Three Graves Full

Three Graves Full

by Jamie Mason

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ISBN-13: 9781451685053
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 341,813
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jamie Mason was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Washington, DC. She’s most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina. She is the author of Three Graves Full, Monday’s Lie, and The Hidden Things.

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New York Journal of Books - John M. Wills

New York Journal of Books Review:

Three Graves Full is an extraordinary debut novel that ensnares the reader in its web of suspense and ratchets up the anxiety with each chapter.

Jamie Mason has created a very believable, sad sack of a character in Jason Getty. Getty leads a very unremarkable life until he makes the mistake of befriending a stranger. Garry Harris treats Jason like a sucker and eventually turns out to be Jason’s worst nightmare.

As their friendship devolves into an adversarial one, Jason is thrust into a situation forcing him to murder the man. Unable to think of a better way to dispose of the corpse, Jason decides to bury the body in the backyard of his home. Little does Jason know, but two other bodies are buried on the property as well.

The police eventually become involved when landscapers discover the cadavers, and Jason rightly assumes his life is probably over; however, the author interjects a number of strange and interesting twists so that what was once perhaps predictable becomes ambiguous. Her ability to fully integrate action scenes into the story makes her book a thrilling read.

Ms. Mason uses subtle, sometimes dark humor to liven up the macabre events. Her writing style is quite interesting and at times more suited to romance writing. But oddly, it works. For a new writer, she is adept at character development, allowing the reader a 360-degree view of each. She neatly ties up all the loose ends, leaving the reader with a satisfying conclusion.

Three Graves Full is deep and dark, yet funny, a refreshing combination that snags the reader like a grappling hook—destined to become a success.

Booklist - Michele Leber

Booklist Starred Review:

First-novelist Mason hooks the reader with her first sentence, “There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.” Mild-mannered widower Jason Getty is responsible for burying one body, but he’s shocked when two others are discovered in his yard and found to be the work of the home’s previous owner, Boyd Montgomery, who came upon his wife, Katielynn, in bed with Reid Reynolds three years earlier, just weeks before Reynolds was to marry his childhood sweetheart, Leah Tamblin. Getty, on tenterhooks, is massively relieved when police wrap up the latter two murders, until persistent detective Tim Bayard finds blood traces in Getty’s house that point to a third crime. As Getty prepares a cover-up, Tamblin comes looking for answers and resolution, and what seemed a closed murder case opens up again. Racheting up suspense is one thing, and Mason manages it masterfully, particularly as it concerns Getty’s fate. But portraying characters so well and so thoroughly, examining and explaining their motives even for murder, requires a level of skill that is rare, marking this as an astonishingly accomplished debut and Mason as a writer to watch very closely.

From the Publisher

"Jamie Mason wields a pen that magically blends beautiful prose with unrelenting thrills. Each page delivers something new and fresh; in her hands, even the mundane becomes extraordinary. Grab a chair with a comfortable edge, because Mason will keep you poised there until the final page."

—Alex Adams, author of White Horse

Three Graves Full is something special - an offbeat, high-class, pacey mystery that blends black humor with dark lyricism, and deft, intricate plotting with dead-on psychological insight. This is a gem of a debut.”

—Tana French, author of In the Woods

"Three Graves Full is an astonishing debut novel, smart and stylish and wonderfully light on its feet. Jamie Mason writes crisp, surprising sentences, and this aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace. I think she was probably born to be a writer, and I eagerly look forward to whatever she will do next."

—Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author

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Three Graves Full 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Poor Jason Getty has spent most of his life being mild, wishy-washy, invisible to everyone. One day, he has had enough with being pushed around and commits murder-best part-he seems to have gotten away with it, using his backyard to bury the evidence! Too bad he needed some landscaping done, yep, not so smart, huh? His landscaper uncovers a body in his yard, except it isn't the one he planted! In a twisted and convoluted tale, several strangers converge on Jason's life, each with their own agenda, each with a connection to at least one of the three bodies buried in his yard. The detective, is just doing his job. The abandoned fiance needs answers, no matter what! Then there is the former owner of the house, a strange recluse who is either himself, or his twin brother! This book comes complete with a who-dun-it mystery, the chase scene in the night, and the awesome dog, who saves the day! A great read with characters too stereo-typical not to be real and totally likable!!!!! The ending, was NOT what I expected! This read fast, hooked me in and made me laugh a few times, too! This ARC copy of THREE GRAVES FULL was given to me by NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Pub Date Feb 12 2013
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot but the writing does not live up to it's potential. Not much character development and a whole lot of words that could have been used to develop characters and storyline was, instead, wasted on information that added nothing to the story. A book that doesn't rely on character conversations to develop the story needs to be really good at using words that paint a picture for the reader. This book fails to do that. I started skimming through the pages about halfway into the book. I don't think that I lost any important details that would have made a difference in my opinion.
J_Kramin More than 1 year ago
I read an author interview before I dug into the book. (Sorry, no pun intended.) I love to see where a writer's mind goes from one simple idea, or in this case, a newspaper headline. Every detail that played out had you waiting to see where it would go from there. Each character was so unique - you wanted to know more about them. I love when books aren't written chapter by chapter - in order. You want to know what's next & you have to go back & find out how they got there. Love it. It's not a gory murder mystery - it's truly a unique, fabulous read. I don't share many books with my husband. We both enjoyed this one. I look forward to more from this author for sure! 
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
I've always been a huge Hitchcock fan, even though I grew up well after the height of his career. Personally, I like his darker films, those with a bit of macabre humour to them, like The Trouble With Harry. It's rare to find anybody who can manage to recapture that magic - Shallow Grave is the only successful example that comes to mind - so I was cautiously optimistic when Three Graves Full came my way and I read the opening of the cover blurb Much to my delight, Jamie Mason absolutely nailed the difficult mix of macabre humour and horrific suspense, weaving a story that keeps the reader on edge, never quite sure in which direction it will go. It all starts with a meek, quiet, lonely young man by the name of Jason who is still mourning the untimely death of his wife - who was planning to leave him - and who is haunted by the body he buried at the back of his property line. Too wracked with guilt to tend to his lawn, he calls in a professional landscaping service to tidy up the front yard and the sides of his house, where the discover the first body. The discovery of the second body leads us to Leah, an equally quiet, equally lonely young woman who is still mourning the murder of her husband, and who is haunted by the the absence of a body to provide closure. It also leads us to Boyd, a man on the fringe of society with a connection to Jason's house, Leah's husband, and the second body buried beneath the window. If it all sounds convoluted and complicated, it is, but that's part of the beauty of the tale. Mason slowly unveils the life story of these characters, connecting the dots for us, while establishing their deepest motives. Once the police begin to close in, the tension truly begins to mount, and once Jason decides he has to dig up the third body before the police do, all three characters find themselves drawn together in a case of mistaken identities, misplaced suspicious, and wrong-place/wrong-time disasters. It's the kind of story where you can see the twists coming, but can do nothing to evade them, no matter how much you cringe. With the bulk of the action taking place over about 12 hours, you just want everybody to stop, to pause, and to take a breath, but fear and guilt do not make for rational thought. Even once the story switches from subtle mystery to over-the-top action, Mason keeps tight hold of the reigns, somehow managing to juggle all the different plot lines and character motivations. By the time we careen madly towards the conclusion, with strange alliances and fresh bodies muddying things further, the story takes a final twist, and this time you don't see it coming. It works - beautifully, in fact - with a finale that's not only rewarding on its own, but worthy of the intricate tale that proceeds it. Extraordinarily well-done, this is a book that I would love to see filmed, but only with the right director at the helm. If you're a fan of Hitchcock, or perhaps the Coen brothers, there is a lot here to enjoy. If that opening of the cover blurb sounds at all appealing, then give it a read - you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has a clever & interestingly-weird plot, but the author's writing style is often a distraction: 1. too many contrived similes and analogies  2. too much narrative, not enough dialogue  3. too many unnatural contractions 4. no geography reference  5. too much silly dog involvement...  ok first novel, but work to-be-done...  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an original storyline that keeps you guessing. Hope to see more from this author.
