Harvest of Bones

Harvest of Bones

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by Nancy Means Wright
     
 

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Ruth Willmarth leaps into the fray when her ornery cow Zelda unearths a human finger; a rented greyhound digs up a skeleton wearing a Scots bonnet; and a lovely woman dies a mysterious death at a local Healing House. "Demanding and engaging," (Booklist). "Vividly offbeat characters," (Kirkus Reviews), "A strong sense of place--with human, and humorous problems."… See more details below

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Ruth Willmarth leaps into the fray when her ornery cow Zelda unearths a human finger; a rented greyhound digs up a skeleton wearing a Scots bonnet; and a lovely woman dies a mysterious death at a local Healing House. "Demanding and engaging," (Booklist). "Vividly offbeat characters," (Kirkus Reviews), "A strong sense of place--with human, and humorous problems." (Publishers Weekly) 2nd Ruth Wilmarth mystery; originally published by St. Martin's

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wright (Mad Season, 1997) again pits small-town Vermonters against outsiders in this well-wrought tale of past crimes haunting the present. Ruth Willmarth, deserted by her handsome farmer husband, is beset on all sides. She has the farm to manage, a teenaged daughter anxious for her parents to reunite, and there are suspicious doings next door, where Fay Hubbard has turned the Flint farm into a B&B. After Ruth's farmhand finds a buried fingerbone, Fay's dog unearths a skeleton missing a finger. Hartley Flint, the daughter of Fay's landlord, arrives with her befuddled Great Aunt Glenna, who identifies the skeleton as her former husband whom she may have murdered. Ruth's occasional suitor, Colm Hubbard--real estate agent, cop and mortician--discovers that Glenna's ex is alive in Manhattan. Establishing the skeleton's identity and cause of death hinge on solving a 20-year-old puzzle. Meanwhile, the police investigate a poisoning at Healing House, a home for abused women, and the suspicious behavior of the dead woman's husband as well as that of old Alwyn Bagshaw, whose property abuts Healing House. Although Wright relies on some coincidences to resolve the mystery, she evokes a strong sense of place and creates realistic characters coping with human--and humorous--problems. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
A journey to the farmland near Branbury, Vermont, where Fay Hubbard, in the aftermath of a painful divorce, has rented a house from distant cousin Homer Flint, planning to start a bed- and-breakfast and a new life. She gets some help in the rudiments of farm life from neighbor Ruth Willmarth, but tourists are scarce and Fay is happy when Kevin Crowningshield rents a room. He's in the area to check on his wife Angie, one of several women living in the nearby so-called Healing House, a property Angie had inherited, to the frustration of eccentric Alwyn Bagshaw, who owns the abutting acreage. Meanwhile, Homer Flint's Aunt Glenna, scheduled for a nursing home but fighting it all the way, has moved into Fay's house, her old home, with her young niece Hartley. On top of this, a skeleton has been unearthed on Ruth's land that could be Glenna's husband Mac MacInnesþunheard from for years. Colm Hanna, part-time policeman and son of the local mortician, is assigned the job of finding MacInnes in New York. He succeeds, bringing Mac back to Vermont and tackling the daunting job of identifying the skeleton and figuring out who buried it and whyþall this complicated by some scary happenings at Healing House. The author's vividly offbeat characters and her warm accounts of life on the farm are more convincing than the elaborate plot, but, overall, this is a solid follow-up to Wright's promising first outing (Mad Season, 1996).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940043309778
Publisher:
Belgrave House
Publication date:
11/16/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
843,436
File size:
1 MB

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