Acclaimed mystery writer Marcia K. Preston returns with her
second Chantalene mystery. Filled with mistaken identities,
waking dreams of a strange, lost girl, a bogus oil company,
robbery, murder, a crazy hermit, and a handsome cowboy,
Song of the Bones is sure to thrill Preston's growing fan
Tetumka, Oklahoma's friendly postmistress, Thelma
Patterson, and Chantalene Morrell's surrogate aunt, -
retains Drew Sander's legal services—with Chantalene as his
assistant. Billy Ray Patterson, the younger man Thelma
married thirty years before, disappeared soon -after. And
now Thelma needs to find him. An oil company wants to lease
Thelma's land for exploration, but Billy Ray's name is
still on the property and she needs to clear the title.
They assume he's dead, that is until a handsome cowboy
claiming to be Billy Ray shows up in Tetumka and moves in
with Thelma. After a few days, Thelma is convinced the man
living in her house is not her husband.
Meanwhile, Chantalene has problems of her own. -Personal
items are missing from her house, and she's haunted by
waking dreams of a strange, lost girl she doesn't know. Is
she losing her mind? Chantalene has mounting suspicions
that someone is stalking her.
Chantalene learns the story of Thelma's once-in-a--lifetime
romance with her handsome younger man and follows his cold
trail to New Mexico. Once Chantalene comes to the
conclusion that the man in Thelma's house is not Billy Ray,
but his long-thought-dead brother Donnie Ray, things turn
sinister. And the danger is just beginning . . .
Marcia K. Preston grew up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma, near
a town not too different from the setting of her mystery
series featuring Chantalene Morrell. The first book in the
series, Perhaps She'll Die, was nominated for the Mary
Higgins Clark Award for suspense fiction, and for Macavity
and Barry awards in the Best First Mystery -division.