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Three Dragons Doomed: A Donald Youngblood Mystery

Keith Donnelly

Hummingbird Books
$26.95 hardcover
6 x 9  
304 pages

Outside the small town of Saddle Boot, West Virginia, a bulldozer uncovers a long-buried body. Only four living people know it’s that of drifter Johnny Cross. But Johnny Cross was not who he appeared to be.

In the early-morning hours a few days later, in Mountain Center, Tennessee, a body is dumped in a downtown back alley, a young female dead less than twenty-four hours.  Over the next few weeks, two more dead females turn up in East Tennessee. A serial killer with an unusual signature is on the loose.

The only thing that connects these events is private investigator Donald Youngblood. Don knows the identities of the body in West Virginia and the dead women dumped in East Tennessee. He also knows the bodies are personal messages for him from a killer seeking revenge. A new and deadly game has begun.

In this unique double sequel to Three Days Dead and Three Devils Dancing,Youngblood wrestles with two separate and distinct cases: finding the true identity of Johnny Cross and tracking down a serial killer who seems to be in a big hurry for a final showdown.


“Donnelly cruises through another funny, engrossing tale of Donald ‘Don’ Youngblood's mysteries with Three Devils Dancing . . . . Before you know it, the pages are flying. . . . It's a whirlwind of words worth riding.” —Joe Tennis, Bristol (Va.) Herald-Courier
"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
"Don is an extremely likable character that you enjoy sharing your time with ... A fast, easy, enjoyable P.I./"whodoneit" type book that woman and men can both enjoy." —Idgie, Dew on the Kudzu: Celebrating the Southern Written Word