The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras
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The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras (A Pot Thief Murder Mystery #1)

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When a shady character offers him $25,000 to steal a thousand-year-old pot from Albuquerque's Valle del Rio Museum, Hubert Schuze knows he should turn it down. His pot digging may be illegal, but it's a big step from that to robbery. But he figures it can't hurt just to visit the museum and assay his chances. He figured wrong. After deciding the museum is impregnable, he r...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Dark Oak Mysteries (first published January 15th 2009)
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
The title of this book, "The Pot Thief: Who Studied Pythagoras" by J. Michael Orenduff caught my attention because of the cover picture of an ancient ceramic pot. Then my curiosity was aroused by why would a thief of any type want, or did he/she, need to study Pythagoras? Finally, was Pythagoras the Mathematician or perhaps a character? Then, I turned over the book and saw the review of Fmr. Governor Bill Richardson (New Mexico)and found the location was Albuquerque which is one of my favorite c...more
Marika Charalambous
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The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras is the first book in the A Pot Thief Murder Mystery series by J. Michael Orenduff. I’ve picked it up at Netgalley since the subject intrigued me. A thief who is supposed to solve crimes and knows a bit about Pythagoras (the bane of my early school existence)! I’ve never heard of this author before and I really didn’t know what to expect. For sure not a fun, full of humor and attention grabbing...more
Martha Cheves
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

'The two best things about being a shopkeeper are that your income isn't limited to some corporation's idea of what a salary should be, and you get to set your own hours. The two worse things are that you don't have a salary to depend on ever month, and... well, it doesn't really matter what the other worst thing is if there's no money coming in.'

Hubert Schuze owns a Native American pottery shop in Al...more
Norma Huss
I wanted to read this author when he not only won the 2011 EPIC for mystery for his second book, but the Lefty at Left Coast Conference for the third book in this series. (My mystery was also a finalist for the 2011 EPIC in the same category. I even saw him win the EPIC in March. Had to see what his series was all about!)

I selected the first in the series to begin with. This book is a very laid-back mystery, despite murder, theft, and almost breaking-and-entering. There's a lot of New Mexico am...more
DelAnne Frazee
Title: The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras
Author: J Michael Orenduff
Publisher: Open Roads Media Mystery & Thriller
Published: 1-28-2014
ISBN: 9781480458529
E-Book: B00HO12CTK
Pages: 268
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Tags: Antiquity
Sensual Level: Mild
Overall Rating: Very Good
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne

Hubie Schuze is a dealer in antiquities. Once he went and dug them up for himself and when the government made it illegal for individual amateurs to dig up and sell artifacts...more
4.5 stars
THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED PYTHAGORAS centers around two Mogollon pots. The Mogollon’s mysteriously disappeared about a thousand years ago. Most people, with the exception of archaeologists and scholars, are unaware of them. When Hubert Schuze is asked to liberate the pot currently residing in the Valle del Rio Museum he seriously considers the offer. However, other events, including murder, put Hubie in the unenviable position of having to solve the murder and mystery surrounding the tw...more
W.s. Gager
I read this book this past August and neglected to put anything up on it. I have the second and will be turning the pages of that one soon. I love the unlikely hero in Hubie and his flawed logic that may or may not be legal depending on your interpretation but the logic works in the end to solve the mystery and make sure the bad guy gets his just desserts. Highly recommended.
I cannot think about pots and pot thieves without thinking about the amazing books of Tony Hillerman. Additionally, as a wannabe archaeologist, I enjoy reading about native American pottery and the ends with which people will go to acquire it. Orenduff's Pot Thief series of books combines archaeology with a dash of philosophy and mystery thrown in for good measure.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written. The story was interesting. Professor Orenduff obviously is very well e...more
Marja McGraw
A unique new series about Hubert Schuze, a one-time thief/rare pot collector. You may learn a lot about New Mexico's interesting history, too.

The characters are quirky and enjoyable. I really like this series.
The best aspect of this book, for me, was the local flavor... And it alerted me to Gruet. There was some awkward phrasing, especially in the first half, that was a bit distracting.
Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our narrator, dealer in old American Indian pots, Hubie Schuze, comes face to face with being tempted to burglarize the university museum nearby, when he is offered enough money to pay off his taxes.

Will he try to steal a pot that is so well protected? And if he does, how in the world could he do it?

I read a lot of mysteries, but didn’t know of this series – now I want to read the rest of Orendoff’s books – he is a talented writer to watch.

