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Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 Book 115: BONE WHITE by Wendy Corsi Staub

Bone White (Mundy's Landing #3) by Wendy Corsi Staub 
ISBN: 9780062349774 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062349781 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781470854232 (audio CD)
ASIN: B01HXJT7N6 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: William Morrow 
Publication Date: March 28, 2017



New York Times  Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub revisits Mundy's Landing—a small town with a blood-soaked past.
The town of Mundy's Landing was founded on a horrifying secret, but stark white bones of the dead never lie… 
"We shall never tell." Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy travels to her ancestral hometown to trace her past. In Mundy's Landing, she connects with long lost relatives—and a closet full of skeletons going back centuries.
In the year since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, she—like the village itself—has made a fresh start. But someone has unearthed blood-drenched secrets in a disembodied skull, and is hacking away at the Mundy family tree, branch by branch…




Mundy's Landing might seem like a small town where nothing ever happens, but looks can be deceiving. Back in the winter of 1666, Mundy's Landing was the scene of a horrific crime, murder followed by cannibalism, in an effort to survive the winter. Some of the descendant's of the survivors are still found in Mundy's Landing, while others have left to make lives elsewhere. One of those descendants is Emerson Mundy. Still grieving the death of her father, Emerson has traveled to New York from California to find out more about her family. Meanwhile, New York City transplant, Sullivan "Sully" Leary is enjoying the laid back lifestyle in Mundy's Landing. As a police detective, she no longer has to deal with the rampant crime in the city. But Sullivan's life is about to be shook up when her former NYPD partner, Stockton Barnes, shows up in Mundy's Landing. As Emerson investigates her family's past and Sullivan tries to find out what is going on with her former partner, a murder occurs that harkens back to the founding family's history. Adding to the general sense of intrigue, Miss (never Ms.) Aurora Abrams, curator at the Mundy's Landing Historical Society, is determined to find out what happened back in 1666 by hiring a forensic anthropologist to examine a skull exhumed from the original settler's site back in the 1940s. Can this somewhat idyllic small town handle all that is about to be revealed?

Although Bone White is the third book in the Mundy's Landing series, it is one that can be read as a standalone. How do I know this? Well, I haven't read the previous books in this series (something that is about to be corrected) and didn't feel like I was coming into the series with tons of missing information from previous books. I found Bone White to be a fast-paced and engaging read. There are multiple storylines at work in this book and all are interconnected (trust me, they are). Adding to the overall sense of mystery, Ms. Staub has incorporated letters from one of the 1666 survivors in between the chapters. Actually, there are other letters as well, but all of the letters are provided as clues to what has happened in the past. Emerson's past is just as much of a mystery as what happened back in 1666. Sully's naturally inquisitive nature is piqued by the appearance of her former partner, the visit by Emerson, and subsequent murder of Emerson's fiance. Mundy's Landing isn't quite the sleepy little town I thought it was. Just in case you couldn't tell, there's a lot happening in this story, murder, cannibalism, mental illness, and more. I could tell you more about the characters and the action, but I won't. I'll tell you that if you enjoy contemporary mysteries then you'll want to read this book. If you enjoy contemporary stories with ties to the past, you want to read this book. If you're interested in reading something a little bit different, then you'll want to read this book. I enjoyed reading Bone White, and look forward to reading the previous books in this series just so I can reread Bone White.


Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



Wendy Corsi Staub


Author Bio:




New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.


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1 comment:

  1. Like you, I read this series out of order and had no problem. But...the writing is so good the suspense non-stop, that I plan on reading a lot of books by this author.

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