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Bone Dust White

(Macy Greeley Mystery #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Someone is knocking at the door to Grace Adams's house and won't stop. Grace thinks she knows who it is, but when she looks out her bedroom window, she sees a woman she doesn't recognize walking on the trails behind her home. The woman isn't alone for long before a man emerges from the dark of the surrounding woods and stabs her, then retreats into the shadows, leaving her ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Diane S ☔
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Detective Macy Freely, heavily pregnant, is sent to Collier, Montana, when a murdered woman echoes back to a case on which she had worked. Grace, a young, vulnerable girl, witnessed the murder of her own mother. A mother she had not seen since she was seven.

Collier is a town that holds many secrets, its top citizens presenting many different faces. The subject matter difficult to read in that it contains the exploitation of children and the trafficking of young woman. The people who hold the
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Audiobook Narrated by Amy McFadden ( 10h 11m)

My previous two audio experiences were books narrated in the 1st person and so having a book read to me in the third person took a little getting used to. The book begins with what is described in the synopsis. So, I best just get to the "likes" and "dislikes."

1. Intricate plot- I thought this was merely a murder mystery, but the human trafficking and meth lab revelations really thickened the storyline. It really kept me turning the pages to see whe
Karin Salvalaggio has published her first book, a murder mystery that is the first in what will be a series. I had to type that statement out, as I'm still having a hard time believing that Bone Dust White is her debut novel. Karin's writing is a gift of great characters, finely paced plot, and murder mystery with an abundance of entanglements. She has created a complex, somewhat understated main character in in State Police Detective Macy Greeley who is both well developed and yet not fully dev ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2015-jan
I was not quite sure what to think at first of Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalggio. I thought it was a tad slow in the beginning with tons of characters. Somehow it all came together, and I really enjoyed the book. I will read more from this author. 3.5 stars
aPriL does feral sometimes
Similar to how the winter's snow has covered up the decaying town of Collier, Montana, home of the dying industries of mining and logging, where a sign, 'Please Drive Slowly' now reads 'Please D i e Slowly', the smalltown families left behind struggle to maintain a normal community even while economic rot nibbles behind every door.

No one wants to deal with the shrinking of the town's population and prospects, so life goes on in the usual manner - houses are cleaned by wives and daughters, the lo
Sharon Mensing
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy, mystery
The narrative of BONE DUST WHITE is written in the present tense, while the dialogue sets the timing of events in place. I don’t normally like books written in the present tense; however, in this case it is a brilliant move. There is a sense of the narrative providing a lens, something cold and crystalline, through which we see the events take place, while at the same time the characters’ thoughts and feelings provide emotional depth to the story. Set, as this book is, just over the Canadian bo ...more
Nancy McFarlane
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This smart new author of crime fiction introduces our heroine, Detective Macy Greeley. She’s tough and smart and complex. This sad but unforgettable story is a reading experience in crime and passion, involving desperate people whose twisted lives cause hurt and pain to both the guilty and the innocent.
Craig Sisterson
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Karin Salvalaggio's debut is an assured crime tale set in the northern reaches of small-town Montana, near the Canadian border, and kickstarts a series featuring Detective Macy Greeley. Which is just as well, because when I got to the end of BONE DUST WHITE, having devoured it in less than a day, I certainly wanted to read much more about the understated, intriguing Montana detective. Greeley is the kind of character you quickly fall alongside, that has a 'series protagonist' vibe about her.

Mike Finn

Sometimes you start a book and know immediately that you love it, or that you hate it. Those books are easy. The hardest books are the ones that move along quite nicely, with nothing to dislike but with which you can't quite connect. "Bone Dust White" was one of those books for me.

I read to past the halfway mark, carried forward by the fact that the writing works and I like Macy Greeley, the heavily pregnant detective leading the murder investigation. The pace was slow and the story meandered a
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Gritty, uncompromising, and terribly real, BONE DUST WHITE, a debut novel, is a mystery.that refuses to look away or turn its head. No hiding one's eyes here: instead, one is glued to page after page of unrelenting enhancement, puzzling out mysteries piled upon covert plots upon illegal, immoral conspiracies. Don't miss it, don't dim the lights, don't answer the phone, nor the door--you never know just whom it might be. ...more
Sally Ewan
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Predictable. Unlikeable and/or uncompelling characters. Mystery about a eighteen year old girl who finds her mother killed--we then work back through a rats' nest of creepy people and issues to figure out what's going on. Not recommended. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a rock solid 3 STAR read. In my view it is NOT ...

" absolutely stunning work that signals the entrance of a major new talent' -or-
" jarring as a headfirst plunge in an icy river … a stark and unforgettable reading experience”

I often wonder who writes the promo pieces for books. In this case I wonder if some of the writers either did not read the book or took some pretty creative license to come up with their book descriptions.

