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Aimee and David Thurlo's newest mystery Ghost Medicine, featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. Ella takes all her cases personally, but some cases are more personal than others. The murder of Harry Ute is one of those--not only because Ella and Harry dated, years ago, but because Harry was once a member of her investigative team. Ella's team is as close to Aimee and David Thurlo's newest mystery Ghost Medicine, featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. Ella takes all her cases personally, but some cases are more personal than others. The murder of Harry Ute is one of those--not only because Ella and Harry dated, years ago, but because Harry was once a member of her investigative team. Ella's team is as close to her as family and a blow against one is a blow against all. Harry's been working for Bruce "Teeny" Little, a local security expert, but despite their long friendship, Teeny won't tell Ella much, just the job involves theft of government property. The dead man was found in an isolated area of the Rez that is reportedly haunted by skinwalkers and the scattered residents are too frightened of the Navajo witches to tell the police much. County cop Dan Nez is also looking into the government thefts. The two detectives--each top dog in their own territory--will have to share jurisdiction, something complicated by their growing attraction to each other. Ella finds evidence that connects Harry's murder to the secret sale of previously unknown Navajo artifacts. If Harry discovered a hidden--and illegal--dig, the artifact smugglers might have killed him to protect their lucrative operation. Identifying the murderer isn't going to be easy. But Harry was one of her own and Ella is determined to bring his killer to justice.


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Aimee and David Thurlo's newest mystery Ghost Medicine, featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. Ella takes all her cases personally, but some cases are more personal than others. The murder of Harry Ute is one of those--not only because Ella and Harry dated, years ago, but because Harry was once a member of her investigative team. Ella's team is as close to Aimee and David Thurlo's newest mystery Ghost Medicine, featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah. Ella takes all her cases personally, but some cases are more personal than others. The murder of Harry Ute is one of those--not only because Ella and Harry dated, years ago, but because Harry was once a member of her investigative team. Ella's team is as close to her as family and a blow against one is a blow against all. Harry's been working for Bruce "Teeny" Little, a local security expert, but despite their long friendship, Teeny won't tell Ella much, just the job involves theft of government property. The dead man was found in an isolated area of the Rez that is reportedly haunted by skinwalkers and the scattered residents are too frightened of the Navajo witches to tell the police much. County cop Dan Nez is also looking into the government thefts. The two detectives--each top dog in their own territory--will have to share jurisdiction, something complicated by their growing attraction to each other. Ella finds evidence that connects Harry's murder to the secret sale of previously unknown Navajo artifacts. If Harry discovered a hidden--and illegal--dig, the artifact smugglers might have killed him to protect their lucrative operation. Identifying the murderer isn't going to be easy. But Harry was one of her own and Ella is determined to bring his killer to justice.

30 review for Ghost Medicine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This was a nicely done end to the series. I knew before reading it that the author had passed away. I think it is one of the best in the series. The plot well done, the editing is great. It seems that the author brought a little more Navaho mysticism into this book than most of the preceding books, even though many of the others featured skin walkers. It was also interesting that the chief protagonist's brother was less aloof and aesthetic. I am a bit saddened to see the story end. It is like sa This was a nicely done end to the series. I knew before reading it that the author had passed away. I think it is one of the best in the series. The plot well done, the editing is great. It seems that the author brought a little more Navaho mysticism into this book than most of the preceding books, even though many of the others featured skin walkers. It was also interesting that the chief protagonist's brother was less aloof and aesthetic. I am a bit saddened to see the story end. It is like saying goodbye to an old friend. I highly recommend this book. It is a good standalone book. If you think you might like the series, I recommend reading this one last. It has much more meaning that way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Molly Whitebear

    I Feel As Though My Family Just Moved Away! I just finished this, the last of the Ella Clah series and I feel as though my own family just moved away and left me! Over the years, the main characters in these books grew and as their lives changed and moved forward, I felt I was there with them and a part of their lives, their beautiful family. I must say, the Thurlos ended this series on a very positive note, but I would have loved to have read so much more. Now, it's all being left to my imaginati I Feel As Though My Family Just Moved Away! I just finished this, the last of the Ella Clah series and I feel as though my own family just moved away and left me! Over the years, the main characters in these books grew and as their lives changed and moved forward, I felt I was there with them and a part of their lives, their beautiful family. I must say, the Thurlos ended this series on a very positive note, but I would have loved to have read so much more. Now, it's all being left to my imagination to tie up any unanswered questions I had left in my mind about what life will bring Ella & Dan, Dawn, Rose & Herman, Justine, Clifford and many others. Loved Teeny so much and I hope Ella ended up working with him! I learned so much about Navajo life in these books, but most of all, I'm very thankful I learned what it is to walk in beauty and maintain the balance! Goodbye, old friends. I will miss you all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Former Navajo policeman Harry Ute is murdered. Investigator Ella Clah and her partner encounter skinwalkers and attempts on Ella's life during the investigation. Related to the Ute case is theft of county property. In the Navajo tribal police politics run rampant as changes occur and personalities clash. Former Navajo policeman Harry Ute is murdered. Investigator Ella Clah and her partner encounter skinwalkers and attempts on Ella's life during the investigation. Related to the Ute case is theft of county property. In the Navajo tribal police politics run rampant as changes occur and personalities clash.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deann Doolittle

