Book Review: Behind the Bonehouse
The Jo Grant mysteries Book 2
By Sally Wright
Reviewed by Margaret Evans
For those who love mystery novels and horses, here’s a book that is absolutely compelling. Set in the beautiful horse country of Kentucky, Behind the Bonehouse by Sally Wright is the second in a series of Jo Grant mysteries that began with Breeding Ground.
Lives and loves are woven together in a story entwined in the high stakes equine pharmaceutical business. Protagonist Jo Grant Munro is an architect while her husband Alan works at Equine Pharmaceuticals. The strong characters of bluegrass country and conflicting issues between Alan and the owners of the company he works for come together in a tale that leads to suspicion of murder, intrigue, threats, and danger to the Munro family.
This is a story where Wright really shows her stuff as a skilled researcher. She understands the universal clashes of character, the toxic mix of family disputes and complications, and the growing dread of suspicion. The story unfolds with links from Jo Grant Munro’s journal that give insight into her thoughts and emotions.
The great strengths in the book are not only the layers of plot but the characters and the richness of dialogue – crisp, real, and driven by conflict as blame gets misdirected and panic sets in at the Munro house.
The book actually has several layered stories in it but overall the draw is the characters who bounce off the page to become friends in our own lives.
This is such a great read and a must for the libraries of mystery lovers and horse lovers.
This article was originally published in the November/December 2016 issue of Canadian Horse Journal.