Review

As promised, my review of the second in The Pot Thief series. We’re currently up to 7 with the release of THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED GEORGIA O’KEEFE. Be sure to check back tomorrow for Novels Alive’s feature of the series and interview with author, J. Michael Orenduff.

THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED PTOLEMY centers around extremely rare and beautiful Ma pots from the mysterious San Roque pueblo. San Roque is the Spanish name; the Indians refer to themselves as the Ma and these pots are sacred to them. A former UNM professor, Masoir, believes that the recently retired head of the Anthropology Department, Gerstner, never returned them; that he, in fact, stole them.

This sets Hubert off to find out if the pots are indeed in Gerstner’s apartment in the Rio Grande Lofts and another adventure.

Simply put, I LOVE The Pot Thief mysteries.

The Pot Thief mysteries are intelligent with out being condescending. There’s a wonderful sense of humor with Hubert often leaning toward self-deprecating, but never mean. The flow is easy and laid back, the writing clean and uncluttered even while being descriptive enough to make me feel I’m in Albuquerque. I love Hubie’s description of the sound of the Ma language, “I liked hearing the sibilant consonants that sounded like dry leaves being chased by the wind across sandy ground”. I’ve never heard the Ma language but this gives me such an incredible sense of the sound that I can hear it in my head. I never fail to learn quite a few truly interesting tidbits when reading the series.

The characters are a joy to spend time with. Susannah and Hubie’s relationship is delightful. I love the laugh out loud banter between them and look forward to 5 o’clock margaritas at Dos Hermanas Tortilleria. Susannah is steadily working her way through the University’s catalog while she searches for “a nice guy”. Hubert is, well Hubert.

Ms. Gladys and her casseroles, Tristan the techno geek (but adorable to women) nephew, Father Groaz (of the thick accent), Martin Seepu of a local pueblo who sells Hubie pots his uncle makes, Whit Fletcher the cop who often bends the rules for Hubie, Layton Kent big shot lawyer extraordinaire, and last but not least Consuelo and Emilio to whom Hubie is devoted. Then there’s Albuquerque, NM itself; the landscape, culture, food, peoples past and present, the lore all permeate The Pot Thief mysteries creating an indelible sense of place as important as the wonderful characters.

For someone who claims he isn’t a burglar, Hubie is becoming extremely adept at breaking and entering. Once again the book he’s reading, Ptolemy, plays into his mental efforts to solve the problem of the Ma pots and the murder that just happens to occur along the way. Can Hubie, with the help of Susannah, margaritas, Tristan, and a few other friends solve the mystery of the missing Ma pots? Who is the beautiful and successful Stella? She keeps telling everyone they know her but Hubie doesn’t have a clue, though she does look familiar. He has to wonder why she’s so interested. After all, he’s not the type of fella women like Stella are usually attracted to. Will Hubie solve the mysteries of the Ma pots, the murder, and Stella? You’ll just have to read THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED PTOLEMY to find out. You won’t be disappointed.

The second in the series is stronger and even more enjoyable than the debut. I’m so hooked and looking forward to the next two.

Simply put, I LOVE The Pot Thief mysteries.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!