    I am so sad this is the last one! I have really enjoyed this series over the years. Thanks to my cousin Becky for the recommendation. I hope Mr. Thurlo is getting on well after the death of his wife. Thanks to you both for this series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Brooks

    A lot of potential, not only in this book, but suffers from a lack in editing. Engaging characters, and a good plotline, I just have a real problem with dumb errors. Like "gravel from a fiberglass roof"... WTF?? A lot of potential, not only in this book, but suffers from a lack in editing. Engaging characters, and a good plotline, I just have a real problem with dumb errors. Like "gravel from a fiberglass roof"... WTF??

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Was a decent book - but I think I will stick with the Hillermans

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chapel Orahamm

    Well composed and thought out. Editing was seemless. Pacing was nice. Hints were dropped in a timely manner for a mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Good story and some action, but too much relationships content for my liking.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Good ending to the series for Ella Clah mystery novels by the Thurlos. Continuation of the series. No spoilers. Has most of the original characters in the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Syrdarya

    I love mysteries which focus on Native American nations and cultures, so I shouldn't have waited so long to dip into this series. The seventeenth entry in a series doesn't seem to be a good place to start, but the authors did an excellent job of introducing the characters in ways that didn't make me, a new reader, feel like I'd missed something. Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is called to investigate the murder of a former boyfriend and coworker, Harry Ute. She hadn't been in contac I love mysteries which focus on Native American nations and cultures, so I shouldn't have waited so long to dip into this series. The seventeenth entry in a series doesn't seem to be a good place to start, but the authors did an excellent job of introducing the characters in ways that didn't make me, a new reader, feel like I'd missed something. Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah is called to investigate the murder of a former boyfriend and coworker, Harry Ute. She hadn't been in contact with him for a while, and his new boss, Bruce "Teeny" Little, is unable to share much information with Ella. She suspects that Harry's current case (investigating thievery in a government department) is connected to his death, and she works with her current boyfriend, county police officer Dan Nez, to unravel the mystery. Adding to the stress of the case is the fear of the locals that a skinwalker is on the loose. Even worse, he or she is threatening Ella and her family. This was a great book. It feels very real, with the interlocking relationships and entanglements of a relatively small community. The book feels involved in the area in a different way from Tony Hillerman's books (maybe because the main character is different from Jim Chee, et al.), and the characters are well-developed (as I suppose they should be, this far along!). The food is described deliciously, and the setting sounds beautiful. In the interest of full disclosure, I won this book in a contest from http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Really liked the book. It combines tradition Navajo culture along with modern culture. The main character, Ella, has to work with both cultures while doing her job as a police inspector. At times it is a tricky balance. She also deals with threats to her family. The book shows a bit about tribal life and politics. Lots of people are related or have relationships with members of the small department. In a small town environment it seems like everyone knows everyone else and that can be difficult Really liked the book. It combines tradition Navajo culture along with modern culture. The main character, Ella, has to work with both cultures while doing her job as a police inspector. At times it is a tricky balance. She also deals with threats to her family. The book shows a bit about tribal life and politics. Lots of people are related or have relationships with members of the small department. In a small town environment it seems like everyone knows everyone else and that can be difficult at times and at other times it works as an advantage. Ella calls upon this a lot as she uses her brother as a quite a bit to help calm peoples fears in a traditional way. Also uses her mom's knowledge to assist in finding the criminal. Well put together. It is the first book I have read in this series so now I will go back and get more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steven Howes

    Ella Clah mysteries are very reminiscent of Tony Hillerman's novels involving Navajo Tribal Policemen Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. The only difference is that the protagonist and Navajo homicide detective, Ella Clah, is a woman. As a single mother, she has a difficult time balancing her police career with family responsibilities. Fortunately, she has an understanding extended family and strong traditions to support her. Readers are exposed to a good deal of Navajo culture as the characters try to Ella Clah mysteries are very reminiscent of Tony Hillerman's novels involving Navajo Tribal Policemen Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. The only difference is that the protagonist and Navajo homicide detective, Ella Clah, is a woman. As a single mother, she has a difficult time balancing her police career with family responsibilities. Fortunately, she has an understanding extended family and strong traditions to support her. Readers are exposed to a good deal of Navajo culture as the characters try to solve a perplexing murder of a local private detective and friend. Navajo skin walkers and witches play a prominent role in the story. I found this to be an enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teri Stich

