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When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she?s panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, which Moon graciously fixes, but her sixteen-year-old daughter, Betty, has gone missing. For how long? Only a few hours, but she?s pregnant. So what about the father-to-be? It?s a good question and anybody?s guess. Betty has kept her lips sealed on the subject.
And that?s not all. Betty claimed to...
When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she’s panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, which Moon graciously fixes, but her sixteen-year-old daughter, Betty, has gone missing. For how long? Only a few hours, but she’s pregnant. So what about the father-to-be? It’s a good question and anybody’s guess. Betty has kept her lips sealed on the subject.
And that’s not all. Betty claimed to be going to see a school counselor on what turned out to be his day off. So was she running away or was she abducted? Moon’s best friend, Granite Creek Chief of Police Scott Parris, doesn’t believe any of it and suspects that Wanda tricked them into doing a little emergency plumbing. While it’s enough to make Parris’s blood boil, Moon can’t shake the feeling that some other foul play might be at work.
James D. Doss’s Coffin Man is a witty ride through the Wild West that’s chock-full of tall tales, wide-open spaces, and Doss’s signature homespun wit.
and his Charlie Moon mysteries
“Charlie Moon looks into several puzzles that confound…in Doss’s amusing 16th adventure featuring the Ute Indian part-time deputy and full-time rancher. Series fans will enjoy spending time with old friends.”—Publishers Weekly
A DEAD MAN’S TALE
“Top-flight work from Doss…a droll fandango.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Funny, even slapstick in places…memorable characters add zest.”—Booklist
THE WIDOW’S REVENGE
“Insanely good.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“It’s Moon who stands tallest in The Widow’s Revenge…a nonstop read [in] this solid series.”
“Successfully evokes the mysticism of traditional Native American storytelling.”—Publishers Weekly
“Outstanding….The narrator clearly is having fun as he unveils his tale, liberally laced with Native American lore, character idiosyncrasies, comedic asides, and a plot that weaves and twists like a highway in the Rockies.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Snake Dreams is the thirteenth novel in this series, and since it’s a very good one—funny, smart, and totally different—it’s a great place for readers to discover Moon.”—Toronto Globe and Mail
Posted January 17, 2012
Posted December 27, 2011
This is the latest (16th) in a long series of books by James Doss. So, if you are already a James Doss fan, read no further, just buy the book and enjoy another tail spun around Aunt Daisy, Charlie, Sara, and Scott Paris.
If you haven't read a James Doss book before and you like a good mistry novel set in the Southwest, (Southwestern Colorado, Nowthwestern New Mexico) and you appreciate a brilliant sense of humor, then by all means buy one of his books and get ready for a good read. I would recommend that you start earlier in the series than this book. The Shaman Sings was his first novel and showcases the unique sense of humor offered by Doss, and serves to introduce the main characters, Charlie Moon, a Ute Indian cop, Aunt Daisy, an old Ute shaman, who talks to ghosts (maybe) to help solve the mistry.
If you don't want to go all the way back to the first book, you could start with Grandmother's Spider, where we meet Sara Frank and have an adventure with a hot air balloon.
So if you want to laugh, cry a little, and get the bad guys, all with a little Southwestern lore mixed in, then read a James Doss book.
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