||Sept 1, 2009
Entertaining mystery, heartwarming romance. Truckdriver Jake battles life challenge and police find a woman's corpse in his big rig trailer and he finds a skeleton at his new job.
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DOTDON Books Murder Mystery, Children's Books
Weary and determined to conquer the demons that haunt him, Jake parks his big rig in Paradise, a Midwest town he thinks peaceful. He finds acceptance in a five-person acting troupe and Saturday night ballroom dances.
Police find a dead body in his truck. The Police Chief doesn't have an answer to the first death when a skeletonized second body appears.
Three women new to his life add restlessness never before present. Jake's spouse and driving partner, Athena, had died of cancer. Could he love another? Would it matter if he was jailed first or killed?
2012 Writers' Digest judge rates it multiple five stars.
"...clues eventually fit together in clever and significant ways..."
"...dramatic tension builds around which woman Jake will pursue..." National Reviewer.
"Truck driver as the main character is a fresh approach."
"...promises to be an interesting mystery and romance."
S. Haven, critiquer
Printed within the novel "A Body To Bones."
The Bones Dance Foxtrot
The complete five-star review is online at http://www.featheredquill.com and also at Barnes and Noble online, www.bn.com.
From reviewer Will Gabbert, 10/15/09:
"Author Donan Berg spins a twisted plot of murder, suspicion, multiple clues, and budding romance in The Bones Dance Foxtrot. Berg takes the time to introduce the reader to Jake Brown, with all his insecurities and problems and builds him into a character that the reader cares about. The other main characters involved in the mystery, Emily, Kate, Patricia, Clem, and even Chief R.P. Coltraine have distinct personalities. The locales, too, come to life as places like the diner, Sadie's, with plates clanking and the aroma of the day's specials drifting through the air.
"The police and detectives who are working to solve the case are given almost as much attention as the lead characters and it's fun to go back and forth between their investigative work, false leads, and guess work and then follow Jake and his friends.
"The reader may believe that all is solved well before the end of The Bones Dance Foxtrot, but rest assured, the author has a few more tricks up his sleeve. New friends must depend on each other if they are to go to the next ballroom dance."
"Quill says: If you enjoy a good murder mystery with twists, turns, false leads, a little gambling, betrayal, clues left in the unlikeliest of places and a hidden stash of bank loot, then pick up a copy of The Bones Dance Foxtrot."
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