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A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly). Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discove A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly). Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discovers a body outside his pottery shop, it appears the victim was stabbed in the back with something resembling a screwdriver. But the story gets a lot more mysterious when a video turns up showing the man collapsing with no one else nearby. Furthermore, a slip of paper is found in his pocket, with Hubie’s name and address on it, suggesting there may be a connection between the two men—though Hubie has no idea what it could be. Now, the professor and pottery expert must put his sleuthing skills to work—while simultaneously managing his new role running the university’s art department—to piece together the shards of a baffling crime in this “breezy” novel from a winner of the Left Award for Best Humorous Mystery starring a “witty” amateur detective (Albuquerque Journal).


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A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly). Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discove A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly). Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discovers a body outside his pottery shop, it appears the victim was stabbed in the back with something resembling a screwdriver. But the story gets a lot more mysterious when a video turns up showing the man collapsing with no one else nearby. Furthermore, a slip of paper is found in his pocket, with Hubie’s name and address on it, suggesting there may be a connection between the two men—though Hubie has no idea what it could be. Now, the professor and pottery expert must put his sleuthing skills to work—while simultaneously managing his new role running the university’s art department—to piece together the shards of a baffling crime in this “breezy” novel from a winner of the Left Award for Best Humorous Mystery starring a “witty” amateur detective (Albuquerque Journal).

30 review for The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mac Daly

    When a mysterious stranger drops dead on his way to Hubie's shop, Hubie is accused of having "Fletcher Syndrome." An affliction where a person is constantly finding dead bodies. But really, is it his fault people choose to leave this earth in his proximity? When "gurney man" as Hubie and his cohorts call the dead man, turns out to share DNA with our hero, he has not choice but to try and solve the mystery. The mystery gets a bit lost as Hubie struggles with the politics of his job at the univers When a mysterious stranger drops dead on his way to Hubie's shop, Hubie is accused of having "Fletcher Syndrome." An affliction where a person is constantly finding dead bodies. But really, is it his fault people choose to leave this earth in his proximity? When "gurney man" as Hubie and his cohorts call the dead man, turns out to share DNA with our hero, he has not choice but to try and solve the mystery. The mystery gets a bit lost as Hubie struggles with the politics of his job at the university, his relationship with the lovely Sharice and the release of a sort of friend from prison. Still, it is a thoroughly amusing and engaging novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joeann Fossland

    As with the first eight books in this series, this is a fun, quick ( because I couldn’t put it down) read with surprises and puzzles! A murder mystery with romance and unpredictable twists....Not going to reveal the spoiler, but looking forward to the next book already!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This page turning novel threw me back, instantly, into the wonderful world of Hubie and friends. New Mexican history comes alive in this well crafted novel. Due to a surprise within the pages, I shall not say more. Read this excellent book and think as you do!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alan Bates

    This is a fun mystery novel, the ninth in a series, by J. Michael Orenduff. The books feature Hubie Schuze who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and makes his living by illegally digging up ancient Native American pots on public lands and selling them. He also supplements that income by copying such pots and selling them to unsuspecting tourists. Despite all that he seems like a nice guy. A nice guy who seems to know a lot of people who get murdered. Not that he does any of that though but he is This is a fun mystery novel, the ninth in a series, by J. Michael Orenduff. The books feature Hubie Schuze who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and makes his living by illegally digging up ancient Native American pots on public lands and selling them. He also supplements that income by copying such pots and selling them to unsuspecting tourists. Despite all that he seems like a nice guy. A nice guy who seems to know a lot of people who get murdered. Not that he does any of that though but he is under suspicion a lot and so has to try and solve murders himself to clear himself. This latest murder is a puzzler. An unidentified man is killed on his way to Schuze’s shop. Thing is he shares DNA with Schuze and although the man’s death was captured on video, the police have no idea how he was killed or who did it. So yes, solving the murder and figuring out who victim was is fun but even more fun is following Schuze’s moves as he goes to the solution. We learn about academic politics at the University of New Mexico, how a woman seduced him by teaching him how to iron clothes. He’s on a first name basis with the lead homicide detective. He consults his family, he drinks margaritas at happy hour. It takes him a while but he finally gets it. There is lots of New Mexican culture and background in these books. I’ve read all of them and am looking forward to another.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Malialani

