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She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead, Hannah finds a body --- of a girl who disappeared eShe lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead, Hannah finds a body --- of a girl who disappeared eight years before.Suddenly Hannah is asking hard questions of the good and solid citizens of Pearson's Corner, peering behind the facade of the perfect small town and piecing together the last days of a girl who died on her high school homecoming night --- a girl about the same age as Hannah's own daughter. Uncovering some dangerous secrets, Hannah can feel her own spirit and body surging back to life. After all, she beat death once. Now, with a killer on the loose, she has to face an even deadlier foe ......

Title : Sing It To Her Bones
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ISBN : 9780440235170
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Sing It To Her Bones Reviews

  • Gelly
    2019-03-30 13:02

    'Eh' That's really how I feel about this book, 'eh'. It's not really a bad book it's just not my preferred type of mystery book. Plus I found the characters forgettable. Where the book really captured my attention was almost in the middle towards the end when things about the murder are being discovered and we're getting to finding the killer. But I care so little for the characters that I really didn't care if they found the killer I just wanted to know the motive behind the murder. (view spoiler)[Near the end of the book. I believe it was in the final chapter. Hannah and her sister-in-law are kidnapped by two of the people behind the murder. Their lives are in danger, they almost die and through it all I did not care.(hide spoiler)]I guess that's my biggest problem with this book, I didn't get invested in the characters, so I didn't get invested in the story.I don't think I'll be purchasing the other books in this series.

  • Margaret Osburn
    2019-03-23 16:58

    Sing It to Her Bones by Marcia TalleyI saw reviews on this book before I read this story and I was not sure if I would like it, however, I did not want to judge it by what others thought. So, here I am! I don't usually put any spoilers in my reviews, so please forgive me for putting them in, but I feel I need to. I am glad I picked it up and started reading today. It was a surprise to me. I kept reading.As you probably know, this book was published in 1999 and for those who love traditional mysteries it was drastic departure from your contemporary mystery. This of course means, no excessive grafic blood and goor (just a little blood), no excessive bad language (a few once in a while, and you could probably over look), and no excessive grafic sex scenes (a few kisses near the end).I can say it was a well crafted, fast read. I could not put it down.The author paid attention to detail, making you feel like you knew the main character (Hannah Ives). You could feel her pain being a cancer survivor (breast cancer). Her lost of her job because they were downsizing. Her disappointment in her daughter's not utilizing her talents, and of course, her distrust in her husband over an accusation of sexual harrastment in his job environment (I believe he was innocent). So, this is her story (Hannah Ives) of accepting things and people as they are. Working through her trust issues, her self worth, and accepting things in her life she could not change. In the end, the vacation she decided to take gave her more than she bargained for, a murder, and resolutions to all her questions and concerns in her life.Read and enjoy.

  • Mary Stojak
    2019-03-29 13:02

    This is the second time that I've read this book. Ms. Talley's book was the 1998 Malice Domestic Grant Award Winner and her first published book. It reads as well today as it did when I first read it over two decades ago. Not many spots where the details date the book. This is one of the few books that I've read that has a large amount of information about something, in this case sailing, that doesn't bore me to death! I remember my mom talking about this book and giving it to me to read. I wish she had the opportunity to meet her like I have thru Sisters in Crime. A good, fast-moving book that anyone who loves a good traditional mystery will enjoy.

  • Carol
    2019-03-28 09:36

    Love the plotThe storyline is great, and Hannah's voice was so real to me. A lot of description detail that sometimes bogged the story down for me, but other readers very well might like that detail. The story of Hannah's daughter Emily could have been fleshed out more, since from Hannah 's perspective that relationship was what kept her looking for answers to what happened to Katie. All in all, a very enjoyable read.

  • Jillian Higham
    2019-03-20 12:52

    Slow buildA mystery that starts off a little slow, but finally escalates in action. I'm not sure that I bought Hannah as a character, struggling breast cancer survivor with an insatiable need to know the truth about a body she has found. However it was a good enough read.

  • CarolScott
    2019-04-03 16:33

    A decent first effort, enough to make me read the next. Engaging protagonist, good plot. I found a couple of factual errors distracting-- hope she got a better editor/beta reader at some point!

