Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Mystery Book Club

Spider Woman's Daughter Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the 3rd person narration?
  2. The book begins with the shooting of Joe Leaphorn, how does this shape the story?
  3. Bernie is a police officer but an FBI agent interrogates her about the shooting, what do you think of this interaction?
  4. Does Bernie being removed from the case change the mystery?
  5. Do you like Bernie?
  6. What do you think of the inclusion of Navaho beliefs and history into the book?
  7. Should Bernie have taken Leaphorn’s cat home or put it outside?
  8. This is the first book in the series, does it feel that way?
  9. Do you think the old cases refer back to Tony Hillerman’s books?
  10. Were you surprised that the book switched perspective to Jim Chee?
  11. Do you like Jim Chee?
  12. What do you think of Bernie and Jim’s relationship?
  13. Why do you think Darlene is included in the book?
  14. What do you think of the information about the pots and their connection with the case?
  15. What did you think of the prayers for Leaphorn?
  16. Why do you think Chee was questioning Maxie Davis when they were alone and she had a gun?
  17. Did you expect Bernie to get tasered?
  18. Would you be able to encourage the bad guy monologue while tied up and tasered?
  19. Were the red herrings of the boys Jackson and Lizard or Louisa convincing suspects?
  20. Did you figure out the mystery?
  21. Did you like the book?
  22. Would you read more in the series?

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