The Blessed Bones: A pulse-pounding crime thriller packed full of suspense

· Detective Clara Jefferies Book 3 · Bookouture
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She could hear nothing but the sound of her own heartbeat. It was dark and the rough ground scraped against her as she tried to move. Being alone was strange to her—she was so used to her big family, to the noise, the warmth, but the last thing she wanted was for the woman to return…


When Detective Clara Jefferies returned home to Alber, Utah, she knew it would take a long time to convince the closed community to trust her. So she is surprised to be called to private land up in the mountains, until she hears that the bones of a young girl have been found. And hidden in the dark depths of the grave are the remains of a baby too…


Digging into the town’s missing persons files, Clara is shocked to discover that pregnant girls have been going missing for years. And when she spots Ash Crawford, the first cop on the scene, praying over the bodies, she begins to suspect that he knows more about the victim than he’s letting on.


With Crawford staying silent, and the identity of the girl still unknown, Clara’s only choice is to visit every family living on the mountaintop, desperate to find what they might be hiding. But doing so means facing the man she was once bound to, and the tall iron gates of the ranch she ran away from all those years ago.


Then another pregnant girl is reported missing, and Clara ramps up her search, racing to find her alive. But can she uncover the town’s dark secrets in time to save both the girl and her unborn child?


A heart-pounding crime thriller that twists and turns like a rollercoaster, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Readers of Lisa Regan, Linda Castillo and Kendra Elliot will be completely addicted.


What readers are saying about The Blessed Bones:

Absolutely nail-biting stuff!! From page one I was gripped. Full of twists and turns and the unexpected. Fast-paced from start to finish. Definitely worth five stars.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


CLARA JEFFERIES ROCKS!… This series keeps getting better and better.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


“If you haven't read the Detective Clara Jefferies series yet you are missing out! I have loved every single book so far in this series!… Had me flipping pages from the start… you can't help but want to keep reading… I can't say enough great things about this book and this series!! Don't miss out you will want to read!!!” NetGalley reviewer


“Another awesome instalment of the Clara Jefferies story! I absolutely love this protagonist, the setting, the case… just love it all!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Love this series.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Another emotional rollercoaster of a case… this one draws you in. The mystery is full of tension. I didn't see the reveal coming…The end left me on pins and needles. I can't wait for the next book!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


“Kept me captivated the whole time.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Thrilling, suspenseful and very entertaining… the pace is perfect. I will definitely go back and read the other books in the series. I highly recommend this book.” Goodreads reviewer


Best one in the series! This just keeps getting better as the characters evolve. Can’t wait for the next one!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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37 reviews
March 29, 2021
The Blessed Bones is my first introduction to Detective Clara Jefferies and it was an intriguing read. Not to mention a solid police procedural. That developed into an interesting mystery involving the discovery of bones and missing possibly pregnant teenagers. But I did find the story a little slow paced and it never got me guessing or have any big twists/red herrings. Yet, I was engaged and the ending certainly kept me on my toes. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Cathy Geha
April 1, 2021
The Blessed Bones by Kathryn Casey Detective Clara Jeffries #3 Clara Jeffries is settling into her job as Chief of Police in Alber, Utah when this book begins. She has been working her way through police files that were shuffled under the rug and filed away in hopes of finding a few cases that are still within the statute of limitations that might allow prosecution so that justice can be found for some who may not have found it under a different administration. She is reading the file of a young boy beaten by his father when she is notified that bones have been found on a construction site and heads out to begin investigating. What I liked: * The complexity of the story: - The bones investigation - The young pregnant girl we meet early on and how her story progresses - Clara’s life - The case of the battered boy - The romance and how it is progressing between Clara & Max - The US Marshall that stuck his oar into the investigation * Clara: strong, independent, aware, capable, loved her family, apostate-outcast, loving, has an intriguing but difficult backstory, someone I admire and want to know more about. * Max: Chief Deputy, father, widow, “lost boy”, loves Clara, capable, tenacious, interesting and a good match for Clara. * Hannah: runs a shelter for women, a good friend, provides a service that is needed in the community. * The setting that includes the polygamous patriarchal prophet oriented background that seems so foreign and fraught with issues that will provide fodder for future books. * That Clara is still on her quest to find Christina Bradshaw * Wondering about the ominous messages/notes Clara is receiving * That progress has been made in the romance between Clara and Max * The interest I have in finding out what will happen between Clara and her family * That there was a happy ending for a few – though not all * It seemed realistic and I felt part of the story. * Knowing that this type of community does exist today. * Looking forward to the next book in the series. What I didn’t like: * The people and situations I was meant not to like * What was happening to the young pregnant women in this book * Knowing that Alber leaders were able to get away with all that they did. * Having to wait for the next book in the series. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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DJ Sakata
March 31, 2021
This was an intense read, full of brutal and vile men hiding behind a ridiculous religion to abuse their children and wives, and idiotic women who enabled and allowed it to continue. It boggles my mind but it continues to happen all around the world to varying degrees. The storylines were all taut with tension, active, and fraught with desperate and nightmarish situations, intrigue, painfully realistic and jaw-dropping cruelty, and extreme frustration. It was a real page-turner and my brain was rippling with curiosity, distrust, and wild theories. I was so wrong, and actually quite happy about it. Kathryn Casey weaves dark, itchy, and cringe-worthy tales and agilely does so with an uncommonly insightful skill set that kept me reading even though I was flinching. She has mad skills.
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