Deadly Bones

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A retired English teacher who had private-eye business cards printed up as a lark solves his second case.

After disposing of purloined Fabergé eggs in Scrambled Eggs (2005), Jake Wanderman, depressed and at loose ends since the sudden death of his wife, succumbs to the call for help from her best friend Toby. Toby's dad Cormac Blather, an antiques dealer who specialized in art forgeries, lies dead on the floor of his Sag Harbor shop. The police seem stymied. Though she's not anxious for his help, Det. Sienna Nolan lets Jake butt in. Soon the pair are calling on mega-rich art patron Bryson Mergenthaler, whose personal assistant handles most of their questions, particularly about a missing ossuary which purportedly held the bones of Jesus' brother James. Also missing is the knife which filleted Cormac and his principal forger, Chase McCleod. Jake is tailed, assailed and thrown off the case by Sienna. On the advice of his father and his rabbi, he flies off to Jerusalem, where Russians await him, coshes in hand. When gorgeous Det. Liat suggests he go home, he returns, only to become the new target of Cormac's killer. Lots of slicing and dicing later, Jake solves the case. Meanwhile, his depression has lifted, thank you, and Toby is casting amorous looks his way.

Heavy-handed plotting and a plethora of Shakespearean quotations—though Riskin does a fine job giving details about the laying on of tefillin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594147159
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Series: A Jake Wanderman Mystery Series
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    an interesting investigative tale

    Former Shakespearean teacher Jake Wanderman knows he is lucky to have survived his recent encounter with the Russian Mafia (see SCRAMBLED EGGS). However, when his beloved late wife¿s friend TV star Toby Welch, asks Jake to investigate the brutal murder of her father, art dealer Cormac Blather, Jake agrees.<BR/><BR/>Homicide Detective Sienna Nolan does not want Jake on the case, but knows she cannot prevent him from sleuthing. Thus she teams up with him finding clues that tie Cormac¿s homicide and that of an art forger Chase McCleod to billionaire art collector Bryson Mergenthaler. Hints of fraud involving a missing biblical ossuary emulate from Jerusalem. Sienna is unable to go so encouraged by his rabbi Jake travels to Israel not quite prepared that some people want to send him home in a coffin while Israeli police detective Liat strongly suggests he return to the states.<BR/><BR/>DEADLY BONES is an interesting investigative tale starring a depressed hero still grieving his wife¿s death although the two female cops who enter his life give him an emotional lift. The story line is fast-paced with a lot of knife play from an unknown adversary leaving a growing death toll behind. Jake is at his best in Jerusalem where he does what all former Shakespearean teachers do alienate the cops (same as he does in the States). Although overwhelmed at times by the Bard, fans will enjoy this fine mostly amateur sleuth with the additional insight into the Jewish mitzvah of davening with Tefillin.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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