Author Tony Hillerman died in 2008. He was author of a series of books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Police Officer Jim Chee.
The books take place in the 4 Corners area. There are southwestern settings and much about Navajo and other tribes and their customs.
I haven't read them. A 3 episode series called Skinwalkers: the Navajo Mysteries is available on netflix. I greatly enjoyed them.
When Tony Hillerman died his daughter Anne Hillerman (who had previous journalistic writing experience) took over the book series.
She did this in a very clever way. She does not attempt to write as Leaphorn or Chee. She created a female character, Bernadette Manuelito, who is a police officer married to Jim Chee.
I just finished Spider Woman's Daughter. Good writing - good reading.
I will be reading Rock With Wings, Song of the Lion and Cave of Bones.
It is so nice to be back in the land of Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and now Bernie Manuelito.