A Dead Man's Tale is one of the strangest mysteries I've read. It is part of a series that I'd never heard of, but will investigate again.
Charlie Moon (all seven feet of him) is a Ute rancher whose household includes his eccentric Aunt Daisy Perika (also a Ute Indian, shaman, and possibly, a witch). On a normal, run-of-the-mill day, "...Daisy would commit a fresh outrage sufficient to shock a deranged Nazi storm trooper." An outrageous old woman, Daisy insinuates her way into quite a few things she shouldn't. She also has an occasional visit from a raucous crow who might be the deceased Debra Darkwing, an old friend.
The plot centers on millionaire Samuel Reed's remembering of a future (?) that entails his own murder. This unusual ability may have a lot to do with his success on Wall Street. Samuel gives Charlie Moon and Moon's best friend Police Chief Scott Parrish the date and time of his murder and makes a wager that the two can't keep him alive. It is a bet that Samuel Reed wants to lose.
It takes a little while to adjust to the manner in which the tale is told. Doss sometimes goes over the top, but overall, I really enjoyed the bizarre and unorthodox story, the quirky characters, and the wisecracking.
Recently, I read Nymeth's post On Ambivalence (something I often feel about a book), and this novel fits that description. Doss may go a bit too far at times, but there was plenty that kept me involved and amused, and Aunt Daisy is worth disregarding any flaws.
Other Opinions: The Cataloger's Reading List, Murder by Type, My Favorite Mystery
Fiction. Mystery. 2010. 296 pages.