Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart (thoughts)
"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."
A Whisper of Bones is one of those books that I was intrigued by from the very beginning. With a great cover and a unique summary, I just couldn't help wanting to read this one. The idea of a woman remembering a little boy from her childhood only to be told that he doesn't exist was too much for me to resist. I just knew that I had to read it despite the fact that this is book #25 in this long standing mystery series. Happily enough, it didn't matter in the slightest that I hadn't read the previous books as I found myself sucked into this book with ease. The thing that I really liked about this book was the mystery portion and how unexpected that it all was. Jane is hired basically to determine if Timmy is real or not. That alone had me reading without stopping because I just couldn't figure out how she was going to be able to do that. Then the bones were found in the garage and I was seriously hooked. This book also featured some interesting secondary characters that I enjoyed reading about. I'm sure that without having read the previous books I'm missing some back stories there but it didn't detract from my reading experience in the slightest. Instead it just made me go and the first book to my TBR list to read soon. I really enjoyed my time with this book and found that I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the way this book wrapped up but I won't tell you much more than that so I don't spoil anything. I just found it to be perfectly tied up and it left me excited to read more from this series!
Overall, I found this book to be a really great mystery and a series that I want to read more of. I find it so surprising that I hadn't heard of this author until now but I'm glad that I found her books. I'm looking forward to picking up book one in the very near future. I do love that I have so many books to look forward to! Readers that are looking for diverse characters - this book features a main character who is LGTBQ. I thought it was worth mentioning because so many readers are really trying to expand their reading in ways like this - I know that I am! If you are looking for a unique mystery, I would definitely recommend this book! I think that this series is considered to be a cozy mystery series but I'm really not for sure on that. All I can say is that I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more! Mystery, suspense, and cozy mystery fans alike should give this book and series a shot!
Bottom Line: An enjoyable mystery that left me excited to read more from this series!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
A Whisper of Bones releases today February 27th if you are interested!