by Wendy Corsi Staub
on Tour April 1-30, 2017
In Mundy’s Landing, bygone bloodshed has become a big business. During the rigorous winter of 1666, all but five colonists in the small Hudson Valley settlement died of starvation. Accused of unimaginable crimes, James and Elizabeth Mundy and their three children survived, but the couple were later accused of murder and executed. Left to fend for themselves in a hostile community, their offspring lived out exemplary lives in a town that would bear the family name. They never reveal the secret that died with their parents on the gallows… or did they?
“We Shall Never Tell.” Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy has flown cross-country to her ancestral hometown in hopes of tracing her ancestral past—and perhaps building a future. In Mundy’s Landing, she discovers long lost relatives, a welcoming ancestral home… and a closet full of skeletons.
A year has passed since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, apprehended a copycat killer, and made a fresh start in the Hudson Valley. Banking on an uneventful future in a village that’s seen more than its share of bloodshed, Sully is in for an unpleasant surprise when a historic skull reveals a notorious truth. Now she’s on the trail of a murky predator determined to destroy the Mundy family tree, branch by branch.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Published by: William Morrow Mass Market
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062349775 (ISBN13: 9780062349774)
Series: Mundy's Landing #3 (Stand Alone)
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Read an excerpt:
What inspired you to write Bone White?
This is the third book in my Mundy’s Landing trilogy, and I conceived it as a trio of books linked by setting. Here, it’s a fictional Hudson Valley Village made famous by historic unsolved crimes. There were two such incidents in Mundy’s Landing. One—the eerie Sleeping Beauty murders of 1916-- was very loosely based on the Lizzie Borden case, and its impact on Fall River, Massachusetts, a town many people might never have heard of if not for the still-unsolved Borden murders. The other historic mystery was inspired by an article I read in Smithsonian Magazine about survivalist cannibalism in seventeenth century America. A young woman’s crudely butchered skull recently unearthed on the site of Jamestown Colony in Virginia confirmed that the starving settlers had resorted to cannibalism. In BONE WHITE, Ihave the same premise, only it’s unclear whether the victim died of natural causes or murdered to provide food for the lone surviving family, the Mundys.
2. What character do you think you have most in common with?
I have a lot in common with Rowan Mundy, a super-busy, happily married working mom whose household is pure chaos. She was the heroine of book 1, BLOOD RED, and is back here as a supporting character, so we get to see how the events of the past year have changed her—and not. I love that no matter how hard she tries to organize life—her schedule, her kids, her stray puppies and kittens, her old-and-needs-attention house—things are perpetually on the edge of spinning out of control. Is that me? You bet!
3. What was your favorite part to write about in Bone White?
I loved the prologue. In fact, I loved it so much I wrote it a few years ago, and it was intended to be the opening of the first book, BLOOD RED. It didn’t work there for many reasons—foremost, because it’s set in the past, and my editor was rightly concerned that readers might mistakenly assume this trilogy is set in 1666. In fact, the trilogy takes place in present day, but there are throwbacks to earlier mysteries. Once the series had been established and my readers were hooked and understood the world I’d created, I was able to effectively use that early scene, involving Mundy’s Landing’s first settlers, as the opening of BONE WHITE.
4. One reason readers should read Bone White:
This book contains perhaps the biggest twist I’ve written in my 25-year career! I’ve tried to pull it off before, and never managed to make it work. This time, I finally did, according to my editor, reviewers and my longtime loyal readers.
5. Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I just signed a new 3-book contract with HarperCollins for a trio of psychological suspense novels. Like my Mundy’s Landing trilogy, these books will read as standalone titles, meaning you don’t have to have read the first to enjoy the last. This time, the books will be linked not by settings, but by a central character who’s an investigative genealogist, and helps foundlings—people who were abandoned as infants—to find out more about where they came from. I promise lots of twists and blindsides!
My Review : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is not my first book by Wendy Corsi Staub. I am very familiar with her work and she hit this one really well. I loved it. She did a great job with this story.
Bone white is the third book in the series while it can be a stand alone I would still recommend reading the first couple books just to get familiar. I really enjoyed the mystery in this story and how it was related to everyday life. I also love how she keeps you gussing to figure out who the murderer is. It keeps you guessing for sure.
A few twists and turns this story that blew me away. A story well written and worth the time to be picked up and read. If you pick this book up you won't be dissaponted.
Recommend to readers who love a thriller suspense books.