Carole B. reviewed The Witch's Tongue (Charlie Moon, #9) on
This is a wonderful mystery by an author who recently passed away. It is full of suspense, wit and humor, and many interesting tidbits about the Ute tribe. I needed to buy the whole series so I could read them again and enjoy all of James Doss's books several times. He and Tony Hillerman were master writers of mysteries set in the Southwest. Doss's main character, Charley Moon, moves and grows throughout the series. His aunt, Daisy Perika, is a shaman and quite a character. She lends humor and a mystical insight into the old Ute beliefs. It is best to read them in order, but definitely read them you must!
Good opening paragraph:
"Nearly 13,000 summers have passed since that splendid morning when the first human footprints appeared between these towering canyon walls. But in all the years since that singular event, not one good thing has happened here. This being the case, hardly anyone visits this remote and dreadful place - though the rare exception is worthy of mention."