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Bones of Contention

A Dinah Pelerin Mystery by Jeanne Matthews

Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews

Review: Jeanne Matthews introduces 30-year-old underemployed Dinah Pelerin, who is unexpectedly summoned to the home of a distant (in more ways than one) and dying uncle "a chain-puller extraordinaire and a master of manipulation" in Bones of Contention.

Dinah is not one to worry; for her, worries "crop up out of thin air, full blown toadstools after a rain." She has drifted from job to job a copywriter in Denver, a lounge canary and piano player in Atlanta, a paralegal in Seattle but she really wants to be an anthropologist when she learns that her Uncle Cleon Dobbs, who she thought was living in Georgia, is dying of cancer and is gathering the family together in a remote area of northern Australia. Not that it matters much, she barely knows him. But when she catches her boyfriend red-handed in the arms of a red-head, she's ready for a change of scenery. When she arrives in Australia, she discovers a number of unusual episodes have been occurring, including the death of a journalist found impaled on top of a sea turtle. There are rumors that Uncle Cleon is planning on changing his will his lawyer is present as is the physician who has agreed to assist in his suicide but is there something more sinister brewing?

Bones of Contention is filled with a most unusual assortment of characters, and the basic storyline seems intended to exploit the various eccentricities of the cast, often at the expense of a logical progression in the plot. In and of themselves, the situations are often humorous and the setting is undeniably appealing, especially for a nascent anthropologist. But the murder mystery itself is rather confusing and elsewhere there is really too much going on here to fully engage the reader in a satisfactory way.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Bones of Contention.

Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Bones of Contention for this review.

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Location(s) referenced in Bones of Contention: Australia

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Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews

Bones of Contention by A Dinah Pelerin Mystery

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1-59058-728-7
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List Price: $24.95

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