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The Purloined Skull by Velda Brotherton
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The Purloined Skull

by Velda Brotherton

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Velda Brotherton’s The Purloined Skull offers intrigue in the very first sentence. By the end of the first chapter we have eight mysteries to solve: who was the dead person, who killed him, where is the head, what is Jessie’s dark secret and what is she running from, what is Dallas Starr’s secret and what is he running from, and will Jessie and Dallas get together.

Brotherton weaves these together masterfully, letting the reader find answers little by little all the way to the end. The story is set in rural Arkansas, and the author gives us a clear picture of life there, its advantages and its disadvantages. Jessie Stone has moved back to her childhood home from California, trying to leave her problems behind. Dal Starr has left the Dallas Police Department to take over as the detective in the small town of Cedarton. And just so you don’t think that’s all there is to this book, Dal is part Cherokee and receives the feelings and moods of the dead.

That ought to be enough to entice you to read the book. But, just to top it off, there is the romance that may, or may not, be able to survive between Jessie and Dal. If you’re ready for a good mystery, a good romance, and some dark moods from the dead, The Purloined Skull is a great choice.

James R. Callan, author of the Crystal Moore suspense novels and the Father Frank mysteries.
  veldabrotherton | Oct 15, 2013 |
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