  • IslandRiverScribe
    2019-04-19 12:38

    In her debut novel, Marcia Talley introduces us to Hannah Ives, a middle-aged wife and mother who has just lost a breast to cancer and a job to downsizing. Her husband is a tenured mathematics professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and her semi-estranged daughter is under-utilizing both her talents and her education in a resort town in Colorado.As our story opens, Hannah is going to the Ives family farm, some two hours away from Annapolis, to spend several weeks with her widowed sister-in-law. Connie is an accomplished artist but not a very organized businessperson and Hannah has been “hired” to straighten out the problems that have transpired since the in-the-line-of-duty death of Connie’s husband.On her first morning at the farm, Hannah takes the aged family dog out for a stroll. And, as can be expected, the dog finds a body in a cistern beside the abandoned farmhouse next door. After all the questioning by the police, Hannah calls her husband about the incident, only getting the answering machine. It takes almost two days being caught up in the murder of a girl who disappeared 8 years previously before she realizes that her husband has never called her back.When Hannah rushes back to Annapolis to find and confront her husband over this silence, he tells her the abject legal and political misery that has become his professional life at the Academy in those last few days, a situation that has the potential to totally destroy him. Upon hearing the troubles, does Hannah become the same rock for Paul that he was for her during her bout with impending death? Absolutely not! The author has Hannah do a Jekyll / Hyde flip in personality 72 pages into the story and become an egocentric, egotistical, and hypocritical shrew. Quite frankly, Hannah Ives becomes the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. And, not once does the author, through any dialogue or internal monologue, indicate that Hannah is ever aware that she is being hypocritical or that her actions through the remainder of the novel are a complete parallel to those which she considers a significant betrayal on the part of her husband.If I could document these opinions of Hannah’s character without spoiling several MAJOR scenes within the story, I would. I have never been averse, in a review, to support my opinions of characterization or writing style under a “Spoilers Follow” notation. But, in those cases, those “spoilers” did not usually or truly ruin the denouement. Unfortunately, in this story, Hannah is at her worst during the most revealing scenes for the storyline, so I will not abuse that for the next reader.Frankly, by the end of the story, I really didn’t care whether Hannah Ives survived, physically or emotionally. But I did want to see just how the bad guys got caught and if the major secondary characters survived. So to the end I read. And, I must admit, the major crisis was a well-written, exciting page-turner.And, in the last few pages of the book, there is a veiled image of slight character growth for Hannah. Readers, traditionally, will not tolerate certain flaws in a main character for very long before they move on to another writer with another heroine. And since there have been 13 additional books in this series since this first one in 1998, apparently Hannah Ives does not remain as obnoxious and hypocritical as she is made out to be here. One can only hope because Talley’s writing itself is excellent.

  • Kathryn Bain
    2019-04-01 09:51

    First let me say this book was written back in 1999, before e-books came out. That being said, it's really a warning to those who don't like a lot of setting in their books. Because there is quite a bit. The story itself was pretty good. It's one of those cozies where the heroine sets out to solve a murder when she has absolutely no experience in that regard. The thing I liked about this one is she didn't solve the case. The only reason she found out who the killer was was because (s)he tried to kill her.I didn't really care for the way the heroine treated her husband when he was accused of sexual misconduct with a student, and I didn't particularly care for the ending to that subplot. However, the connection between the heroine and Connie was good. I also liked how they brought boating into the story. I don't know anything about boats so I found it very interesting.I'd be willing to chance another Marcia Talley book. I have a feeling I might enjoy her later ventures.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-17 12:41

    Hannah Ives is a recovering cancer, unemployed, and down on her luck. Her marriage have hit a crisis point, when she goes to Pearson's Corner to take time for herself and discover a dead body of a girl who disappeared a decade ago. When she's asking questions around, she stirs up a hornet's nest. Now people are trying to scare her off from the truth, when there's been some attempts on her life to shut her up. When her sister-in-law's sailboat's pirated by the killers, the truth comes out in the open, when it deals with life and death of the worst kind. This is a great debut for a mystery series with lots of drama, suspense and action, when we see things from her eyes only, when it unravels like a ball of yarn.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-04-01 09:55

    I ordered the first two books in this series because it was recommended to me and seemed to have good reviews on Amazon. I expected to like it a lot--the premise is interesting and some of the action writing is very good. But I found over the course of the book that I don't like Hannah much. To my mind, she's kind of a drama queen, and she goes off half-cocked. A lot.I also felt that the Paul/Academy subplot didn't add anything to the book. It just felt like filler. And more drama. I will read the second book because I already bought it, but I don't expect to buy more.

