday and First Paragraph / First Chapter / Tuesday Intros

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Last week, my Teaser and First Paragraph selections were from The Bearwalker's Daughter, and that reminded me of the excellent mysteries written by Tony Hillerman. So this week I reread and again enjoyed The Blessing Way. Hillerman's books provide a fascinating glimpse into Navajo beliefs, superstitions, and way of life, all of which play a part in his stories. They take place in the Four Corners area of the American West (where the borders of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet), and the weather and rough terrain of that region are significant elements in his stories. The Blessing Way is Book #1 in the Navajo Mysteries Series.

First Paragraph:
Luis Horseman leaned the flat stone very carefully against the piñon twig, adjusted its balance exactly, and then cautiously withdrew his hand. The twig bent, but held. Horseman rocked back on his heels and surveyed the deadfall. He should have put a little more blood on the twig, he thought, but it might be enough. He had placed this one just right, with the twig at the edge of the kangaroo rat's trail. The least nibble and the stone would fall. He reached into his shirt front, pulled out a leather pouch, extracted an odd-shaped lump of turquoise, and placed it on the ground in front of him.

Teaser (from Page 43 in my book of three complete Hillerman novels):
Here the cliffs closed in, rising in sheer, almost smooth walls nearly four hundred feet to a narrow slit of sky above. Here in this slot of eroded stone darkness came early.

Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Book Length: 304 Pages (mass market paperback)
                       171 pages (in my 3-book volume)
Amazon Link: The Blessing Way

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47 comments:

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

This sounds like a series I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I have never read this author, but I loved the descriptions. Thanks for sharing!

Here's mine: “FIVE DAYS LEFT”


madamevauquer said...

Great book! I loved pretty much the entire series. I used to live in Arizona and passed through the Four Corners area from time to time. I was always watching for landmarks, lol.
My TT this week is also from a series mystery: Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child at http://wp.me/pZnGI-fo

Ophelle T. (bookburnn) said...

Ooohh, that sounds so tense.. And I haven't heard about it. I love that cover, it's very old-fashioned! I like the feel of it. Happy reading! :)

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Suzie Quint said...

I really should read some Tony Hillerman. I read an essay he wrote that put me in awe of him because he writes mysteries without plotting out in advance how to solve them. That's brave.

Greg said...

This looks interesting, and I think I would enjoy the setting as well. I like the first paragraph...

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love the way Tony Hillerman makes the landscape, climate, and vast distances of the Four Corners a part of his stories. The Navajo culture is fascinating to me too. He was a gifted writer.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Interesting. I didn't know that about him.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

His descriptions of the Four Corners area are amazing. I feel as if I'm there.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Tony Hillerman really takes his readers out into the remote setting of this area. The vast distances often play a part in his plots.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Tony Hillerman was a great storyteller. His books are among my favorites.

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

I am not familiar with the series, but it sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

Juli Rahel said...

Rereads can be amazing because you suddenly discover all of these new things that you never noticed the first time! I am really interested in Navajo culture, but haven't read enough about it. This beginning sounds really interesting, I love the precision with which the ritual is described. And the teaser has some beautiful description in it. I always appreciate it when nature is given a big part of a novel, because it's so important to how people act! Thanks for stopping by :) Have a good week!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Literary Feline said...

It's been ages since I last read a Hillerman book. My dad was a huge fan of his.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

If you want to learn about Navajo culture (while enjoying a story), then you'll like Tony Hillerman's mysteries. I've found them all to be fascinating.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It had been quite a while since I'd read one too. I'm glad I reread this one.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

All of his books are definitely worth reading.

Cat said...

Not a series that I'd ever find available here but I love the sound of the setting and the descriptions of Navajo culture so would be sure to enjoy.

Sonia Lal said...

Interesting description!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I had never heard of this method of trapping prey until I read this book. A rat doesn't sound like a very appetizing meal, but I'm sure I'd eat one if I were hungry enough!

PD Workman said...

I'm interested in what kind of trap he is setting...

Mine this week is a historical romance/adventure set around the opium trade in early America: http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-against-the-tide-teasertuesday/

kelley jensen said...

I love Tony Hillerman, I would keep reading, especially since it's been quite a while since I've read something by him. Thanks for stopping by.

Nise' said...

One of my dad's favorite authors.

Kerry O'Donnell said...

Your teaser this week is delightfully atmospheric. I love Wild West-type tales. Great pick!!

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoyed rereading this story and will read others in the coming weeks.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This is a contemporary mystery (not historical), released in 1970.

JC Jones said...

I love his books. My sister and I took a trip to visit some of the places he wrote about and had a great time doing it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I haven't been to the Four Corners, but I have been to other parts of New Mexico and Colorado. Beautiful (but sometimes desolate) country. I'd love to go back there and explore more.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

So was I. Makes sense, though!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I haven't read any of Hillerman's novels, but I like the descriptive writing in the intro.

Doodle Bug said...

I enjoyed your teaser though it doesn't sound quite like something I would enjoy reading. Hope your loving it!! Happy Tuesday and Thank you for visiting my blog.

Laura Thomas said...

I've been reading Tony's books for many years. I don't think I've read this one. Excellent descriptive writing like he always does! I think a trip to the library is in order:)
Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/11/04/teaser-tuesdays-88-real-elves-an-emily-castle-mystery/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's the great thing about these Tuesday posts. Not everybody likes everything, but there's something for everyone!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Absolutely! He has received all kinds of awards. His books are treasures.

Yvonne said...

I've never read this author's books, but I really should. They sound great.

A Belle’s Tales said...

Wonderfully descriptive! Lovely teaser! Thanks for sharing :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

That's a good one Sandra - I would keep reading.

Margot said...

I'm a Hillerman fan too and it was great to read that first paragraph again. Thanks for sharing it. It makes me sad that he is gone and we will no longer new stories from him.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

I haven't read any of Tony Hillerman's books, but this looks good. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Alicia Batista said...

This book is totally new to me. But by your great teaser, I definitely need to check it out soon! I hope your enjoying it! :)

Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

Cleo Bannister said...

Both the intro and the teaser really give a great impression of the setting. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/teaser-tuesday-november-4/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It makes me sad too.

jacquie said...

Great teaser! I'll check this one out:)

Kim@Time2Read said...

I've read one by this author in the past and it was pretty good. Hope you enjoy.

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teaser! That sounds like a good read! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great day!

Alice Audrey said...

I adore Tony Hillerman!! Well, his Navajo mysteries anyway. I don't much care for his East Coast books.

Nyze Gremio-Velasco said...

Pretty interesting teaser :) Thanks for dropping by my blog ♥

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