    What can I say, I love Aimee Thurlo’s Ella Clan Series. I have read each and every one and have yet to be disappointed. Ghost medicine is no exception. Murder, Intrigue, Indian Culture, great characters; it’s all here. If you haven’t read any of the series yet, this can be read as a standalone but since most of the key players in the series return, I think it’s better to read some of the early ones and go from there. Whichever way you play just be sure to read her books, including her other seri What can I say, I love Aimee Thurlo’s Ella Clan Series. I have read each and every one and have yet to be disappointed. Ghost medicine is no exception. Murder, Intrigue, Indian Culture, great characters; it’s all here. If you haven’t read any of the series yet, this can be read as a standalone but since most of the key players in the series return, I think it’s better to read some of the early ones and go from there. Whichever way you play just be sure to read her books, including her other series. A consistently good author I highly recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ron Chicaferro

    This book is another in the long series about the Navajo Police and the life of Police Inspector Ella Clah. Like her other stories, Clah battles bad guys and Tribe politics. Each novel is similar in that sense. But, the stories are terrific and the pace is fast. There isn't a dull page! The writing is crisp and to the point - no wasted words anywhere. In addition to a first-rate mystery you'll learn a fair amount about the Navajo Nation - their beliefs and practices. It will open another world f This book is another in the long series about the Navajo Police and the life of Police Inspector Ella Clah. Like her other stories, Clah battles bad guys and Tribe politics. Each novel is similar in that sense. But, the stories are terrific and the pace is fast. There isn't a dull page! The writing is crisp and to the point - no wasted words anywhere. In addition to a first-rate mystery you'll learn a fair amount about the Navajo Nation - their beliefs and practices. It will open another world for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I thought I was reading Tony Hillerman for awhile but then I got a little tired of the girley humor of the women detectives eyeing each other's men and their physical attributes. It stalled for me half way through as Ella is searching for the murderer and getting involved in a stolen property ring. Lots of interesting Navajo cultural lore but I had trouble keeping track of some of the male characters. I just wanted it to end and end it did. Perhaps the series is over due to some intense tribal p I thought I was reading Tony Hillerman for awhile but then I got a little tired of the girley humor of the women detectives eyeing each other's men and their physical attributes. It stalled for me half way through as Ella is searching for the murderer and getting involved in a stolen property ring. Lots of interesting Navajo cultural lore but I had trouble keeping track of some of the male characters. I just wanted it to end and end it did. Perhaps the series is over due to some intense tribal politics. I'm going to have to check out the sixteen previous episodes of this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pruett

    Superb!!!!. You can't say enough about a perfect book, and a wonderful pair of authors. This is an awesome book as they always are by the Thurlos. I have loved their characters from the first and I will continue to do so . Don't miss this book, this story. But, I will miss Aimee, but she lives on in her remarkable books. If you have never read Ella Clah, please start at the beginning and go forth. If you are a fan and haven't caught up then please do. This is one you don't want to miss. Superb!!!!. You can't say enough about a perfect book, and a wonderful pair of authors. This is an awesome book as they always are by the Thurlos. I have loved their characters from the first and I will continue to do so . Don't miss this book, this story. But, I will miss Aimee, but she lives on in her remarkable books. If you have never read Ella Clah, please start at the beginning and go forth. If you are a fan and haven't caught up then please do. This is one you don't want to miss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Very good entry in this series. Ella Clah and her team of Navaho investigators are theoretically investigating the murder of a former co-worker who was investigating a series of thefts from the San Juan County Sheriff's Department. However, signs of "skinwalkers" keep showing up, which makes everyone uncomfortable. Are these Navaho witches real or are they a distraction to keep Clah from finding the murderer and the source of the theft? Very good entry in this series. Ella Clah and her team of Navaho investigators are theoretically investigating the murder of a former co-worker who was investigating a series of thefts from the San Juan County Sheriff's Department. However, signs of "skinwalkers" keep showing up, which makes everyone uncomfortable. Are these Navaho witches real or are they a distraction to keep Clah from finding the murderer and the source of the theft?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    These mysteries are formulaic, but I've read the whole series because I love the setting. The characters have always been sort of cardboard cutouts and the dialog predictable......this time the whole book was boring. There were some glaring continuity mistakes and a mention of a "Ford Silverado" that made me shake my head at the lack of editing as well. I've got to find a new author for my Four Corners fix. These mysteries are formulaic, but I've read the whole series because I love the setting. The characters have always been sort of cardboard cutouts and the dialog predictable......this time the whole book was boring. There were some glaring continuity mistakes and a mention of a "Ford Silverado" that made me shake my head at the lack of editing as well. I've got to find a new author for my Four Corners fix.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Navajo Police special investigator Ella Clah suspects “skinwalkers,” Navajo witches, may be involved when the body of a former Navajo police officer is found. However, Ella has more to worry about than the investigation. Her unit is being downsized and supposedly modernized. Friends are losing their jobs and the unit’s efficiency is at risk. Concerned about the future of her daughter as well as herself, Ella faces some life-changing decisions. An intriguing setting and complex heroine.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott Wiggerman

