Thurlo, Aimée (Aimee Duvall, Aimee Martel)
Thurlo, Aimée (Aimee Duvall, Aimee Martel)
Born in Cuba; married David Thurlo (a writer).
Home and office—Corrales, NM. E-mail—[email protected]
Writer and novelist. Full-time writer of romance and mystery novels.
RITA Award nomination, best romantic suspense novel, Romance Writers Association, 1989; Career Achievement Award nomination, Romantic Times Magazine, 1997; WILLA Award, contemporary fiction, 2003; Career Achievement Award, romantic suspense, 2003.
ROMANCE NOVELS; WITH HUSBAND, DAVID THURLO (NOT CREDITED)
The Fires Within, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1984.
Hero at Large, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1984.
Ariel's Desire, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1987.
The Right Combination, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1988.
Expiration Date Harlequin (New York, NY), 1989.
Black Mesa, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1990.
Suitable for Framing, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1990.
Strangers Who Linger, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1991.
Night Wind, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1991.
Breach of Faith, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1992.
Shadow of the Wolf, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1993.
Spirit Warrior, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1993.
Timewalker, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1994.
Bearing Gifts, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1994.
Fatal Charm, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1995.
Cisco's Woman, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1996.
Redhawk's Heart, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1999;
Redhawk's Return, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1999.
Black Raven's Pride, Harlequin (New York, NY), 2000.
Council of Fire, Harlequin (New York, NY), 2007.
ROMANCE NOVELS; "FOUR WINDS" TRILOGY; WITH DAVID THURLO (NOT CREDITED)
Her Destiny, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1997.
Her Hope, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1997.
Her Shadow, Harlequin (New York, NY), 1997.
ROMANCE NOVELS; UNDER PSEUDONYM AIMEE MARTEL; WITH DAVID THURLO (NOT CREDITED)
Secrets Not Shared, Leisure Books (New York, NY), 1981.
ROMANCE NOVELS; UNDER PSEUDONYM AIMEE DUVALL; WITH DAVID THURLO (NOT CREDITED)
Too Near the Sun, Berkley (New York, NY), 1982.
Halfway There, Berkley (New York, NY), 1982.
Lover in Blue, Berkley (New York, NY), 1982.
The Loving Touch, Berkley (New York, NY), 1983.
After the Rain, Berkley (New York, NY), 1984.
One More Tomorrow, Berkley (New York, NY), 1984.
Brief Encounters, Berkley (New York, NY), 1985.
Spring Madness, Berkley (New York, NY), 1985.
Kid at Heart, Berkley (New York, NY), 1986.
Made for Each Other, Berkley (New York, NY), 1987.
To Tame a Heart, Crown (New York, NY), 1988.
Wings of Angels, Crown (New York, NY), 1989.
"ELLA CLAH" MYSTERY SERIES; WITH DAVID THURLO
Blackening Song, Forge (New York, NY), 1995.
Death Walker, Forge (New York, NY), 1996.
Bad Medicine, Forge (New York, NY), 1997.
Enemy Way, Forge (New York, NY), 1998.
Shooting Chant, Forge (New York, NY), 2000.
Red Mesa, Forge (New York, NY), 2001.
Changing Woman, Forge (New York, NY), 2002.
Tracking Bear, Forge (New York, NY), 2003.
Plant Them Deep, Forge (New York, NY), 2003.
Wind Spirit, Forge (New York, NY), 2004.
White Thunder, Forge (New York, NY), 2005.
Mourning Dove, Forge (New York, NY), 2006.
Turqoise Girl, Forge (New York, NY), 2007.
"LEE NEZ" MYSTERY SERIES; WITH DAVID THURLO
(With David Thurlo) Second Sunrise, Forge (New York, NY), 2002.
Blood Retribution, Forge (New York, NY), 2004.
Pale Death, Forge (New York, NY), 2005.
Surrogate Evil, Forge (New York, NY), 2006.
"SISTER AGATHA" MYSTERY SERIES; WITH DAVID THURLO
(With David Thurlo) Bad Faith, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2002.
Thief in Retreat, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2004.
Prey for a Miracle, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2006.
False Witness, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2007.
(With David Thurlo) Second Shadow (mystery), Forge (New York, NY), 1993.
The Spirit Line (mystery), Viking (New York, NY), 2004.
Contributor to periodicals, including National Enquirer, Grit, and Popular Mechanics.
