Length: 4 hours
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Reservation "bad boy" Thomas Begay is found dead-drunk under the La Plata Bridge, which is not unusual for him. What is unusual, however, is that beautiful BIA investigator Patsy Greyhorse is found lying beside him, not drunk, or even a Navajo, but very dead nonetheless. Charlie Yazzie, fresh from law school, risks his career and even his life to help his old friend. The answer seems to lie with the Yeenaaldiooshii . . . should one choose to believe in such things.
Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell is the first book in the Navajo Nation Mystery series. I checked this audiobook out through interlibrary loan. Charlie works in Navajo Legal Services. When a Navajo known for being a drunk, Thomas Begay, is found passed out next to the body of Patsy Greyhorse, an investigator with the BIA, Charlie has a feeling that Thomas had nothing to do with the murder.
The story was fast paced and I enjoyed the mystery of it. The setting was great and I felt like I learned about the area as well as some about Navajo culture that I did not know before. The author’s writing style was great. The narrator really made this story great. Listening to the audiobook of this story really made it special. It was a treat to hear the Navajo words pronounced and the narrator did a wonderful job with the different character voices. My older daughter (age 13) and I both liked the story and are looking forward to listening to the next book in the series, Boy Made of Dawn.