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Boy, was she wrong.
When she’s unexpectedly laid off, for reasons that are probably ageist and almost certainly have to do with her health history, Hannah finds herself at loose ends, cast adrift in a world in which she seems to serve no purpose.
Invited by her sister-in-law, Connie, to take a break from life and visit her at the Ives farm in Pearson’s Corner, Hannah heads out on what she expects will be a peaceful, relaxing vacation — a few days with nothing to do but read novels and sleep.
Wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve, Hannah arrives in Pearson’s Corner…and almost immediately makes a gruesome discovery that will shock the small Chesapeake Bay town to its core. On an abandoned farm near Connie’s house is a body — a body that belongs to a girl who disappeared without a trace eight years earlier following her high school homecoming dance.
Feeling drawn to the case because of the similarity in age between the victim and her own daughter, Hannah is driven by a need to discover the truth of what happened to the murdered girl. As she begins to delve deep and peel back the layers of what at first seems to be the perfect small town, Hannah can feel her own spirit and body surging back to life.
But investigating a murder goes hand-in-hand with the threat of danger. Someone in Pearson’s Corner has something to hide, and they’re not keen on Hannah digging out the truth.
As she begins to uncover dangerous secrets, Hannah becomes the target of a dangerous killer seeking to preserve long-buried secrets. Too stubborn to give up, she soon finds herself face-to-face with a deadly foe…
“A shining new talent … Hannah Ives tackles life’s ups and downs with humor, intelligence and courage.” Deborah Crombie, Macavity Award-winning author of Dreaming of the Bones
“Marcia Talley’s terrific debut novel has wit, warmth, and a spunky new heroine who must not be missed.” Sujata Massey, Agatha-winning author of The Salaryman’s Wife
“Hannah Ives is a welcome addition to the mystery landscape — smart, brave, wonderfully human, the kind of woman you want for your new best friend. Sing It to Her Bones is an impressive, polished debut from a writer to watch.” Laura Lippman, Edgar Award-winning author of Butchers Hill
“Scenes of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay area add an authentic tang of sunlit salt air to this suspenseful debut novel. Hannah Ives is an appealing, believable heroine.” Margaret Maron, author of Home Fires Burning
Marcia Talley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent much of her childhood moving from place to place as the daughter of a career Marine officer. Sing It to Her Bones is not only the first of thirteen in the Hannah Ives series, but her writing debut, for which she won the Malice Domestic Grant for unpublished writers in 1998. She met her husband, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, at Oberlin College, and shares with him a love of sailing. They divide their time between Annapolis, Maryland, and Dickie’s Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas.
INTRODUCTION, by Dana Cameron
THE DAME AND THADDEUS BIRDWHISTLE, by Karen Cantwell
SECRETS TO THE GRAVE, by K.M. Rockwood
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT THE ESCAPE ROOM, by Leone Ciporin
THE DOGOODER, by Adam Meyer
THE PROBLEM WITH OPENENDED INVITATIONS, by Cathy Wiley
MUGGINS, by Josh Pachter
THE KILLING WINDS, by Mary Stojak
MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD, by Jane Limprecht
GOOD MORNING, GREEN LEAF CLASS, by Sarah Cotter
THE GREAT BEDBUG INCIDENT AND THE INVITATION OF DOOM, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
GUNS AND YOGA, by Maureen Klovers
RFP/RIP, by Britt Alan
AUMAKUA, by Maddi Davidson
THE COLOR OF ENVY, by Joanna Campbell Slan
TRUE COLORS, by Robin Templeton
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES, by Art Taylor
SUNNYSIDE, by Stacy Woodson
Praise for Marcia Talley
‘A writer to watch.’ - Laura Lippman, Edgar Award-winning author of To the Power of Three ‘Hannah Ives tackles life’s ups and downs with humor, intelligence and courage’ – Deborah Crombie, author of In a Dark Horse ‘Hannah Ives is an appealing, believable heroine and Marcia Talley perfectly catches her ambivalence.’ – Margaret Maron ‘[Characters] so real they must exist somewhere beyond the page.’ – Anne Perry ‘A writer and a character we want to see again — and soon.’ – Washington Times ‘Hannah Ives is a welcome addition to the mystery landscape.’ – Laura Lippman Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of A Quiet Death and nine previous mystery novels featuring survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including anthologies edited by New York Times best-selling authors Lawrence Block, Elizabeth George, Laura Lippman, and Anne Perry. They have been selected for inclusion in The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.
Praise for Marcia Talley
“A shining new talent… Marcia Talley’s Hannah Ives tackles life’s ups and downs with humor, intelligence, and courage.” Deborah Crombie Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of A Quiet Death and nine previous mystery novels featuring survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including anthologies edited by New York Times best-selling authors Lawrence Block, Elizabeth George, Laura Lippman, and Anne Perry. They have been selected for inclusion in The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.
