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by Emily Littlejohn
Minotaur, November 2017
336 pages
ISBN: 1250089395

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Detective Gemma Monroe is six months pregnant and her boyfriend is in Alaska on business leaving her alone, uncomfortable and as it turns out, in the middle of one of the biggest cases to hit Cedar Valley, Colorado, in a very long time. She is called to the scene of a brutal murder at the traveling circus, where a circus clown has literally had his throat ripped open. Before long, it becomes apparent that the victim is not who the circus thought he was and that he might have been killed because of secrets he knew about a forty-year-old unsolved murder in Cedar Valley. As Gemma investigates the clown's murder, she is drawn deeper into the decades-old mystery of the disappearance of two boys. In an odd twist of fate, Gemma and her boyfriend were the people who found the long buried bodies of the boys just a few years ago.

This is without a doubt, one of the most skillfully written books I have read in a long time. The writing is so good that the story flows smoothly along, making the twists even more jarring. The plot takes several interesting turns during Gemma's investigation, making it a difficult book to put down.

As for characters, Gemma is fairly complete for the reader. I'm sure in future books we will learn more about her and her past, but readers are left feeling they "know" Gemma. The supporting characters were interesting and enough of their personality emerges to let us see them as people.

INHERIT THE BONES is the debut novel in a presumed series with Detective Gemma Monroe as protagonist. If the suspense in this title is any indication, I would expect it to be a series that will run a long time.

Caryn St.Clair resides in University City, Missouri and is a former elementary school media specialist, President of the Parks Commission and a docent at the St.Louis Zoo.

Reviewed by Caryn St Clair, October 2017

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