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First book in a laugh-out-loud small-town murder mystery series. A lighthearted small-town mystery on the edge of the Navajo Nation On the edge of the Navajo Nation, Rookie paralegal Naomi Manymules pauses on a lakeside clifftop to enjoy a moonlit moment. When she hears what might be gunshots, she decides to head for home. The next thing she hears is news of a murdered loca First book in a laugh-out-loud small-town murder mystery series. A lighthearted small-town mystery on the edge of the Navajo Nation On the edge of the Navajo Nation, Rookie paralegal Naomi Manymules pauses on a lakeside clifftop to enjoy a moonlit moment. When she hears what might be gunshots, she decides to head for home. The next thing she hears is news of a murdered local sleaze whose passing upsets exactly no one. But when his wife can offer only a coyote for an alibi, the police aren't inclined to look much further for a suspect. That leaves Naomi and her new boss, attorney Grant Carson, to take up sleuthing. They navigate through a colorful assortment of criminals, surly teenagers, prominent locals, some polygamists, and a mobster or two—and become targets themselves. Meet the sleuths: Naomi Manymules is bluffing her way into a new paralegal career for which she is not entirely qualified. Luckily, she’s smart and feisty and has lived in Sage Landing all her life, so she knows just about everything that goes on here on the western edge of the Navajo Nation. She’s also got some training and a lot of motivation; as a divorced, thirty-something mom of two, she needs a steady job and wants a stable career. Grant Carson is middle-aged, cynical, and handsomely scruffy. He’s a reluctant attorney, a tough ex-prosecutor from Phoenix who has escaped to a remote lakeside town to practice just enough law to augment his small pension. Since arriving in Sage Landing, he's kept company with some attractive women, but the real passion of his life is his old yacht, the Deep Inn.


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First book in a laugh-out-loud small-town murder mystery series. A lighthearted small-town mystery on the edge of the Navajo Nation On the edge of the Navajo Nation, Rookie paralegal Naomi Manymules pauses on a lakeside clifftop to enjoy a moonlit moment. When she hears what might be gunshots, she decides to head for home. The next thing she hears is news of a murdered loca First book in a laugh-out-loud small-town murder mystery series. A lighthearted small-town mystery on the edge of the Navajo Nation On the edge of the Navajo Nation, Rookie paralegal Naomi Manymules pauses on a lakeside clifftop to enjoy a moonlit moment. When she hears what might be gunshots, she decides to head for home. The next thing she hears is news of a murdered local sleaze whose passing upsets exactly no one. But when his wife can offer only a coyote for an alibi, the police aren't inclined to look much further for a suspect. That leaves Naomi and her new boss, attorney Grant Carson, to take up sleuthing. They navigate through a colorful assortment of criminals, surly teenagers, prominent locals, some polygamists, and a mobster or two—and become targets themselves. Meet the sleuths: Naomi Manymules is bluffing her way into a new paralegal career for which she is not entirely qualified. Luckily, she’s smart and feisty and has lived in Sage Landing all her life, so she knows just about everything that goes on here on the western edge of the Navajo Nation. She’s also got some training and a lot of motivation; as a divorced, thirty-something mom of two, she needs a steady job and wants a stable career. Grant Carson is middle-aged, cynical, and handsomely scruffy. He’s a reluctant attorney, a tough ex-prosecutor from Phoenix who has escaped to a remote lakeside town to practice just enough law to augment his small pension. Since arriving in Sage Landing, he's kept company with some attractive women, but the real passion of his life is his old yacht, the Deep Inn.