    As with all the Ella Clah mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed this one (or should I say I Thurloly enjoyed it?), though it begins with the death of a character who's appeared in a number of books in the series. All the other characters I've grown to love over the years are here, and change is in the air for most of them. But the ending . . . could this really be the last of Ella as a detective? Say it ain't so! As with all the Ella Clah mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed this one (or should I say I Thurloly enjoyed it?), though it begins with the death of a character who's appeared in a number of books in the series. All the other characters I've grown to love over the years are here, and change is in the air for most of them. But the ending . . . could this really be the last of Ella as a detective? Say it ain't so!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    A fair entry in the Ella Clah series. The action is good, the plot is good, but the interactions between characters are almost on a romance novel level. This greatly detracts from the overall intensity of the novel. Please people, it is not fair to the Thurlos to compare these novels to Hillerman's writings. Hillerman was the best at these Indian police stories, and no one can compare. Recommended for fans of mysteries. A fair entry in the Ella Clah series. The action is good, the plot is good, but the interactions between characters are almost on a romance novel level. This greatly detracts from the overall intensity of the novel. Please people, it is not fair to the Thurlos to compare these novels to Hillerman's writings. Hillerman was the best at these Indian police stories, and no one can compare. Recommended for fans of mysteries.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rick Stark

    Ella Clah solves another one. This is the seventeenth book in the series,that follows a team of Navaho Nation Police Officers lead by Clah. Aimee and David Thurlo know the ins and outs of the Navaho "Big Res", so the books reflect that knowledge. I've enjoyed them all of them and do recommend them. Ella Clah solves another one. This is the seventeenth book in the series,that follows a team of Navaho Nation Police Officers lead by Clah. Aimee and David Thurlo know the ins and outs of the Navaho "Big Res", so the books reflect that knowledge. I've enjoyed them all of them and do recommend them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    This is a great series! This installment is not my favorite of the group, but it's clear that this is also a transition book. The main character is clearly preparing for some major life changes that hopefully will also bring some fresh life into the series. I still enjoyed the book & all fans of Tony Hillerman's books are likely to appreciate the mix of setting, culture, characters & plot. This is a great series! This installment is not my favorite of the group, but it's clear that this is also a transition book. The main character is clearly preparing for some major life changes that hopefully will also bring some fresh life into the series. I still enjoyed the book & all fans of Tony Hillerman's books are likely to appreciate the mix of setting, culture, characters & plot.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    Harry Ute, Ella's one time co-worker and lover, was murdered on Ella's turf. Now she, and her fellow police, are working hard to discover what he was doing there and why he was killed. Unfortunately, both were fairly obvious as soon as all the players were introduced, and although it was still a good read, it was a disappointing mystery. Harry Ute, Ella's one time co-worker and lover, was murdered on Ella's turf. Now she, and her fellow police, are working hard to discover what he was doing there and why he was killed. Unfortunately, both were fairly obvious as soon as all the players were introduced, and although it was still a good read, it was a disappointing mystery.

  25. 5 out of 5

    T J

    Aimee Thurlo has done it again. Ella Clah is working hard to catch the killer of her old friend. You have theft and skinwalkers around every turn and I climax ending that will your breathless with anticipation for what Ella will do next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Kues

    I liked it, and it does follow some of the Hillerman themes, though to me there was more action than you'd expect (isn't there always) and I didn't connect with the characters that much. Maybe I should read more of their writings..... I liked it, and it does follow some of the Hillerman themes, though to me there was more action than you'd expect (isn't there always) and I didn't connect with the characters that much. Maybe I should read more of their writings.....

  27. 4 out of 5

    Richelle Montoya

    Awesome!!! as usual, the suspense was there, entertainment was there. I was not disappointed at all. I am always on the look out for their next book. The Ella Clah series is my most favorite books ever!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Starsheen

    Another great entry in this series I gave this book five stars because it was a good read. I enjoyed the series so far, and look forward to reading further entries in it. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jewett

    I love these books. Maybe it's because my father's family came from Navajo land, but these really touch me. The mystery is good but the culture lessons are terrific. I love these books. Maybe it's because my father's family came from Navajo land, but these really touch me. The mystery is good but the culture lessons are terrific.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Another excellent Ellah Clah mystery, but the ending begs the question "Is this the last in the series?" Another excellent Ellah Clah mystery, but the ending begs the question "Is this the last in the series?"

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