Bet Your Bones
Dinah Pellerin Mystery
By Jeanne Matthews
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590588994, 250pp.)
Publication Date: June 2011
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A wedding on the lip of a Hawaiian volcano sounds risky to Dinah Pelerin, the bride’s best friend and maid of honor. The bride, Claude Ann Kemper, has bet her heart that she’s found the right man at last. The groom has gone all in on a real estate deal he believes will set him and his new wife up for life. A group of Native Hawaiians claims that the sacred bones of an ancestral king are buried on the land the groom plans to sell and one of them has vowed do whatever it takes to stop him. Claude Ann’s ex-husband is stalking her and rigging booby-traps. A blackmailer is conspiring to cash in on the groom’s suspicious past. And Pele, the local fire goddess, is rocking the island with a series of earthquakes. It seems as if the stakes can’t get any higher. And then somebody shoves a member of the wedding into a flow of molten lava and all bets are off. True friendship is never easy and Dinah and Claude Ann have had their misunderstandings. But when danger threatens, Dinah is determined to protect her friend and repay the loyalty Claude Ann has shown to her if she has to walk through fire to do it. Hawaii is a hotbed of ancient myths and modern conflicts over who should control the land so cherished by its native people. If Dinah and Claude Ann are to get out alive, they’ll have to face down an angry goddess and a ruthless killer.
Jeanne Matthews was born and raised in Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. She currently lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, who is a law professor, and a West Highland terrier, who is a prima donna.
"Not since Elizabeth Peters introduced Amelia Peabody has an author so engagingly presented a heroine whose passion for archaeology dovetails so perfectly with her skill in solving modern mysteries. Whispers of the past, witty dialogue and intriguing plot twists keep the pages turning." —M.L. Malcolm, award-winning author of Heart of Lies and Heart of Deception
"In this launch of a new international cozy series, Matthews places a refreshingly original female sleuth into a maelstrom of lies and deceit" --Library Journal of Bones of Contention