Grab this well written a...more
I don't mean 3 stars as a bad thing. I liked this book (and that is what 3 stars means in GoodReads). I really did and I recommend it to anyone that wants a light vacation read. I bought it from Open Road Media's July special on humorous mysteries and this is a smart & humorous one set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's a quick read that has a lot of little surprises in it. I always enjoy a mystery that the main character is not part of the law enforcement... in this case... instead Hubert Sch...more
THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIES PYTHAGORUS by Michael Orenduff was a great new find for me!! Lovers of Laurence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries will find this book pure joy!! Hubert Schuze is a treasure hunter turned pot thief, because of a new American law disallowing archeologists and other diggers from keeping things they find. Hubert doesn't dig on Indian lands or private property, but he figures he's part of the public, so public land finds belong to him too! He runs a pot store in New Mexico...more
What a fun and different little mystery. This one takes place in Albuquerque and features a UNM dropout, Hubert Schuze, who owns a shop and sells old, Native American pottery. One day Hubert is approached by a man who offers him a large sum of money to steal an ancient Mogollon pot that resides in the university museum and the game is afoot. The author is quite knowledgeable about Native American pottery and lore and he can be irreverent and quite funny as well. This book is short, just over 200...more
Funny, likable, idiosyncratic characters. Plot not very believable, but that's not so important when the story is this enjoyable. I was irritated by some of my pet peeve grammatical errors and that distracted from my full enjoyment of this very imaginative book. Too bad. Nevertheless, I do intend to read more in the series.
Hubie Schuze is firmly in the top five of my favorite protags. He's charming, intelligent, dry, and above all he is interesting. This book delighted me from the start in spite of the slightly off-kilter premise of a "pot thief" being the good guy. Hubie truly is a good guy who not only does the right thing, but thinks his actions through in a very satisfying manner. The Albuquerque setting is a vivid enough to make the desire to visit a strong one and the only downside that appeared was the cons...more
Snarky yet light-hearted. Breezy whodunit, just what I needed after reading the very intense March Violets. And for all the breeziness, Orenduff doesn't make it easy to catch the murderer.
Sheila Beaumont
This funny, atmospheric mystery set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not only has a well-plotted story, centering around two murders and the thefts of two ancient Indian pots, it also features wonderful characters portrayed with humor. Mr. Orenduff has a gift for dialogue; I especially enjoyed the conversations between Hubert Schuze, the "pot thief" of the title, and his ingenuous friend, Susannah. If you'd like to read a good mystery with lots of laughs, a little romance, some philosophical musing,...more
Quirky, interesting and a worthy read. A who done it with good characters, twists, good food and a little bit of learning to boot.
Lynn Lerch
Hubert Schuze is a pot thief. No not marijuana. He digs up pots on Indian land and keeps them or sells them. One day a man comes to his shop and wants him to steal a 1,000 year old pot from the local museum. Then a BLM officer accuses him of stealing the only other pot of this type. He hasn't stolen any of them but by books end he steals the one from the museum and returns it and discovers who murdered several people. This is a fun read that will make you laugh. It would make a very funny movie....more
This was a terrific novel as well as a mystery. I got so into the characters, I almost overlooked the murder(s). I heartily recommend this to everyone, especially if you have an interest in the New Mexico area and/or pots. I passed this on to my mother within minutes of finishing because I know she is going to love it.
This series has my attention because main character is a likeable pot thief. Pot thief is referring to ancient New Mexico pots not marijuana. Could have skipped some of the drinking but over all kept me interested and I learned some information about pots. Will continue reading series.
I met the author at the PSWA conference in Vegas last month. The book is exceptional. Since I'm going to a convention in New Mexico in 2011, this book is a great introduction to the area and Native American pottery. The writing is fun, informative and engaging.
Stephanie Raffel
I love this book, the start of what looks to be a great series! Set in Albuquerque, this author does an amazing job giving a true flavor of New Mexico I haven't seen anywhere else. Well developed plots and sub plots. Truly memorable characters.
Lots of fun, learned about New Mexico. The protagonist is sort of annoying, and the approach to the mystery itself is a little trite, but the whole concept is interesting and different enough that I'll be looking for another in the series.
Leslie Angel
After DL raves, finally got the book on inter-library loan. Not sure if Orenduff and Lawrence Block(the Burglar Who...) aren't the same person. Has anyone seen them together? Loved the dialog and characters. confused by ending.
While it is a mystery novel, it really shows you how to think outside the box (or shall I say pot?). It made for excellent weekend reading, as it provided insights into both archeology and also a new culture.
I found this book at on of my favorite book stores in Santa Fe New Mexico on a recent trip - really fun mystery with characters that I love. I am have downloaded the second in the seriers on my kindle.
Lisa Airey
I loved this book. It was fresh, laugh-out-loud funny and totally winning. If you read it in a public place people will turn to watch your inability to contain your mirth. Fabulous read.
This mystery novel features an interesting main character/narrator and the story unfolds in an interesting way. I will be reading more of the series.
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Mike Orenduff grew up in a house so close to the Rio Grand that he could frisbee a tortilla into Mexico. Despite such antics, he ended up in higher education, teaching at thirteen colleges in eight states and three countries. He was also an academic dean three times, an academic vice-president twice, a president four times, and a statewide chancellor once. His supporters say he welcomes new challe...more
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