A Skeleton in a Dead Space

Kelly O'Connell Mystery, #1

Follow along as Kelly searches out the killer, stands up to her ex, keeps her and her children safe, finds out where the attraction between her and Mike is going and runs her business.

I made the mistake of opening this book planning on just skimming it and then putting away for a few days while I finished the last two books in the series I was reading. Instead over an hour had passed and I was getting close to the end of the book. It is very engrossing and fast moving with characters that you can identify with. Be sure to add this one to your must read list. Thank you Judy Alter you have out done herself with this one. I cannot wait to start book 2.

Kelly O'Connell, a realtor and divorced mother of 2 receives a frantic call from her contractor, Anthony Dimitrios, to come immediately to the house he was renovating for her business, O'Connell and Spencer Realtors. When she arrives Anthony takes her into the kitchen and shows her the dead space he found when he removed some of the cupboard. She finds a box with a skeleton in it. From the remains of the tattered clothing they discern the skeleton was a female. The police arrive, including Officer Mike Shandy a man she has seen around town and spoken to on occasion. They remove the skeleton and the box, question them both, and tape the entire house off. Kelly is told that no one will be allowed in until they are done with their investigation.

That night she dreams about the skeleton and knows she needs to find out who she was and who killed her. She decides to call the skeleton Miranda. Late into the night she is awoken by the phone and is warned to leave the skeleton or else. Kelly doesn't take threats well and decides to do some checking to find out about Miranda, who she was, her life and her death.

The next night is not any better. Her friend Joanie comes over crying and upset and tells Kelly she is pregnant and doesn't know if she wants to have an abortion or keep it. After Joanie falls asleep on the couch Anthony calls and tells her the skeleton house is on fire. She arrives to find onlookers, the fire department and police already on the scene. Anthony is being treated by paramedics. He tells Kelly he came back to sneak into the house to get his tools and someone knocked him out.

The next day Anthony goes to Kelly's house and gives her a locket with the initials M.W.M. and a picture of a man and women inside left in the dead space. He gives it to Kelly. They now know the woman's initials and from the style of her hair she lived during the sixties. Using her resources she finds out that her name was Marie Winton.

Her life does not improve over the next few days. The phone calls continue and she receives a call from her deadbeat ex-husband, who walked out three years earlier and hasn't come to see the girls in over a year. He states he is coming to town to pick up Em and Maggie and take them back to California with him. Kelly tells him not to bother because he will not be getting the children.


Book Blurb for A Skeleton in a Dead Space

Kelly O’Connell never thought real estate was a dangerous profession, until she stumbled over a skeleton in a dead space in an early-twentieth-century Craftsman house she was transforming into a coveted modern home in an older urban neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas.

From that moment, she runs into teen-age gang members, a manipulative ex-husband, a needy and single pregnant friend, a cold-blooded murderer, and a policeman who wants to be more than her protector. As free-spirited as the chocolate-peanut-jalapeño candy she craves, Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman-boyfriend, protect her two young daughters, pacify her worried mother a thousand miles away, and keep her real estate business afloat. Too often she puts herself in danger, and sometimes it’s the girls, not Mike, who come to Kelly’s rescue.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 5.00