Closer than the Bones

Closer than the Bones

by Dean James

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From New York Times bestselling author of A Cat in the Stacks mystery series, a novel about murder, fiction and the deep, deep South…

A Deep South Mystery (#2)

Recently retired from teaching high school English, Ernestine Carpenter freely admits that she's more than a bit nosy. Ernie (as she's called by her nearest and dearest) is also good at solving problems, and she's let it be known, amongst them, that she's willing to take
Mary Tucker McElroy, well-known in Southern literary circles as a generous patron. Six months earlier, her literary group had gathered for the Christmas festivities at Idlewild, Miss McElroy's ancestral home in north central Mississippi, and one guest, writer Sukey Lytton, turned up dead in the pond one day, an apparent, but suspicious suicide. Miss McElroy is convinced that Sukey Lytton was murdered, and she wants Ernie to help her figure out the guilty party.

But who can it be? Was it Lurleen Landry, best-selling author of Southern women's fiction? Did Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Russell Bertram kill her? Or was it his nasty, vindictive wife Alice? Maybe it was literary enfant terrible Brett Doran, who seems to have more than one secret to hide. Could Sukey Lytton's missing manuscript be the motive?

When the killer strikes again, it’s up to Ernie to save her friends and find the killer…or she may be next!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148907404
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Series: Deep South Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 337,089
File size: 580 KB

About the Author

Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian, is a librarian and Edgar-nominated author of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction has won both the Agatha Award and the prestigious Macavity Award. Writing as Miranda James, he is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks series, featuring librarian Charlie Harris and his trusty rescue cat Diesel. He is also the author of The Trailer Park Mysteries, writing as Jimmie Ruth Evans and the Bridge Club Mysteries, writing as Honor Hartman. As Dean James, he’s authored The Deep South Mystery Series and The Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries. He lives in Houston, Texas, with two cats and thousands of books.

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Closer than the Bones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun characters, villainous villainy, enjoying the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Tullahoma, Mississippi, retired sixty-year old school teacher Ernestine 'Ernie' Carpenter enjoys solving problems. Being single, Ernie, who works from her home, relishes helping people with their troubles. She has quickly earned a reputation for results.

However, even Ernie is a bit taken aback when venerable wealthy icon Mary McElroy comes to Ernie's home for assistance. The elderly patron of Southern Belle Letters hires Ernie to uncover the identity of the individual who murdered writer Sukey Lytton six months ago in a reported accidental drowning. Since the same group will be at Mary's home, Ernie joins them on the pretense of helping Mary write her memoirs. Ernie quickly learns that Sukey's final manuscript is missing and wonders if that is the cause of the murder; that is if someone actually killed the author. Ernie also wonders if murder did indeed occur, and it is not the ramblings of a senior citizen, will the murderer strike again if the amateur sleuth gets too close to the truth?

This Ernie Carpenter tale, CLOSER THAN BONES, is an engaging mystery starring a fabulous lead protagonist. The story line moves forward in a genteel way as expected from a Southern cozy, but never slows down or looks back. Ernie is a great character and the support cast, especially the writing group provides the audience with an insightful novel that readers will enjoy while demanding Dean James return quickly with his heroine.

Harriet Klausner