Bone White by Wendy Corsi StaubBone White by Wendy Corsi Staub is a 2017 William Morrow publication.
This is the third and final installment in the ‘Mundy’ series.
I’ve been following along with this series from the beginning and so far, it’s been a very interesting, albeit slightly quirky series, which is set in Mundy’s Landing.
Now that the “Sleeping Beauty’ murder case has been solved, and Sullivan Leary has decided to leave the big city and settle in Mundy’s Landing, things have been rather quiet. But, after Emerson Mundy’s father died, and she discovers an old letter bearing the cryptic sentence, “I’ll never tell”, she decides to travel to Mundy’s Landing to search out her past.
However, Emerson’s arrival seems to have unleashed a chain reaction of sorts. Sullivan’s old partner, Barnes, shows up needing a place to lay low, and a skull has been discovered, and turned over to forensics - so once again explosive and long buried secrets come back to haunt this seemingly quaint small town.
I really, really wanted to like this book, since I was already invested in the story, and wanted to see how everything wrapped up.
But, I confess, I really struggled with this one for a while. The pacing was painfully slow, and the suspense level seemed to stall out. I was only mildly curious about Emerson’s fiance, and I was moderately interested in Ora and what the lab would discover about the skull, the truly perplexing part of the story, for a while there, was what might be going on with Barnes.
I’m glad I stuck it out, because the twist, that I assure you, you will never in a million years, see coming is worth the wait.
Once I finished the book and had a little time to think about all the various threads and how the trilogy came to a close- or at least I’m presuming this is the final chapter, I began to see the genius in the way characters from previous installments popped in and the history plays such an important role. I think maybe I had underestimated this one at first, perhaps overlooking some of the finer points and nuances, which only came to me once I had finished the entire book.
So, now that I’ve thought about it a while, this installment ended the trilogy in the best possible way. I guess it kind of grew on me.
I think this series is well worth the time for any mystery lover. It’s unique, has a perfect setting, and is very cleverly plotted, adding in rich historical backgrounds, that relates to the crimes currently under investigation, which is a very nice touch and adds another layer of mystery and substance to the story.
I recommend reading the series in order for the best enjoyment-
SLEEPWALKER by Wendy Corsi Staub
Mundy's Landing: Bone White Bk. 3 by Wendy Corsi Staub (2017, Paperback)
Bone White Book Three. True crime enthusiasts are drawn to this fictional Hudson Valley town. From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret. But these women are merely stand-ins…a prelude to his ultimate victim. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here.
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There, she hopes to reclaim her ancestral heritage—but soon finds that the family name is a burden to bear. Sully, however, is quickly distracted by two unforeseen events: the reappearance of her old partner, Barnes, and the suspicious death of a male tourist. A veteran of more than 80 novels, Staub still manages to surprise with the breadth of her creative ambitions. In Bone White , she seamlessly melds history with contemporary sensibilities, fleshing out the narrative while also maintaining its potency. She also achieves an ambient sense of time and place, using the strength of her setting as the common thread that unites these books as opposed to character or theme, which connected her past trilogies. Finally, Staub offers a twist ending that will undoubtedly rank among her finest and most memorable. While fans have long endeavored to unmask her villains before their intended reveal, this particular denouement is a unique addition to the repertoire—and it may just fool even the most discerning of readers.