Snake Dreams

Snake Dreams

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by James D. Doss
     
 

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With his Southwestern series, bestselling author James D. Doss and his dryly humorous, no-nonsense Native American sleuth, Charlie Moon, have brought law and what's going to have to pass for order to Charlie's Columbine Ranch and the nearby Ute reservation.


Now the seven-foot rancher and part-time tribal investigator wants to carve out a little more space

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Overview

With his Southwestern series, bestselling author James D. Doss and his dryly humorous, no-nonsense Native American sleuth, Charlie Moon, have brought law and what's going to have to pass for order to Charlie's Columbine Ranch and the nearby Ute reservation.


Now the seven-foot rancher and part-time tribal investigator wants to carve out a little more space for himself alongside FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague. That's right: Charlie has it in his head that he's going to get hitched. That is, unless Charlie's irascible aunt, her sixteen-year-old niece, and their visions of a dead woman--her throat slit from ear to ear--have anything to say about it.


With a bit of romance and full measure of murder, Snake Dreams, the thirteenth in James D. Doss's widely loved Charlie Moon series, is a haunting tale best told under a full moon and beside a crackling fire.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429922302
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Series:
Charlie Moon Series , #13
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
101,706
File size:
0 MB

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