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Bones in the Desert: The True Story of a Mother's Murder and a Daughter's Search

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Loretta Bowersock and her daughter, Terri, ran a multimillion-dollar furniture store based in Tempe, Arizona, where they were well-known and admired by many. Together, these two women seemed to be living the American Dream…until one man decided to take it all away.

Over the course of two decades, Taw Benderly worked his way into Loretta’s heart, home, and business. Though t
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by St. Martin's True Crime
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Mar 05, 2015 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•* rated it really liked it
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My heart goes out to Loretta's daughter & son. It is so sad that she wasn't able to cry for help to get out of her abusive relationship before it was too late.
Sandy
Aug 18, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
An easy read. I love books like this. They tell the story without a lot of unnecessary extra included. This tells the story of an elegant lady who allowed her loneliness to cloud her judgement and a sad selfish man who took her life.

Excert from Amazon book details:Loretta Bowersock and her daughter, Terri, ran a multimillion-dollar furniture store based in Tempe, Arizona, where they were well-known and admired by many. Together, these two women seemed to be living the American Dream…until one ma
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Cathy
Mar 26, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Living in the Phoenix area when the accounts in this book really happened, I was anxious to read Janna's book. Loved every minute of it but it is a very sad story. Passed the book on to my "non-reading" sister and she loved it as well.
Chris Demer
Aug 15, 2011 Chris Demer rated it really liked it
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Rather well-written for this genre, although there were several editorial errors.
A fast read and it held my interest. Sad story of an older (67?!) woman who was murdered by her live-in boyfriend, who had defrauded her to the point of house foreclosure. All because she didn't want to be alone!!!
Pathetic. I do not understand why any sane woman would give over complete control of her life and finances to someone about whom she knows nothing-just because he is supposedly handsome and suave and a go
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Jeannie
Mar 29, 2012 Jeannie rated it really liked it
This was very well written and a very interesting case. Another sad story of a successful and beautiful woman who let a worthless liar and manipulator into her life. Terri's search to find her Mom's body was heartbreaking, I'm so glad she got closure.
Janette
Oct 24, 2010 Janette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember this in 2004--but it was fascinating to read about the details that eventually caused this sad crime. A great read!
Penny
Oct 07, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
This is a very sad story but Terri still owns the business and has multiple locations in the Phoenix area.
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Aug 14, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
this was a really good read. if you like true crime, give it a read!
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Aug 14, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting. It is also a quick read.
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