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Thursday, March 21, 2013
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.