Bone White: Mundy’s Landing Book Three by Wendy Corsi Staub
Reviewed by Suzanne Odom
Wendy Corsi Staub is back with the third in her newest series set in Mundy’s Landing, New York. Flashback to 1666 where all but five of the colonists died from starvation. The remaining five are from the same family and they somehow survived the bitter, cold winter and the lack of food. The parents of this family are accused of murder and eventually are executed leaving their three children orphans. These children lived out honorable lives in the town, Mundy’s Landing that was named after their family. They swore that they would never reveal the secret that died with their parents.
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Fast forward to the present day. After her father’s death, Emerson Mundy has flown across the country to learn about her ancestors. She was raised in California, far away from her relatives and heritage and really didn’t know much about her family. When she arrives in Mundy’s Landing, she is finds long, lost relatives and a welcoming home. Perhaps she will stay here as it seems this is where she belongs.
This book brings back a character from a previous book in the series. Former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the famous Sleeping Beauty Murders and solved the case of a copycat killer a year ago. She’s made a new start in the picturesque town and fits right in to the community. Soon she is swept up into a new mystery. An apparent suicide is discovered. Is this really a suicide or is it murder? Sully must figure out the new mystery that has come to Mundy’s Landing.
In the meantime, a longtime resident and local historian, Ora Abrams has a skull that she wants to have identified. She contacts a local anthropology student in hopes that the skull can be identified. As the story progresses, we learn more details about the skull and this helps to solve another mystery.
Staub writes the novel in her usual style, filling it with intriguing characters, a beautiful setting, and a mysterious plot. This latest book is full of twists and turns and will leave you guessing until the very end.