Synopses & Reviews
James D. Doss's latest engrossing mystery marks the return of Charlie Moon, tribal investigator on Colorado's Ute reservation, whose sleuthing skills get some unlikely help from his Aunt Daisy Perika's shamanistic intuition.
TROUBLE SPREADS ITS WINGS
Dr. Manfred Blinkoe is one orthodontist with a very checkered past. So when a fellow diner at Cedar Creek's poshest restaurant drops dead from an unseen assailant's bullet, he can't help thinking that he was the intended target. Desperate for help, he turns to the one local who's up to the job: renowned tribal investigator Charlie Moon.
AND A KILLER COMES TO ROOST
Charlie already has his hands full with two cattle ranches to run, ornery Aunt Daisy's wanderings in the spirit world, and his sparring matches with the alluring FBI agent Lila Mae McTeague. Now he's got an eccentric client with more money than sense and too many enemies--at least one of whom is willing to resort to explosive measures to settle an old score.
"Highly entertaining...big money, big gambles, and a surprise ending
will keep readers turning the pages."
"With all the skill and timing of a master magician, Doss unfolds a meticulous plot laced with a delicious sense of humor and set against a vivid southern Colorado."
--Publishers Weekly on The Witch's Tongue (starred review)
"Hillerman gets the most press, but Doss mixes an equally potent brew of crime and Native American spirituality."
--Booklist on Dead Soul
"Doss likes to toss a little Native American spiritualism and a lot of local color into his mysteries. Fans of the series will be well pleased."--Booklist
"Fans of Daisy Perika, the 80-something shaman who brings much of the charm and supernatural thrill to James D. Doss' mystery series, should like Shadow Man...nice reading."
--Rocky Mountain News
When a local prosecuting attorney is killed by long-range rifle while dining at an exclusive Granite Creek, Colorado, restaurant, it seems obvious that a vengeful criminal is to blame. But orthodontist Manfred Blinkoe was sitting ten feet away and he insists that he was the intended victim. In fact, he claims that just before the shot was fired, he saw his doppelganger--an eerie lookalike--as he has in the past just before a near-death experience. Terrified, Blinkoe hires Charlie Moon to find the lookalike, but before Charlie can get anywhere, Blinkoe is murdered for real.
As usual in Doss's clever, intricately drawn mysteries, the cagey Charlie Moon and his Ute shaman Aunt Daisy share the spotlight.
About the Author
James D. Doss
is the author of the Charlie Moon mysteries, including A Dead Mans Tale
and The Widows Revenge
. Two of the Moon books were named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly.
Originally from Kentucky, he divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.