Aimée Thurlo and her husband, David, have worked as a writing team for decades, although he has often been an uncredited partner in their collaborations. The couple began their writing endeavors with articles for periodicals such as Grit, Popular Mechanics, and the National Enquirer, but soon branched out into fiction. They produced numerous romance novels before creating their detective heroine Ella Clah, a member of the Navajo Tribal Police. With this mystery series, the Thurlos found a widespread readership.
Born in Cuba, Thurlo has lived in New Mexico for most of her life. Her husband was raised in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, which he left after seventeen years to complete his education at the University of New Mexico. Thurlo and her husband spent years honing their talents, writing romance and romantic intrigue novels under Thurlo's name and the pseudonyms Aimee Martel and Aimee Duvall. Their work from this period includes such books as Strangers Who Linger, Expiration Date, and To Tame a Heart.
In the early 1990s, the Thurlos took a new direction with their writing. They decided to pool their resources and use their knowledge of genre fiction and Navajo traditions to produce unique mysteries. The Thurlos' first Shiprock novel, Second Shadow, combines mystery and romantic elements. Irene Pobikan, a Tewa Indian and an architect, receives her first commission—to renovate the Mendoza hacienda—because of her extensive experience with adobe buildings from the Pueblo. The Mendozas have a history of mistreating the people of her tribe, and tight deadlines force both architect and construction crew to live on the isolated Mendoza property. No sooner does she begin construction, however, than a series of mysterious accidents occurs. When Irene discovers a twenty-year-old corpse on the site and becomes aware of a hostile prowler, she turns to her Tewa beliefs and calls on her guardian spirit, the mountain lion, for protection and help. In the meantime, she finds herself falling for Raul Mendoza despite the fact that his alcoholic brother, Gene, is determined to sabotage her hard work. Also present in the novel is Raul's beautiful but mildly retarded sister, Elena, who has an important secret she cannot share. Although a Publishers Weekly reviewer found the novel's "cliffhanger" chapter endings too formulaic, Library Journal reviewer Marion F. Gallivan praised the plotting, noting that the suspense "builds effectively to the finale."
Inspired by mystery novelist Tony Hillerman's enthusiasm and buoyed by the initial success of Second Shadow, the Thurlos then developed a mystery series set in the Southwest that features Ella Clah, a Navajo FBI agent who combines modern investigative techniques with traditional Native American beliefs to solve mysteries. In the first novel of the series, Blackening Song, Ella is called from Los Angeles to return to the Shiprock Reservation, which she had left at age eighteen. Her father, a Christian minister, has been found murdered and mutilated in a way that suggests a ritual killing. Ella's brother Clifford, a hataali, or traditional medicine man, has fled and is now a prime suspect. Before the murder, Clifford, a traditionalist, had argued vehemently with his father over the construction of a Christian church on the reservation. With the FBI investigation being conducted by an Anglo who has a troubled history with the Navajo community, Ella finds that she must act as liaison between the bureau, the tribe, and the tribal police.
Teaming up with Wilson Joe, a college professor who is Clifford's closest friend and staunchest defender, Ella finds her brother, who tells her that their father was murdered by Navajo witches called "skinwalkers," members of a religious cult that practices black magic. Rumors about the skinwalkers abound on the reservation, and when ghostly coyotes are spotted before three men are found murdered in a manner similar to that of Ella's father, Ella is forced to reconsider the traditional beliefs she abandoned years ago. A Publishers Weekly reviewer commented: "Contrasting the high-tech and hyperrational methods of the FBI with the ritual world of the Navajo …, the Thurlos ratchet up a lot of suspense. Throw away logic and enjoy." A Library Journal critic observed that "the action moves swiftly in this well-written mystery."
In Death Walker, the second in the Ella Clah series, Ella joins the Navajo tribal police force as a special investigator. The case she faces threatens the cultural traditions of the Navajo people, who revere their elders as "living treasures," those who embody the tribe's heritage and collective wisdom. After tribal historian Kee Dodge is clubbed to death and apparently symbolic religious artifacts are left near his body, one elder after another is similarly slain, and Ella must face the likely possibility that the malignant skinwalkers are preying upon the tribe again. While dealing with a minimal staff, threats directed at her family, and the skewed mind of the psychopathic killer, Ella draws both on her FBI experience and her intuition to solve the crimes. She is aided by her young cousin, Justine Goodluck, who joins the investigation as Ella's assistant. A reviewer for the Armchair Detective praised the "grittily convincing atmosphere and landscapes" and noted that the female characters in Death Walker are "particularly well drawn." A School Library Journal reviewer also praised the Thurlos' use of landscape and description and approved of the way "characters develop into unique individuals with talents, strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies." This reviewer called Death Walker "a fast-paced, intriguing novel."
