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Friday, February 3, 2017

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for White Bones by Graham Masterton @GrahamMasterton @HoZ_Books


TITLE: White Bones
SERIES: Katie Maguire, Book #1
AUTHOR: Graham Masterton 
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
PUBLICATION DATE: March 1, 2013 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781781850640
There are things I need to know...

On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery.

Of other worlds apart from this...

In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from nails and fishhooks. The murder of his victims is second only to the pleasure of their pain.

Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities...

As an eighty-year-old mystery unfolds, so does a modern-day ritual that's marked Katie Maguire as its next victim. For what happened once in this small picturesque village is happening again. It's more than a series of horrifying crimes. It's tradition.

Take me there.

MY REVIEW:

This one is not for the squeamish!

When a local farmer in Knocknadeenly, Ireland is doing excavation for a new building, a mass grave is uncovered. The bones have been dismembered in such a way that there appears to be a ritualistic element to the slayings. Upon examination, the bones appear to be at least 80 years old and there are 11 female victims. Even though it is considered a cold case, Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire still wants to find answers for the victims’ descendants but is told by her superiors not to waste any more resources since the culprit must be long dead.

Fiona Kelly, a young 22 year-old woman from California, decides to travel to Ireland and see her Irish heritage. She travels solo on her journey, backpacking and hitching rides. When she fails to check in with her parents, they get worried and contact the police authorities. Now a fresh victim’s body turns up on the same Knocknadeenly farm, and it is dismembered in the same manner as the other bones that have turned up.

The crime revolves around Celtic mythology, and the land where the farm is located is supposed to be a gateway between the fairy world and our world. An evil sorceress, Mor-Rioghain, will grant you any wish you desire if you unlock the portal between the worlds by sacrificing 13 particular women in a very specific way.

The main character, Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire, is a very likeable character. She’s a hardworking woman, who takes her job very seriously. She and her husband have marital problems, stemming from the death of their young son. She can’t forgive herself, and he can’t forgive her either!

Graham Masterton describes in graphic detail how Fiona Kelly is slaughtered, and I found myself morbidly fascinated. If you are the type of person that enjoys dark, violent and gruesome crimes, then this one is for you! This author is new-to-me, but I can’t wait to read more of this series. It looks like I have lots to catch up on, as there are already seven more books in the series!


MY RATING:
4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy dark and gruesome crimes!

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