Bookworm55PP More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book..lots of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goes above and beyond most mysteries, right from the start. Don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it yet (some other reviewers give too much away and some don't even have their facts straight - Reid's last name isn't Montgomery and he is not Boyd's twin brother. Reid and Boyd are of no relation to one another).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story/ plot. There were times, though, where I found myself overwhelmed by the writing style... too wordy, too many descriptive phrases that over complicated and confused. I had to read and reread portions just to make sure I had a clear understanding of what was going on. It wasn't until the last few pages that I really felt a connection with the character, Getty. Maybe that was intentional on the part of the author... I dunno. Overall, it was a decent read but took me a long longer to get through than most, just due to the writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very amateurish writing. I could not finish the book; it was that bad.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a murder mystery that plays out for the reader in a very intense and vivid way. Most of it is filled with twists and turns that leave the reader satisfied in the basic story. The fleshing out, on page, of the characters, and just what is ultimately the conclusion; which I had no idea, where it was going to end. When it finished, I was smirking and also thinking, this was a fun read, with a very graphic approach to murder and also a scheming style of cover-up, and most of all lies. I think the book works best when going into it with an open mind and also a reality that its simple fiction, yet comes together as what you would see on a crime show. The plot reminded me of all the old 50's or 60's murder mysteries. You have three bodies, one homeowner, a murderer, cover-up of crimes and a situation that plays out like an Alfred Hitchcock plot. That's basically what I felt like I was reading, a script to an old whodunit style film. Jamie Mason is able to give you just enough to make you want, to turn the page, to find out what will happen. Jamie makes you feel sympathy for your main character Jason, as he goes through his guilty conscience and his paranoia, as everything, he could never see coming, slowly controls him. Mason gives you a tight, interesting story of mystery, struggle, a showdown of a twist and a perfect mystery weaved around an emotional ordeal. I recommend this book to lovers of mysteries, and old school crime films. I liked this book, because it kept me page after page. The plot, or reality of the story is simple, but the characters and situations and emotions and actions of those characters, keep you grounded in the book, wanting to know, just what will happen. Would I Return to it Again: Probably not. Once was enough. I don't mean that, in a bad way. It's just one of those books after reading it, you know the mystery and the final ordeal, so there, is no sense in returning to it. But I would return to the sequels, and the mystery's, of Jason's ordeals. Would I Recommend: As I have stated for the lovers of mystery and old school style crime novels and movies, this works in great detail. Year Published: 2014 Book Length: 384 How I Read It: Nook Four Words: Mysterious, Tense paranoia, Hitchcockian
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Ronnie293 More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from the author, to read and review. I won't rehash the story, instead going straight to my opinion of it. The story started a bit slow with the author trying to fit in way too many figures of speech into a sentence for my liking. I found I had to read some sentences a few times to get the full meaning. However, that aside, the novel was suspenseful and unpredictable (in a good way) with a few "wow I didn't see that coming" moments. As the story evolved the characters personalities evolved and they all came across as quite believable and likable people. Even the murderers had you feeling a little sorry for them as they were both nice people who were just pushed that little too far. After a few comical twists and turns all the characters come together for the dramatic finale. This was one of those books that you just can't put down. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, definitely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to skip lots of supufilous words just to make it to the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me wondering what would happen next. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way to slow. I had to stop reading in. The middle of the book couldn't take it anymore.
gke More than 1 year ago
At places this story drug out. However, I kept reading and basically enjoyed it. If you like getting into the minds of the people (plus one dog) in a story you will enjoy this read. I will read more from this author.
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This boodoesnt have an attention grabber its very boring i only read seven pagin i really didnt underdtand it e
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cindymt More than 1 year ago
There’s absolutely nothing funny about murdering someone and then burying the body in the back yard. However, in an odd sort of dry-witted way, it’s told funny. Then when the gardeners find a different body in Jason’s flower bed, it gets even funnier. The story loops and dives its way around, building to the long drop, until all the characters end up in Jason’s yard in a scene that crosses the Three Stooges with the goriest slasher flick. Once Tessa is added into this crazy mix, the plot ratchets tighter. By the end, Mason had me laughing and crying. Really good ride. Received free copy for review. May have to pick up my own copy and actually spend money for it.
srkromer More than 1 year ago
Thrilling New Read Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason is one of the best books I have read in awhile.  This book is such an exciting and different read that will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.  You will read this book in one sitting, because there is always something new that is happening that won’t let you put the book down. This book revolves around three different graves on one man’s property.  Jason Getty is a mild-mannered man that finds himself in a predicament that ultimately ends up with him killing and burying a man on his property.  Unfortunately, two other bodies are found on his property which causes Getty to scramble to cover up his own crime.  When Getty is digging up the body, several other characters show up and a race to save him and others occurs.  However, will Getty be able to save everyone and get away with his own crimes? I highly recommend this new thrilling read, especially if you like thrillers with unsuspecting twists.  Jamie Mason demonstrates clearly he knows how to write a new and different thriller with an unsuspecting ending. You will think you have it figured out, but just wait because you don’t!
cs More than 1 year ago
Bodies buried in the backyard. Well, the front yard, too. And he only killed one of them. Excellently plotted and filled with surprises, it is an unlikely romp of Good Samaritans, curious wives, a couple of helpful detectives, twins, a few low-lives that need to die, a dog who will stop at nothing, and a monkey. A delightful frolic in a mysterious and unpredictable tour de force of horrific efforts by a debut author. When it gets really weird, it is like quicksand, sucking you deeper. Peppered with delightful asides that made me chuckle, no good deed goes unpunished. Great twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I loved the ending. I'm not going to give it away, but it was exactly what was needed, true justice be done. Watch for more from this talented writer. - Clay Stafford, author and founder of Killer Nashville