Bad Medicine, the third novel in the Ella Clah series, begins with two seemingly unrelated homicides. On her way to investigate the fatal clubbing of Navajo-rights activist Stanley Bitah, Ella attends to a report of a drunk-driver fatality. The problem is that Angelina Yellowhair was not drunk at all; she had been fatally poisoned even before her car crashed, and Ella finds herself pulled in many directions as she struggles to focus on both murders. Suspects in Bitah's murder include fellow coal miners who may resent his ties to the Navajo Justice Church, as well as the members of the Brotherhood, a white supremacist group, and the Fierce Ones, composed of residents of the Navajo reservation. However, the suspects must go temporarily uninvestigated because State Senator James Yellowhair, the father of Angelina, is pressuring Ella and tribal medical examiner Carolyn Roanhorse to overlook forensic evidence of drugs in Angelina's body and halt their investigation.
While Ella struggles to balance her cases, Angelina's tissue samples and poisoned organs disappear. Infections soon break out among Dr. Roanhorse's patients, and the medical examiner's credibility, career, and home come under attack. Stories on the reservation suggest that the examiner has been contaminated by the chindi, earthbound spirits of the dead, and that Dr. Roanhorse is spreading this contamination to the people. Ella must prove Dr. Roanhorse's innocence before her friend is murdered. A Kirkus Reviews critic found Bad Medicine "overstuffed" and "too much of a good thing," and added that "trying to sort out the suspects and subplots is like wandering for hours" in a museum "filled with fascinating exhibits."
In Enemy Way, the fourth Ella Clah mystery, the Navajo Police force continues to be strained to the limit. Gang violence, drunk driving, and the murder of an old friend's loved one create headaches for Ella as her investigative skills are needed everywhere at once. When her mother is seriously injured in a car accident, Ella takes on family responsibilities that threaten her career just at a time when her old enemies, the skinwalkers, make their presence known once again. A Publishers Weekly writer said of Enemy Way: "In a world out of balance, Ella strives to find the harmony between work and family, tradition and modernity. She herself remains an intriguing bundle of contrasts."
Shooting Chant finds Ella dealing with increased personal and professional challenges. She is anticipating becoming a single parent, keeping her pregnancy a secret as long as she is able. At the same time, she is working on a case involving LabKote, a medicalsupplies company run by outsiders but located on the reservation. It seems LabKote may have contaminated reservation property with some sort of toxin. Then the company's headquarters are broken into, and records pertaining to pregnant women are stolen. Ella feels even more threatened by this development, and by the escalating violence associated with the Fierce Ones, a vigilante group to which her brother belongs. "The Thurlos mix social commentary with plot-twisting suspense in a well-developed and unsentimental tale," remarked a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Booklist reviewer Connie Fletcher also enjoyed "the richly complex Ella and her fight to bring integrity to her work and personal life," and Pam Johnson, writing in the School Library Journal, called this "an enticing mystery built on a frighteningly realistic scenario."
Clah's child is a toddler in the next series title, Red Mesa. "The moments that single mom Clah steals from her work to spend with her eighteen-month-old daughter, Dawn, are poignantly rendered," reflected a Publishers Weekly reviewer. Yet Ella has her hands full with another mystery. Her cousin and assistant, Justine, has become increasingly wild and unreliable—and then she turns up dead. Ella is targeted as a prime suspect, and she must desperately try to clear her own name as she hunts for the real killer. The result is "an intense, spellbinding family drama," wrote Rex Klett in Library Journal.
Tensions between modernist and traditionalist members of the tribe are always a feature in the Clah series, but especially so in Changing Woman. In this story, life has become especially hard on the reservation, as unemployment climbs and a drought persists. Some tribe members think that building a casino is the answer, but others, including Ella's mother, Rose, find the idea a threat to many of the traditional values of the Navajo. Although she has never been an outspoken person, Rose begins to change under the pressure of this important issue. The Thurlos "present a good look at the complexities of the gaming issue while maintaining the character-driven essence of the series," stated a Publishers Weekly reviewer. Fletcher, in another Booklist review, concluded: "Plenty of action, splendid characterizations, and a deep knowledge of contemporary Navajo life makes this a rewarding read."
