Picture Them Dead -A Family History Mystery is a cozy mystery with just a tiny, tiny touch of paranormal elements. (One character is a bit psychic). I haven't read the other books in the series but each seems to work as a standalone so nothing felt missed. The characters were introduced in such a way I felt like I was running into old friends. Bonner does an excellent job of including backstory and character descriptions without any feeling of an info dump; everything is seamless so you are at once placed right in the middle of the story. Excellent story telling skills. I was at first disappointed though when the killer was revealed- I thought I saw it coming a mile away. Then plot twist- the end wasn't at all what I thought it would be. That was an awesome way to lead someone off and throw in things you never expected. I will definitely read Bonner's other mysteries. I loved that I didn’t figure out the mystery before the reveal.
Sophreena McClure and her business partner Esme Sabatier are professional genealogists that get called out to investigate an unmarked grave found at a local farm during digging for renovation work. The casket is made of glass and there’s no marker or indication of who the man is. Everyone in town knows Soph and Esme are the ones to call about historical mysteries, even if local Police Detective Jennifer Jeffers isn’t too happy about it. Jennifer seems to have issues with Sophreena and Esme, but it is her dad’s new farm where the casket was found and she knows they are the best at digging up historical details (pun totally intended). But the mystery soon grows when another body is found this one of a young woman…and the body is found at the edge of the Forgotten Man’s burial site. Are the two mysterious deaths connected? Sophreena sure wants to find out.
In this third cozy whodunit in the Family History Mystery series, a professional genealogist duo searches for the link between a death from long ago and a modern-day murder.
As a professional genealogist, I’ve seen enough skeletons come dancing out of closets to get a respectable conga line formed up. But they’ve always been metaphorical skeletons.
When genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier are called on by Detective Jenny Jeffers to help figure out who the corpse in the backyard of her father’s house is, they reluctantly agree. Known for figuring out the unusual, Sophreena and Esme do their best to uncover the mystery behind the corpse, and the glass coffin he’s buried in. Word soon spreads about the bizarre burial site, leading the people of Morningside to “adopt” the corpse and begin leaving mementos in memoriam for him. But when the body of a young woman is found near the memorial, the duo has another task on their hands: to dig into the past of the house’s previous owners. Could the clues to a recent murder finally help this soul rest in peace?