Hoodoo Harry – a Book Review

Hoodoo Harry by Joe R LansdaleTitle: Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale

Genre: Currently #56 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in the Kindle Store, Kindle Short Reads, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Mysterious Press.com and Open Road Media LLC

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Source: Open Road and NetGalley

Title and Cover: Hoodoo Harry – The cover definitely sucked me in.

H and Leonard - a Sundance TV seriesNew to the Hap and Leonard series by Joe R. Lansdale, I went into this novella with an open mind. I’m on record for accepting mysteries and the cover looked like the book had a humorous bent to it, so I bit. Goodness! I do get myself into some very unusual books! Well, more appropriately a novella–VERY short read–and thought this would give me a break from profound emotional fiction. I had no idea when I accepted this download offering that there was a Sundance TV series of the same name.

As has been previously noted, Hap Collins is a straight, white, liberal ex-hippie to Leonard Pine’s gay, black Marine veteran. The ONLY thing these two have in common is that they are both blue collar, Lone Star state residents. They manage a job of sorts–private investigations. This one is triggered after they are rammed by an errant bookmobile on their way home from a pleasant day perch fishing and looking forward to a fish fry.

Unfortunately, the 12 year old driving the runaway bookmobile dies in the accident and can’t relate the circumstances of the newly surfaced bookmobile or of his appropriation. The bookmobile has been missing for 15 years, along with its librarian/driver, Hoodoo Harry, better known as Harriet Hoodalay. Hoodoo Harry was a poor black lady delivering books out of her rural African American community of Nesbit.

Told in gritty first person from Hap’s POV, the dialogue runs from Texas down home to city raunchy…I didn’t wanna see that and I didn’t wanna hear that…but unfortunately I did. It’s probably pretty standard dialogue given the character’s backgrounds and definitely lends a shotgun load of authenticity, but it’s the kind of humor that has you sniggering at the same time as embarrassment sets in.

It’s actually Hap’s sweetie who suggests they follow the old route of the bookmobile and coordinate with nearby LaBorde Chief of Police, Marvin Hanson (their law enforcement buddy), who reluctantly fills in some missing pieces (they’ve scratched each other’s backs before). Their interviews with the townsfolk quickly solves the whodunit.

Wait! No, what? As a reader of a series offered in a short novella, I was left with questions regarding the protagonists. It is not understood how these two ever got together. I didn’t really get to know them. Were they sympathetic or not? Were they hapless characters doing the best they could? Yeah, I’m thinking neither could program the next AI android. Were it a stand alone, I’d get more information. It is part of a series–and a short novella at that, but perhaps it needed just the teeniest back story?

This novella download was offered by Open Road Media and NetGalley and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to read and review. I’m a new Hap and Leonard fan. Can you handle a little crude or vulgar dialogue? Then this is a recommended read for those who enjoy fast and tight mysteries with unusual central characters a smidgen of humor.

3.5 of five starsRosepoint Publishing:  3.5 of Five Stars

Joe R LansdaleThe Author: Joe R. Lansdale has written more than thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in foreign publications as well as national anthologies and magazines. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and internet sites. Lansdale has received numerous awards including the Edgar Award and eight Bram Stoker Awards. Joe R LansdaleHis crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014 as a major motion picture. Lansdale has additionally enjoyed film adaptations for his stories and is currently co-producing a TV series, “Hap and Leonard” for the Sundance Channel. I found the series listed on Netflix and was flown away by the first season. Talk about thriller-suspense! Not a Texan to trifle with, Lansdale is a founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science. He and his wife live in Nacogdoches, TX with his wife, dog, and two cats. Thank you for a compelling and fascinating read, Mr. Lansdale, sir! ©2017 Virginia Williams I Love Likes and Comments--Please Share!

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

I love comments, ideas, and sharing. I will respond to you shortly!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Short story blogger - I hope you read

Emma's Writing Things

A place to share the things that I write

An Amyzing Journey

Tips, tricks, & funny stories about adventuring & mental health


memories and musings

Scribbles 'n Bits

Original poetry, short stories, and other bits



Let's talk

Vibe alone for a while

Barbara Crane Navarro

Rainforest Art Project - Pas de Cartier !

RealStuff by RealMe

Before, After, Then, Now and NEVER!

Islamic Dua and Wazifa For Love back and Solve All problems

Love problem Solution in just 2 Days: Lost love back, ex love back, ex husband back, ex boyfriend and other all love problem Solution. Call and Whatsapp +91 9571300113

Poetic reflections

Poetry and expression of ideas

Julia's Bookshelves

Book Reviews, Reccomendations, & Travel


Book Reviews, Tags, Vlogs, & More.


I read, rant and write ;)



Beneath The Bones

seeking inspiration

Learning Thursdays

It is hard to fail, but worse to have never tried - Abraham Lincoln


Becoming Unstuck


arbindkumar475151597. wordpress.com

Bhuvana Chakra

The Power of Living God Ministries

The Wild Coach

You are an important nexus of energy


Blog do jornalista e professor Solon Saldanha

Happiness for a moment with you....

I'm glad I learned to express my thoughts clearly and everyone loves to read them. Sometimes it takes a lot of thinking power to think about the surroundings. Someone who likes it, someone who enjoys it, appreciates that he is writing very well. Reading and commenting on the post I wrote would give me a lot of bullshit and I would get new ideas to write new ones. I'm really glad I got your response.

Brian Cook's Blog

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. - Oscar Wilde

Writing Roses

Welcome to the Roses


I'm a Doctor with so many random thoughts, so I decided to blog.

Scott Clark | Teaching, Writing, Research

Portal to primary school blogs, research and resources | Middle Years/Young Adult story writing


a medical education website

Endless dreams and boundless imaginations!

We only live once. Hence, let's not stop dreaming


book reviews

Competitive World

Your Competitive Exam Companion

News from Ibonoco

Moments de vie, fragments de textes et quelques notes...

World Of Dreams Poetry

Universe Of Verse

Foster Your Writing

Write Like You Know What You're Doing

A Lifetime of Joy

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ~C.S. Lewis


Author of Paranormal Suspense


Food, Road Trips & Notes from the Non-Profit Underground

%d bloggers like this: