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Brooklyn Bones: An Erica Donato Mystery, Book 1 | [Triss Stein]

Brooklyn Bones: An Erica Donato Mystery, Book 1

In Brooklyn Bones, a crime of the past comes much too close to home when Erica Donato’s teenage daughter, Chris, finds a skeleton behind a wall in their crumbling Park Slope home. Erica - a young widow, overage history PhD candidate, and product of blue-collar Brooklyn - is drawn into the mystery when she learns that the skeleton is of an unknown teenage girl and that it was hidden there within living memory. Erica and Chris are both touched and disturbed by the mysterious tragedy in their own home.
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Publisher's Summary

Unburying history can have unintended consequences.

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

With her daughter’s dangerous curiosity and her own work at a local history museum, Erica follows leads about the mysterious skeleton right back to her own neighborhood in its edgy, pregentrification days, the period when the age of Aquarius was turning dark. Now she finds that a cranky retired reporter wants to share old files, the charming widow of a slumlord has some surprises for her, and the crazy old lady who hangs around her street keeps trying to tell her something. Finally, there are some people - including ones she is close to - who know the whole story and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays buried forever.

©2013 Triss Stein (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As much fun as a day at Brighton Beach and as many twists and turns as a high-speed chase on the BQE." (Rosemary Harris, Anthony finalist and author of Pushing Up Daisies)

"An engaging mystery with a spirited heroine. Erica Donato is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth club." (Laura Joh Rowland, author of the Sano Ichiro Mysteries)

"This richly-developed portrait of life in the melting pot of New York is better than a Grayline bus tour. Hail a cab to the nearest bookstore." (Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters and Roxy Abruzzo series)

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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 03-02-13
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2010

    Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!

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    What did you love best about Brooklyn Bones?

    This was a good first book in what I think becomes a series. Enjoyed the development of characters. By end of story, most of the important of them were well drawn.

    This is a story of a young widow, raising a teenage daughter, in a house where a skeleton is discovered during some remodeling. She sets out to try to discover the mystery behind the original hiding of the bones, only to realize (along with the reader) that is becomes increasingly difficult to know whom to trust with information she is acquiring.


    What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    In the beginning, it was difficult to listen, or take the book very seriously, because her reading was uncomfortable to listen to. Sounded rather amateurish. Then somewhere not too far into the book, I realized that that quality had disappeared, and for the most part, the rest of her narration was okay.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, this was a good book and decent mystery. But there were some elements I would hope the author might change or improve in her next. The protagonist had a tendency to ignore obvious safety things that led to problems along the way. It seemed the plot development depended on these, when it would seem it might have been written with some less obvious mistakes on her part--and still have had more or less the same story. That would have made it more believable.

    I believe one of the strongest good aspects of the book was the author's right on target understanding of teenagers (and their relationship with parents). I plan to recommend this to friends, as it is pretty good with those few qualifications.

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    Tami Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-08-14
    Tami Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this because it keeps you engrossed throughout the entire book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erica of course. Being a single mother, going to grad school and working part time, I love her "go getter" and no nonsense attitude.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Xe brings this book to life for me. The emotions of the characters comes through so beautifully when she narrates. She's extremely good at her craft.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did. Some parts were extremely sad while some made me chuckle.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a mystery/suspense lover. Happy Reading! :)

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    Sharon United States 03-26-13
    Sharon United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    I don't know what was more irritating, the story or the narrator. I tried to stick with the story, but I could not. In the end, I decided I didn't care how the story ended. I hate writing negative reviews, but I hate wasting my time and my credit more. The story just moved too slow and had too much filler.

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    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 03-23-13
    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.

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    "Great surprises! Great suspense! Great find!"

    This book truly caught me by surprise. So many stories follow the same story over and over, but not this novel. A truly original plot except for the body in the wall. I never guessed who until you told me.

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