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The Witch’s Tongue

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The Witch’s Tongue, by James D Doss, is yet another installment of a series of mysteries starring Charlie Moon. This is a weighty tome, so it would be prudent if one does not read it all in one sitting.

A multitude of strange coincidences are rattling around Granite Creek. Colorado. That one should happen in a place known as Spirit Canyon should say something. Coupled with the fact that Native folklore plays a part, this novel is no read for the skeptical.

At any rate, Charlie Moon is off on yet another investigation. Moon is a part time tribal investigator as well as a Ute. For the most part, he runs the Columbine Ranch. I assume the author was thinking of the flower when he penned this work. Charlie is the nephew of a local shaman, who dreams about death. An Apache panics during a routine traffic stop and gets involved in an altercation with a local police officer. Musuem relics are stolen from the building which houses them. Even more bizarre is the disappearance of a man who is known for his abuse of his wife, known as Kicks Dogs.

Throw in FBI involvement, and one gets the impression that the novel will be a bumpy ride. However, Doss has written a truly engrossing piece of work. He takes tradition and mixes in a few odd bits of legend. And the denouement of an ending is stranger still.

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  • Thanks for this review Nancy — please try and proof your work a little bit more carefully in the future — missed periods and that sort of stuff.

  • Um, unless you adjusted my grammar, it looks fine to me.

  • Yeah, I fixed up a few things ~ EB

  • Are you responsible for editing book reviews now? I would like to share something else with you, Eric. Go to geocities and type in Asperger’s Syndrome. Once there, go to connecting the dots. I wrote a paper for that group. Look under articles.

  • Yes – I’m editing the Books section.

    I couldn’t find your article in GeoCities. In any event, I was merely pointing out that you did a good job with your review, but had neglected to place a period here and there. Maybe it would help to have someone take a quick glance at your work before you publish it? I know it helps me… and the best media company I ever worked for had a mandatory “two sets of eyes” policy for anything that someone outside the department or company might read.

  • Nancy, are you referring to this article?

  • Yep. I wrote it, and it’s my own story.

  • Nick Jones

    Let’s not talk about ‘missed periods’, OK?

  • ‘OK’

  • Leave it to a guy to bring up THAT subject.

  • Eric Olsen

    good one Nancy!