30 review for Coyote Alibi

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    A great cozy mystery that keept me guessing, can't wait for the next book in the series and see what's gonna happen next with the characters :) A great cozy mystery that keept me guessing, can't wait for the next book in the series and see what's gonna happen next with the characters :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A Navajo single mother finagles herself a job with local lawyer down in Tony Hillerman country. The lawyer seems a bit down at the heels, but at least it's a job. Then things start to get busy. A prominent local man with a lot of enemies is shot on his boat. The man's wife is the primary suspect, who just happens to be the sleuths best friend. Suspects come out of the woodwork, and some shots are fired. Not a bad first entry in a series. A different take on I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A Navajo single mother finagles herself a job with local lawyer down in Tony Hillerman country. The lawyer seems a bit down at the heels, but at least it's a job. Then things start to get busy. A prominent local man with a lot of enemies is shot on his boat. The man's wife is the primary suspect, who just happens to be the sleuths best friend. Suspects come out of the woodwork, and some shots are fired. Not a bad first entry in a series. A different take on the 4 corners area.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara Leigh

    This was a fun book, and I hope the rest of the books can match it. The characters were pretty well developed without a lot of background narrative, leaving more to be discovered as the series progresses while giving a good feel for them. The murder was solved, but was it convenient rather than accurate? Should the reader care? No. The winding road to solving it was entertaining and revealing. All in all the only thing that marred it was the narrator's voice characterizations, which were kind of This was a fun book, and I hope the rest of the books can match it. The characters were pretty well developed without a lot of background narrative, leaving more to be discovered as the series progresses while giving a good feel for them. The murder was solved, but was it convenient rather than accurate? Should the reader care? No. The winding road to solving it was entertaining and revealing. All in all the only thing that marred it was the narrator's voice characterizations, which were kind of annoying. She doesn't do men's voices very well. Maybe the next book will have a different narrator.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I won Coyote Alibi from a goodreads giveaway, and am grateful that I did! I really enjoyed the setting of the book on the edge of Navajo Nation, with some Navajo culture thrown in and set in the 1980's. The plot was very well thought out and keeps you guessing with a surprise twist to who the killer really is at the end. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery (especially where the main character isn't just out of high school, that drives me nuts!). I I won Coyote Alibi from a goodreads giveaway, and am grateful that I did! I really enjoyed the setting of the book on the edge of Navajo Nation, with some Navajo culture thrown in and set in the 1980's. The plot was very well thought out and keeps you guessing with a surprise twist to who the killer really is at the end. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery (especially where the main character isn't just out of high school, that drives me nuts!). I can't wait to read the next book out in the series this fall, Bear Witness!

  5. 5 out of 5

    cherry malcom

    Coyote Alibi I have lived in the four corners area a good part of my life. I have had many Navajo friends. Never have I heard them use vulgar language. The vulgar language did not make the story any better. In fact, it detracted from it. I feel bad for authors whose vocabulary is so poor they must resort to vulgar words!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Murder investigation, knitting, and a real snarkfest, just my style! Naomi is flabbergasted when she gets involved in the problems of a friend just after getting a new job with a burned out former prosecutor now disinterestedly operating as a general purpose lawyer in their small town. There's bedroom intrigue and a lot of other misdeeds going on that she never knew about all brought to light when friend is the prime suspect in the murder of her abusive husband. Plenty of twists and red herrings Murder investigation, knitting, and a real snarkfest, just my style! Naomi is flabbergasted when she gets involved in the problems of a friend just after getting a new job with a burned out former prosecutor now disinterestedly operating as a general purpose lawyer in their small town. There's bedroom intrigue and a lot of other misdeeds going on that she never knew about all brought to light when friend is the prime suspect in the murder of her abusive husband. Plenty of twists and red herrings, gigglesnorts, and gunplay to keep your nose glued to the page. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but that can't begin to prepare you for all the suspense and laughs! I really lucked out by winning this free ebook in a Goodreads Giveaway!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Goodreads Kindle Win We meet Naomi Manymules who recently got a job as a paralegal. Her boss is a middle age attorney Grant Carson who is a bit unorganized but is ruggedly handsome. He was a prosecutor from Phoenix but he moved to the lakeside town to practice. While Naomi was looking out on the cliff side, she witnesses a dead philanderer naked butt in the moonlight. The wife is the prime suspect but her alibi is a coyote. She and her boss must figure out if she did it or if someone else is invol Goodreads Kindle Win We meet Naomi Manymules who recently got a job as a paralegal. Her boss is a middle age attorney Grant Carson who is a bit unorganized but is ruggedly handsome. He was a prosecutor from Phoenix but he moved to the lakeside town to practice. While Naomi was looking out on the cliff side, she witnesses a dead philanderer naked butt in the moonlight. The wife is the prime suspect but her alibi is a coyote. She and her boss must figure out if she did it or if someone else is involved. Things get dicey as Naomi life is in danger as they get close to the truth. A nice new mystery series in the drop of the Southwest and the culture of the Navajo.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. Thi First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. This book was a very interesting read. I would recommend this to anyone. This book is incredible. A must read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    I would like to thank Goodreads, Naaltsoos Press, Kindle and theauthors for a really fun read. I did not put it down and as a result I stayed up 2 hours past my bedtime. Thanks so much

