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Snake Dreams (Charlie Moon Series #13)

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In bestselling author James D. Doss’s latest novel, it’s up to one man to bring law and what’s going to have to pass for order back to his Colorado reservation.

“Doss does for the Utes what Tony Hillerman has done for the Navajo.”—The Denver Post

Charlie Moon has been fighting crime—and investigating the truth behind Ute tribal myths—for ages. Now, the seven-foot rancher and part-time P.I. wants ...

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In bestselling author James D. Doss’s latest novel, it’s up to one man to bring law and what’s going to have to pass for order back to his Colorado reservation.

“Doss does for the Utes what Tony Hillerman has done for the Navajo.”—The Denver Post

Charlie Moon has been fighting crime—and investigating the truth behind Ute tribal myths—for ages. Now, the seven-foot rancher and part-time P.I. wants to carve out a little more time and space for himself and a very significant other, FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague. Is that so wrong?

“Doss has reproduced the land of the southern Colorado Utes with vivid affection.”
—Dallas Morning News

No one—himself included—ever believed the time would come for Charlie to get hitched. There’s only one problem: His beloved, belligerent aunt Daisy. She’s an aged Ute shaman whose own investigative talents rely heavily on help from the spirit world. Ever since Charlie broke the news of his engagement to her, Daisy’s been having terrifying visions of a murdered woman. Now it’s up to Charlie, Daisy, and Lila to find out what it all means—until death do they part…

“Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.”—Rocky Mountain News

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Doss's entertaining 13th mystery to feature Ute investigator Charlie Moon (after 2007's Three Sisters), the spirit of recently murdered Chiquita Yazzi expresses concern for her teenage daughter, Nancy, as well she should, since Nancy was left alone with an abusive stepfather, Hermann Wetzel, who's about to meet the same fate as Chiquita. While Charlie prepares to pop the question to his favorite FBI agent, Lila Mae McTeague, he's also putting together a 16th birthday party for his Aunt Daisy's charge, orphan Sarah Frank. Hermann's murder disrupts the party and brings Nancy to Charlie's ranch, where she absconds with Sarah's birthday gift and goes on a rampage of vengeance. The police chief of Granite Creek, Colo., and fellow officers search high and low to apprehend Hermann's killer, but it's Daisy and Hermann's elderly landlady who team up to bring about the multifaceted solution. Lots of asides and tongue-in-cheek humor add to the fun. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

In the 13th title of Doss's outstanding Southwestern series (after Three Sisters), Charlie Moon's Aunt Daisy and her ward, Sarah, are having dreams about a murdered woman, while the Ute rancher and part-time tribal investigator dreams about getting married. As in the previous titles, nothing here ever happens in a normal, logical way. 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. An overriding feature of Doss's books is humor, which sets them apart from those of Tony Hillerman and Margaret Coel. Highly recommended.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
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“Doss does for the Utes what Tony Hillerman has done for the Navajo.”

—-The Denver Post

“Doss’s trademark humor keeps Charlie and Scott wisecracking as the plot spins smartly along to an unpredictable ending. . . . Charlie Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.”

—-Rocky Mountain News on Three Sisters

“James D. Doss’s novels . . . feel as if the author is sitting around a campfire, spinning a tall tale that engulfs a circle of listeners. . . . His chatty, down-home style shines.”

—-Florida Sun-Sentinel on Three Sisters

“A belly-laugh primer that breaks every rule in the mystery genre, something for which Doss’s fans should be eternally grateful.”

—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Three Sisters

“More twists and turns than the road to Charlie’s acerbic Aunt Daisy’s . . . This latest Colorado mystery leaves no doubt that Doss has carved out his own niche.”

—-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Three Sisters

“Doss has reproduced the land of the southern—Colorado Utes with vivid affection.”

