Starvation Lake, Michigan is your average small town where there is normally not a lot of crime, and every one knows each other by name. When someone starts breaking into homes while the eldery residents are off enjoying their weekly Bingo night, the town starts becoming uneasy. The "Bingo Night Burglaries", as they become known as, are bad enough - at least nothing is being taken - but when one of the break-ins turns into murder, the town begins to panic. Gus Carpenter, editor of the local paper, Pine County Pilot, must now investigate the most difficult story he's done so far - the murder victim is his ex-girlfriend's mother. Even worse? Her body was found in Gus's mother's home, and she suffers from dementia. The plot thickens even more when Gus receives a lockbox from his mother. Will Gus be able to find out the truth about Phyllis Bontrager's death with the help of Luke Whistler, a former Detriot Free Press reporter who though he'd be moving to a quieter area? And are some secrets hidden in Starvation Lake better left buried?
This book three in the Starvation Lake series by the author. While you don't need to read the first two books in the series to understand what is going on in this one (I didn't), it always helps to. Being familiar with small town life, I found The Skeleton Box to be an entertaining read, with more than enough suspense, twists, and turns, to keep me reading page after page. (It kind of made me wonder exactly what skeletons are lurking back in my hometown... hmmm... I am sure there are some juicy ones worth of a good book or two! lol)
The Skeleton Box: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan Gruley is a hardcover mystery fiction book published by Touchstone. It is 336 pages long. The suggested cover price is $25.00, but Amazon has it available for $13.58 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.