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s smart, witty and has such a great story. I don’t normally read detective novels, but this one got me interested in more books in this genre. Naomi Manymules is a great character, and offers the perfect point-of-view into the small desert town and each of the characters, all of which have depth to them - a little grey area of morality that enriches the story. It's full of humor and suspense, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s smart, witty and has such a great story. I don’t normally read detective novels, but this one got me interested in more books in this genre. Naomi Manymules is a great character, and offers the perfect point-of-view into the small desert town and each of the characters, all of which have depth to them - a little grey area of morality that enriches the story. It's full of humor and suspense, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renee Dodd

    This was such a fun read! I love the Southwest vibe, the unique characters, glimpses into the Navajo culture, and the ever-present humor. Really great dialogue and character development. I look forward to reading more about this community, Naomi and her boss, and the rest of denizens of Sage Landing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alita Carpenter

    I enjoyed this book very much. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Martin H Jacobsen

    Right up there with Tony Hillerman's books This book is not only funny and intriguing but it is very well written. These authors know how to tell a story! Right up there with Tony Hillerman's books This book is not only funny and intriguing but it is very well written. These authors know how to tell a story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlin

    Wonderful mystery set in Northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation. I am looking forward to reading more about Naomi Manymules and Grant Carson.

  15. 4 out of 5

    EmmyT

    It gets 2 for stars the setting. The main problem with this book is the description comparing Naomi Manymules to Stephanie Plum. Stephanie is funny, is genuinely nice, and has wonderful, quirky friends. Naomi's initial response in all conversations is negative. She doesn't value other people, their lives, opinions or knowledge if they are different from her. Whoever wrote that this was a comparison to Stephanie Plum did this author a terrible disservice. The books don't seem comparable and are a It gets 2 for stars the setting. The main problem with this book is the description comparing Naomi Manymules to Stephanie Plum. Stephanie is funny, is genuinely nice, and has wonderful, quirky friends. Naomi's initial response in all conversations is negative. She doesn't value other people, their lives, opinions or knowledge if they are different from her. Whoever wrote that this was a comparison to Stephanie Plum did this author a terrible disservice. The books don't seem comparable and are a set up for failure if people are expecting a Janet Evanovich type book. The 2nd problem is the book is too long for the story. At 50% complete, I was wondering when it was going to end. I would hope that a second book would completely change my opinion. I want to like this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Rusz

