A WHISPER OF BONES by Ellen Hart / Cozy Mystery / Release February 27, 2018 by Minotaur Books
Fans of Jane Lawless new and old will be fascinated by newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s latest intricate puzzle in A Whisper of Bones.
Britt Ickles doesn’t remember much from her only visit to her mother’s childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That’s why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she’s shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can’t shake the feeling that Timmy did exist…and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up.
Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the private investigator can figure out what really happened to her cousin. When a fire in the family’s garage leads to the discovery of buried bones and one of the aunts dies suddenly and suspiciously, Jane can’t help but be pulled into the case. Do the bones belong to Timmy? Was the aunt’s death an accident, suicide, or homicide? What dark secret has this family been hiding for decades? It all depends on Jane Lawless to unravel.
ELLEN HART, “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre” (Entertainment Weekly) and MWA Grand Master, is also a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner. She is author of more than twenty previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, including Sweet Poison, The Cruel Ever After, and Taken by the Wind. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
From the stunning cover to the last page A WHISPER OF BONES delivers mystery and misdirection at every turn. Tightly written, the characters reveal their depth and humanity as they lead the reader through the mirky secrets of the past.
I want to thank NetGalley for the complimentary copy in return for an honest review.