The Shaman Sings

James D. Doss

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The Shaman Sings

The Shaman Sings The howling Coyote messenger of the dwarf master pitukupf and dancing balls of fire the bruja These are the omens that appear to the aged Ute shaman Daisy Perika and her shepherd friend Nahum Yaciit

  • Title: The Shaman Sings
  • Author: James D. Doss
  • ISBN: 9780380724963
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • The howling Coyote, messenger of the dwarf master pitukupf and dancing balls of fire, the bruja These are the omens that appear to the aged Ute shaman Daisy Perika and her shepherd friend Nahum Yaciiti Omens signaling the work of the Dark One among the matukach, the white people in this southwestern corner of Colorado The brutal, late night murder of graduate student PrThe howling Coyote, messenger of the dwarf master pitukupf and dancing balls of fire, the bruja These are the omens that appear to the aged Ute shaman Daisy Perika and her shepherd friend Nahum Yaciiti Omens signaling the work of the Dark One among the matukach, the white people in this southwestern corner of Colorado The brutal, late night murder of graduate student Priscilla Song in her physics laboratory is Chief Scott Parris s first homicide case since arriving from Chicago three years earlier At first it looks open and shut, but loose ends quickly unravel to produce several possible suspects with equally pressing motives With the help of lovely journalist Anne Foster and Daisy Perika, Parris just may be able to catch the killer before he selects another victim First novelist James D Doss juxtaposes two extremes of southwestern life to create a dramatic and moving story that is much than simply a murder mystery The people in these disparate worlds mingle with, give to, and take from one another The reader is caught up in not only the discoveries of hard science, but what the old Shaman can see and effect when she sings.

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    1. Randee Baty on said:

      It seems like I compare books to food a lot lately so this one reminds me of casserole where it tastes pretty good but there’s just some ingredient in it you just can’t place and would have been fine without and maybe the whole thing is slightly underseasoned. The Shaman Sings was James D. Doss’ debut novel and I think that shows pretty clearly. There are a lot of elements in the story. There is the mystical Ute woman, the Keystone cop deputies, the illegal immigrant, the visions, the drea [...]

    2. Amanda on said:

      This series is often compared to Tony Hillerman novels, though the writing styles of these two authors are markedly different. The similarities are primarily in genre with mysteries involving Native American culture, Colorado settings, and tribal investigator protagonists. Qualities appreciated by Hillerman fans won't necessarily translate to Doss novels, and vice versa. My limited experience with Hillerman novels is based on Dance Hall of the Dead, which I couldn't even finish for its hard-boil [...]

    3. StacieHaden on said:

      Flawed and disjointed. Clearly, a first work by the author. I hear they get better.

    4. Jan on said:

      This is not so much a detective story as the struggle between good and evil with a confusion of Ute mythology, white man's "the bad", the Catholic church, the Inca's and Mayan's, dream quests, witches and perhaps schizophrenia backed by evil. The overall plot hangs together although sometimes it feels like the mish mash of the supranatural is the "get out of jail" card for writing oneself into a box. The characterization of some of the attitudes such as Mexican illegal, Julio Pacheco, relationsh [...]

    5. Marlène on said:

      Voilà un polar "ethnique" très sympathique. Bourré d'humour, un juste équilibre entre sciences, ici une sombre histoire d'assassinat suite à la découverte du Graal des super-conducteurs, et traditions natives-américaines, avec les visions de Daisy Perika, vieille chaman Ute, et les prémonitions du chef de la police Scotty Parris.Un tas de fausses pistes à l'entourloupe bien menée, des personnages chouettes et drôles, même si certains sont un peu trop caricaturaux (le criminel mexicai [...]

    6. Julie Howard on said:

      First, the positivegood characters, and an interesting murder. The negative1. Not enough Charlie Moon 2. Too much stuff left unexplained that is unrelated to the story. Daisy's friend is taken by angels and his sheep killed? No one investigates? 3. The pretty reporter is hurt badly then is out running around the next day? Seriously, no. 4. There were serious hints of a supernatural thing about the killer, never explained. 4. What the heck were the fireballs and witches that Daisy saw? I read a l [...]