    In “Coyote Alibi,” authors J & D Burges introduce the narrator of their Naomi Manymules mysteries—a single mother in need of employment who takes a job with Grant Carson, an eccentric, maybe slightly shady, attorney badly in need of an efficient office manager. Naomi is that and more—witty, down-to-earth, nosey, and inclined to get herself into awkward situations. She’s so entertaining that the book could almost survive without a plot or murder. Fortunately, there’s a good one, with lots of suspec In “Coyote Alibi,” authors J & D Burges introduce the narrator of their Naomi Manymules mysteries—a single mother in need of employment who takes a job with Grant Carson, an eccentric, maybe slightly shady, attorney badly in need of an efficient office manager. Naomi is that and more—witty, down-to-earth, nosey, and inclined to get herself into awkward situations. She’s so entertaining that the book could almost survive without a plot or murder. Fortunately, there’s a good one, with lots of suspects in tiny Sage Landing, a gossipy town in Navajo Country. The tale moves quickly, with twists and turns that demand attention, leading up to a fine conclusion. My only disappointment with “Coyote Alibi” is having to wait for the sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    First book in a new series that is very promising. The main character, Naomi Manymules, is a spunky Navajo divorced mother of two children. Having taken several legal courses in college, Naomi applies for a secretary/paralegal/office manager job with a reluctant attorney who realizes he needs work to fund his private life but would rather fish and drink and woo the ladies than be an attorney. Set in Arizona on the edge of the Navajo nation, the book mixes southwestern cozy with quirky characters First book in a new series that is very promising. The main character, Naomi Manymules, is a spunky Navajo divorced mother of two children. Having taken several legal courses in college, Naomi applies for a secretary/paralegal/office manager job with a reluctant attorney who realizes he needs work to fund his private life but would rather fish and drink and woo the ladies than be an attorney. Set in Arizona on the edge of the Navajo nation, the book mixes southwestern cozy with quirky characters, Native American tradition and good dialogue. When Naomi's best friend is accused of killing her abusive husband and Naomi may have witnessed part of the crime, other possible suspects come calling for representation. Wraps up with a nice twist in the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judith Anderson

    Brilliantly plotted, written SW mystery I received an ad for this book on Facebook and decided to try it. I was hooked by the writing style and characters from the beginning. A murder, or more, on a Lake near the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona (think Lake Powell) with a multitude of potential suspects. The heroine, Naomi Manymules, is a delight with a humorous approach to life who creates a job for herself as an office manager/legal assistant to a sometimes lawyer and finds herself embroiled Brilliantly plotted, written SW mystery I received an ad for this book on Facebook and decided to try it. I was hooked by the writing style and characters from the beginning. A murder, or more, on a Lake near the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona (think Lake Powell) with a multitude of potential suspects. The heroine, Naomi Manymules, is a delight with a humorous approach to life who creates a job for herself as an office manager/legal assistant to a sometimes lawyer and finds herself embroiled in murder, danger, and protecting her children. Oh, and there is a dog in need of rescue. It is a delight to discover a new author(s) of such promise and I hope there will be future novels in a series with these characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Learning a bit about the Navajo nation in Coyote Alibi by Jena Burges is a plus in this first mystery in a planned series. The protagonist, Naomi Manymules, is drawn into a mystery that has her drawn to the wrong people at the wrong place and in the wrong time. Naomi is a character that is believable, very realistic, filled with both curiosity and a few flaws. The setting fits well, and Burges does paint some interesting details al9ng the way. The pacing is good, and the story itself holds your Learning a bit about the Navajo nation in Coyote Alibi by Jena Burges is a plus in this first mystery in a planned series. The protagonist, Naomi Manymules, is drawn into a mystery that has her drawn to the wrong people at the wrong place and in the wrong time. Naomi is a character that is believable, very realistic, filled with both curiosity and a few flaws. The setting fits well, and Burges does paint some interesting details al9ng the way. The pacing is good, and the story itself holds your interest as true clues, as well as a few red herrings, are thrown in along the way. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a nice mystery with a fun new lead character.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Molly Whitebear

