White Shell Woman - Charlie Moon, Bk 7 Author:James D. Doss The two sandstone monoliths towering over the southern Colorado landscape are wrapped in ancient mystery. To the local tribes, they are the Twin War Gods, sons of the moon goddess, White Shell Woman. Legends tell of strange happenings in their shadows, of lost treasure and Anasazi blood sacrifice. But it is a much more recent history that troubl... more »es former Ute policeman-turned-rancher Charlie Moon, specifically the fresh corpse of a young Native American woman unearthed at an archaeological dig.« less
While I have read and enjoyed Native American-themed mysteries, I have not found any that grabbed my attention until now. Former policeman Charlie Moon is unwittingly drawn into the murder case of a young archeology student that seems to be tied up with the ancient legend of White Shell Woman and her sons the Twin War Gods, represented by the towering sandstone monoliths near which the murder took place.
Critics have described James Doss' books as a cross between Tony Hillerman and Carl Hiaasen, and I agree - while the book does not lack in mystery and mysticism, what really made it different and more engaging was the wry humor. Strange but not as bizarre as Hiaasen's, Doss kept me chuckling at intervals throughout the book but really had me laughing at the end. Now I will have to find the earlier books (this is book 7 of the series) and read them from the beginning to understand the characters better. I'm looking forward to them!