The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe


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Open Road Media Mystery & Thri
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5.3 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

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. He went on to serve as president of New Mexico State University. 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. Among the author's many accolades are the Lefty Award for best humorous mystery, the Epic Award for best mystery or suspense ebook, and the New Mexico Book Award for best mystery or suspense fiction. His books have been described by the Baltimore Sun as "funny at a very high intellectual level" and "deliciously delightful," and by the El Paso Times as "the perfect fusion of murder, mayhem and margaritas."


Hubie Schuze is a pottery geek. He loves digging in the desert for ancient ceramics and crafting copies of artifacts with his own hands. When he's not engaged with clay, Hubie is usually absorbed in reading a book, often a classic. His sidekick in sleuthing is Susannah Inchaustigui, a descendant of one of New Mexico's Basque ranching families. She's two decades younger than Hubie and everything he is not--brash, garrulous, and unrestrained. Their bond is based on a mutual appreciation of margaritas, good food, old movies, and the fact that they both have relationship issues.

In the six colorful and engrossing Pot Thief Mysteries, Hubie and Susannah tackle the desert's toughest cases. Hubie's involvement with ancient pottery invariably connects him with a crime, he is thrust into uncomfortable situations that provide humor and surprises, and he finds ideas in his esoteric readings that help solve the case. The novels are set predominantly in Albuquerque's Old Town, home to eateries, galleries, studios, and shops, including Spirits in Clay--whose proprietor is one Hubert Schuze.
"Enjoyable . . . Clever word play, a torn canvas that may be an unknown O'Keeffe, and nods to several classic mysteries add to the fun." --Publishers Weekly

"Fans of the series will flock to this latest installment, and readers who haven't made Hubie's acquaintance should be encouraged to do so. [A] nice mix of comedy and mystery." --Booklist

"I couldn't have been more delighted. . . . [A] wildly enjoyable and satisfying read." --Mystery Scene Magazine

"Sprinkled with a cast of characters, word play and word games . . . dealing with New Mexico history and geography. Detours spin off into other detours, which . . . are part of the lightheartedness of the story." --Albuquerque Journal

"The newest installment in J. Michael Orenduff's smartly funny series is filled with wild situations, clever word play, and a good helping of fast-paced action. I loved every twist and pun." --Anne Hillerman, bestselling author of Spider Woman's Daughter

"I laughed out loud, I was thrilled, I learned a bunch of fascinating new things--must be a Pot Thief book. The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe may be the best yet in a truly wonderful series." --Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender novels

Praise for the Pot Thief Mysteries
"J. Michael Orenduff knows how to hook a reader from the get-go." --Albuquerque Journal on The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy

"Orenduff perfectly captures the beauty of the New Mexican sunset, a good friend and a margarita. Throw in the occasional dead body, and it's pure enchantment." --El Paso Times on The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein

"Funny at a very high intellectual level and deliciously delightful." --TheBaltimore Sun on The Pot Thief Who Studied Escoffier