    Right Up There With Thurlos And Hillerman! I came upon this book quite by accident when exploring Kindle Unlimited. I finished I finished it in two days and I just say I hated to reach the end of this without a Book Two of this series waiting to be opened! It was a real attention grabber from beginning to end and I even found myself laughing right out loud in a few places. I absolutely LOVED these characters and really want to see more of them! Hopefully, this author will present us with the next Right Up There With Thurlos And Hillerman! I came upon this book quite by accident when exploring Kindle Unlimited. I finished I finished it in two days and I just say I hated to reach the end of this without a Book Two of this series waiting to be opened! It was a real attention grabber from beginning to end and I even found myself laughing right out loud in a few places. I absolutely LOVED these characters and really want to see more of them! Hopefully, this author will present us with the next book very soon!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I won Coyote Alibi from a Goodreads Giveaway - thank you Goodreads! Coyote Alibi is a well written murder mystery set on the edge of the Navajo Nation with unique characters and lots of humor to keep you engaged! The author incorporates Navajo culture into the storyline and characters, giving the book a Southwest feel. I recommend this fun read for those who like mysteries, and look forward to future books by this author!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert J.

    A good mystery with a Navajo flavor I have enjoyed a number of mysteries set on or near the Navajo reservation. This one is different because it's told in the first person by a female paralegal, with a lot of wit. The characters are intriguing -- it will be interesting to see who carries over too the next story in the series. The geography is great, even if it's obvious that we're talking Lake Powell and Page. Ready for whatever is next A good mystery with a Navajo flavor I have enjoyed a number of mysteries set on or near the Navajo reservation. This one is different because it's told in the first person by a female paralegal, with a lot of wit. The characters are intriguing -- it will be interesting to see who carries over too the next story in the series. The geography is great, even if it's obvious that we're talking Lake Powell and Page. Ready for whatever is next

  23. 5 out of 5

    Missy Sheldrake

    A fun murder mystery in a beautiful setting I really enjoyed this page-turner. I don’t usually read this genre but I picked it up because it’s a recent winner of the Indie Author Project award for Virginia. I loved the hints of Navajo culture sprinkled through the book, and I really enjoyed following the breadcrumbs to who might have dunnit. It is a bit slow at the middle, but otherwise it was a quick, entertaining read. I highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tom Feux

    A good start The characters are good and the story has much legal content that is interesting but the dialogue is strained and relying on “cute” over authentic. There is also the tendency to put everything you know in your first story as though you may not get another; don’t! Drop the asides and references to cultural memes that don’t have a place in the story and I will see you in your next effort.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a nice cozy mystery but not as good as a Stephanie Plum book. It had some humor in it. Story was of a middle aged women who gets a job in a law office in her small town. The theme throughout is that her friend did not kill her husband. A pleasant read but I don’t think I will continue the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna Budziak

    Was lucky enough to win a copy of this in a goodreads contest. I am rating it a 3.5. Like the characters and the general story line. Just feel that the writers need to flesh things out more and go even further with the humor. Will look for the next book in the series and do recommend others try this. Much promise.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Chestnut

    Thanks! I won this in a giveaway, and I’m glad I did since I wouldn’t have read it otherwise. It was well written, with a cast of colorful characters. I thought it was pretty obvious who did what, but the resolution was quite satisfying. Sorry to be vague but trying to avoid spoilers. I’m looking forward to the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    And kelly

    It truly was a "lighthearted small-town mystery" I liked the book. I, sometimes, just want to read a book that holds my interest without demanding to much from me. This fit the bill. If that's what's being looked for than I would recommend this book. I am now going to loan it to my sister who, I suspect ,will enjoy it as much as I did for the same reasons. It truly was a "lighthearted small-town mystery" I liked the book. I, sometimes, just want to read a book that holds my interest without demanding to much from me. This fit the bill. If that's what's being looked for than I would recommend this book. I am now going to loan it to my sister who, I suspect ,will enjoy it as much as I did for the same reasons.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Brown

    Great First Read Interesting plot and cast of characters. Just enough intrigue and action to keep the reader trying to piece how it all fits together and where it’s headed next. The title gives a hint to the ending but doesn’t give it away during the story. I will be looking for the next one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joan M. Mabrey

    Coyote Alibi is an enjoyable way to spend some time. It is intriguing with many colorful characters involved in a convoluted mystery. The many hilarious asides keep you chuckling as you try to solve the the crime right along with Naomi Manymoons and the lawyer who employs her. I will be looking for the next mystery in the series.

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