The Bone Jar by S W Kane is a debut novel, and one that caught and held my interest. Since this is listed as Book 1, I'm happy to know there will be more.
DI Lew Kirby is the protagonist, but he does not take over the plot; a couple of secondary characters are as involved and important as the DI, giving the novel an almost ensemble feel. Raymond Sweet, a former patient, lives his eccentric life on the grounds of the old asylum, and Connie Darke wants to know who was with her sister the night she died and
what has happened to a friend and fellow urban explorer who is now missing.
In the investigation to discover who wanted an 84 year old woman dead, secrets from past and present come slowly to light.
Like many readers, I find plots involving mental asylums suggestive of a thrilling and suspenseful experience, and the long abandoned Blackwater Asylum blends atmosphere, history, and memories that satisfy that notion. A promising debut and a suspenseful mystery set in the midst of a frozen winter, The Bone Jar more than met my expectations.
(Although this was a NetGalley offering, it is also available on Kindle Unlimited.)
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Police Procedural. July 1, 2020. Print length: 327 pages.