Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.
Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.
Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.
Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.
She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.
I loved my introduction to Eve Appel and her snooping friends.
Old Bones Never Die is book 5 in the Eve Appel series.
I found myself a few pages in wondering where I've been. How could I have missed this author and this series?
Apparently I haven't been in the swamps of Florida where you'll find Eve and her group of friends solving crimes.
Although Old Bones is book 5 I didn't feel like I needed to read any of the prior books in the series. But I ended up wanting to.
I wanted to see how Eve's unique friendship with mobster Nappi
came about. I mean who has a mobster buy you an R.V. with no strings? And then there's her ex husband who works for Nappi but has no conviction to help out 'Evie' (there is a story there) when asked. Even 'watching her back' literally when Eve has a dinner date with a suspect.
Old Bones begins when Walter Egret a construction worker digs up human remains on a construction site and then just a few hours later is killed in a 'hit and run' accident?
Eve takes the so called 'accident' personal as Walter is her
boyfriends brother and father to three young boys who insist upon hiring Eve to find out who caused their fathers death.
With a retainer of some 30 plus dollars Eve and her friends investigate.
The reader is taken along through the questions and twists and turns of the mystery in an entertaining and comical ride.
Coffee With A Character
I enjoyed the characters in Old Bones Never Die. Eve has quite a collection of wanna be sleuths helping her or trying to solve crime. One character I would love to have coffee with is her friend mob boss Nappi who was introduced in previous books. I sure would like to sit down for coffee or maybe some Vino and hear 'his' story.
The story is wrapped up in the end with a little cliff hanger making this reader waiting with bated breath for book 6.
I am adding the Eve Appel series to my list of must reads.