Brooklyn Bones : Erica Donato

  • by Triss Stein
  • Narrated by Xe Sands
  • Series: Erica Donato
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Unburying history can have unintended consequences.
In Brooklyn Bones, a crime of the past comes much too close to home when Erica Donato’s teenage daughter, Chris, finds a skeleton behind a wall in their crumbling Park Slope home. Erica - a young widow, overage history PhD candidate, and product of blue-collar Brooklyn - is drawn into the mystery when she learns that the skeleton is of an unknown teenage girl and that it was hidden there within living memory. Erica and Chris are both touched and disturbed by the mysterious tragedy in their own home.
With her daughter’s dangerous curiosity and her own work at a local history museum, Erica follows leads about the mysterious skeleton right back to her own neighborhood in its edgy, pregentrification days, the period when the age of Aquarius was turning dark. Now she finds that a cranky retired reporter wants to share old files, the charming widow of a slumlord has some surprises for her, and the crazy old lady who hangs around her street keeps trying to tell her something. Finally, there are some people - including ones she is close to - who know the whole story and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays buried forever.

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What the Critics Say

"As much fun as a day at Brighton Beach and as many twists and turns as a high-speed chase on the BQE." (Rosemary Harris, Anthony finalist and author of Pushing Up Daisies)
"An engaging mystery with a spirited heroine. Erica Donato is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth club." (Laura Joh Rowland, author of the Sano Ichiro Mysteries)
"This richly-developed portrait of life in the melting pot of New York is better than a Grayline bus tour. Hail a cab to the nearest bookstore." (Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters and Roxy Abruzzo series)

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Customer Reviews

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Erica is Supposed To Be Street Smart

Early in this work of fiction Erica proclaimed that being from Brooklyn gave her "street smarts." If so then she somehow misplaced them for the duration of this book. Her bumbling excuse for an investigation and the numerous times that she somehow missed what was completely obvious to anyone possessing a cerebral cortex certainly belied it's existence. This seems to be a very unfortunate weakness of many works of the mystery/ thriller genre, so many ridiculously obvious clues are missed or ignored by the main character that they seem to be mentally disabled. It's also seemingly fashionable for all those fictional middle aged Nancy Drew's to feel certain that despite their limited experience they are more capable of solving crimes than those who do so professionally and that any risk of physical harm to them is impossible. Between these factors the believability of these selections tends to suffer quite badly. Still this is an okay listen and the mother daughter relationship is portrayed quite believably.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this because it keeps you engrossed throughout the entire book.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Erica of course. Being a single mother, going to grad school and working part time, I love her "go getter" and no nonsense attitude.


What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Xe brings this book to life for me. The emotions of the characters comes through so beautifully when she narrates. She's extremely good at her craft.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. Some parts were extremely sad while some made me chuckle.


Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a mystery/suspense lover. Happy Reading! :)

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- Tami

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.