http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15950425-brooklyn-bones" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Brooklyn Bones" border="0" src="http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1355843063m/15950425.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15950425-brooklyn-bones">Brooklyn Bones</a> by <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/260071.Triss_Stein">Triss Stein</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/475772451">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Brooklyn Bones is scheduled for release in early February. This is a Poisoned Pen Press publication. The author is Triss Stein. I recieved this book from Netgalley for an honest review. <br /><br />Erica Donato, a young widow and mother of a teenage daughter, is renovating her house a little at a time. Her friend Joe is helping her do the work and has hired Erica's daughter,Chris to help him out a little. One afternoon, while knocking down a wall, Chris makes a gruesome discovery. The skeleton of a teenage girl was 'buried' behind the wall.<br />Chris is shocked and can't stop thinking about the girl. She wants to find out who the girl was and what had lead to her death. Her innocent questions start making some people very nervous. So nervous in fact that Erica and Chris start receiving warnings to stop asking questions. Erica, a historian, starts doing a little investigating herself after sending her daughter off to camp. Some people are more than willing to help Erica by letting her look at old pictures,documents, and files. Others are outright hostile about Erica's looking into the past.<br />One layer peeled back, reveals another layer, then another. Somehow, Erica's own neighborhood and house had been a melting pot of hippies, drug abuse, slumming rich kids, slumlords during the 1970's.<br />Then out of the blue, another murder occurs that rocks Erica's world. With no help from the police,Erica leans on old and new friends to help her uncover what happened to the murdered girl and to her old friend. But, is Erica too trusting? Does one of her friends or neighbors have a secret they've been hiding all these years? <br /><br />This is good old fashioned murder mystery. The setting is obviously Brooklyn. The author is very knowledgeable about the area and neighborhood she is writing about, which brings the scene alive.<br />Erica is a relatable character. She's not wisecracking, silly, or any over the top type character. Erica is just a single mother trying to make ends meet and carve out her own little comfortable place, sharing her life with a few close friends and family. When a new job opportunity, her part time job at a museum and the investigation into the murdered girl start to intertwine, the mystery deepens and the suspense builds up to a cresendo. My e-reader had to be replaced while I was in the middle of this book and I had to wait several days to finish it. It drove me nuts. <br />I would recommend this book to any mystery lover and maybe even to those who enjoy more of a lighter/cozy type mystery. The language is mild, no sexual content, and no overly graphic violence. <br />Overall I would give this one a B.
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