NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Bones Remember by Sara E. Johnson

Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks
$15.99, paperback / $9.99, e-book / $24.49, audiobook
ISBN: 978-1-4642-1335-9
September, 2020
Fiction: Mystery/Forensics
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"Move over, Kay Scarpetta and Temperance Brennan. There's a new forensics expert in town, even though 'town' is 8,500 miles away. Sara Johnson gives us a compelling picture of modern New Zealand overlaid by Maori culture..."
—NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron, bestselling author and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavaity Awards

"A page-turner par excellence."
—Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling coauthor of the Pendergast series, for Molten Mud Murder

"This was a quick and thrilling read. The characters were beautifully flawed and sometimes I wanted to yell at them, but that's what makes a book enjoyable. This is a murder mystery set in New Zealand. Initially Alexa Glock is sent there for a recovered body, at first assumed to be self inflicted, and then shortly after she examines the first body, another body turns up. The mystery deepens. I learned a few things about sharks that I didn't know before and about the cage diving industry as well. The cage diving industry has this whole island in uproars so Alexa must solve this mystery before it results in even more deaths. There were some very sad parts in this book, I won't spoil it for you, but just be warned. The descriptions were beautiful and horrible and refreshing and disturbing, Johnson is really great at setting the scene. I haven't read the first one, but I had no problem following everything that went on in this book. I'm definitely going to read the first book in this series."
—NetGalley, 5 Star Review

Great white sharks have been circling New Zealand's Stewart Island for centuries. Until the arrival of shark-cage tourism, islanders and sharks left each other alone. But when a man's shark-ravaged body washes ashore, it confirms what locals have been hashing out at the pub: cage-diving has changed the sharks' behavior. Turned them into man eaters. Alexa Glock, an American working as a traveling forensic, is dispatched to identify the remains. It's clear something dangerous is lurking in the beautiful waters surround the island. As she measures bite patterns, Alexa makes a discovery that has her chumming for a different species: man.

Sara E. Johnson lives in Durham. She worked as a middle school reading specialist and local newspaper contributor before her husband lured her to New Zealand for a year. Her first novel Molten Mud Murder and now—The Bones Remember—are the result. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and president of Triangle Sisters in Crime.

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