Whew, this is the 25th book in the Jane Lawless series, but the first one I've read.
A Whisper of Bones involves PI and restaurateur Jane Lawless--an interesting combination of careers.
From description: Britt Ickles doesn't remember much from her only visit to her mother's childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That's why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she's shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can't shake the feeling that Timmy did exist...and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up.
Britt is disbelieving and angry about her aunts response and hires Jane to find out more about the boy she remembers. Britt's aunts rent rooms in their large old home to help make ends meet, and Jane decides renting a room might help her get to the bottom of the mystery.
A fire destroys the old detached garage and during the investigation, bones are discovered in the root cellar. Do they belong to Timmy? The secrets are many and of long-standing.
An interesting assortment of well-developed characters.
Read in December, 2017; blog review scheduled for Feb. 16, 2018.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
PI Mystery. Feb. 27, 2018. Print length: 320 pages.