Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Ella Clah

 The Ella Clah mystery series by Aimee and David Thurlo follows Ella Clah, Special Investigator for the Navajo Police Department, as she solves crimes on the Navajo Reservation.  Clah is a former FBI agent, a cop, and the single mother of a daughter.   

 

Books in this Series

Ghost Medicine
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Ghost Medicine

Ella Clah (Volume 17)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

When a former police officer is murdered, Navajo Special Investigator Ella Clah will do anything to bring his killer to justice in Aimee and David Thurlo's Ghost Medicine

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Black Thunder
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Black Thunder

Ella Clah (Volume 16)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah hunts a serial killer on the Navajo Reservation.

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Never-ending-snake
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Never-ending-snake

Ella Clah (Volume 15)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

In this fifteenth Ella Clah mystery, Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah investigates the murder of a Navajo war hero who is working on an alternative fuel project that might enrich the entire tribe, but will drive some clans off their ancestral grazing lands. She also must decide whether to take a lucrative job with an international private security firm based in Washington, DC, or continue to raise her now teenage daughter on the Navajo Reservation.

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Earthway
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Earthway

Ella Clah (Volume 14)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is searching for whoever planted a bomb in a university classroom and nearly killed one of her fellow cops, a bomb that seems to have been intended for Ella's close friend, the Rev. Bilford Tome. The trail leads to activists determined to keep the Navajo Reservation pure by sabotaging the construction of the tribe's first nuclear power plant.

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Coyote's Wife
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Coyote's Wife

Ella Clah (Volume 13)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Ella Clah is no longer an unsure young woman recently returned to the Navajo Reservation from a stint with the FBI; she has found her place in her tribe, her clan, and her family. She has seen the...

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Turquoise Girl
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Turquoise Girl

Ella Clah (Volume 12)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah has seen a lot of death in the decade since she returned to the Reservation, but nothing quite as bad as a series of violent murders of young Navajo....

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Mourning Dove
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Mourning Dove

Ella Clah (Volume 11)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

What seems to be a carjacking gone wrong leads to the death of Jimmy Blacksheep, a Navajo member of the New Mexico National Guard recently returned from Iraq. When Navajo Police Special Investigator...

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White Thunder
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White Thunder

Ella Clah (Volume 10)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

FBI area supervisor Simmons asks the Navajo Tribal Police to help locate Andrew Thomas, a federal agent who disappeared after interrupting a Navajo ritual being performed by a group of medicine men...

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Wind Spirit
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Wind Spirit

Ella Clah (Volume 9)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Before the new nuclear power plant can be built, the power company must help the Navajo reclaim a long-unused uranium mine. The plan is to collapse the old shafts and refill the area with new soil,...

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Tracking Bear
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Tracking Bear

Ella Clah (Volume 8)
Aimée and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

A group of businessmen is working to open a uranium mine and nuclear power plant on the Navajo Reservation. The NEED project will provide cheap power to the Navajo nation, employ many who are out...

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Changing Woman
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Changing Woman

Ella Clah (Volume 7)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Change surrounds Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. The father of her child seems ready to be more of a father, though it will alter the rhythm of all their lives and may hurt his political...

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Red Mesa
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Red Mesa

Ella Clah (Volume 6)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is on the run. Justine, Ella's cousin and fellow officer, disappeared after the two women argued publicly over Justine's new boyfriend. Human bones are...

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Shooting Chant
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Shooting Chant

Ella Clah (Volume 5)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Once and FBI agent, Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the Navajo Police. She walks a tightrope between the Navajo and white worlds, fully accepted by neither but needed by both. Ella's...

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The Enemy Way
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The Enemy Way

Ella Clah (Volume 4)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Former FBI agent Ella Clah is now a Special Investigator with the native police force. Her brother, Clifford, a medicine man, says that her investigative skills are gifts from the spirits who guard...

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Bad Medicine
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Bad Medicine

Ella Clah (Volume 3)
Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

When the daughter of Senator Yellowhair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the Senator accuses Ella and the tribe's medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of falsifying the autopsy results....

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Death Walker
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Death Walker

Ella Clah (Volume 2)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Returning to the Navajo Reservation and solving her father's murder taught former FBI Agent Ella Clah a great deal about herself and her people, the Dineh. She has begun to accept that that there...

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Blackening Song
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Blackening Song

Ella Clah (Volume 1)
Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
Tor/Forge

Blackening Song is the debut of Navajo FBI agent Ella Clah, who returns to the reservation to investigate the murder of her father, a minister. The ritual nature of the killing makes Ella's...

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About the author

Aimée Thurlo

Aimée Thurlo is co-author of the Ella Clah series, the Lee Nez series of Navajo vampire mysteries, and the Sister Agatha novels. Her other works, co-written with her husband, David, include Plant Them Deep, a novel featuring Rose Destea, the mother of Ella Clah, and The Spirit Line, a young adult novel. Aimée, a native of Cuba, lived in the US for many years. She died in 2014.

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David Thurlo

David Thurlo, is co-author of the Ella Clah series, the Lee Nez series of Navajo vampire mysteries, and the Sister Agatha novels. His other works, co-written with his wife Aimée, 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. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico, and often makes appearances at area bookstores.