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The Shaman's Bones (Shaman Mysteries)

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A book by James D. Doss

For mystery buffs who like a little magic mixed into their mayhem, James D. Doss serves up the third in his series of regional mysteries set on Native American reservations. InThe Shaman's Bones,Doss's hero, tribal policeman Charlie Moon, and a Shoshone … see full wiki

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Author: James D. Doss
Publisher: Avon
1 review about The Shaman's Bones (Shaman Mysteries)

beautiful and atmospheric mystery

  • Feb 8, 2010
Rating:
+3
I like Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries, and I love the red-rock country of Southern Utah, so James Doss was a logical next author to read, and The Shaman's Bones was a good place to start.

The Denver Post says Hillerman's fans will find a new home here. It's probably right. Doss's characters seem more actively mystical than Hillerman's, with dreams revealing hidden locations and spirit guides speaking in riddles. But there's a beautifully solid grounding in humor and everyday reality. Some delightfully convoluted conversations reward the reader with laugh-out-loud insights, even as chapters end with dark foreboding and foreshadowing. The characters bring and reveal their own different strengths and weaknesses, learning more about each other as the tale weaves on.

A small child is left in the care of Charlie Moon's aunt; her mother and father seem to have disappeared. Meanwhile dark visions promise death and dismay, and a woman is murdered in very strange circumstances. Police Chief Scott Parris has his own reasons for listening carefully when the aunt warns of danger to come, and the scene is set.

The novel is relatively long at 350 pages, and the list of characters likewise, but the story kept me eagerly reading, and the characters stayed clear and well-defined. The scenery plays its own part too, with beautiful descriptions and atmosphere. I was glad to find that there are many more Shaman mysteries by Doss, and I plan to look out for them.

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