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Bones In The River

(Lakes Crime Thriller Trilogy #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Book Two in the Lakes crime thriller trilogy featuring CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston

Driving on a country road late at night,
you hit a child.
There are no witnesses.
You have everything to lose.
What do you do?

The traditional Appleby Horse Fair hosts the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Europe.

The sudden influx of more than 40,000 visitors into the s
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Published May 26th 2020 by ZACE Ltd
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Maureen Carden
Many pairings are made in heaven or hell in Bones in the River. Where modern forensic science intrudes upon the centuries old Appleby Horse Fair.
You will discover Gypsies whose antecedents fade into the mists of an unknown migration from India juxtaposed against modern police officers and their methods. Then there is the discovery of two bodies that are entwined with the ancient horse fair held along the River Eden in Cambria.
The Appleby Horse Fair is where Gypsies and Irish Travellers from a
Woman Reading
4☆ a psychological police thriller during the historic Appleby Horse Fair

Zoe Sharp's Bones in the River, #2 in a planned trilogy, is set in Cumbria, home to the famed Lakes District National Park in northern England. An otherwise sleepy market town plays host to the annual horse fair, in which 40,000 visitors from the general public, Gypsies and Travellers overwhelm Appleby's 3,000 inhabitants and the county police resources.
Half the businesses in town rub their hands in glee about a
The Cats’ Mother
Bones in the River is the second part of a trilogy set in the English Lake District, featuring CSI Grace McColl and DC Nick Weston. I read the first, Dancing on the Grave, two years ago, and was very much hoping for a sequel as it was brilliant, but the stories do stand alone, so don’t be put off if you haven’t read that one. I was thrilled to once again receive a review copy directly from the author - better known for the Charlie Fox series - as part of her Advance Reader Team - and am chuffed ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It always horrifies me when you hear of hit and run accidents. I would like to think most of us would do the right thing if the unfortunate ever happened but sadly this isn’t always the case.

The fact that there are two deaths to investigate made this story much more intriguing. Especially as one happened years before. Throw into the equation that gypsies have set up home, the police, like most of us, can’t help to jump to conclusions as to who might be behind the deaths.

From the start the reader
RachelW (BamaGal)
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
You can’t go wrong with a Zoe Sharp book, even when it’s not Charlie Fox. I enjoyed the story for the most part. I like UK police procedurals, and Nick and Grace were good, well fleshed out characters. The author’s choice for the big bad was great. Don’t see that scenario played out very often. There was a little bit of wandering in the plotline, and far too much minutiae. I sent in the requested advance reader report to the author a few weeks ago, and will save the full review for the release o ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read from Zoe Sharp. At first a bit of a challenge for me - the English and Romany dialects, but once I got the hang of where Ms Sharp was going the story moved along fairly well. A very nice addition to her latest series (CSI Grace McColl and DC Nick Weston), but can be read as a stand alone. Worth the read!

4 solid stars and 2 thumbs up.

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The traditional Appleby Horse Fair hosts the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Europe.
The sudden influx of more than 4
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Bones in The River is an exciting, twisty novel with many exciting characters. In this second book in the Lakes Thriller Trilogy, Grace McColl confronts multiple villains, including one she works for, as well as the more figurative one of prejudice and stereotypes against the Traveller community.

Parallel to the main investigation of cracking the mystery of a bloodied boy's bike and a possibly missing boy runs a story of human bones discovered beside the River of Eden. Is there a connection betwe
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Zoe Sharp for the ARC of Bones in the River, the second book in the Lakes thriller trilogy. While Sharp’s Charlie Fox books are one of my favourite series and I have read her book The Blood Whisperer (I really liked this book as well and had always hoped for a sequel!) I had not read the first book in the trilogy, Dancing on the Grave. So when I received my copy of Bones in the River, I quickly downloaded book one and started to read. I finished the first book, enjoyed it a ...more
Tom Barclay
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zoë Sharp’s longtime readers will not be disappointed by BONES IN THE RIVER, her latest mystery/thriller in a new trilogy begun with 2018’s DANCING ON THE GRAVE.
New readers who never tried Sharp’s ‘Charlie Fox’ series will enjoy BONES. Still distinctly Sharpish, it’s a traditional English country police procedural – a taut and graceful ‘almost-cozy’ with just a little on-page violence.
Sharp’s ‘Lakes Thrillers’ pairing of CSI Grace McColl with Detective Nick Weston must unravel the circumstance
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

