“Insanely good.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“It's Moon who stands tallest in The Widow's Revenge…a nonstop read [in] this solid series.” Booklist
“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) on SNAKE DREAMS
“Snake Dreams is the thirteenth novel in this series, and since it's a very good onefunny, smart, and totally differentit's a great place for readers to discover Moon.” Toronto Globe and Mail
“One of his best yet!” Booklist on THREE SISTERS
“Wild, authentic...and highly satisfying.” Detroit Free Press on THREE SISTERS
“A finely cut gem.” Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THREE SISTERS
“James D. Doss' novels about Charlie Moon…feel as if the author is sitting around a campfire, spinning a tall tale that engulfs a circle of listeners…Doss' tale is evocative of the area and of Indian lore, and his chatty, down-home style shines in Three Sisters.” Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Doss's trademark humor keeps Charlie and Scott wisecracking as the plot spins smartly along to an unpredictable ending…Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.” Rocky Mountain News on THREE SISTERS
“Style, pathos, enthusiasm, and humor to spare.” Mystery Scene on STONE BUTTERFLY
“A clever plot…will keep readers turning the pages.” Publishers Weekly on STONE BUTTERFLY
“The Moon series deftly blends traditional mystery elements with Native American mythologya surefire read-alike for Hillerman fans.” Booklist on STONE BUTTERFLY
“Droll, crafty, upper-echelon reading.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on STONE BUTTERFLY
“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 on SHADOW MAN
Charlie Moon and his best friend, Scott Parris, the chief of police of upscale Granite City, Colo., face a doozy of a case even by their standards in Doss's folksy 15th mystery featuring the Ute tribal investigator (after 2009's The Widow's Revenge): solving the murder of megabucks investor Samuel Reed before it occurs. Though the two lawmen initially scoff at the prospective victim's proffered wager that he won't survive his young wife's upcoming birthday, they have second thoughts after Mrs. Reed's 911 report of a phantom break-in as well as more serious concerns once Moon's self-appointed deputies--his reprobate Aunt Daisy, an elderly shaman with supernatural sources, and teenage orphan Sarah Frank--tail the lady in question to a rendezvous with her lover. Even so, ensuing events blindside Moon and Parris, setting in motion a denouement surprising enough to make it worth tolerating the author's myriad digressions and annoying stylistic quirks. (Nov.)
A droll fandango between a man who hires an assassin for two bits and a man who predicts his own demise.
Granite Creek, Colo., is humming. The Crowbar Burglar is vandalizing homes. The head of the Oklahoma Chickasaw Blue Lizard Clan is in town to hire an assassin who'll avenge his sister. And Prof. Samuel Reed, a scientist-entrepreneur, is laying bets that Police Chief Scott Parris and Ute rancher Charlie Moon won't be able to keep him alive until his trophy wife Irene's birthday next month. These are all minor complications, of course, compared to the havoc unleashed when Sarah, the teenager who fancies herself in love with Charlie, decides to play detective, and Charlie's Aunt Daisy, who listens to a raven's murmurs and a pitukupf's warning, uses her walking stick as a cudgel and doesn't regret the result. Since beef prices are going south, imperiling Charlie's ranch, he hires on as the Chickasaw's hit man and takes the 10-to-1 odds Reed is laying that he'll be dead within a month. There will be whiffs of infidelity, a mysterious visit to a tattoo parlor, some technical mumbo-jumbo and storytelling that caresses the synapses before all is resolved and the reader has been challenged to review the concepts of time, alternate universes and unrelenting authorial mischief.
Top-flight work from Doss (The Widow's Revenge, 2009, etc.), who can outplot most anybody and give cold-blooded miscreants a case of the giggles. Are you listening, awards committees?