Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery
As a professional genealogist, I’ve seen enough skeletons come dancing out of closets to get a respectable conga line formed up. But they’ve always been metaphorical skeletons.
When genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier are called on by Detective Jenny Jeffers to help figure out who the corpse in the backyard of her father’s house is, they reluctantly agree. Known for figuring out the unusual, Sophreena and Esme do their best to uncover the mystery behind the corpse, and the glass coffin he’s buried in. Word soon spreads about the bizarre burial site, leading the people of Morningside to “adopt” the corpse and begin leaving mementos in memoriam for him. But when the body of a young woman is found near the memorial, the duo has another task on their hands: to dig into the past of the house’s previous owners. Could the clues to a recent murder finally help this soul rest in peace?
PICTURE THEM DEAD by Brynn Bonner is one of those unsolicited arcs that happily made its way to my doorstep. I'm not familiar with BBonner and this series, but it's a cozy! I love cozies, it has the most eccentric and fun mix of characters and interest and I eagerly dove into the story.
- The town of Morningside is your typical cozy small-town. Everyone knows everybody, history runs deep between the townsfolk, and the whole town meddles/help in some way when something peculiar happens. Like finding an unknown corpse in an otherwise farm property encased in a glass coffin. I promise s/he is no Snow White but people flocked to see this odd curiosity like it's some archaeological find.
- Cozy mysteries usually involve some sort of career or hobby that would tie the crime to whoever is investigating it. I haven't met a genealogist investigator and I enjoyed this "something new".
- The "personal" side of the novel focused on Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier's somewhat tense relationship. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two, they seem to be opposites and not in a complementary way.
- I liked the story behind the corpse, but the tension pertaining to its mystery and resolution is tepid. I didn't feel the threat that the investigation posed to the family of the corpse as implied.