Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Valerie Tso has been murdered, apparently during a break-in, and Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is determined to find the killer—and fast. Valerie is the estranged mother of Boots, who takes care of Ella’s daughter after school. Ella owes Boots a quick resolution to the case.
Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple as they seem. A Bible verse on a scrap of paper left near the body reminds Ella of a string of murders of Navajo women she worked on in her FBI days. The killer was never found. Now he seems to be killing again, targeting the children of the women he murdered ten years ago.
Ella discovers that the earlier victims—and Valerie—had been lovers of Caleb Frank, a successful Navajo businessman. Once a member of Ella’s father’s congregation, Frank had believed that sinners had to be punished.
Could Boots—born out of wedlock—be Caleb Frank’s next target? Ella is an unmarried mother—is her own daughter in danger?
“The Thurlos are such deft hands at setting and mood that it’s hard not to say “ahhhh” when sinking under the spell of one of their mysteries. One of the special pleasures of the Ella Clah novels is the way the authors develop their overall theme of ‘walking in beauty’ (being able to find the balance between positive and negative forces in life). Ella’s personal struggles with the nature of her job, seeking justice in the aftermath of brutal crimes, perfectly reflect the theme.”—Booklist (starred review) on Turquoise Girl
“The Thurlos write entertaining mysteries that explore the people and culture of Navajo country. Like Tony Hillerman, the authors have close ties with the people and society. The setting is interesting, the pacing very good, the complexity of plot appealing. From the hogan and the band of sheep to Shiprock, a modern city on the Navajo reservation, the Thurlos have captured the setting in the desert of the southwest. They have established themselves both as mystery writers of repute and chroniclers of the Navajo nation.’’—Mystery News on Turquoise Girl