Hannah Ives is worried when her friends and long-time neighbours, Peter and Trish Young, are a surprising no-show at her Italian night. The couple seem to have vanished without a trace. Have they made a quick getaway and 'done gone'?
As she struggles to make sense of the Youngs' disappearance, Hannah gets a call from Trish. But when she meets up with her heavily disguised friend, their reunion takes a devastating twist. Keen to help Trish, Hannah's investigations lead her to a series of dark discoveries and secrets involving powerful political figures. With stakes getting higher and her own life on the line, can Hannah survive her journey into Trish's past long enough to find out who wants to silence her, and why?
Hannah Ives’s sister, Georgina, has some astonishing news. A DNA test has revealed she is part Native American, and Hannah’s test has similar results. The link seems to come from their late mother. But how?
As Hannah dives into constructing her family tree, she uncovers a heart-breaking love story and a mysterious death, while DNA matching turns up two second cousins, Mai and Nicholas. Hannah and her niece, Julie, are eager to embrace their new relatives and learn about their surprising ancestry, but Georgina’s husband, Scott, isn’t so keen. Are there more shocking revelations to come? And can Hannah untangle her family roots to uncover the truth behind a devastating tragedy?
It’s a well-known fact that some members of the cancer-survivor support group Hannah Ives works with take marijuana. Recreational use of the drug may be illegal, but a few, like Maryland State Senator Claire Thompson, are prescribed it on medical grounds. Now Claire has co-sponsored a Cannabis Legalization Bill—and wants Hannah to be part of a fact-finding task force that testifies before the Maryland State Senate.
Before long, Hannah is in Denver, Colorado, the Mile High City, staying at a B&B with a group of pot pilgrims and medical refugees—some of whom, like her, are on a mission for information. But when one of the group is found dead, and a closer inspection of the body reveals they may not be who they seem, Hannah is plunged into a dangerous cocktail of drugs and death.
From the Agatha and Anthony Award-winning author, this is an involving mystery starring a “heroine who must not be missed” (Sujata Massey, author of The Salaryman’s Wife).
“Witty, well-constructed…Talley takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hannah Ives tackles life’s up and downs with humor, intelligence, and courage.”—Deborah Crombie, Macavity Award-winning author
“In this American version of a manor-house mystery, Hannah has to figure out who among the guests—a young academic couple, a naval cadet, senior citizens on their way to a wedding—is hiding what…[an] amusingly colorful setting.”—Kirkus Reviews
When Hannah loses out on the cottage of her dreams because of an unscrupulous real estate agent, she and her husband, Paul, buy a fixer-upper instead. But contractors restoring the chimney soon make a tragic discovery: the mummified body of an infant.
Hannah, already researching the history of her home in the county archives, is searching for clues to the dead infant’s identity when more shocking events occur. Suddenly, her access to the courthouse is denied and the records she has been examining are slated for destruction. Someone with money, influence, or both is trying to make sure incriminating information stays buried. Can Hannah solve the crimes before the evidence and over one hundred years of county history go up in smoke?
“Readers who haven’t met Hannah should do so promptly.” ―Booklist
When Hannah Ivy visits her friend Nadine Smith Gray at the Calvert Colony retirement community, she didn’t expect to be introduced to such a wide range of characters. Nor did she expect to become a volunteer in the memory care unit. Even more surprising is her discovery of the dead body of one of the residents. As it’s clearly not a victim of old age, Hannah helps the local detective sift through a disturbingly large cast of suspects. Seems old grudges never retire, but Hannah is determined to put a murderer on ice forever.
“This is the thirteenth Hannah Ives mystery, and the series feels as fresh as the day it was born.” —Booklist
Hannah, her sisters, and fourteen-year-old niece Julie set sail from Baltimore on a bonding cruise, and have a dramatic first night when Pia Fanucci, a bubbly bartender magician’s assistant whom Hannah befriends, narrowly escapes injury during an illusion. But while Pia may make light of the incident, it’s no laughing matter when Julie suddenly disappears. Has she gone overboard, or is she injured somewhere on the enormous ship?
To make matters worse, Hannah meets David Warren, a grieving father whose twenty-two-year-old daughter vanished without trace from an earlier cruise. With claims of a proper investigation proving to be an illusion, Hannah teams up with David and Pia to stop a seafaring predator from striking again.
“Talley’s 12th Hannah Ives mystery delivers steady wit, intrigue, and shocks.” —Publishers Weekly
Lights, camera, murder . . . It doesn’t take much arm-twisting to persuade Hannah Ives to join the twelve-strong cast of Patriot House, 1774, a reality show recreating eighteenth-century colonial life during the turbulent days leading up to the American Revolution. But when a member of the production crew is found murdered, it’s up to Hannah to change the course of history before hers is ended on live TV.
“Likable Hannah is a sympathetic character who holds the cast of Patriot House and this premise-driven tale together.” —Booklist