Skeleton in a Dead Space
by Judy Alter

Turquoise Morning Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-937-38925-1.
Reviewed by Sharon Wildwind
Posted on 12/01/2012

Fiction: Mystery

Real estate is a tough market, made even tougher with the crash of the housing market. Renovating houses before they go on the market makes Fort Worth, Texas realtor Kelly O'Connell's job even tougher. Thus when her renovator phones to say he found a skeleton hidden in one of her houses, Kelly is not pleased. The death may have happened decades ago, but people who remember the victim are still alive and not happy about Kelly stirring up a nest of trouble.

When Kelly is threatened, her ex-husband shows up from California to take her two girls to safety. No way is she letting them out of her sight, especially not with the ex- she learned to distrust a long time ago.

This is a delightful traditional mystery, with interesting characters and a satisfying resolution. It fits perfectly in the traditional/cozy mystery world. There are a few uneven spots typical of first mysteries, but they don't detract from the overall story. Get in on this series early.

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Judy Alter has written fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. For years her focus was women of the American West, and she has written several award-winning novels featuring historical women such as the wife of George Armstrong Custer, and Etta Place, who rode with the Sundance Kid. She lives in Texas with several dogs to keep her company. Skeleton in a Dead Place is her first mystery, and the beginning of a series. Visit her website & her blog.

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