Don't get me wrong, this was a very interesting stor
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am going to try and be lenient on this novel, but I may not be successful. At first the book did not pull me in at all, cause it jumped straight to the action without any buildup. That is one thing that you do not do, cause then all the rest of the story goes nowhere, then you are left with useless characters that does not contribute. I will say that the synopsis was not really explored as I will like, just meaningless mini plots that did not really make the book all that memorable or interest ...more
Sharon Huether
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, thriller, mystery
Bone Dust White... by Karin Salvalaggio... A crime and mystery thriller with a small town atmosphere and a community of characters. Macy Greeley is the dective handling this eleven year old case, gaining the trust of the many victims. A murder solved and sex trafficers arrested. I hope this author writes more books. Excellent story. Couldn't put the book down. ...more
Jun 25, 2014 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I agree with another reviewer that it felt more like domestic fiction than a mystery. Just could not get into the characters, and after continually picking it up and putting it down decided it was just not for me (I read about half the book).
Heidi Busch
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was really disjointed at the start and I had difficulties figuring out how people tied together. I think it could have been better edited as well, there were a few grammar mistakes. The premise of the story was good, but the execution of the story could have been better done.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Karin Salvalaggio’s mystery set in the small town of Collier, Montana starts off with an incessant knock on the door one snowy morning. Grace is too terrified to open the door, but manages to catch a glimpse of a woman walking around in the snow outside. When she finally musters the courage to open the door and then leave the house, Grace finds the woman dead on the trail behind her house. She recognized the dead woman as her mother, who Grace has not seen since she was a child.
Helena-based dete
Maggie Boyd
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a very unusually written book. The author has an almost pedantic writing style that includes skipping over important scenes and delivering a lot of dead-pan dialogue. And yet once you get pulled into the story you have a tough time leaving it behind.

Grace is home, resting after heart surgery, when she notices a woman approaching her back garden gate. Before the woman can enter the backyard and come to the door, a man comes to confront her and ultimately, kill her as Grace watches helple

Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio is a debut book. The author has chosen to write about a crime that happened in Flathead Valley in Montana. The descriptions of the setting and most of the secondary character are dreary, uninteresting, secretive and cold.

From the beginning Grace discovers her mother, Leanne out in the snow dying from a stab wound after witnessing her attack. Only Grace has not seen her mother for many years, since she was left behind. One of other lead characters is a heavil
Alison Lee
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I’ve read a book I couldn’t put down; Karin Salvalaggio’s Bone Dust White delivers that satisfying experience. The book wrapped me up in its plot, embedded its characters in my imagination and took me on a dark and compelling journey. Bone Dust White casts the universal and age-old themes of greed, power and exploitation into contemporary issues of sex trafficking, pedophilia and domestic abuse. Set in the run-down town of Collier, Montana in the winter, the gritty, chi ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I met Karin Salvalaggio at this year's Bouchercon and we soon became accidental friends, jokingly calling each other stalkers. Her book, Bone Dust White is a finely crafted first novel, filled with engaging characters. It starts out like a writing class effort to describe a storm in fifteen different ways, but then settles into a gripping story. Her protagonist is a very pregnant and very capable detective who slowly unravels the mystery of a long-gone woman found dead by her damaged,abandoned d ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
One book I read in 2016 that really impressed me and which I neglected to write about - BONE DUST WHITE by Karin Salvalaggio. I felt a definite connection with this book partly because I had recently spent time in the wilds of Montana and she took me right back there. But in terms of her evocation of a place and a mood and a high level of mayhem I was reminded of Graham Swift’s 'Waterland' and his line that the Fens are a land of ‘madness and melancolia and murder’ (or something like that). The ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
The word that comes to mind when I think of this book is awkward. The story was awkward, the plot pacing was awkward, the dialogue was awkward. Everything was so badly told I felt like I was reading a court transcript. There was no depth to the characters. I couldn't understand their motivations at all. They were so weird. After reading Fourth of July Creek, which was so well done, and which took place in Montana also, this book seemed like a terrible generalization of the people who live in Mon ...more
Jill Lawton
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A gripping plot weaves through a landscape of colourful but completely believable characters. I loved Detective Macy Greeley with her wry humour, gritty determination and just enough self-doubt to be thoroughly human. Salvalaggio's setting is a captivating landscape - one that I am not familiar with, but was completely convinced about. And of course, story, story story.... this one was hard to put down and kept me turning the pages. If you love crime with character you will really enjoy this boo ...more
Barbara Bryan
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Really mixed bag. Definitely two star half way through. Loved Macy and Jared throughout but the others were all just too odd. Was that the point? Grace, Elizabeth, Leanne, Sam...all odd. Pamela, Toby, Hayley, Lizzie...odd. Trina, Dustin, I can go on. But then it held together better and I stayed up until 2am to finish so I gave it three stars. I got tired of reading about how cold it was there on the Canadian border, not helped I'm sure by how cold it is in my house. ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Grace's mother is murdered in her yard after having abandoned her years ago. Past deeds are stirring up violence in their small town. Macy is an investigator sent from Helena to investigate and she finds a lot of ugly secrets.

I thought the book was okay and I loved Macy. Grace irritated me though a lot of the suspects were interesting.
Aleksandra Jaric
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hate to give bad reviews....but what a disappointment! I still don't get the title of the book and it felt like chapters were glued together from different books. Jumping from character to character and building their stories with no final resolution at the end just doesn't make sense. The beginning got my attention, but by the end of the book....I was so glad the read was over. ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Pretty fun of the mill murder mystery. Nothing special or interesting about this one.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Her entire life Grace has been haunted by her mother's disappearance. Now her mother returns just in time to be murdered. Lots of folks in Collier have secrets and interactive relationships. ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a random book I picked from audible and it did NOT disappoint.
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Karin Salvalaggio was born in West Virginia in the 1960s. Her father was career military and her mother was a homemaker. Karin has fond memories of her nomadic childhood. She’s lived in places as climatically diverse as Alaska and Florida and as culturally distinct as California and Iran. Early on, she found companionship in books. Karin attended the University of California Santa Cruz, graduating ...more

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