The pot thief is back, but this time Hubert Schuze’ larceny is for a good cause. He wants to recover sacred pots stolen from San Roque, the mysterious New Mexico pueblo closed to outsiders. An easy task for Hubert Schuze, pot digger. Except these pots are not under the ground – they’re 150 feet above it. In the top-floor apartment of Rio Grande Lofts, a high-security building which just happens to be one story above Susannah’s latest love interest. Hubie’s legendary deductive skills lead to a perfect plan which is thwarted when he encounters the beautiful Stella. And when he is arrested for murder. Well, he was in the room where the body was found, everyone heard the shot, and he came out with blood on his hands. Follow Hubie as he stays one step ahead of building security, one step behind Stella, and one step away from a long fall down a garbage chute.
“Orenduff is a master of his craft. He pulls you in by a thread and masterfully winds the story around his characters. Prepare for a sleepless night. I couldn’t put it down.” Marie Romero Cash, author of Tortilla Chronicles
“The dialogue is fresh and witty, reminiscent of sparkling Thirties screwball comedies with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn bouncing off each others energy and zinging home tart observations. The wry Hubert makes the perfect foil for insouciant Susannah.” Lou Allin, author of Man Corn Murders.
“May fill Hillerman's shoes.” The Gallup Herald
“Sure to appeal to fans of humorous mysteries.” Lucinda Surber, Stop You’re Killing Me.
“Orenduff knows how to spin an intelligent tale and turn a surprising phrase.” F. M. Meredith