Book Review: “Where the Bones Are Buried” by Jeanne Matthews

March 17, 2015 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Jeanne Matthews in her new book, “Where the Bones Are Buried book coverWhere the Bones Are Buried” Book Five in the Dinah Pelerin Mystery published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Dinah Pelerin.

From the back cover:   Dinah Pelerin has finally put her life in order. Living in Berlin with her boyfriend Thor, she has landed a job teaching Native American cultures at the university. She’s never felt happier. And then her Seminole mother Swan shows up with a crazy scheme to blackmail a German tax dodger and dredges up a secret Dinah has kept hidden from the IRS and from straight-arrow Norwegian Thor, a former cop now with hush-hush international duties.

Germans harbor a century-long fascination with the American Wild West and American Indians. Some enthusiasts dress up as Indians and adopt Indian names. Like Der Indianer Club which has invited Swan to a powwow where she plans to meet her blackmail victim. Dinah tries to head her off, but arrives at the scene too late. A man has been killed and scalped and Swan quickly becomes the prime suspect. Torn between love for her mother and dismay at her incessant lies, Dinah sets out to find the killer—hoping the killer doesn’t turn out to share her DNA.

But Swan isn’t the only liar. Everyone is lying about something. Margaret, Swan’s dead ex-husband’s former wife, come to the city with Swan. Dinah’s teen-age “ward.” Thor. Especially Dinah. Ghosts of Germany’s terrible history haunt Berlin while she faces exorcising a hateful ghost of her own.

This is my first exposure to Jeanne Matthews and her creation but it probably will not be my last. Dinah thinks her problems are behind her now that she is in Germany. She could not be more mistaken. Problems come looking for you. And in Dinah’s case the problem is her mother. Who becomes the prime suspect in a murder. What a cast of characters and all of them are interesting. The mystery will keep you involved as you keep flipping pages trying to figure out who did what. Ms. Matthews did a good job and I look forward to more from this talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this mystery with us. I like the idea that each book in the series is set in a different location.


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