Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: A Whisper of Bones (Jane Lawless #25) by Ellen Hart

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5682.0 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250088658
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Feb. 27 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073TSDGK6

Book Description

  • Fans of Jane Lawless new and old will be fascinated by newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart's latest intricate puzzle in A Whisper of Bones.

    Britt Ickles doesn't remember much from her only visit to her mother's childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That's why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she's shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can't shake the feeling that Timmy did exist...and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up.

    Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the private investigator can figure out what really happened to her cousin. When a fire in the family's garage leads to the discovery of buried bones and one of the aunts dies suddenly and suspiciously, Jane can't help but be pulled into the case. Do the bones belong to Timmy? Was the aunt's death an accident, suicide, or homicide? What dark secret has this family been hiding for decades? It all depends on Jane Lawless to unravel.

About the Author

Ellen Hart is the author of twenty-eight crime novels in two different series. She is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction, a three-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award in several categories, a recipient of the Alice B Medal, and was made an official GLBT Literary Saint at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2005. In 2010, Ellen received the GCLS Trailblazer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature. For the past fourteen years, Ellen has taught "An Introduction to Writing the Modern Mystery" through the The Loft Literary Center, the largest independent writing community in the nation. Ellen's latest Sophie Greenway mystery is No Reservations Required (Ballantine). Rest for the Wicked, the twentieth Jane Lawless mystery, will be released by St. Martin's/Minotaur in October 2012. Bella Books has recently revived the out-of-print books by publishing them in both trade paperback and E-book. Ellen lives in the Minneapolis area with her partner of over 35 years.

My Review

A Whisper of Bones is the 25th book in the Jane Lawless series by author Ellen Hart. This is a great series set in Minnesota. 

Jane is busy running her restaurant and looking after old love Julia who is sick with some mysterious illness. Jane cannot turn down a request to find out what happened to a client's young cousin. Jane rents a room at a house the client's elderly aunts live in to help solve what happened to the mysterious cousin Timmy. Jane's old friend Cordelia also helps with this latest mystery.

I really enjoyed the latest Jane Lawless mystery. There was a lot going on but the mystery was easy to follow. I loved all the twists at the end. Families are always fascinating!

Highly recommend A Whisper of Bones.

Bible Review: NIV, The Woman's Study Bible Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29016.0 KB
  • Print Length: 2080 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Jan. 23 2018)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B078B5BSS6

Book Description

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
  • Beautiful full-color design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance
  • 10.5-point print size

About the Author

Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Patterson has authored a number of books and articles, including: Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses, The Handbook for Ministers’ Wives, The Family: Unchanging Principles for Changing Times and several others.

My Review

The NIV, The Woman's Study Bible: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation is a beautiful, full colour study bible. This is a wonderful choice for women when choosing a bible for study purposes.

The NIV, The Woman's Study Bible: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation has all the features of a good study bible. Each book begins with explanations about the title, author, date, background, purpose and literary characteristics. It also talks about the theme of the book and provides an outline.

The bible is sturdy and the font size is readable. It is very easy to read and the maps are beautifully illustrated. The use of full colour throughout makes this bible enjoyable to navigate.

Highly recommend the NIV, The Woman's Study Bible: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.