Books by Aimée Thurlo

As of July 31, 2003, David and Aimée Thurlo have been married for thirty-three years years. David was raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation and left Shiprock after seventeen years to complete his education at the University of New Mexico. Aimée has li


GHOST MEDICINE by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"The prolific Thurlos are at their best with the Ella Clah series (Black Thunder, 2011, etc.). Though this one isn't terribly mystifying, the information on Navajo life is well worth your time."
When a former cop is killed on a Navajo reservation, all the forces of the Tribal Police are brought to bear. Read full book review >
A TIME OF CHANGE by Aimée Thurlo
Released: April 9, 2013

"The latest from the Thurlos, who've spent a great deal of time on the rez (Black Thunder, 2011, etc.), offers the usual insights into Navajo life but is much more romance than mystery."
A Navajo and an Anglo join forces to solve a murder. Read full book review >
BLACK THUNDER by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Ella's cases (Earthway, 2009, etc.) are always a good value. The latest is a procedural containing the usual insights into Navajo culture. "
Serial killers are stalking residents of a Navajo reservation. Read full book review >
NEVER-ENDING-SNAKE by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Another middling mystery enlivened by its glimpse into the complicated lives of modern reservation dwellers."
Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah has several cases to solve, including her own attempted murder. Read full book review >
BAD SAMARITAN by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 6, 2010

"A case designed to appeal to Agatha's fans while keeping them waiting to learn the fate of Our Lady of Hope."
Sister Agatha faces not only the closing of her beloved monastery but also the most important murder case of her life. Read full book review >
EARTHWAY by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The informative look at conflict on the Rez between old ways and new that the Thurlos always provide (Coyote's Wife, 2008, etc.) comes packaged this time with an unusually tense mystery."
A nuclear power plant on the Navajo reservation is either hope for a better future or the devil's work, depending on your viewpoint. Read full book review >
COYOTE’S WIFE by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Life on the Rez is what the Thurlos do best, but here it's upstaged by busy, busy plotting."
To some, satellite-phone service on the Navajo Reservation is an idea to die for. To others, it's to kill for. Read full book review >
THE PRODIGAL NUN by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 10, 2008

"Sister Agatha's latest case offers a more exciting mystery than several of her others (Prey For A Miracle, 2006, etc.)."
When a woman is murdered outside Our Lady of Hope Monastery, Sister Agatha comes to the rescue. Read full book review >
FALSE WITNESS by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Sister Agatha's fourth appearance (Prey for a Miracle, 2006, etc.) offers an easy puzzle for its pleasant cast of characters."
The search for a missing person puts Sister Agatha and her friends in the order in grave danger. Read full book review >
SURROGATE EVIL by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"A plodding, by-the-numbers vampire tale."
In his fourth adventure, Officer Lee Nez, full Navajo, half vampire, goes undercover to catch a monster. Read full book review >
PREY FOR A MIRACLE by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 2006

"Slim pickings in the mystery department, and definitely not for the faithless."
On a dark and stormy New Mexico night, Jessica Tannen's car is forced off the road and her daughter disappears. Read full book review >
MOURNING DOVE by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2006

"Surprisingly muted here is the theme the Thurlos have always worked so well: the ongoing internecine warfare between tribal traditionalists and modernists. Fans may grow restless."
Special Investigator Ella Clah (White Thunder, 2005, etc.) of the Navajo Tribal Police has murder on her hands and something close to that in her heart. Read full book review >
PALE DEATH by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"As vampire novels go, the third in the Lee Nez series (Second Sunrise, 2002, etc.) is solidly minor-league: thin characters, under-imagined plot and only low-grade blood-curdling."
What does it take to catch a vampire? Another vampire, of course. Read full book review >
WHITE THUNDER by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sluggish prose and stilted dialogue, enlivened every now and then with a really interesting nugget about Navajo customs."
An FBI agent last seen intruding on a Navajo healing ceremony goes missing. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT LINE by Aimée Thurlo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"Notable because it's one of the few novels that include Native American characters in a contemporary setting, this well-developed mystery should have wide appeal. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Crystal Manyfeathers has decided to carry on her family's rug-weaving tradition in order to earn money for college and as a way to leave the reservation for good. Read full book review >
PLANT THEM DEEP by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Unfortunately, the prose is pedestrian, the pace drags, and though the tribal lore is, as usual, genuinely interesting, it's not quite enough to redeem a pokey, dozy cozy."
Though this is billed as a mystery for Navajo tribal cop Ella Clah, it takes her mom to catch the thief. Read full book review >
TRACKING BEAR by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2003

"Again, the Thurlos ace sociology but flunk storytelling."
Why would any self-respecting burglar break into an abandoned service station? Read full book review >
SECOND SUNRISE by David  Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Cross-genre entertainment at the top of its form."
Is there anything a Navajo half-vampire cop can't handle? Read full book review >
BAD FAITH by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"Negligible mystery, characters out of paperback romance, and a plodding prose style unimproved by the change in venue."
Placing Special Agent Ella Clah of the Navajo Tribal Police on hold after seven outings (Changing Woman, p. 147, etc.), the Thurlos get themselves to a nunnery. Read full book review >
RED MESA by Aimée Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

"As for the negative portrayal of the Navajos—who come across, with barely an exception, as suspicious, superstitious, and meretricious—those long-suffering people should demand a recount."
Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah (Enemy Way, 1998, etc.) has been squabbling with her cousin and fellow officer Justine Goodluck. Read full book review >
CHANGING WOMAN by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"It's the busy, uninspired plotting and the forgettable supporting cast that lies there well intentioned but inert."
In the fifth of this sober, trudging series, Special Investigator Ella Clah of the Navajo Tribal Police (Enemy Way, 2000, etc.) confronts a changing woman in the bosom of her own family: her mother. Read full book review >
SHOOTING CHANT by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"It's the Hillerman way with character complexity and his storytelling savvy that are missing here."
Weird things are happening on Special Investigator Ella Clah's Navajo reservation—to livestock and then, frighteningly, to people. Read full book review >
BAD MEDICINE by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Like Ella's two previous cases (Death Walker, 1996, etc.), this one is too much of a good thing; trying to sort out the suspects and subplots is like wandering for hours and hours in a museum filled with fascinating exhibits."
 En route to a homicide scene—Navajo rights activist Stanley Bitah has been clubbed to death—tribal police officer Ella Clah stops to check out a report of a drunk driver, only to find that Angelina Yellowhair isn't drunk but that she'd been fatally poisoned even before her car crashes. Read full book review >
DEATH WALKER by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Busy, ambitious, and dense, but without the kinds of dramatic and psychological contouring that would make it all memorable."
 Someone seems to be mounting a full frontal assault on the elders and sages on Ella Clah's Navajo reservation. Read full book review >
BLACKENING SONG by Aimée Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"The real pleasure here is in the complex depiction of cultural conflict and assimilation."
 Racism and religious fanaticism make for strong villains in a promising suspense-series debut by the Thurlos (Second Shadow, 1993, not reviewed). Read full book review >