Plant Them Deep, the next Ella Clah novel, focuses primarily on the activities of Clah's mother, Rose Destea. Rose is a Plant Watcher, and when the Navajo tribe's precious medicinal plants start disappearing, Rose is appointed their guardian. Her investigation soon turns up evidence that the plants are indeed being stolen by persons unknown, but the suspect list includes both tribal and off-reservation suspects. Rose asks the tribal medicine men to reveal the closely guarded location of their ancestral plant beds, but when she receives this information, she finds her safety threatened by someone who will stop at nothing to acquire the valuable herbals. A Publishers Weekly reviewer called the novel "the coziest of cozies, long on horticultural detail and short on mystery." However, Booklist reviewer Connie Fletcher observed that Rose "remains a fascinating character, and focusing on her life makes a nice twist in a popular series."
Wind Spirit, the ninth novel featuring Clah, concerns conflicts brewing on the Four Corners Navajo reservation between traditionalists and those who want the tribe to adopt new ways; between the tribe and outsiders off the reservation; and in Clah's own mind, as she struggles to reconcile her heritage with her choice of profession. As the novel opens, Clah has suffered a serious accident, falling down an abandoned uranium mineshaft on the reservation. She survives the ordeal, but in doing so, she has raised the suspicions of the reservation residents, who believe that she was saved by evil spirits. To solve her problem, Clah must find an elderly medicine man who will perform a cleansing ritual on her. Arsons and related deaths on the reservation complicate Ella's attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her people. The authors "hit all the right notes," combining "fast-moving plots and a wealth of fascinating cultural information," commented Fletcher in another Booklist review. A Publishers Weekly contributor noted that "fans will delve into this one and feel right at home."
When FBI agent Andrew Thomas goes missing on the reservation, Ella Clah is tasked to investigate his disappearance in White Thunder. Soon, Clah discovers that Thomas may have interrupted a sacred Navajo ceremony during an unknown investigation of his own, but she doesn't believe that would lead to his murder. If Thomas is still alive, time is a critical factor before he dies of thirst or exposure in the desert. She focuses her questioning on the tribe members who were present at the ceremony, and in the process uncovers a criminal scheme to divert Social Security checks from the Navajo. When Clah discovers a dismembered body bearing Thomas's FBI badge, she still does not believe she has found the man for whom she was searching. As the story progresses, she uncovers FBI involvement in the Social Security scheme, and engages in a dangerous chase to find Thomas before it is too late. Booklist critic Wes Lukowsky called the novel "an excellent entry in an underappreciated series."
In recent years, Thurlo has widened her range to include a pair of additional recurring series characters. The first of these, Sister Agatha, is a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Adoration, a cloister in New Mexico. In her first appearance in Bad Faith, Sister Agatha is an extern nun, which allows her to interact with the world outside the cloister, running errands, getting the monastery's rattletrap car repaired, and conducting business for the other nuns. Though Sister Agatha has taken her religious vows, she was once an investigative journalist named Mary Naughton who lived a rather wild life and dated local sheriff Tom Green before becoming a nun in her thirties. In the novel, Sister Agatha investigates a death when popular, gentle monastery chaplain Father Anselm dies an agonizing death during mass, brought on by a virulent poison. Everyone is a suspect for the dutiful cleric, even fellow nuns. With enthusiasm and intelligence, Sister Agatha works her investigation inside and outside the monastery. Fletcher, writing again in Booklist, remarked that "Sister Agatha deserves a place with Father Brown in the gallery of canny religious sleuths."
The motorcycle-riding Sister Agatha undertakes the investigation of the disappearance and curious reappearance of a number of religious artifacts in Thief in Retreat. The statues and artwork were stolen from the Retreat, a fancy New Mexico resort that was allowed to hold onto the artifacts after the nuns' old monastery was sold. As the curator of the local college museum is called in to consult on the case, Sister Agatha calls on Sheriff Green to assist, even though he is out of his jurisdiction. As the three investigate, they run afoul of the local sheriff, disrupt a mystery writers' conference, and encounter a ghost prowling the halls of the Retreat. "Readers will cheer as Sister Agatha puts God first and follows His lead," commented a reviewer in Publishers Weekly.
