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Old Bones Never Die (An Eve Appel Mystery Book 5) by [Diehl, Lesley A.]
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Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear. Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator. Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined. Book 5 in the Eve Appel Mystery series, which began with A Secondhand Murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lesley A. Diehl (7 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XHF839K
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Plot! 17 March 2017
By Chloegirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Quite a few mysteries to be solved in this latest Eve Appel mystery. Bones, bodies, & one extremely upsetting murder. Eve goes through a lot of changes this time out. Suspenseful with a dash of romance that will keep you entertained till the very end! Just make sure you have a box of tissues for both the happy & sad moments. Oh, & btw, while this says book 6, it's really book 5!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bones Have Spoken 19 March 2017
By Deana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Why have I not heard of this author before? I can tell you that I have found a new hero in Eve Appel. She is one sassy, funny, and determined woman. The author has done a great job of keeping the story at a high caliber level with a mystery within a mystery. It's not everyday that a construction company digs up bones at a job site. The question is who is do the bones belong to? How long have they been there and how did they get there?

I loved reading about Eve's shop and all the nice things she had there for customers to look at. The grandmother is a character that I want to hang out with. She is feisty and can be very forceful at times. She is someone you really want on your side. The story is very interesting as the bones discovered could be those found on an Indian burial ground. I loved how the author gives details of the Miccosukee tribe. Sammy , Eve's boyfriend is a Miccosukke Indian and he and his brother Walter believe the bones found could be their father. Walter is mysterious when he finds something among the bones and slips it in his pocket. What did he find that could put him in danger?

I think my favorite character has to be the mob boss that is Eve's friend. He is one powerful man that can put fear in people just by looking at them. Eve trusts him and finds herself asking for his help with several issues that only he can solve without drawing attention to himself. I loved how he is very kind to Eve and will do anything for her. It is an uncommon friendship that really makes the story intriguing.

The story has many twists in it and I like how the author incorporated an aspect of the story that involves a young boy who could face jail time . I don't want to give that part of the story away but it ties into the main story very nicely. There are some very emotional moments in the story that readers will find compelling. The ending is excellent and I believe readers may be a bit surprised. Grab your copy of this mystery and follow Eve and her crew as the mystery will take them to seedy parts of town and danger that appears out of nowhere.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Heroine from Diehl! 28 March 2017
By LuAnn Braley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just as I loved Laura Murphy in Murder is Academic and Failure is Fatal, I'm a big new fan of Eve Appel in Lesley A. Diehl's Old Bones Never Die.

I took a class in Native American Literature a few years back, so the point of bones discovered at a construction site possibly being Indian brought back a few memories. One was a story about a couple of grave sites where their were whites and Natives buried - the whites were reburied with care and respect ... while the Native mother and infant were taken to a nearby university to be 'studied'. Yeah, it made me mad too.

So I can see how Native Americans, in this case the Miccosukee, would want every care possible taken in finding out the origin of the bones that were discovered. I can also see their reasons to mistrust 'the powers that be' (in this case, the construction company). And that was before Walter was run down on the way home from work after discovering the bones. And that was before the bones mysteriously 'disappeared' from the burial site.

The ending was a total surprise to me. A couple of times after you think you have it figured out, another piece of the puzzle falls into place and you discover what you had concluded 'ain't necessarily so'.

The human interactions amongst the 'white hats' were endearing to experience. When Walter was killed, he left behind 3 orphaned children. Walter's brother, Sammy, and Eve are an item. Of course, Eve has sympathy for the children, but she is uncomfortable around children in general. I can relate to that. It had been at least a decade since there were any children in my life (not it work, or friends or family, really), so as I got older, I wondered how I would deal with children of my own. (I guess I did ok, because my husband and I have three children!) And btw, I think I fist-pumped at the solution to that side of the story.

And a quick scout of GoodReads tells me that there are several other Eve Appel stories to go, so my future is looking bright!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading 27 April 2017
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Eve is thinking seriously of becoming a private investigator. She knows of one close to her office who would train her. She knows she’s busy with her consignment shop and the RV they use as a second shop, but she still has spare time and intense curiosity. Would it be too much?

This story is a mix about past and present, death long ago and death currently. With two Indian tribes in the area, future development is beginning in their little town but one is excited about it. It gets even worse when some bones show up at the construction site. The work is shut down until the bones are analyzed. Then the bones go missing, the construction man who found them is dead, and a watch that has been missing for years is missing again. Were the bones part of an Indian burial site? If not, who was it?

The pace moves well, there’s more than one mystery, and it all comes out by end of the story. I enjoyed Eve’s family, her lover and his family, and the mob man she’s friends with. Those close to her know she’ll do what she decides to do but they try to talk her out of it.

The romance in this story is soothing and poor Eve needs that in her life. Especially since someone is trying to kill her now because of her snooping.

This writer’s style is easy to read, she closes up any gaps in the story line and she’s made me want to read another in this series. Eve and Sammy are a joy to read about.

originally posted at long and short reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery 28 March 2017
By CCSings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. I found Eve to be likable, spunky and determined and she is surrounded by an amazingly diverse cast of family and friends, including an energetic and loving grandmother,  her Native American friends and romantic interest, to a Mafia mob boss, and a close friend who happens to be a police officer. And they all rally around to help her solve the case. It was a light, fast moving read, with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. The solution to the mystery was not predictable (always a plus), and the story came to a satisfying solution. I also enjoyed the glimpse into Miccosukee heritage and the descriptions of  Southern Florida, with its swamps, weather and wildlife. And kudos to the author for the subtle education of readers regarding issues surrounding construction and Native American burial grounds.
FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.