Rose Destea, the mother of Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah, gets her own story in this stand-alone book.

After her husband was murdered, Rose found herself again through her love for the Navajo tribe and her work as a plant watcher—whose role is to preserve the traditional way of using and treating plants. That's why she gets involved in the disappearance of ceremonial and medicinal plants from the reservation. Someone is taking them indiscriminately and going to great lengths to keep their identity hidden, perhaps even to the point of murder.

PLANT THEM DEEP is an enthralling mystery, with a secondary plot involving Rose's friend that also intrigues. You'll also learn much about the Navajo way of life and their beliefs concerning plants. (Nov., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley