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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Moon Mysteries (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236461X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312364618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When witches bother widow Loyola Montoya at the start of Doss's enjoyable 14th mystery to feature part-time Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon (after 2008's Snake Dreams), the strange old Apache woman phones Charlie, the only man she knows in Granite Creek, Colo., who will listen to her complaints. By the time Charlie arrives at Loyola's remote 10-acre farm, she's perished in a kitchen fire apparently caused by a fallen kerosene lamp. Was her death accidental, or were the people camped on nearby land owned by the Blue Diamond Natural Gas Company somehow involved? As Moon, FBI agent Lila Mae McTeague and police chief Scott Parris pursue what turns into a criminal investigation, the violence only gets worse. While Doss successfully evokes the mysticism of traditional Native American storytelling, his choppy chapters with their frequent point-of-view shifts may frustrate new readers. Series fans familiar with his style will welcome spending time with old friends. (Nov.)
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Praise for James D. Doss

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 on Snake Dreams

“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

“James D. Doss’s 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’s tale is evocative of the area and of Indian lore, and his chatty, down-home style shines.”
Florida Sun-Sentinel on Three Sisters

“Doss’s trademark humor keeps Charlie and Scott wisecracking as the plot spins smartly along to an unpredictable ending.… The most recent Charlie Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.”
Rocky Mountain News on Three Sisters

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

Customer Reviews

What a cast of characters.
B. England
I find this a distracting way of writing as it makes the reader too aware of the author.
Alice N. Jones
I love James D. Doss,s Charlie Moon mystery books.
Steve

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alice N. Jones on November 14, 2009
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Once again Mr. Doss "stands on the sidelines" and reports this story rather than telling it in a way that allows the reader to "live" it. I find this a distracting way of writing as it makes the reader too aware of the author. Much of the time, I felt Mr. Doss' observations and comments were more an attempt to be cute or clever, rather than legitimately entertaining his readers with a narrative that emphasized the story and brought it to life. Mr Doss is capable of turning out wonderful mysteries that have his readers on the edge of their seats and biting their nails. This is not one of them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian J. Ingebretsen on November 27, 2009
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I was wary that Doss was ready to retire after "Snake Dreams", but in "Widow's Revenge", Charlie Moon once again strapped on his trusty side arm and stepped up and did the job that needed to be done. There was a passage in this book involving our hero, a mountain lion, and a banjo that was so classic Charlie Moon that it almost brought a tear to my eye. I'll leave everyone with a warning...Doss still has a bag full of tricks, and he dropped many into this book. It was a pleasure to read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sig Ruman on August 16, 2010
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Loyola Montoya was the lucky one. Doss killed her off early in The Widow's Revenge. She didn't have to endure this entire hackneyed story. Oh, it started out promisingly enough. Daisy has an encounter with the pitukupf. Charlie Moon returns as the central character. But, it doesn't take long for Doss to reheat his old ideas to fill the remainder of the book. Sara continues to pine for Charlie who rightfully pays no attention to the child. Aunt Daisy has her "visions" when it's convenient to move the story along or to find something that would otherwise go undetected by a matukach. Charlie drinks a mug of coffee with honey - about every other page. Scott Parris is so stressed he has recurring nightmares in a mini-series format, a plot device that is loopy as it is pointless. There are also lots of characters opening their mouths and then snapping them shut without saying anything. Doss complements his tale of mayhem and cannibalism by trotting out some of the all-time great trite expressions. When was the last to your heard someone call a TV the "boob tube?" 1965? Or refer to a movie theatre as a "picture show?" Mercifully, the book reaches it slapdash conclusion on page 290 with the last four pages reading like an essay exam answer scribbled just before time runs out. Doss is so far away from when his books were good that even Stephen Hawking wouldn't be able theorize where he is in the universe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on November 3, 2009
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A new James Doss novel is always eagerly anticipated. I was counting the days until this one arrived in the mail. Most series authors have a book that doesn't hold up somewhere in the series. This one has gone a long while holding on to 4-5 stars. After a long and fun run, this one didn't come up to speed. A lot more gruesome and horrific in detail than most, this book will not be re-read. The characters didn't develop, nothing new happened in any of their relationships and overall the story was flat. Cannibalism and cruel murders were inserted to keep the story moving. Vigilante justice won the day and all is again well on the Columbine. I will go back to eager anticipation that a story again comes to the Columbine and one worth reading arrives in my mailbox in 2011.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Vincent on November 17, 2009
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Why has James Doss abandoned what was a great writing style for this insipid, cutesy style that is so very annoying? I loved his earlier works, but am now completely fed up with this silly story telling style that he has used for at least the last 3 novels. I guess his books are selling well, but I now find them totally annoying, and I used to look so forward to the next installment. With Hillermann gone, and Doss driving me insane such that I can't stomach his stuff anymore, I've no one to lean on for great detective novels set amongst the backdrop of Native Americans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jigsaw on March 13, 2011
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This is a great read, can't miss mystery. Doss builds on each book of this series. Charlie Moon is my alltime favorite character in the written word!!!!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Support Public Libraries on November 3, 2009
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I was so excited to get this book, then had a hard time finishing it. The author's writing style seemed to change with this title and it was distracting to the story...which may have been a good thing. I didn't care for the gratuitous murders or cannibalism, I didn't think it helped the plot at all. It all made me wonder if Doss really wrote this. Hopefully there will be another, better one coming next.
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After a couple of stinkers, James D. Doss rewards his persistent fans with THE WIDOW'S REVENGE. Aunt Daisy is back in character and deep in the thick of things with visits from her pitukupf, some murder victims, and the three horses of death, but she defeats them all with a little bad driving to save both Charlie and Sarah from their mistakes when dealing with pure evil.
Charlie is oblivious to the intentions of Sarah and hopes to find a new friend to share his life. Several ladies make bids to be the special woman, but he manages to foil their attempts for his domestication.
Death is in the air as Scott Parris dreams of his death 100 years before and experiences all the symptoms of a major heart attack, but lives to take out the bad guys and leaves us wondering as to his fate.
A good afternoon read of an author who is back in style.
Nash Black, author of Indie finalists WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS and HAINTS.
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JAMES D. DOSS is the author of twelve Charlie Moon mysteries, two of which were named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Originally from Kentucky, he divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.

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