Deadly Bones : Mapleton Mysteries

  • by Terry Odell
  • Narrated by Steve Marvel
  • Series: Mapleton Mysteries
  • 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dog finding a bone is no big deal - until it turns out to be human. Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler and the mayor can't agree about what being a cop means. To Gordon, it's keeping his citizens safe. To the mayor, it's generating revenue by issuing speeding and parking tickets. When two runaway dogs waylay Gordon on the way to what he hopes will be an uneventful afternoon at a backyard barbeque, more than his afternoon is interrupted. As dogs will do, these have uncovered a bone. Trouble is, it turns out to be human. When it leads to the discovery of more human remains, Gordon needs to find out why they're on the property, when they got there, and who they belonged to. After all, somebody needs to care.
Over the mayor's objections, Gordon pursues the investigation of the bones along with an unusual outbreak of petty crimes, accidents, and a dispatcher who seems to be losing it. Before long, he's got more puzzle pieces than he knows what to do with - and no puzzle to fit them into. When people he loves are endangered, no mayoral directive will stop Gordon from saving them. This second book in the Mapleton Mystery series reunites Gordon with Detective Tyler Colfax, once again faced with cooperating to solve another case.

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A Dog with a Bone

Where does Deadly Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Terry Odell's Deadly Bones is the second book in the Mapleton Mystery series, but my first book by the author.

Gordon Hepler is the Chief of Police in a small Colorado town. Chief Hepler happens upon two boys looking for their missing dogs and so helps them look for the dogs. When the dogs are located they have a bone that looks suspiciously like a human bone. Chief Helper is trying to find out where the bone came from and who it belonged to but the Mayor is insisting that Hepler spend his time solving a series of break-ins that have happened recently in the area. Can Hepler solve the mystery of the bone without getting into more trouble with the Mayor? Are the break-ins a diversion from something more sinister?

I received a copy of this audiobook for my honest review. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

I really enjoyed this book. The book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone mystery. It is well written, has a great pace to the storyline, the characters are well developed. There are enough twist and turns so I didn’t figure out who was involved until Mrs. Odell decided to let her readers in on the answer to the mystery. The narrator Steve Marvel did a great job telling the story. He has a clear voice and a wonderful tone that you can enjoy listening to. I would recommend this book to other mystery lovers and will read more books by Mrs. Odell in the future.


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- musiqmom (K Templeton)

A great Listen

I had the great opportunity to listen to this audiobook and loved it so much that I went back and purchased the first one. I really enjoyed the narrator's tone and cold very easily see the gruff police chief from his voice. I liked seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle come together as they try to figure out first of all if a bone is human and when it is whether there are more.
As the case progresses, more and more come out about some of the prominent citizens of Mapleton as well as why they are involved the way they are. The local police team up again with the sheriff's department as many unseeingly related incidents all start coming together.
I usually listen when traveling, but found myself listening as I was home so I could verify some things I had guessed and find out about others that I could not.
I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is my own.
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- CentralEast2

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2017
  • Publisher: Terry Odell