A dog finding a bone is no big deal - until it turns out to be human. Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler and the mayor can't agree about what being a cop means. To Gordon, it's keeping his citizens safe. To the mayor, it's generating revenue by issuing speeding and parking tickets. When two runaway dogs waylay Gordon on the way to what he hopes will be an uneventful afternoon at a backyard barbeque, more than his afternoon is interrupted. As dogs will do, these have uncovered a bone. Trouble is, it turns out to be human. When it leads to the discovery of more human remains, Gordon needs to find out why they're on the property, when they got there, and who they belonged to. After all, somebody needs to care.
Over the mayor's objections, Gordon pursues the investigation of the bones along with an unusual outbreak of petty crimes, accidents, and a dispatcher who seems to be losing it. Before long, he's got more puzzle pieces than he knows what to do with - and no puzzle to fit them into. When people he loves are endangered, no mayoral directive will stop Gordon from saving them. This second book in the Mapleton Mystery series reunites Gordon with Detective Tyler Colfax, once again faced with cooperating to solve another case.
©2012 Terry Odell (P)2017 Terry Odell
When Police Chief Gordon looks for two lost dogs, one has a bone in its mouth, a human bone! Doing detection to figure out where is was found and using cadaver dogs to help locate other bones, Gordon learns that the bone is from someone over 25 years old and buried over 30 years earlier. Eventually they find two bodies of women buried there, cut up so that the body parts are buried together.
This leads to great adventures and lots of diligent, creative detection. The book is really dramatic and well-written, keeping me eagerly attached to the book without feeling so much drama that I had too much tension.
Steve Marvel does a particularly strong job of narrating this book, impressing me with his strong gift of performing it well. He handles a variety of voices and accents, and in my opinion, the book was much better being listened to instead of reading it for myself.
This book is really good, and I highly recommend it to all. But if you haven't read the first Mapleton book, Deadly Secrets, I highly recommend that you read that one first. Both books have such great plots and characters.
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