"Compelling and absorbing"
Fifty years ago in the farming area of Pepin County
Wisconsin, someone killed the Schuler family murdering the
parents, their four young children and a baby. Nobody was
ever prosecuted for the crime but the victims were German
and there was a lot of lingering resentment towards them
because of what happened in WW II. Only the police and a
reporter at the time know that the smallest finger from
each body was cut off.
In the present, someone wants the truth about what
happened on July 7, 1952 to surface. That person steals
two very toxic insecticides to kill the flowers outside
the sheriff office. Next he poisons a family's chickens
and escalates to dumping the insecticide into lemonade
being sold at the Fourth of July festivities, putting one
man in a coma and hospitalizing four others. Deputy
Sheriff Claire Watkins races against time to catch the
perpetrator before he does his big finale on July 7, the
anniversary of the Schuler slayings.
There is a lot more action than in Mary Logue's previous
books (GLARE ICE and DARK COULEE), but she doesn't short
change her characters who are fully developed. In the
middle of the investigation, the heroine's boyfriend
proposes and she finds it difficult to talk about the
subject because she is so focused on the case. Readers
will like this genuinely good person, her lover who
understands the demands of her job and Claire's young
daughter wise beyond her years. BONE HARVEST is a
compelling and absorbing reading experience that readers
will find challenging.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 3, 2004