Monday, March 11, 2013

The Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Tenzing Norbu, Dharma Detective)

The Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Tenzing Norbu, Dharma Detective)
Authors: Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay
Publisher: Hay House

Publication Date:
The First Rule of Ten - January 2012
The Second Rule of Ten - January 2013

Book Descriptions:
The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Tenzing Norbu, Dharma Detective)

“Don’t ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.”

 That’s the first rule of Ten.

Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short)—ex-monk and soon-to-be ex-cop—is a protagonist unique to our times. In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three-book detective series, we meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped, if not occasionally ill-equipped, as he takes on his first case as a private investigator in Los Angeles.

Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. But as the Buddha says, change is inevitable; and ten years later, everything is about to change—big-time—for Ten. One resignation from the police force, two bullet-wounds, three suspicious deaths, and a beautiful woman later, he quickly learns that whenever he breaks his first rule, mayhem follows.

Set in the modern-day streets and canyons of Los Angeles, The First Rule of Ten is at turns humorous, insightful, and riveting—a gripping mystery as well as a reflective, character-driven story with intriguing life-lessons for us all.

The Second Rule Of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Dharma Detective: Tenzing Norbu Mystery)

“Be on the lookout for unconscious beliefs. They are blinders that prevent you from understanding what is actually happening.” 

That’s the Second Rule of Ten.

Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light—and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.

Idgie Says:
I like this guy.  I reviewed a book a few days ago involving stern faced agents seeking to right a wrong.  Ten is a private investigator also seeking to right wrongs but he does it with a splash of humor.  I can describe him as being somewhat like the character Monk on tv.  Quirky.  Interesting.  This was not your usual crime novel that I might guide more toward the procedural crowd.  I found these books fun to read.

As a monk who became a policeman, he's got an interesting take on things.

Let me tell you, the scene in the first book where he's trying to use a Tibetan mind meld of sorts on his cat to get it to drop a bird is hysterical.

I would definitely be willing to follow this series through to completion.