    7. Chris on said:

      I had a hard time with this one. Charlie Moon is hardly in it. Most of the book has your typical stereotypes of lawmen, academics,etc Some of the action feels contrived and hollow. In one case a character is almost murdered but she survives and is walking around like nothing happened within hours of the near fatal wounding. The best parts of the book were about the scientific discovery. The attempt to meld the Native American mythology with a murder mystery didn't succeed like the works of Tony [...]

    8. Patty on said:

      There were some interesting bits to this story that will have me seeking out at least one more in the series (the superconductor science, the Native American settings), but Charlie Moon whose name is attached to the series hardly features in it at all, and some of the characters were just obnoxious. The pace of the "romance" between the sheriff and the reporter seemed disjointed to me, and I couldn't tell how seriously or "real" some of the shamanistic experiences were supposed to be considered. [...]

    9. Michele Beacham on said:

      Picked this up from the Local Authors shelf at a bookstore in Albuquerque on a whim to read while I was there for the weekend. It was pretty good and a fast read, but I was a little bit disappointed at it being listed at the first "Charlie Moon" book, because he was hardly in it at all. I probably would have liked it less had I not read it on vacation (I find that vacation makes everything better!)

    10. Jen on said:

      Meh. I just discovered this author recently and I really liked the concept of mysteries set on the Ute reservation. Like having another Hillerman to read. But somehow, so far, he never quite pulls it off. I do like some of his characters. But the plots get pretty contrived, and the twist is never "honest" from the reader's point of view, IMHO.

    11. Carolyn on said:

      I have all these Doss books and liked every oned have kept them as I plan to re-read them later this year. Sorry that he has passed awayI was hoping for more on Charlie Moon.I have all of Margaret Coel's Indian mysteries and hoping more from her.

    12. Amber Foxx on said:

      An analytical reviewI’ve previous reviewed James Scott Belle’s writing guide, Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story, and I love the mystical mysteries of James D. Doss. To teach myself to better apply Bell’s structural signposts, I reread Doss’s first book, noting how he intuitively applied those story-line elements in his unconventional way, long before Bell wrote the book. I hope this review will be useful to readers looking for a good book and to authors hoping to [...]

    13. Netti on said:

      Erinnert mich ein bisschen an die "Dr. Siri"-Reihe von Colin Cotterill, wo ja ebenfalls entscheidende Hinweise zur Lösung des Kriminalfalles von einer metaphysischen Ebene kommen. James D. Doss hat nicht ganz so viel skurillen Humor, obwohl es diese Momente auch gibt"Your ancestors," the man said icily, "probably shared a rather familial gene pool.""Oh, I don't know," Piggy said doubtfully, "my incesters was mainly farmers and ranchers and such. Don't think they had much time for swimmin'."Es w [...]

    14. Lithezebra on said:

      MediocreThe characters were unconvincing and flat, and Charlie Moon didn't even show up until near the end of the story, at which time he didn't do much. I read as fast as I could, especially while the development of a tangential character, whom it was clear had little to do with the main story, dragged on.

    15. Maggies Daisy on said:

      This is my first book from James D. Ross and his Charlie Moon series. I look forward to reading all the other books in this series concerning the American Indian Nation with their own unique culture and how different it is for a law enforcement officer to assimilate with them.

    16. Calvin Tucker on said:

      Liked the concept. Like Tony Hillerman, but with some paranormal added. Did not solve the mystery until almost the end.

    17. Kevin Orth on said:

      Wow! Wow, wow, wow. This is really two complete novels in one. The first is a very engaging detective murder mystery and the second is the etherial world of a Native American Shaman.Both are masterfully written and very engaging. I'm so glad this is the first in a long series. I cannot wait to see where the author takes us in this long, meandering journey!

    18. Titus Burley on said:

      It's always a little haunting to pick up a book on whim (especially one by an author who has been penning books for years) and then discover that the author in question has just passed away. I'd been aware of Doss's mystery series for years, but I had never got around to reading any of his books. When I happened upon a copy of his debut novel in the series and found myself hooked after the first couple of chapters, I put aside the handful of books I was half-heartedly reading and raced through t [...]

    19. Gerald Kinro on said:

      Priscilla Song, a physics graduate student, is brutally murdered, shocking the peaceful town of Granite Creek, Colorado. Signs point to Julio Pacheco, maintenance worker at Rocky Mountain Polytech University with an eye for Priscilla. Pacheco is an overall bad-assed illegal Mexican alien. Chief of Police Scott Parris is not so sure; he dreamed of the killing. Daisy Perika, an elderly Ute shaman, had the same dream. She also knows that the student was on to a breakthrough discovery. Meanwhile, th [...]