Prey for a Miracle finds the Sisters providing sanctuary to Natalie Tannen, a little girl who claims that she can see angels. With her mother gravely injured in a suspicious automobile accident, the girl must stay at the monastery until Sister Agatha can unravel the case. Matters are complicated by a tabloid reporter who is looking for the little girl to do a story on her supernatural visions. Natalie is also being sought by earnest pilgrims seeking help from the girl who talks to angels. In a more mundane twist, the Sisters take up the bakery business in order to raise money to fix the monastery's roof. Francisca Goldsmith, writing in the School Library Journal, commented that the novel's "pace is sprightly and rides along on the waves of almost-probable events."
Thurlo's second new series character is Lee Nez, a Navajo police officer who works in New Mexico. Nez is not a typical police officer: he is also part vampire, sufficiently cleansed by a Navajo medicine man to allow him a semblance of a modern life. Nez must still subsist on blood—animal blood, not human and an occasional rare steak. His condition gives him physical enhancements, such as supernatural strength and speed, and he ages extremely slowly. In Second Sunrise, Thurlo tells Nez's origin story. Near the end of World War II, the still-human Nez ran across a group of Nazis hijacking a U.S. convoy in the desert. In the desperate shootout, Nez's partner is killed and he is gravely wounded, but he is able to locate the Nazis' target—a shipment of weapons-grade plutonium—and conceal it. A vengeful Nazi vampire, Hans Muller, turns Nez into a vampire, hoping to one day find out the location of the plutonium from him. Turning to a Navajo "Hataali," a shamanistic healer, Nez undergoes rituals that preserve his life and blunt the disadvantages of his vampiric state. Six decades later, Nez makes it his mission to rid the world of the evil skinwalkers, even as he discovers that he will once again have to face his progenitor, the vampire Hans Muller. A Kirkus Reviews contributor called the book "paced like a hundred-yard dash and yet still somehow a leisurely read. Cross-genre entertainment at the top of its form."
In the second book in the series, Blood Retribution, Nez and FBI agent Diane Lopez have managed to come through a confrontation with a violent group of skinwalkers. When they are called away to investigate a jewelry smuggling case that resulted in the deaths of two undercover officers, they discover that the smugglers are skinwalkers, and will not be stopped by anything short of death. Meanwhile, Elka, the sister of Hans Muller, has come to town looking for revenge against Nez, and she has hired a powerful young vampire killer to destroy the undead lawman. The story is "filled with plenty of excitement and intrigue," noted Kristine Huntley in Booklist.
Pale Death finds Nez and Lopez on the hunt for a renegade vampire, Stewart Tanner, who was held by the government and subjected to brutal experiments. The torture Tanner received at the hands of the government researchers has driven him mad, and in his deranged state he is causing considerable trouble. When Tanner is finally captured, he is held in jail, but a power outage allows him to escape. He then goes on a vicious killing spree that taxes Nez and Lopez to their limit. Nez must also discover why the vampire population of Four Corners has suddenly started to increase. The authors "smoothly combine action and investigative procedure with insights into Navajo culture," noted a Publishers Weekly contributor.
The Spirit Line is a standalone novel again based on Native American lore and tradition. Crystal Manyfeathers is a skilled Navajo weaver who has decided to perpetuate her family's longstanding trade as rug weavers. Disenchanted with life on the reservation and uninterested in the traditions of her native culture, Crystal seeks to earn money for college so she can leave her stifling life behind for good. Still, to please her father, she has agreed to partake in the Kinaalda, the traditional Navajo coming-of-age ceremony, at her upcoming fifteenth birthday. She is steadily working on her first large rug, an important item to be used as part of the ritual. When the rug is nearly finished, however, Crystal elects not to weave in the Spirit Line, a single flawed line of stitches placed into every Navajo rug in respect to Spider Woman. Mysterious illness and visions of Spider Woman plague Crystal, and her situation takes an even more dire turn when the rug is stolen. Asking her friend Junior, a healer in training, for help, the two set out to track down the thieves and recover the important artifact. The novel provides accurate information on "Navajo customs, mostly believable teen dialogue, and a realistic depiction of the conflicts modern Native young people face," commented Cris Reidel in the School Library Journal.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Heising, Willetta L., editor, Detecting Women 2, Purple Moon Press (Dearborn, MI), 1996.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, 1975-1991, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1992.
Armchair Detective, summer, 1996, review of Death Walker, p. 361.
