Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Watch out for Red Bones



Shetland Islands Inspector Jimmy Perez returns in this third Shetland Islands novel, Red Bones.

Hattie James is working towards achieving her PhD in archeology. She is currently working on her thesis. If she doesn’t find something of interest soon, she will have to pack up the excavation and leave. One of the residents, a woman named Evelyn wants to join the dig. Hattie agrees and her and Evelyn start digging at a practice site. What they dig up will have the whole island in an upheaval.

Mima Wilson is not a very well liked woman. She is judgmental and rude. So when she is found shot to death, her death brings mixed emotions. Inspector Perez can usually keep his work from becoming personal but this time is different. Mima was the grandmother of Perez’s assistant, Sandy Wilson. Inspector Perez starts doing some investigating. He wonders if Mima’s death and the discovery at the excavation site are somehow connected and if so…who would want Mima dead? This is the million dollar question.

Red Bones is the first book I have read by Ann Cleeves. I had been eyeing her work since I first heard about Raven Black but just didn’t have the chance till now. I have to say that I am now wondering why I waited so long. This story had all the makings of a classic who-dunnit story. While I love these types of books and I do plan to check out the other two prior novels, there were some times when I did lose a little interest. Partly because there were so many characters that I couldn’t keep them straight. Also there wasn’t too much of a great mystery involved to determine who the killer was. Though I couldn’t figure out the motive till the end. Overall this was a pretty good book.

3 comments:

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I was so happy to see this review. i was just shelving this author the other day at my bookstore and wrote her name down so I wouldn't forget.
She sounds like an author that would be right up my alley.

Thanks!

Irene Yeates said...

Oh, I can't wait to read another Ann Cleves' book...

Laughing Stars said...

I read one of her earlier books and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be looking forward to this one.