Friday, 26 January 2018

Walking the Bones - Ryan DeMarco Mystery 2 by Randall Silvis

This story picks up where Two Days Gone, book 1 in the Ryan DeMarco Mystery ends. DeMarco is still mouning the passing of his son more than a decade earlier and the loss of his friend Professor Huston and his family earlier in the year.  Not coping well with this emotional burden, he heads off in an RV along with his romantic partner Trooper Jayme Matson.

 It isn't long before they get pulled into a  cold case that won't let either of them walk away.  The bones of seven young women had been found hidden in a church.  Though they had been identified, no one was ever charged in their murders.  This just doesn't sit well with either Ryan nor Jayme.

I found the pace of the story a bit slow in the first quarter where we are learning more about DeMarco's back ground and what events made him the man he is.  Additional details of Jayme's background are slowly revealed and tend to balance his memories.  Once they hit their stride in this renewed investigation, the pace of the story picks up and begins to soar.  At this point I only stopped reading as I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

I still love the character of Sergeant Ryan DeMarco.  He makes for a great investigator and someone I want to spend my time with.  Jayme is still a bit of a mystery to me and that's a good thing.  If everything about a character was spelled out in the opening chapters, it would make for a less enticing read and would leave less for future chapters.

This is an excellent follow-up to the series debut. You could possibly read this on it's own as author Randall Silvis did a wonderful job of catching the reader up on what happened in the first book, though he didn't spoon feed us, he made us work to glean the details.  The two are very different style books.  The first is more about the investigation and why the murders happened, where this one is more about DeMarco and what makes him tick.  I certainly hope that there will be more for him to investigate in the near future.

Also by Randall Silvis:

Two Days Gone

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