A pleasure to read. This second book in the series features CSI Grace McColl and DC Nick Weston once again as they try to solve a crime from the past while they hunt for a missing child in the present. The Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria becomes another character in this mystery involving gypsies, the Travellers who make this annual fair something special. Without ruffling the feathers of the Romani or the locals and handcuffed by a less than willing new head of the CSI, it's up to Grace
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston are back in book two in the Lake Thriller trilogy. The book opens with a murder. This isn’t a whodunnit, we find out immediately who the killer is although the police don’t know. During the investigation of this crime a body washes up in the river and the two cases become intertwined.

I really enjoyed the procedural aspect of the story. I also like these characters very much. There were a couple of plot devices I did not enjoy. I won’t get into specific
Karen Cole
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I reviewed Zoë Sharp's Dancing On The Grave a couple of years ago, I concluded it with the hope that the standalone would become a series and so I was delighted to discover that yes, Grace McColl and Nick Weston were going to appear again in Bones In The River, the second book in what is now the Lakes Thriller trilogy.
The novel opens with the death of a child and though it was an accident, the killer makes a panicked decision to hide the evidence. His identity is revealed to the readers ver
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like a mystery in which CSI and Detective work side by side (sort of) in order to solve a crime one that in this case, at least from the start, isn't clear to them is even a crime yet, then this is definitely the book for you. Now, as readers we are faced with a perspective that is completely separate from that of the investigating team. We know. things that they have yet to discover, but then they are set to make a discovery that will take us by surprise too. Confused? You won't be if yo ...more
Judith Baxter
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As part of Zoe Sharp’s Advance Reader Team, I am delighted to say I recently received a copy of her latest book in the Lake Thriller Trilogy,

This is book No 2 and once again we meet CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Watson whom we met in Dancing on the Grave., This time they are brought together on a couple of murders which may or may not be linked.

‘The traditional Appleby Horse Fair hosts the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Europe…” And it is in this setting with the rivalry be
Any Length
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping "double who done it" set in the surrounds of the Appleby Horse Fair where the Romanies/ Gypsies/Travellers come to trade and display their wares each year and this year also to elect a new leader. So we get one killing from the start but the perp is very good at sewing false leads and hiding behind his job. During the fair, which comes with a number of interesting characters who have their own shady and complex history, another body is unearthed - literally. Toss in some subterfuge, a ...more
Nic Gee
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! I loved this book!
This book is the second to feature CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston. From the first chapter you know that you are in for a terrific read. It is set in a small town in the Lakelands during the Applebey Horse Fair which is where annually, travellers / gypsies gather from all over Europe.
While this causes some people in the village to close doors to the arrivals, many are welcoming. But with so many extra people descended on the village and only a small number of l
K.D. Kinchen
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved this one. I tried so hard to take my time and make it last, but I couldn't!

I had to know how it ended. I won't say "I had to know who dunnit" because, interestingly, we know from the start. What we don't know, is how they are going to get away with it and how justice is going to be served. This is a new style of storytelling for Sharp and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but, as with the fist novel in this series (Dancing on the Grave) I found it did not detract from the st
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police Thriller and Crime Scene Investigation in the Lake District

“Bones in the River” is volume 2 of author Zoë Sharp’s planned Lake District trilogy. I am grateful I received an ARC – especially as I am not a native speaker of English. I apologize for any mistakes.
The main story line is about a fatal hit and run accident placed in Appleby at the time of the annual Appleby Horse Fair, the biggest annual European meeting of the Travelling community – and their horses
Lizzy Appleby
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I've recently 'discovered' the crime genre and been lucky enough to find some brilliant authors. To be honest this book was mentioned in my local village newsletter as the author lives locally. Thought I'd give it a go (supporting local artists is important to me) Well, I've just read the book cover to cover in about 2 days! I'm blown away by the story line. Clever, with lots of twists and turns. There's lots of research been done here and the author has nailed the essence of the fai
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Charlie Fox series by Zoe Sharp, and didn't think this novel could be as good as those, but now that I have read Bones in the River, I actually like it even better! This is a compelling mystery-thriller, a British police procedural, and a rapidly accelerating "quick read" that drew me in from the first page and was very hard to put down.

