In The Bones Will Speak, book two in the “Gwen Marcey” suspense series, the author uses both fact and fiction to pen a riveting account of a man “with a penchant for torture.” The faith-based fiction story features murder, a serial killer, a lovable dog named Winston, a forensic artist named Gwen, her best friend Beth and Gwen’s fourteen-year-old daughter Aynslee.
The serial killer, who believes he’s God’s executioner, is based on the real life of confessed serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr. who lived with his wife and children in Spokane, WA. The author was “one of the courtroom artists” at Yates’s trial in 2000, a man influenced by radical groups such as Phineas Priesthood, the Christian Identity movement and Aryan Nations. The author’s father, then director of the North Idaho Regional Crime Lab, was wounded by members of the Aryan Nations which gave her a special interest in the case.
The fictionalized account opens with Gwen Marcey, recent divorcee, cancer survivor and expert forensic artist for the Missoula, Montana police department chasing her very large dog to retrieve what she thought was “road kill.” Winston, a delighted Great Pyrenees eager to play “crouched, wagging his tail,” taunting her before he again “snatched his prize and shook it.”
That’s when Gwen saw the “sightless eye-sockets” of a human skull with a “neat bullet hole in the forehead” and a chilling murder mystery wrapped in heart-pounding suspense begins. Gwen couldn’t know the skull Winston found would soon lead to another young girl in a nearby cabin who looked “uncannily like Gwen’s daughter,” a girl who had been tortured and left for dead.
Soon more bodies would be found and Gwen would learn a serial killer who believed in a “race-not-grace model of salvation” stalked her. A man who called her a “race traitor” because of a previous Neo-Nazi case she’d worked on whose crimes stretched from Montana to Oregon and Washington.
The book is written from Gwen’s point-of-view and is a clean read without overt sex, violence or language from an author I hadn’t read before, but now intend to watch for. While faith, prayer and forgiveness are a part of the story they are essential to the plot as are the subtle touches of humor throughout. Although part of a series, “The Bones Will Speak” is also a stand-alone title with cliff-hanger chapters and a completely unexpected conclusion in a book that demands to be read in one sitting. Fans of TV shows like “Criminal Minds, CSI” and “NCIS” will enjoy The Bones Will Speak.
Carrie Stuart Parks, internationally known forensic artist and award-winning fine artist teaches forensic art to law enforcement and civilians in Canada and across the U.S. Her background gives her a unique view of crime, criminals and crime scenes she puts to good use in The Bones Will Speak, book two of the “Gwen Marcey” suspense series. In addition to book three, “When Death Draws Near” planned for August 2016.
‘The Bones Will Speak (A Gwen Marcey Novel, #2)’ by Carrie Stuart Parks, Thomas Nelson, 2015, 336 pages, 978-1401690458, $15.99
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Murdoch Mysteries Season 7 2014 03 31 Blast of Silence
“All the cases are based on true ones,” says author Maureen Jennings, who reads all scripts and makes suggestions. “A murder case in those days was really sensational – it sold a lot of newspapers. Set in Victorian Toronto, Detective William Murdoch struggles to solves murders using rudimentary forensic techniques. This series is based on the novels by author Maureen Jennings , who says, “The thing is, Murdoch is considered slightly crazy by the establishment. He’s a forensics expert when the field was only beginning to be developed. “He uses the new discovery of fingerprints. In other ways he’s stymied – at the time there was no blood-typing. He had a microscope but not a modern type. He was literally feeling his way, developing his own methods for catching criminals.” See also the previous series of made-for-tv movies.
‘The Bones Will Speak (A Gwen Marcey Novel, #2)’ by Carrie Stuart Parks
A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.
When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.
Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.
The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.
A Cry from the Dust (A Gwen Marcey Novel #1) by Carrie Stuart Parks
In the shadow of the Mormon church, a 19th-century conspiracy is about to be shattered by a 21st-century forensic artist.
In 1857, a wagon train in Utah was assaulted by a group of militant Mormons calling themselves the Avenging Angels. One hundred and forty people were murdered, including unarmed men, women, and children. The Mountain Meadows Massacre remains controversial to this day–but the truth may be written on the skulls of the victims.
When renowned forensic artist Gwen Marcey is recruited to reconstruct the faces of recently unearthed victims at Mountain Meadows, she isn’t expecting more than an interesting gig . . . and a break from her own hectic life.
But when Gwen stumbles on the ritualized murder of a young college student, her work on the massacre takes on a terrifying new aspect, and research quickly becomes a race against modern-day fundamentalist terror.
As evidence of a cover-up mounts–a cover-up spanning the entire history of the Mormon church–Gwen finds herself in the crosshairs of a secret society bent on fulfilling prophecy and revenging old wrongs.
Can a forensic artist reconstruct two centuries of suppressed history . . . before it repeats itself?
In A Cry from the Dust, Carrie Stuart Parks utilizes her own background as a celebrated, FBI-trained forensic artist to blend fact and fiction into a stunning mystery.
Midnight on the Mississippi (Secrets of the South Mysteries, #1) by Mary Ellis
Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.
New Orleans–Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.
Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter’s fiancee, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki’s growing attraction to Hunter–a suspected murderer–her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter’s only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.
Taken, by Dee Henderson
An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand,
and his new client, missing far too long…
Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.
When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.
If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.
Lethal Beauty (A Mia Quinn Mystery), by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
It should have been an open and shut murder case, but Mia Quinn finds out nothing about it is simple.
After a young Chinese prostitute is stabbed to death by her rich American client, the tabloids dub Dandan Yee “Lethal Beauty”—despite the fact that she was the one who ended up dead. Yet even with double standards and naked prejudice working against her, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is determined to get justice for Dandan Yee.
But when a key witness goes missing and an unsavory juror shuts down deliberations without explanation, Mia fears the trial—and the law—are being tampered with.
A constellation of fresh killings has Mia and homicide detective Charlie Carlson searching for a common source and puts Mia’s family in the crosshairs of a Chinese crime cabal. Meanwhile, Dandan Yee’s mother has opted to take matters into her own hands . . . and the stakes get more lethal overnight.
In the midst of all this, Mia has to contend with a fifteen-year-old son who is growing up too fast for his own good, and the idea that Charlie might want to be more than just friends. Can Mia and Charlie stop the murders and still keep her family safe? Or is the very act of seeking justice enough to cost her everything—and everyone—she loves?
The First Hostage: A J. B. Collins Novel, by Joel C. Rosenberg
“The president of the United States . . . is missing.”
With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.
As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .
Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.