    20. Gail on said:

      Set in the town of Granite Creek (which, so far as I can tell, is the author's invention), The Shaman Sings features the new chief of police, Scott Parris, a transplant from Chicago; and Daisy Perika, a Ute shaman whose dreams have meaning.They are brought together by the murder of Priscilla Song, a physics graduate student at the local university. The police immediately suspect Julio Pacheco, the janitor, who is an illegal immigrant and takes off running when police try to question him. They wa [...]

    21. Julieann287 on said:

      I so enjoyed this book! I couldn't help but to compare this story to Tony Hillerman's books. I enjoyed Hillerman's journalistic style and have been looking into other writers to fill that void. James Doss' The Shaman Sings was a very fun read. I am a native of southern Colorado and love the Four Corners area. I appreciated his imagery of the Colorado and New Mexico where four states come together. Also enjoyed the development of the main character, Granite Creek police chief Scott Parris, recent [...]

    22. Denise on said:

      Although this series is listed as a cozy on cozy-mystery/ I don't know that I would call it a cozy. It has some pretty graphic stuff in it. This is the first book in the Charlie Moon Mystery series. What I found interesting is Charlie Moon had a very small part in this book, and there wasn't much Native American stuff in it either. I hope that this first book is just laying the groundwork and more Native American story will be in the upcoming books. I just put The Shaman Laughs, the 2nd book in [...]

    23. LJ on said:

      THE SHAMAN SINGS - DNFDoss, James D.The shocking death of a female physics student has shattered the peaceful community of Granite Creek, Colorado—and police chief Scott Parrish has a hunch he can’t even begin to explain. He saw the killing…in his dreams. Daisy Perika experienced the same visions. An aged Ute shaman who lives in a trailer on the lonesome highlands, hers is the realm of the Native American spirit. But Daisy doesn’t need scientific proof to know that the student’s breakt [...]

    24. Ann on said:

      This is another series of mysteries I've always enjoyed, and is special because the books provide insights into the Native American Ute culture in Colorado through the eyes of Charlie Moon. If you enjoy inside looks at Native American cultures you would also like the series by Tony Hillerman who wrote about the Navajo people in New Mexico and Arizona through his heroes Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Another Navajo mystery series I liked was about tribal police chief Ella Clah written by husband and [...]

    25. Janelle on said:

      I am reading the entire series at this time, so I don't remember the exact plot of each one. However, Ute tribal investigator, Charlie Moon and his best friend Granite Creek Chief of Police, Scott Parris make the entire series a lot of fun. The antics of Charlie's grouchy Aunt Daisy, a Ute Elder and Shaman, make for good plot twists and high adventures. If there weren't some grisly murders along the way, these books might be considered "tea cozy" mysteries for and about cowboys. I love these boo [...]

    26. KDawn on said:

      *sigh* Well, this was the first time I ever skipped the second half of a book and just checked "who dun it" at the end. It wasn't a great surprise. What I really found confusing was why this was labeled "a Charlie Moon" mystery, when dear old Charlie wasn't in the book for the first 70 pages. Maybe he's more of a main character later in the books. I also wanted more information about the Ute traditions (maybe I skipped over it in the 2nd half?), like Tony Hillarman gave you in the Joe Leaphorn s [...]

    27. Andrea on said:


    28. Arlene on said:

      The town of Granite Creek, Colorado is shocked by the death of a promising physics student from the local college. Police Chief Scott Parrish is troubled because he saw the death in his dreams. The trail leads to the nearby Ute reservation where he meets the tribal cop, Charlie Moon. Charlie also introduces Scott to his aunt, Daisy Perika, who is a shaman. Daisy sees that Scott is one who has a gift of sight.

    29. Ann on said:

      A young graduate student is brutally murdered in her lab at the local university. New police chief Scott Parris has just arrived from Chicago. He begins to look into the murder and is aided by Anne Foster, a local newspaper reporter. They encounter Ute Indian shamans, physics professors and the odd hermit or two before they find the murderer. The story is well written and fast moving. I liked it and hope there are more to come.

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