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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews

Bones of Contention  didn't work for me (at all).  The characters weren't appealing and the plot seemed ludicrous. 

Here is the review from Publishers Weekly
A dying man's pending changes to his last will and testament trigger murder in Matthews's unconvincing debut. Seeking the truth about her father's death, Dinah Pelerin flies from the U.S. to Australia when she learns that her mother's cancer-ridden ex-husband, Cleon, is planning to settle family affairs before ending his life by assisted suicide. Attending Cleon are his first ex-wife; his current wife; resentful Aboriginals; an alcoholic doctor; and assorted progeny, including Dinah's artist half-brother, Lucien. An Aussie cop investigates after a poisonous snake bites Lucien, the doctor dies under mysterious circumstances, and other shady matters come to light. The failure to properly utilize the huge cast; implausible, even idiotic, actions by Dinah; and the too numerous, clumsily introduced plot elements prevent the reader from summoning much sympathy for the heroine or the novel.
 I agree.  I'd like to hear an Aussie's opinion on the overdose of "strine" -- I've never read a book by an actual Aussie that sounded like this.  The book is supposed to become a series with Dinah as lead, but I honestly can't see how.

Fiction.  Mystery.  2010.  304 pages.


  1. If I can get my hands on a copy, I'll let you know about the Strine! I usually find it a bit overdone in the token Australian character in a book.

  2. My copy was a library book, or I'd gladly send it to you. The "Strine" was just one of the annoying aspects of this book.