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A Dead Man's Tale

A Dead Man's Tale

A Charlie Moon Mystery

Charlie Moon Mysteries (Volume 15)

James D. Doss

Minotaur Books




Charlie Moon, Ute rancher and investigator, isn't afraid to throw the dice even when a man's life is at stake, but when that man is betting against himself and Moon's ability to save him, that makes for some awfully high stakes.

Hard times have come to Colorado, and Moon's ranch is feeling the pinch. Investor Samuel Reed has never had that problem. He seems to have a special intuition when it comes to picking stocks and claims to be able to remember the future, which gives him quite a leg up on Wall Street. So it's no surprise that Reed is confident when he makes a wager with Moon's best friend, Granite City Chief of Police Scott Parish, that Parish can't keep him alive.

Even when Reed doesn't give them any details beyond the date and time of his impending demise, that's more than enough information for Moon who wants in on the action and is just as confident that he's well on the way to saving his ranch. But Moon's best plans go awry when instead of one homicide on his hands, he ends up with two.

James D. Doss infuses the pages of A Dead Man's Tale, the fifteenth in his popular series, with his potent brand of high spirits and homespun humor that has made him a favorite among mystery readers.


Chapter One

10:54 P.M., May 3
Play It Again, Sam
Samuel Reed is every bit as cheerful as he had been (and would be again) on the evening of his untimely demise. As the jolly fellow slips along Shadowlane Avenue in his sleek gray Mercedes,...


Praise for A Dead Man's Tale

“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 one--funny, smart, and totally different--it'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 mythology--a 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

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About the author

James D. Doss

James D. Doss is the author of the Charlie Moon mysteries, including The Widow's Revenge. Two of the Moon books 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.

James D. Doss

Photo: Kirk W. Doss

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