75!!! a few more and I will have beaten my annual record and it isn't even July.
Today's review is called:
The Bone Garden
Author: Tess Gerritsen
This is the story of a woman - newly divorced - that buys a fixer upper house in Massachusetts. While digging in her garden, she discovers a skull. The authorities determine the body is from around the 1830s, and the hunt for who the body begins. Since the authorities aren't interested, Julia enlists the help of the previous family of the house whose ancestors owned it around that time.
The story flips back and forth between present day and the 1830s where a young lady has just lost her sister and, at the age of 17, has been given the task of carrying for her newborn niece. Poor, and new to the area from Ireland, she doesn't have many places she can turn. She meets a young medical student and he helps her care for the baby. Around them murders are happening to nurses and doctors they know, and they are warned to keep the baby hidden.
As Julia starts to read letters from the family of her house from around the 1830s, she starts to piece together what happened to the person in her yard. The stories intertwine and soon the mystery is solved - both in the present and the 1830s.
This was a great book. IT is long, but it held my attention. I loved all the characters and trying to figure out the mystery didn't become clear until near the end of the book. I find that the sign of a good quality mystery when 1) the author isn't keeping the audience in the dark to lengthen the story and 2) you really have no idea what the mystery solve is going to be until the end. Brilliant.
Read this one. IT is summer, so pull up a beach chair, relax in the sun, and check this one out.