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A Legacy of Bones

by Doug Burgess

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A well-placed stick of TNT ignites a full-blown investigation in A Legacy of Bones, a provocative murder mystery exploring the racial and cultural divide on a remote Hawaiian island between landed elite and villagers. On Kaumaha Island (est 1850), the statue of Amyas Lathrop conceals a terrible secret-a legacy of massacres and madness that infects the island itself. Some will go to any lengths to keep it hidden, others to set it free. But which of them would kill? Cultural expert Winnie Te Papa, our very own Ms. Marple, will sift through the pieces to track a ruthless murderer through a tangled maze of family alliances, greedy developers, scholars, protestors, and gangsters. Told in dual timeline, Doug Burgess's intricate puzzle box mystery traces the consequences of an island's frenetic beginnings as they snowball through generations. Fans of HBO's White Lotus will be intrigued by the ever hotly debated questions: what happens next and who get to decide?… (more)
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An interesting Hawaiian mystery with a main character who is a distinct callback to Miss Marple. While it did a good job of digging into indigenous issues and had a great suspicious cast of characters, the pacing of the plot felt a little off which made the mystery reveal a little unsatisfying. ( )
  yourotherleft | Dec 31, 2023 |
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A well-placed stick of TNT ignites a full-blown investigation in A Legacy of Bones, a provocative murder mystery exploring the racial and cultural divide on a remote Hawaiian island between landed elite and villagers. On Kaumaha Island (est 1850), the statue of Amyas Lathrop conceals a terrible secret-a legacy of massacres and madness that infects the island itself. Some will go to any lengths to keep it hidden, others to set it free. But which of them would kill? Cultural expert Winnie Te Papa, our very own Ms. Marple, will sift through the pieces to track a ruthless murderer through a tangled maze of family alliances, greedy developers, scholars, protestors, and gangsters. Told in dual timeline, Doug Burgess's intricate puzzle box mystery traces the consequences of an island's frenetic beginnings as they snowball through generations. Fans of HBO's White Lotus will be intrigued by the ever hotly debated questions: what happens next and who get to decide?

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