|Marcia Talley: Sing It To Her Bones|
Books (Paperback), ISBN 0-440-23517-0
We meet the emotionally conflicted, temporarily uncertain Hannah in the midst of her recovery from a radical mastectomy and chemotherapy. Nearly bald, skinny, newly fired from her job, feeling unlovable and unlovely, she goes to spend some time with her sister-in-law, hoping to sort things out and do a little healing.
Taking her sister-in-law's dog and herself for some much-needed exercise, Hannah discovers a body in a cistern (an in-ground container to catch and preserve rainwater). It proves to be the body of a local girl missing for several years. Forensics determines the girl was murdered. Because of numerous factors in her own life, Hannah takes a personal interest in discovering who committed the crime and why, and thereby hangs the tale.
Complication piles on top of complication, leading Hannah deeper and deeper into a maze of murder, hate, love, physical attraction and dire danger. Even serious personal troubles -- an accusation that could end her husband's career and possibly their marriage -- doesn't deter Hannah from attempting to solve the crime. In fact, the investigation may be Hannah's best escape.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only a great mystery, Sing It To Her Bones grants an inside, very compassionate, look at a woman who survived breast cancer but isn't sure where she goes from there. It is also an honest book, hiding nothing: emotion, pain or anger.
I would recommend this book to everyone who longs to read an intelligently written mystery with an incredibly complex plot and a heroine who deserves another mystery to solve. Failing that, how about another great mystery from the same talented author?
Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the western Edwina Parkhurst, Spinster, is available from Hard Shell Word Factory.
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