A Baby's Bones

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TITAN BOOKS, Feb 26, 2019 - Fiction - 480 pages
"Finely observed beautifully written" Daily Mail on The Secrets of Life and Death

Archaeologist Sage Westerfield has been called in to excavate an ancient well, and expects to find little more than soil and the odd piece of pottery. The disturbing discovery of a woman's skeleton along with that of a baby - which shows signs of violence - makes it clear that she has stumbled onto an historical murder mystery. Heavily pregnant herself by her ex boyfriend, a married man, Sage feels drawn to investigating the circumstances surrounding the tiny bones. When the wife of the owner of Banstock Manor shows her the account of Vincent Garland, the steward of the estate in the 1580s, Sage learns of a destructive love triangle between an embroideress, an alchemist, and the Lord of the Manor's daughter.

Yet there is more to the case than a four-hundred-year-old mystery. The owners of the cottage next to the well appear to be cursed with bad luck, the local vicar - with whom Sage is beginning a tentative relationship - is being plagued with abusive phone calls that come from inside the cottage, and Sage becomes convinced that she is being followed. Then a tragic death makes it all to clear that a modern murderer is at work, and Sage may well be his next target.

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User Review  - MM_Jones - LibraryThing

A well thought-out mystery with plenty of characters, history and archeological detail centered around an excavation of a 16th Century well. The book is long and the buildup slow, a bit more editing ... Read full review

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User Review  - cathyskye - LibraryThing

Rebecca Alexander's A Baby's Bones is a well-paced, engrossing mystery with sympathetic characters and two timelines that really compliment each other. Lovers of archaeology and anthropology should ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Rebecca Alexander is a psychologist and writer. Rebecca wrote her first book aged nineteen, and since then has been runner up in the Mslexia novel writing competition and the Yeovil Literary Prize 2012. She is the author of the Jackdaw Hammond series of supernatural crime novels published by Del Rey, The Secrets of Life and Death (2013), The Secrets of Blood and Bone (2014) and The Secrets of Time and Fate (2016). She lives in Devon.

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