Dem Bones' Revenge
Kris Neri
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Dem Bones' Revenge

Kris Neri
Worldwide Mystery
294 pages
August 2003
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The day begins badly for mystery writer Tracy Eaton. First her irate editor calls up, threatening to can her mystery series if she doesnít make the required changes to her latest book. The day worsens when remodeling turns her home into a pit of chaos. Thatís when she gets the shocking news that her mother, the elegant and stylish Hollywood legend Martha Collins, has been found with the bloody remains of celebrity litigant Vince Sperry and arrested. A shocked Tracy races to her motherís rescue with her lawyer-husband Drew in tow, who has a double interest in this case because the victim Sperry had been the plaintiff in the plagiarism case he was currently handling.

Instead of being grateful, Martha turns imperious on them and proves most uncooperative. Tracy begins to suspect that her mother is deliberately hiding something and was involved in this murder, though she hasnít figured out how. Pretty soon she gets completely involved in solving this case, in spite of promising everyone to stay out of it. To compound problems, her father is off somewhere without a trace and her mother begins flirting with Drewís adorable con man uncle Phil. Tracy's bull-in-the-china-shop style of investigation is nevertheless effective, and soon she has a virtual plethora of suspects ranging from her own husband to her father the actor. Martha is somehow deeply enmeshed in it, but she ainít talking. A frustrated Tracy soon resorts to some creative antics to uncover the truth. But little does she know what skeletons will come tumbling out of the closet when the doors to the past are opened.

Author Kris Neri checks in with yet another animated mystery featuring her smart-mouthed, professional mystery writer turned amateur detective, Tracy Eaton. In the first book of this series, Revenge of the Gypsy Queen, readers met the hyperactive and compulsive liar Tracy when she was set loose in the skyscraper jungle of New York while on a visit to her in-laws. In Dem Bonesí Revenge, this Hollywood brat stumbles upon a mystery virtually in her own backyard. While investigating, she twists the truth, delights in breaking the law and causes her poor law-abiding husband many agonizing moments. Hilarity, an essential ingredient of Kris Neriís books, distinguishes it from other whodunits. The central mystery is so convoluted as to test the ingenuity of even the most devoted mystery reader, and the ending is a total eye-opener. Murder and mayhem reign as this madcap, irreverent and totally original detective goes about solving even some of wackiest and dangerous cases.

© 2003 by Rashmi Srinivas for Curled Up With a Good Book

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