The book starts with a tragic accident, compounded by deception as the possibly intoxicated driver (who thinks he has "too much to lose" if he reports
Elizabeth Robinson
Bones in the River is a sequel to Dancing on the Grave by Zoe Sharp. We meet CSI Grace McColl and DI Nick Weston again, this time trying to solve the disappearance of a young boy which turns into not one, but two murders. Set in Cumbria, the author introduces us to Romani characters and culture, while allowing us to feel like we are right there in this scenic part of Britain. As always, Zoe Sharp has crafted an elegantly written story, revealing her characters bit by bit, as we come to like (or ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, fiction
For hundreds of years, Gypsies and Travellers from all across Europe come together in early June to sell horses and craft goods at the Appleby Horse Fair in England’s Lake District. This year, two bodies turn up by the River Eden in the midst of the Fair, and the Cumbria Constabulary has to sort out whether the deaths are accidental – or murder. DC Nick Weston reunites with CSI Grace McColl in this second installment of Zoe Sharp’s Lakes Crime Thriller trilogy following Dancing on the Grave (201 ...more
Margaret Hattman
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Zoe Sharp’s Bones in the River for preview. I understood that in consideration for this generous offer, I was supposed to be on the lookout for any errata or inconsistencies in the text. Unfortunately, the story totally captivated me so that I was unable to perform this duty in as exacting manner as I should.
In addition to characters who are so real you almost feel as though you would recognize them if you saw them when you were out, and a compelling story,
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Drystonewaller by: ART
You won't be disappointed...especially if you are already familiar with Zoe's writing. Like her (Charlie Fox) series this is well researched well written and paced. I love that I am always picked up by Zoe's books like a twig in a current and transported at a lick through the twists and turns of the story.
I love that I learn things, like around the Appleby horse fair and the communities involved, I love that the 2 main characters Grace and Nick develop their relationship and my delight at what h
Jay Blackburn
Bones in the River– Zoe Sharp
Another brilliant novel from this sharp lady !
I was drawn in from the start. Set in my local area I was keen to see what Zoe had done with it. Set too in a calendar that many very local to the scene do not understand, a Romany Fair, a horse fair, the biggest in England. It disrupts the whole area and fills it with tales of cheating, stealing, lying and many fights and disagreements. It is in this small rural area that Zoe weaves her plot, mystery and intrigue at ever
Neil Plakcy
I couldn't stop reading Bones in the River-- to the point where my Kindle battery died and I ended up finishing the book while the device was plugged in.

Bones in the River is less overtly violent than the Charlie Fox books, but Sharp's depth of character is still present. Protagonists Grace McColl and Nick Weston are firmly grounded in reality, but also capable of strong, dramatic action. The simmering romantic tension between them adds to the drama of the plot rather than detracting from it.

Ruth Whittam
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy in return for an honest review.
Fortunately I genuinely LOVED it, Grace McColl is a great protagonist and Zoe Sharp always approaches situations from a slightly different angle (no spoilers). It’s a fast-paced plot and I had to make a real effort to read slowly. In addition to being a great crime story it has some of the best descriptive writing I’ve ever read.... if there’s anyone in your life who’s ever a bit dismissive of crime fiction give them chapte
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of Zoe Sharp’s Advance Reader Team, I was able to receive a free ARC of this book. Bones in the River is the second novel that featured CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Watson which was introduced in the first novel of the series Dancing on the Grave.
Once again Sharp writes character’s that are strong, capable, and very determined individuals who demand to have justice no matter the cost. She spins a suspenseful tale, which have many twists and turns that lead Grace and Watson to di
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. After Dancing On The Grave I was keen to find out where Grace would go next and I wasn’t disappointed. I wasn’t expecting the emotional rollercoaster but I really grew fond of some of the characters, so much so that I even shed a tear (actually I wept like a baby at the end!).

At first I was surprised to know the identity of the killer early on in the book but I found there were so many other aspects to the story and plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning the pa
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this novel down. I love the two main characters, Grace McColl and Nick Weston. There are a lot of story threads, but they all come together nicely at the end. Enjoyed the background, and the lively, colorful travelers or gypsy characters. The river is also a character in the story, and I enjoyed how its perspective was woven throughout. The tension between the travelers and the townspeople was palpable. Emotions run high when two bodies are found in the river, and Grace's boss an ...more
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Zoë Sharp spent most of her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She became a freelance photojournalist in 1988 and started writing her Charlie Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threats in the course of her work.

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