Pros: A fun mystery with great characters and plenty of twists
Cons: Only if you want a serious book
The Bottom Line:
Great humor, plenty of laughs
Book is spades of fun
Don't Leave Skeletons in Your Closet Because Dem Bones Will Always be out for Revenge
I don't do nearly enough rereading. Granted, the list of books I haven't read I want to read keeps mushrooming. But I recently took the time to reread Dem Bones' Revenge, the second Tracy Eaton mystery. It's still a wild romp through
Hollywood, and I still
loved every minute of it.
In the middle of all this chaos,
Tracy's mother, movie star Martha Collins
calls with the news that she's been found over the body of Vince Sperry, a
former producer. The police seem to
think that Martha had reason to want the man dead, and Martha is sneaking off
and disappearing, not exactly the behavior of an innocent woman. Despite promises to the contrary, Tracy puts on her
detective hat to try to clear her mother.
But is Martha really innocent?
The last time I read this book was in 2003, so parts of it were definitely hazy. But as I read, pieces came back to me. The result was I remembered the big picture before I got there. Had I not remembered it, I'm sure I would have been as lost as I was the first time around. This is an expertly plotted romp that is hard to figure out even with all the clues given to you. It has several great twists and a climax that is logical and exciting.
The characters are what truly make this book.
actually the daughter of two Hollywood
celebrities, so she definitely has a different view of the world. Husband Drew grounds things in enough reality
to make me buy the story, but he doesn't kill any of the fun. Martha is a hoot, and I absolutely love
Drew's Uncle Philly, a con man who is living with Tracy and Drew. All of these characters are well developed
and believable in the context of the book.
The other characters that wander the pages feel real, although we never
see any of them for a very long time.
I've already called this book a romp, and that is exactly what it is. With the slightly off kilter characters and
Hollywood setting, this is a
comic mystery at its best. Tracy narrates with a
sarcastic sense of humor that made me laugh more than once. And, while I get Tracy's frustration at some of the things the
other characters do, I found them equally funny. When I wasn't laughing, I was grinning. It's just that kind of book.
Don't even think about reading this book if you want something serious or gritty. But if you need a good mystery with plenty of fun, Dem Bones' Revenge is the book for you.
Looking for more fun? Here are the Tracy Eaton Mysteries in order.