—-The Dallas Morning News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312945053
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Charlie Moon Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 492,387
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES D. DOSS is the author of twelve previous Charlie Moon mysteries, two of which were named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Doss was born in Kentucky, and now divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    the thirteenth Moon investigation is one of the best in a consistently strong series

    Ute Shaman Daisy Perika is shopping at the supermarket when someone taps her shoulder to get her attention. Unperturbed by the interruption Daisy greets Chiquita Yazzi, who tells her she is very worried about her sixteen years old daughter, Nancy because the teen is left alone with her abusive stepfather, Hermann Wetzel ever since Chiquita was murdered. Daisy tells the spirit she will do something to try to keep the girl safe.<BR/><BR/>At the same time, Nancy and her boyfriend plan to rob her house and run away. However, instead someone murders Hermann and the missing boyfriend is the suspect. While this is going on Daisy¿s nephew Charlie Moon plans to propose to FBI agent Lila Mae McTeague and sets up a sweet sixteen birthday bash for his Aunt's ward Sarah Frank. His musings and the party are disturbed when a distraught Nancy arrives at the ranch where she steals Sarah's gift and goes on a berserker attack while Granite Creek, Colorado police investigate the Hermann homicide one step behind Daisy and her elderly sidekick.<BR/><BR/>Loaded with humor, satire, and amusing commentary, the thirteenth Moon investigation is one of the best in a consistently strong series. The cast is zany yet realistic even when Daisy and the late Chiquita have a heart to heart while Charlie is ready to open his heart. Fans of the Moon mysteries and anyone who enjoys an entertaining investigative thriller that effortlessly blends paranormal, amateur sleuth and professional elements will want to read James D. Doss¿ exciting story.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Daisy...Daisy...

    Another strong entry revealing the quirks and foibles of of East-disguised-as-West-meets-real-West. Daisy could be anybody's elderly relative on any reservation--but thankfully is Charlie Moon's problem and delight. Her character reveals a world-view unique to many traditionals, and the obstacles in communication among those who hold these views, those who are bridges, and those who cannot comprehend those views and values. This book, like others in the series, is like visiting that favorite aunt of yours that your parents never approved of...sneak off and visit, but don't drink the coffee.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Enkai

    Nodded. "If it is smelly or looks odd or tasttes odd. If it gets in my mouth i should spit it out."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Kagero

    Is with Hiken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Hiken OOC

    I'm not here. I'm at the secret place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Kit Training - Part Four, Food and Water

    Star started the lesson off by wacking each of the kit's heads. "Wake up!" She demanded. "Anyways, today's lesson will be on food and water, two things that are vital for wilderness survival. So, let's start."<p>

    "First thing: Food. You'll last a bit over a few days without food, seeing that you're kits. But, that's not long. You will need to learn to either fish, hunt, or gather greens, maybe all three. But I've made a chart. In the Newleaf, you collect greens to eat. At this time, prey will be coming out from hiding, but no one wants to scare them back into hiding.<p>

    Greens will be plentifull during Newleaf. In Greenleaf, hunt or fish and collect greens, as well as storing them. The prey will all be out, and the greens will be at their highest peak. At Leafall, start storing dried herbs or greens for the winter. At this time, you'll already have made shelter, so store them there. During winter, there won't be anything to eat. The fish will be at the bottom of the frozen lake. The prey will be hibernating. The greens will die."<p>

    "During this time, stay in your den. I suggest sealing yourself in. Collecting all the dried things to store are vital. If you don't have enough, you won't survive. That brings us to the next part: water."<p>

    "Water is more important than food. You won't last three days without it. There should always be a fresh stream or oasis nearby, depending on where you are. You shelter should always be by the river, but not so close that should the river ever flood, you'd drown.<p>

    During wintertime, the water, if it is fast moving water, should not freeze. You'll always have water nearby, but just in case, I suggest storing water in the hollow if a rock and using it in emergencies."<p>

    "Remember, not all water is safe. Remember to look at the bottom. Any disgusting things there? Does the water smell tainted? Does it look funny? If it does, NEVER drink it." She concluded.<p>

    "Okay, test questions. Hiken, what type of things should you do during Greenleaf for food? Enkai, what are signs that show water are tainted?" After the kits had given responses, Star nodded. "Dismissed."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    To below

    I love snakes and the people out there that doe's not like snakeu guys are a bunch of chickens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    I dont know about the book....

    But lm a HUGE Doss fan!!! :))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    felt like it was written by a ghost writer.

    It was so wordy and phoney sounding. As if it was written by another author. I have read many of his other books and this sounded very different - had to force myself to finish it. I would like a more Native American - Indian perspective.

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