Nature, Balance and the Detective Novel

Development near Clear Lake, 2015 (from Uprooted)   © Kristine Heykants 2017

Development near Clear Lake, 2015 (from Uprooted  © Kristine Heykants 2017

I am a self-confessed junkie of murder mystery novels. Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Sarah Paretsky, Donna Leon and so many others have written stories that cater to my preferred literary functions: a) social commentary, and b) escapism .

My current binge-read is Tony Hillerman, the acclaimed raconteur of the Navajo Way philosophy. Analytical and traditional perspectives are played through characters Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee, officers in the Navajo Tribal Police. At stake is the importance of being in balance with nature, with all beings having their particular role to play.

Nature is a revitalizing remedy to the energy demands of our modern lifestyles. This post is dedicated to the love of nature and the balance it provides.