“The Pot Thief Who Studies Edward Abbey” By J. Michael Orenduff: Review/Giveaway

by Doward Wilson

Details on how to win a signed copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Three decades ago, Hubie Schuze was a student at the University of New Mexico before he was booted out! Now his notorious name is associated with the salvage of antiquated pottery and other desert artifacts which he liberates and sells in his pottery shop in Albuquerque along with his own work.

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Hubie has been asked to teach a noncredit class to six students in the art of pottery making at the college. He receives fifty dollars per student plus tips. In this case, tips include tamales from Olga Perez. A few weeks later he is asked to teach a credited class and he accepts. This class is ART 2330, Anasazi Pottery Methods and teaches the students how the ancient potters made their beautiful works of art.
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Many things have changed since his student days, and he has to quickly get up to speed with all the new rules and regulations. Dealing with cell phones, trigger warnings, and sensitivity training has his head spinning as he deals with his art students.

When one of his students becomes a life model and is murdered during a modeling session, Hubie gets involved. Can he find the murderer before the murderer takes him out?

This is an amazing series that showcases some wonderfully drawn characters and twisted murder plots. The background of salvaging antiquated pottery and pottery making adds depth to the storyline. The characters are realistic and very relatable.This is the eighth book in the series and each can be read as a standalone.

To enter to win a signed copy of The Pot Thief Who Studies Edward Abbey, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "pot thief,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 19, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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  1. This is a great review! I love this series.

  2. Thanks for the chance to win! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Sounds like a great book - thanks for the contest - trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

  4. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance. Woodstock216 at gmail dot com

  5. Please don't enter me in this contest as I already have my copy. I just wanted to encourage everyone to read this series. It is not in my local library system, but I seek out each new book as it is released and hold it in my tbr pile until the next book is out. I always want an unread book waiting for me. This is my favorite series to recommend when I am asked - who do you like to read. I have bought many copies as gifts and everyone has enjoyed it.


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