Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: Where the Bones Are Buried by Jeanne Matthews

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Ingram Publishing, via Edelweiss,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Dinah Pelerin has finally put her life in order. Living in Berlin with her boyfriend Thor, she has landed a job teaching Native American cultures at the university. She's never felt happier. And then her Seminole mother Swan shows up with a crazy scheme to blackmail a German tax dodger and dredges up a secret Dinah has kept hidden from the IRS and from straight-arrow Norwegian Thor, a former cop now with hush-hush international duties. Germans harbor a century-long fascination with the American Wild West and American Indians. Some enthusiasts dress up as Indians and adopt Indian names. Like Der Indianer Club which has invited Swan to a powwow where she plans to meet her blackmail victim. Dinah tries to head her off, but arrives at the scene too late. A man has been killed and scalped and Swan quickly becomes the prime suspect. Torn between love for her mother and dismay at her incessant lies, Dinah sets out to find the killer-hoping the killer doesn't turn out to share her DNA. But Swan isn't the only liar. Everyone is lying about something. Margaret, Swan's dead ex-husband's former wife, come to the city with Swan. Dinah's teen-age "ward." Thor. Especially Dinah. Ghosts of Germany's terrible history haunt Berlin while she faces exorcising a hateful ghost of her own.


This is the fifth Dinah Pelerin mystery book, and the first I had read. Berlin was the perfect setting for this tale, as it has so many twists and turns, it can rightly be called a mystery thriller! I love world history and culture and Matthews brings in plenty of both, to keep any history/cultural buff very happy indeed! Not to mention Dinah is very likable, and there is plenty of humor to keep the book moving at a pretty good pace, once you get a couple of chapters in- I finished it in 2 sittings and am looking forward to reading the previous books in the series! if you are looking for another strong female lead, and want to get some learning in with your mystery fiction, check out this book and series! 

About the Author:

Jeanne Matthews is the author of the Dinah Pelerin international mystery series including Bones of Contention, Bet Your Bones, and Bonereapers. Like her anthropologist sleuth, Matthews travels around the world learning about other cultures and mythologies, which she incorporates into her novels.

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