Book Title: Bones of the Redeemed (A Southwestern Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 298 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery (1952)
Publisher: Bosque Publishing
Release date: November 2020
Content Rating: R for abuse, does contain the f-word a few times,
A pit of corpses. An ancient cult. A quest for redemption that could leave her dead… New Mexico, 1952. Archaeology grad student Ruby Delgado is plagued by guilt after losing her son. So when her latest excavation drops her down a sinkhole filled with suspiciously mutilated bodies, she’s driven to bring the murderer to justice. But when digging deeper brings her dangerously close to a sinister religious sect, she could be their next sacrifice… Discovering some of the victims were crucified, Ruby pushes hard to give the evidence to the authorities. But when her trail crosses the path of a beaten man left for dead in the desert, she realizes she may be the only person who can save the community. Can Ruby stop the sacrifices and slay her inner demons, or will hers be the next body laid to rest? Bones of the Redeemed is a hair-raising standalone Southwestern mystery. If you like complex heroines, cult conflict, and hard-won redemption, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s grisly tale.
Ruby is trying to start over after a tragedy. She has a scholarship to join an archaeological dig in New Mexico with the esteemed Dr. Yates and begin to move on with her life. However, she does not get off to a great start. Being a woman on an archaeology team in 1952 is hard enough, but Dr. Yates seems to have it out for her. On her first day, Ruby falls into a sinkhole and lands on top of several bodies. However, these bones don't look like the Anasazi burial grounds that the team is searching for, these bodies have only been deceased a few years. Ruby's dig partner, Pete, doesn't want her to report the bodies. He believes that the bodies are connected to a group that his brother was involved in. As things intensify, Ruby feels the need to involve the authorities, which only makes things worse for her.
Bones of the Redeemed is an intriguing historical mystery. Ruby Delgado was a fierce, passionate and independent protagonist. I was very interested in her backstory as well as how she was able to break into the archaeological field at the time. The dig site and its history felt important to me and I wish that it had been explored more. The action in the story begins right away and the mystery of the bodies as well as why everyone seems content to keep them a secret pulled me in. From there, the writing kept me on the edge of my seat with a wild ride into small town secrets, religious cults and continuous danger. I would have loved to get to know Pete, Dr. Yates and well as some of the other characters a little better to understand their motivations and how they all fit into the small town drama. The ending kept up the frantic pace of the story as everything came together for an action-packed conclusion.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Meet the Author:
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
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