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The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff

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The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff
Series: The Pot Thief Mysteries #7
Published by Open Road Media on February 9, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 270
Format: eARC
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A dealer in traditional Native American pottery, Hubie Schuze scours New Mexico in search of ancient treasures. The Bureau of Land Management calls him a criminal, but Hubie knows that the real injustice would be to leave the legacies of prehistoric craftspeople buried in the dirt.


In all his travels across the state, there is one place that Hubie hasn’t been able to access: Trinity Site at the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. Deep within the range are ruins once occupied by the Tompiro Indians, whose distinctive pottery is incredibly rare and valuable. When an old associate claims to have a buyer interested in spending big money on a Tompiro pot, Hubie resolves to finally find a way into the heavily guarded military installation.

But Hubie has more on his mind than just outwitting the army’s most sophisticated security measures. He’s in love with a beautiful woman who has a few secrets of her own—and his best friend, Susannah, may have just unearthed a lost Georgia O’Keeffe painting. It’s a lot for a mild-mannered pot thief to handle, and when his associate is murdered and Tompiro pots start replicating like Russian nesting dolls, Hubie suddenly realizes he’s caught up in the most complex and dangerous mystery he’s ever faced.

I’m sad. Why did no one tell me about this series before? The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe is smart, laugh out loud funny, and a good mystery. It throws in bits of history, literary references, and culture, and word play. It’s just fun.

Hubie is a criminal. He digs up pots illegally and sells them, but he justifies it well. He says, and I think believes, that the women who made the pots would rather have them in a household that cherishes them than a museum where they are rarely visited, or, even worse, left in the ground unappreciated. He’s also a talented potter in his own right, making reproductions.

The dead man is one of Hubie’s associates, the one who had a buyer for the Tompiro pot. Hubie doesn’t seem to broken up over the death, but I’m kind of assuming he was a character we would have met in a previous book or two. We’ve got his widow, a couple of potential buyers, and other various characters. I like the people in town, from Hubie’s best friend, Susannah, to the semi-crooked cop and the other store owners. I’d like to sit down and have margaritas with them. Hubie’s girlfriend, Sharice, is just an amazing woman and is a fabulous cook. Their relationship brings up a few topics that are dealt but not preached about like trust, interracial relationships, and cancer recovery. The romance doesn’t take over or take away from the rest of the story though, it’s just a good addition. It’s a cozy mystery, but one where I think the characters matter more than the actual mystery plot.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the mystery itself. It’s well-plotted with plenty of clues, some of which are easy to misread. There’s bad guys and good guys who aren’t against bending the rules a bit. We’ve got real pots and a fake pot that move around. We’ve got missing money and broken down cars. I guess there’s a lot going on, but I never felt like it was too much. The story flows well, everything fits together, and the solution makes sense.

I would definitely recommend this one to mystery lovers. Even though it’s the 7th in the series, I felt like it stood on its own. On the other hand, now I want to go back and read more of them.

About J. Michael Orenduff

J. Michael Orenduff grew up in a house so close to the Rio Grande that he could Frisbee a tortilla into Mexico from his backyard. While studying for an MA at the University of New Mexico, he worked during the summer as a volunteer teacher at one of the nearby pueblos. After receiving a PhD from Tulane University, he became a professor.

Orenduff took early retirement from higher education to write his award-winning Pot Thief murder mysteries, which combine archaeology and philosophy with humor and mystery.

Mailbox Monday – 12/21

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Mailbox Monday

It was chilly here this weekend, but the forecast says 68º for Christmas Eve and 59º for Christmas, which makes me happy. I am not one who needs snow on Christmas – or any time really. I received a couple of books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.

Paperback

Really Good F Words by Lorrie Forde, along with a coaching session with the author, was a win from Vicki at I’d Rather Be at the Beach. Thanks! I think this will be a great way to start the new year.

Mailbox Monday – 12/21Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care by Lorrie Forde
Published by Influence Publishing on November 1, 2015
Source: Won
Genres: Self-help
Pages: 238
Format: Paperback
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Where are you on your priority list? A key question in measuring self-care. Uncover your own customized strategies for moving further up that list as you bring this thought provoking and interactive book to life around your own kitchen table. Connect with friends and get your sense of self back with doable self-care strategies. Author Lorrie Forde invites you to break all the old rules about not writing in books—this one is yours to write in, reflect back on, and share as you choose. Make it work for you!
This is not another thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list. Let the pages do the work and before you know it, you’ll be laughing with friends, reconnecting with your passion, and the envy of your peers as you figure out what ‘feeds you’ and where your ‘weak spots’ are. How long will it take till you’re using “F” words all the time and your cookie jar is overflowing? Analogies like this cookie jar and using really good “F” words help us to laugh at reality and a little laughter really can make all the difference.

E-book

I’m always drawn to mysteries that involve the art world, so when I was offered The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe for review, I decided to take a chance on it, even though it’s the 7th in the series.

Mailbox Monday – 12/21The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff
Series: Pot Thief Mysteries #7
Published by Open Road Media on January 26, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
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A dealer in traditional Native American pottery, Hubie Schuze scours New Mexico in search of ancient treasures. The Bureau of Land Management calls him a criminal, but Hubie knows that the real injustice would be to leave the legacies of prehistoric craftspeople buried in the dirt. In all his travels across the state, there is one place that Hubie hasn't been able to access: Trinity Site at the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. Deep within the range are ruins once occupied by the Tompiro people, whose distinctive pottery is incredibly rare and valuable. When an old associate claims to have a buyer interested in spending big money on a Tompiro pot, Hubie resolves to finally find a way into the heavily guarded military installation. But Hubie has more on his mind than just outwitting the army's most sophisticated security measures. He's in love with a beautiful woman who has a few secrets of her own and his best friend, Susannah, may have just unearthed a lost Georgia O'Keeffe painting. It's a lot for a mild-mannered pot thief to handle, and when his associate is murdered and Tompiro pots start replicating like Russian nesting dolls, Hubie suddenly realizes he's caught up in the most complex and dangerous mystery he's ever faced.

I picked up a book for Amber for Christmas, but that’ll probably be the only book under our tree on Friday.

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