Inherit the Bones

Inherit the BonesInherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn
Series: Detective Gemma Monroe #1
on December 13th 2016
Pages: 322
Format: hardback
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural
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Secrets and lies can’t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.
In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town’s meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.
Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe’s investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley’s future.
Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.

My thoughts on this book

In Emily Littlejohn’s debt novel we are introduced to Gemma Monroe, a pregnant police detective. A clown with a traveling circus that has stopped in Gemma’s Colorado mountain town turns up dead. This death unleashes Gemma’s nightmare’s about the bones she found of two boys who died over thirty years ago, how does the death of the clown tie to what Gemma found three years ago? Gemma’s dogged persistence makes for a well tuned police procedural. The book is well-written and plotted, there is an ease between the characters that works well.

I look forward to her second novel, A Season to Lie due out later this year.