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Review: Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein


Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein is the first book in the new “Erica Donato” mystery series. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, February 2013

 

In Brooklyn Bones, a crime of the past comes much too close to home when Erica Donato’s teen-age daughter Chris finds a skeleton behind a wall in their crumbling Park Slope home. Erica – young widow, over-age history Ph.D candidate, mother of a teen, product of blue-collar Brooklyn – is drawn into the mystery when she learns this was an unknown teen-age girl, hidden there within living memory. She and her daughter are both touched and disturbed by the mysterious tragedy in their own home.

 

Chris’s dangerous curiosity and Erica’s work at a local history museum lead her right back to her neighborhood in its edgy, pre-gentrification days, the period when the age of Aquarius was turning dark. A cranky retired reporter shares old files with her. The charming widow of a slumlord has some surprises for her. The crazy old lady who hangs around her street keeps trying to tell her something. And there are people, including some she is close to, who know the whole story and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays buried forever.

 

From the start of this gripping drama, I was swept into the world of Erica Donato. With a riveting story line, mixing the past with the present, this novel quickly became a page turner and I could not put this book down. The author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with a few surprises that blew me away when it was revealed. Erica is a gusty heroine, yet vulnerable and I couldn’t help but root for her as she fought for the truth. Lead by a likable cast, great dialogue and with Brooklyn as the backdrop, this is a fabulous read and I can’t wait for the next book in this exciting new series.

 

 

 

Dru


 

 

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