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Backyard Bones (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition

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"...the puzzles are fun to solve..." -Santa Cruz Sentinel



"...Cliff-hanging mysteries..." -Realtor Magazine

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Nancy Lynn Jarvis has taken her career as a Real Estate Agent and turned it into a mystery-writing phenomenon. The Regan McHenry Mystery Series is fun, easy reading filled with well hidden secrets, reminiscent of the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie. Both novels held my interest from beginning to end, with a well paced,can't put the book down, response from this reader.

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  • File Size: 1334 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Good Read Mysteries (November 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UD5P3C
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Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty-five years but was having so much fun writing that she let her license lapse in May of 2013.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy's work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years. Writing is her newest adventure.

She put Regan, Tom , and Dave from the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Series on hiatus to write Mags and the AARP Gang, a comedy/adventure about a group of octogenarian would-be bank robbers, but she missed her characters, so they're back to solve another murder in recently released "The Murder House."

Nancy squeezed in editing "Cozy Food," a compilation cookbook in which 128 cozy mystery writers contributed recipes from their books and their lives. What she will work on next is unclear. She has ideas for a sixth Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries book, a complete departure book of historical fiction, and an idea for a new cozy series called Geezers With Tools about two old guys who encounter murder while working as handymen and pursuing widows.

She'd love to hear from you about what you might like to read.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joe Perrone Jr on May 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second in what we hope is an ongoing series of mysteries featuring Regan McHenry, Santa Cruz realtor. In "Backyard Bones," the body of a pregnant teenager is found bearing a pentagram carved into it, and one of the prime suspects is a Wiccan, who also just happens to be a client of Regan's. He, along with two other suspects, all have secrets relating to the dead girl, but refuse to give a DNA sample that might clarify their position as the possible father of the unborn child she was carrying. The plot is cleverly crafted, with lots of misdirects designed to keep you guessing right up until the very end, which I guarantee will leave you breathless. Don't miss this one. As the Twig is Bent
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Marina Fournier on June 19, 2009
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If the first hadn't been good enough, and the hints about the second weren't catchy enough, the second novel in the Regan McHenry series would not have been bought.

Things I liked--mild treatment of Wiccans as if it were a little known but mainstream religion, more twists and turns than the last novel, and still more Santa Cruz settings. There is a wide variety of personalities who are anything but flat, and there is an increasing sense of Santa Cruz culture showing.

There was a stream of thought process in depicting Regan's suspicions that allow you to see the inner workings of her mind--mistakes and lightbulb-on moments.

I agree with Joseph Perrone's review all the way. So, when are you going to buy this one? You know you want to...

Yes, I do know the author. But I also knew several well-known fantasy authors when they had their first books out, and I'm still reading them 30 years later because their books were that good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen McConnaughey on May 9, 2012
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I had just finished a really heavy read and wanted something light. This was perfect. I enjoyed the style, the writing, the heroine, the story line. That being said, I got a little tired of the constant repetition of Dave laughing and I'm sure most of us had the murderer figured out way before Regan did. It was a quick read and, depending on the price, I would definitely read more by Nancy Lynn Jarvis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shopper2010 on July 15, 2012
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Let me start out by saying that people who love "cozy" mysteries will really like this book as well as anyone who doesn't like swearing or sex scenes/content.

This was just a good book but not full of action. There were plenty of people to suspect as being the murderer. Of course, I figured it out pretty quickly but it did not take the enjoyment out of the book for me. Regan was just an interesting character & I liked her as well as the rest of the characters.

The characters were really not fleshed out all that well but in this book they didn't need to be. I believe this is a series(?) which explains why they weren't fleshed out too well. I will certainly read any other books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ibcynthy on August 4, 2012
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If you are looking for a mystery with a lot of twists, this one is for you. Albeit I did figure out who did it about half way through, I enjoyed finishing the book to make sure I was right. Regan, the amateur detective, has trouble seeing what's right in front of her face; but during the read you you begin to understand why. It will never be a classic but it was enjoyable enough to order the next two books just to see what else Regan has in store. The kindle version does contain changes in the font size and many typos. So if you can't stand those things you will get really ticked with the lack of editing on this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran Hobbs on August 19, 2011
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I really enjoyed this mystery set in Santa Cruz, California. It is one of three I have read by the author. The unlikely detective solving this series of mysteries is a local real estate agent named Regan. With the help of her supportive husband and a family friend in law enforcement she must try to solve mysteries involving one of the properties she is selling. As a local resident it was fun to read about all the Santa Cruz locations, but they also offered an engrossing mystery to solve. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FredC on July 3, 2012
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This book combines an interesting mystery (though the reader will probably figure out the villain before the character does), enough light humor, and insight into the real estate industry. Having once been a Realtor added to the interest; however, anyone that has ever worked with a real estate agent or plans would benefit by this subtle information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RP Dahlke on February 4, 2013
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I picked up this book as a Kindle FREE book on Amazon and put it in my TBR list. I'm glad I did. The mystery is smart, the plot tightly constructed, the characters believable and interesting. I was impressed with the author's treatment of the nuances of why people do what they do and how it affects the outcome of the story.
The author lays out clues as to the killer, but I didn't see who the killer was until Nancy Lynn Jarvis showed me in the book's thrilling climax.

When Regan McHenry closes a house sale in recession worn Santa Cruz, California, it's always time to celebrate. And being the consummate professional she brings the Whitlaw's a housewarming gift. But her buoyant mood soon takes a dive when the owner's children dig up the body of an indigenous Indian buried in the back yard. The owners are not thrilled with the find, as it brings the state archeologist and his students searching for more evidence of native American burial. Finding only the one, they leave, but not before all of the ground has been turned over.
Only problem is, an ancient Indian burial won't be the last body found on this property, and the next one will change the lives of everyone--the new house owners, their wiccan neighbors and certainly Regan McHenry.

Regan is already vested in the lives of the new owner, and she naturally becomes involved. Okay so she's an amateur sleuth, but she's as thorough in her investigation as she is with her full time job as a real estate agent.

I enjoyed the interesting side line antidotes about the real estate market, and I thought they were well placed--not too much and not too little. One scene in particular surely came out of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction: Regan arrives at a house with a client and accidently surprises the home owner's wife getting out of the shower. I gasped and then laughed out loud. Timing is everything and this scene was perfect for the story.

Highly recommended read.
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