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Skin and Bone

Friday, April 12, 2019

Skin and Bone (2019) TA Moore (Digging Up Bones)

Oh Cloister. You deserve to be treated well.

Damnit.

Cloister had been more than happy to make a fool of himself over Javi the last few months, up until he decided to see what would happen if he screwed everything up instead. He couldn’t even remember what the fight was about. That was a lie. It was about Javi’s lunch with that hot PI and the beer he hadn’t wanted to have with Cloister. But they hadn’t spoken since.

It had been a week— not even a week yet— but Cloister knew the terms of his relationship with Javi. He knew he’d fucked things up and that he did it at least partially on purpose. That’s what he usually did.

They hadn’t been dating, exactly, and they hadn’t even been not-dating that long.

I young woman missing from her car that went off the road sends Cloister and Bon out in a storm to search. Unfortunately, she wasn’t just missing, but seems to have been attacked, and the attacker tried to mow down Cloister to get to her.

First things first, I really like Tancredi.

“Thank you for the heads-up,” he said coldly. “Is there anything else?”

Tancredi stared at him for a second and then thinned her mouth in disapproval and shook her head.

“No, sir,” she said. “I just thought you’d care.”

She slammed the door behind her as she left.

One thing I forgot to mention about the first book is that I really liked how the first mystery was solved–it was team work and Tancredi was part of the team and had major input–even if she isn’t a major character.

Very nice.

In this book, I was DELIGHTED by how injuries were shown–especially the aftermath.

“I didn’t know the sheriff’s department did dress-down days,” (the male nurse) said skeptically.

“They don’t,” Cloister admitted. He never was a good liar. “I was the one who found her. I—”

“Got hit by a car, sneaked out before the doctors had finished with you,” Ivan finished for him. A faint smirk curled his mouth when Cloister gave him a startled look. “Oh, we’ve all heard that story. You just made me twenty dollars by not dying in the night.”

“You’re welcome?”

First, Cloister left against doctors orders. Second, since he had a possible concussion, Javi woke him up every twenty minutes, to make sure he didn’t die.

THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how you deal with the aftermath of a concussion.

OH! I also adore the coroner, who we met in the first book, and is just as irascible as every corner in every other police procedural I’ve read.

But she’s also delightful in her own way, such as here when she’s checking on the patient Cloister found. (She was the victim of assault, it’s a small town, so the corner would also be the police expert.)

“I still have privileges here. It only makes sense to maintain them, but it’s been a while since I had to conduct an examination on someone who’s warm,” she said as she smoothed the sheet down flat. “Or who’d care if someone saw them naked. It’s disconcerting.”

If it wasn’t for the whole going to medical school and dealing with live people, I might have considered becoming a pathologist.

THERE WAS always an odd quality to the calls Galloway took while she was at work in the morgue. The background noise was disconcertingly banal, interrupted by only the squeak of a wheel that needed oil and the muted squeal of a saw. It could have been a kitchen remodel going on around her instead of human bodies being taken apart and put back together.

At least until you heard the crack of bones and the squelch of organs being moved.

Well, plus having a good sense of smell. That’s not a plus in that line of work.

Javi is still an asshole in this story, but on the plus side, he KNOWS he’s an asshole.

Half the time he didn’t like himself much. If he had a pet, he wouldn’t want it to be intelligent enough to understand his failings.

Someone nicer would apologize to Cloister. If Javi went out, he’d just say the wrong thing again, even knowing it was the wrong thing. Cloister just… scared him sometimes. No one should care that little about themselves, especially not someone who deserved… well… at least someone nicer.

Doesn’t excuse his behavior, but at least he’s aware of being a dick, and sometimes feels guilty about it.

I enjoyed the mystery. It’s a pretty messed up town, and the repercussions of the corruption of the old police force is still being felt (which I also appreciated the realism of).

It feels like there will be another book in this series, because there are still issues between Javi and Cloister, but it at least ended in a comfortable place–even if Javi’s new boss / replacement is still looming.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 8/10

Categories: 8/10, LGBT, Mystery, Police, Romance, Sexual Content     Comments (0)    



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