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Sleeping Bones by Katherine V. Forrest
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Mar 12, 2012

Read in February, 2012

Sleeping Bones, a Kate Delafield novel, by Katherine V. Forrest, a-minus, borrowed from the National Library Service for the Blind.

Kate has a new partner. She’s not sure how they will work out together. In some ways he’s quick to act and she thinks he might get both of them into trouble. The case they are assigned takes place at the La Brea tar pits, and the body is found on the brink of the pit. It is a homicide. Dr. Layton is a professor and has spent his life trying to save ancient bones, particularly ones from China during WW II that the Japanese tried to destroy or claim. They find, with his body, a jaw bone from thousands of years ago. Kate meets Dr. Layton’s daughter, Peri, also an anthropologist who has taken on some of her father’s research. While we take the time to uncover the mystery in this case-somewhat obscure-Kate also deals with many personal issues here. She finds out she has family members she didn’t know about. And she has a new partner. Should she “come out” to either of them as a lesbian, and can she have honest relationships with either of them if she doesn’t? And what about a mutual friend of hers and Amy’s who is being stalked, despite protection orders, by a very abusive boy friend? Can she find some way to get him to lay off when there hasn’t been a crime committed yet? A very interesting book.

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