Snake Dreams [NOOK Book]

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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 for himself alongside FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague. That’s right: Charlie has it ...

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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.


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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429922302
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Series: Charlie Moon Series , #13
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 99,369
  • File size: 406 KB

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

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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 January 12, 2014

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    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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