Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - Brooklyn Bones
Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading. This week I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein. This is the first book in the Erica Donato series, published by the Poisoned Pen Press. I saw Triss on a panel at last spring's Left Coast Crime. Enjoyed listening to her and this fits my quest for March mystery group's theme. See what you think:
It began with a sobbing phone call from my daughter, the kind of call every parent dreads. All I made out was that something terrible had happened; she was terrified, would never get over it. It was all my fault.
Chris is fifteen. Pretty much everything is all my fault, and yet--and yet--her voice told me it was more than teenage hysterics. Maybe.
With my heart in my mouth--oh, yes, some of those old cliches are dead accurate--I slapped a note on my desk to say I was out for the afternoon, ran out of the museum where I was an intern, and hustled across downtown Brooklyn at an undignified half-run. I was in and out of the subway and running up the stairs to my house less than half an hour from the moment the phone rang.
'Oh, mommy.' She flew from the back room and threw herself into my arms.
Well, I thought. She hasn't done that in years.
A crime of the past comes much too close to home when Erica Donato’s teen-age daughter Chris finds a skeleton behind a wall in their crumbling Park Slope home. Erica – young widow, over-age history Ph.D candidate, mother of a teen, product of blue-collar Brooklyn – is drawn into the mystery when she learns this was an unknown teen-age girl, hidden there within living memory. She and her daughter are both touched and disturbed by the mysterious tragedy in their own home.
Chris’s dangerous curiosity and Erica’s work at a local history museum lead her right back to her neighborhood in its edgy, pre-gentrification days, the period when the age of Aquarius was turning dark. A cranky retired reporter shares old files with her. The charming widow of a slumlord has some surprises for her. The crazy old lady who hangs around her street keeps trying to tell her something. And there are people, including some she is close to, who know the whole story and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays buried forever.
I had a daughter who definitely went through her teens. So, I know how teens can be. And I lived through the 'age of Aquarius'. I'm curious to see how this story progresses. There are 3 books in this series and I'm looking forward to it. Plus, Poisoned Pen Press.