Booklist, December 15, 2000, Connie Fletcher, review of Red Mesa, p. 792; February 15, 2002, Connie Fletcher, review of Changing Woman, p. 996; October 15, 2002, Connie Fletcher, review of Bad Faith, p. 392; December 15, 2002, Kristine Huntley, review of Second Sunrise, p. 740; February 15, 2003, Connie Fletcher, review of Tracking Bear, p. 1054; October 15, 2003, Connie Fletcher, review of Plant Them Deep, p. 395; March 15, 2004, Connie Fletcher, review of Wind Spirit, p. 1273; May 1, 2004, Gillian Engberg, review of The Spirit Line, p. 1497; September 1, 2004, Kristine Huntley, review of Blood Retribution, p. 70; March 15, 2005, Wes Lukowsky, review of White Thunder, p. 1271; May 1, 2005, Gillian Engberg, "Top Ten Mystery/ Suspense for Youth," review of The Spirit Line, p. 1543; October 15, 2005, Kristine Huntley, review of Pale Death, p. 34; May 15, 2006, David Pitt, review of Prey for a Miracle, p. 28; November 1, 2006, Elliott Swanson, review of Surrogate Evil, p. 32.
Drood Review of Mystery, January, 2001, reviews of Red Mesa and Shooting Chant, p. 23.
Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 1995, review of Blackening Song, p. 216; October 1, 1997, review of Bad Medicine, p. 1491; February 1, 2002, review of Changing Woman, p. 147; October 1, 2002, review of Bad Faith, p. 1432; October 15, 2002, review of Second Sunrise, p. 1509; February 1, 2003, review of Tracking Bear, p. 193; September 15, 2003, review of Plant Them Deep, p. 1158; March 15, 2004, review of The Spirit Line, p. 278; March 1, 2005, review of White Thunder, p. 264; August 1, 2005, review of Pale Death, p. 820; March 1, 2006, review of Mourning Dove, p. 214; May 15, 2006, review of Prey for a Miracle, p. 501; October 1, 2006, review of Surrogate Evil, p. 994.
Kliatt, March, 2004, Michele Winship, review of The Spirit Line, p. 16.
Library Journal, October 15, 1993, Marion F. Gallivan, review of Second Shadow, p. 91; July, 1995, Maria A. Perez-Stable, review of Blackening Song, p. 124; April 1, 2000, Susan A. Zappia, review of Shooting Chant, p. 135; March 1, 2001, Rex Klett, review of Red Mesa, p. 133; November 15, 2002, Patricia Altner, review of Second Sunrise, p. 104; March 1, 2003, Rex E. Klett, review of Tracking Bear, p. 122; November 1, 2003, Rex E. Klett, review of Plant Them Deep, p. 128.
Publishers Weekly, April 5, 1991, Penny Kaganoff, review of Strangers Who Linger, p. 140; October 4, 1993, review of Second Shadow, p. 65; May 1, 1995, review of Blackening Song, p. 46; April 22, 1996, review of Death Walker, p. 62; August 25, 1997, review of Bad Medicine, p. 48; July 27, 1998, review of Enemy Way, p. 57; April 3, 2000, review of Shooting Chant, p. 66; January 29, 2001, review of Red Mesa, p. 68; February 25, 2002, review of Changing Woman, p. 45; October 28, 2002, review of Bad Faith, p. 54; November 11, 2002, review of Second Sunrise, p. 45; February 17, 2003, review of Tracking Bear, p. 60; October 6, 2003, review of Plant Them Deep, p. 65; February 9, 2004, review of Wind Spirit, p. 60; November 22, 2004, review of Thief in Retreat, p. 41; March 14, 2005, "April Publications," review of White Thunder, p. 49; August 8, 2005, review of Pale Death, p. 216; May 15, 2006, review of Prey for a Miracle, p. 51.
School Library Journal, March, 1997, Pam Johnson, review of Death Walker, p. 216; January, 1999, review of Enemy Way, p. 160; July, 2000, Pam Johnson, review of Shooting Chant, p. 128; August, 2003, Pam Johnson, review of Tracking Bear, p. 188; June, 2004, Cris Riedel, review of The Spirit Line, p. 150; September, 2006, Francisca Goldsmith, review of Prey for a Miracle, p. 248.
Aimée and David Thurlo Home Page,http://www.aimeeanddavidthurlo.com (January 10, 2007).
BookBrowser, http://bookbrowser.com/ (January 10, 2007), Harriet Klausner, reviews of Shooting Chant and Changing Woman.
Fantastic Fiction,http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ (January 10, 2007).
Suite 101,http://www.suite101.com/ (June 20, 2005), Linda Suzane, interview with Aimée and David Thurlo; reviews of Second Sunrise and Blood Retribution.