    As a fan of the Pot Thief books, I was pleased to stumble upon Orenduff’s latest in the series. The plot had a lot going on and was sprinkled with Hubie’s humor and musings. But lengthy quotes from a book about Edith Warner (the woman at Otowi Crissing) bogged down the narrative even as some other parts of the plot hurtled forward. This story had some surprise revelations about Hubie that kept the reader going even though the pace and narrative was jumpy. I enjoy this series but with the excepti As a fan of the Pot Thief books, I was pleased to stumble upon Orenduff’s latest in the series. The plot had a lot going on and was sprinkled with Hubie’s humor and musings. But lengthy quotes from a book about Edith Warner (the woman at Otowi Crissing) bogged down the narrative even as some other parts of the plot hurtled forward. This story had some surprise revelations about Hubie that kept the reader going even though the pace and narrative was jumpy. I enjoy this series but with the exception of a major reveal, I thought the formula was becoming a tad thin.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I received a free copy in my Left Coast Crime book bag - and was very happy. I love this series and this is a great addition to it. Hubert Schuze is still a pot finder, but he is also now the Interim Chair of the art department at the local college. This leads to some interesting Salomon like decisions. Very entertaining, but I miss the search and finding of pots that was in the earlier books. The local police come to him asking him to identify a man recently killed on the plaza in the Old Town. Wh I received a free copy in my Left Coast Crime book bag - and was very happy. I love this series and this is a great addition to it. Hubert Schuze is still a pot finder, but he is also now the Interim Chair of the art department at the local college. This leads to some interesting Salomon like decisions. Very entertaining, but I miss the search and finding of pots that was in the earlier books. The local police come to him asking him to identify a man recently killed on the plaza in the Old Town. When Hubie looks at the dead man, decides there is something familiar about him . We learn a bit more about Hubie as he investigates, quite a bit more. There is humor here that I don't get in other mysteries. The title relates to the book Hubie is reading about Edith Warner, who lived in the House at Otowi Bridge. Not surprising she is a pot maker of some renown.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    As with the other books in the Pot Thief series, Orenduff continues to weave the compelling plot of a mystery with the threads of relationship, history, and ethics. The Pot Thief who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing connects interestingly in a minor way with the book about Otowi Crossing; more importantly, the author extends the relationships initiated in previous books that tell of intimacy, friendship, and community. Also, instead of pottery, this book plays with some of the strange and hum As with the other books in the Pot Thief series, Orenduff continues to weave the compelling plot of a mystery with the threads of relationship, history, and ethics. The Pot Thief who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing connects interestingly in a minor way with the book about Otowi Crossing; more importantly, the author extends the relationships initiated in previous books that tell of intimacy, friendship, and community. Also, instead of pottery, this book plays with some of the strange and humorous workings in university administration. Unlike many of the offerings in the mystery genre where page-turning depends on gratuitous sex and violence, the Pot Thief moves because we are engaged in the secrets of humanity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Doris Smith

    Hubie Schuze is still a pot thief, but he also now the Interim Chair of the art department at the local college. When the local police come to him asking him to identify a man recently killed on the plaza in the Old Town. Hubie is confused. Why should he know the dead man? When Hubie looks at the dead man, he does think there is something familiar about him . Hubie's journey in this story involves family secrets with some suprising answers. Hubie Schuze is still a pot thief, but he also now the Interim Chair of the art department at the local college. When the local police come to him asking him to identify a man recently killed on the plaza in the Old Town. Hubie is confused. Why should he know the dead man? When Hubie looks at the dead man, he does think there is something familiar about him . Hubie's journey in this story involves family secrets with some suprising answers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Vrieze

    The best yet. Very complex! All about relationships ...and a little murder. The last few chapters, at times, seem to be more like outlines and vignettes. It is more a change in style than a fault. The beginning of a whole new thread in Hubie's life. It will be very interesting to see where things go from here. The best yet. Very complex! All about relationships ...and a little murder. The last few chapters, at times, seem to be more like outlines and vignettes. It is more a change in style than a fault. The beginning of a whole new thread in Hubie's life. It will be very interesting to see where things go from here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Finished Pot Thief 9. I rate it 5 stars!!!!! Well done sir. Can't think of how it might have been better. You write like Chandler and Parker, which I enjoy: tight, conversational, well-thought, nice humorous touches, great characters. Can't wait for the next one! (Review originally written May 3, 2020) Finished Pot Thief 9. I rate it 5 stars!!!!! Well done sir. Can't think of how it might have been better. You write like Chandler and Parker, which I enjoy: tight, conversational, well-thought, nice humorous touches, great characters. Can't wait for the next one! (Review originally written May 3, 2020)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    3.75 stars Latest entry in an enjoyable, if derivative, series -- if you have read any of Lawrence Block's Bernie the Burglar series. But the homage is affectionate and the series Albuquerque setting is so well done that you forgive him. Potter Hubie Schuze gets coerced into a teaching stint that somehow morphs into him being a temporary department chairman. His sendup of academia is humorous. There is a bit of leftover plot from the last book and a lot about Hubie's romance. A fun read. 3.75 stars Latest entry in an enjoyable, if derivative, series -- if you have read any of Lawrence Block's Bernie the Burglar series. But the homage is affectionate and the series Albuquerque setting is so well done that you forgive him. Potter Hubie Schuze gets coerced into a teaching stint that somehow morphs into him being a temporary department chairman. His sendup of academia is humorous. There is a bit of leftover plot from the last book and a lot about Hubie's romance. A fun read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    It was okay. I don't think it was as good as his other Pot Thief books. I would have given it three and a half stars if I could have. It left me feeling like something was missing. I'm really happy I didn't pay for it. I got it as a free ebook from my library. It was okay. I don't think it was as good as his other Pot Thief books. I would have given it three and a half stars if I could have. It left me feeling like something was missing. I'm really happy I didn't pay for it. I got it as a free ebook from my library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    I really loved this one. Great ending. Great ideas. I feel slightly different about some things than the protagonist but in general we agree. Somehow the is my favorite of the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The mystery was rather bizarre. The solution even more so. But the academic politics and the Hubie's relationships and location were fun as always. I hope there will be a #10 for me to read soon. The mystery was rather bizarre. The solution even more so. But the academic politics and the Hubie's relationships and location were fun as always. I hope there will be a #10 for me to read soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jo Beth

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norman Baker

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Winkworth

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin A Bailey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hobus

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marvin Altstatt

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terrell R. Williams

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joel Haack

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Hofmann

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

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