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Three Devils Dancing: A Donald Youngblood Mystery

Keith Donnelly

Hummingbird Books
$24.95 hardcover
6 x 9  
296 pages
November 2010

In Keith Donnelly’s third mystery featuring private investigator Donald Youngblood (after Three Deuces Down and Three Days Dead), all the usual players return, and this is Don’s biggest case yet. His quiet home life has become a bit more complicated with live-in love Mary Sanders and quasi-daughter Lacy Malone ruling the roost. Then a father’s plea for justice for his dead daughter leads Don into a maze of murder as he tries to unravel the mystery of a strange tattoo that is part of a deadly game with rules so sinister only the devil himself would approve.

As the body count mounts and the murders draw national attention, Don and an old FBI nemesis close in on a deranged killer who will not stop until he is either caught or killed. 

Matters get even more complicated when a young mother ends up in a coma, an old friend is in bad need of counseling, and a drug kingpin calls in a favor. As Don juggles two cases with the help of partner Billy Two Feathers and a new ally, Oscar Morales, he wonders if becoming a private investigator was such a good idea in the first place.


"Three Deuces Down and Three Days Dead are as rich in texture, charm, and personality as the East Tennessee mountains in which much of the action is set. The well-written, fast-paced novels are full of engaging characters and compelling plots and are so entertaining that you'll be disappointed they have to end." —Bill Noel, author of the Folly Beach Mystery Series
"It is difficult to find entertaining, fast-moving, can't-put-it-down mysteries, but Keith Donnelly acomplishes it all in the Donald Youngblood Mystery Series. Three Devils Dancing will again prove Donnelly's genius as a true storyteller." —Larry Reid, talk-show host, WBGZ
"Keeps the reader alive, and wanting for more... Although [Three Days Dead] stands well by itself, a wise reader would pick upThree Deuces Down to get the full flavor of the characters. A perfect pair of books for the snowy days ahead." —Edward Clarkin, New Britain Herald/Bristol Press
"Keith Donnelly's... Three Deuces Down and Three Days Dead are well-written, enjoyable tales that blend elements of the traditional PI novel with the flavor of the present-day South. Donnelly's Tennessee private investigator, Don Youngblood, is realistically portrayed as competent, likable, and flawed, as are the supporting characters, such as business partner and best friend Billy Two-Feathers and the mysterious and dangerous Roy Husky. Don's standard poodle, Jake, adds another dimension to the books, providing an opportunity for the tough-guy PI to show his sensitive side." —Jaden E. Terrell, author of Racing the Devil
"Donnelly puts the reader at ease. Nothing complicated, just a comfortable read that leaves you asking when his next book will be finished. He continues to develop the characters in the series, and you will soon feel you have intimate knowledge of them... His books don't come with a money-back guarantee you will like them, but they should."
—Joe Biddle, sports columnist, The Tennessean