  • Terri
    2019-04-05 14:44

    Hannah Ives is working on surviving cancer, so she takes a vacation visiting her sister-in-law. While walking the dog, she finds a body in a cistern of a girl who had disappeared 8 years before. The girl reminds her of her own strained relationship with her daughter and she seeks to find answers for the girl's family.I loved this book. Hannah was a wonderful character and the support cast interesting. I read this book in a little over a day because I couldn't put it down. And the solution to the crime was more involved than I expected which was a nice bonus.

  • Candace Davidson
    2019-04-20 12:55

    I was looking forward to enojoying this book. I met the author at a Deadly Divas book signing. She made her books sound appealing. I gave it a try. Suffice to say I disliked the book so much I didn't finish reading it. I was really hoping I would like it. I didn't like it due to it, it not being as funny as I would of liked. My rule which which hasn't led me astray is if I don't laugh on the 1st page then I won't like the rest of the book. :(

  • Donna Engler
    2019-04-14 09:39

    Enjoyed it a lotHannah, barely over breast cancer surgery, pay's a visit to her sister-in-law, Connie. The two of them get involved with an eight-year-old murder, which leads them into some pretty unusual and dangerous situations. Beautiful descriptive language throughout the book, an interesting plot and a few shady characters make this a must-read!

  • Julie A. Powell
    2019-04-03 16:01

    Page TurnerNever having heard of this author I didn't know what to expect when I started to read the book. Much to my surprise I stayed up later than normal and couldn't stop reading. It was more interesting with each page turned. The writing was good and the characters were well created. I would definitely suggest this for the person who enjoys a good mystery.

  • B
    2019-04-14 12:48

    The type of well crafted mystery that I like, plausible but not obvious requiring good digging. And it takes place in Annapolis and southern Maryland so familiarity with places and streets is fun. Also lots of sailing action! This author will be visiting our Crofton library on 4/27 at 2 pm for a mystery panel discussion.

  • Lisa Murray
    2019-03-20 16:56

    I enjoyed the un-sugarcoated narrative descriptions of a protagonist recovering from breast cancer, her emotional questioning and strange fixation on the dead body she found drew me into the story despite its average-ish prose.

  • Pat
    2019-03-29 13:32

    First book first novel takes place in Southern Maryland, with geographic names changed. Some good elements, including sailing and living in the country.OK book.Also read in 1999.Marcia Talley is Systems Librarian at Naval Academy.

  • Amy C
    2019-03-22 16:45

    The story line in this book is decent- a good enough mystery. I wondered if the authors constant illusion to the thin features of the main character, who is recovering from cancer, and the heaviness of others was over the top and too repetitive.

  • Judi Fiederer
    2019-04-11 10:45

    Strong, real women living real livesAccurate portrayal of a woman overcoming breast cancer and another woman grieving for her husband...together they fall smack into a murder, put their lives at risk and solve the mystery.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-10 13:00

    The title is a quote from Shakespeare. I thought this was a pretty good book - the undercurrent of Hannah recovering from her cancer, along with the problems her husband was having in his job, gave more interest to the story.

  • Toesnorth's mom
    2019-04-03 11:46

    not very good

  • Marcie
    2019-04-07 11:48

    Beach read.

  • Gretchen S Kuklo
    2019-03-28 09:46

    Page turnerI couldn't stop reading this mystery. The protagonist, already a winner, cancer survivor, follows clues no matter what the danger to herself.

  • Betty McMahon
    2019-03-27 17:39

    Good mystery. Moved along very well, a real page turner

  • Debbie
    2019-03-25 10:36

    lame and unbelievable. I dislike when normal people think they're going to do the authorities' jobs, and I also strongly dislike people doing stupid things that cause intense situations.

  • Judie
    2019-04-11 15:02

    Sing It To Her Bones isn't my type of book - more chick lit than mystery for most of the book and the characters - well they are boring cliches. So this series is a no go for me.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-23 16:32

    I am going to meet this author when I go to Annapolis in April. Her husband is one of Curtis' clients. He recommended that we read this book of hers first.

  • Kristi
    2019-04-18 14:46

    I didn't hate this book, but didn't love it either. At this point I have no desire to read any other books in this series. Just didn't care for any of the charaters.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-26 12:50

    Meh. Not bad, just didn't connect with the characters.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-15 17:33

    Good first in a series - 2nd one is better! Hannah Ives -