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Family Skeletons (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – July 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432824996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432824990
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,713,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bobbie O'Keefe has had a book in her hands whenever possible since she learned how to read way back in primary school. Blessed with a rich imagination, she even started making up characters and plots in her mind. Eventually she put down on paper some of all that stuff that was taking up so much room in her head. Then she read it back to herself, and she thought, hmm.

Her interests are varied and she writes what she likes to read. Each one of her books has a touch of romance, comedy, mystery, and suspense.

She grew up on the west coast within walking distance of the mighty Pacific, and she now lives within driving distance of it. She visits the ocean as often as she can, and she always has to go wading.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Laurel "Sunny" Corday lives in San Francisco with her BFF Ryan who is starting a relationship with Marcus. She inherited a Victorian mansion to the north in Chester Beach from her late estranged father Franklin. However, Jonathan Corday, a cousin so distant she can't count the degrees of separation, also was named as a beneficiary. They meet when their cars collide on a narrow road and later at the mansion, but she conceals who she is from him because of a nasty crack he made to Sunny about Laurel being a twit with two ex husbands and tabloid star status.

Several assaults on Sunny occur that worries Jonathan and Ryan. They become further concerned when a baseball bat with dried body is found and the remains of a once buried skeleton surfaces. As the police investigate and the distant cousins fall in love, Sunny knows her late father's womanizing is the link, but is unsure how.

This entertaining thriller is a fun fast-paced tale as Corday Family Skeletons figuratively and literally appear. The support cast is solid while the lead protagonists are a nice pairing of starch and spice. Although Sunny's attitude after being shot at and pushed down a cliff seems to blasé, fans will enjoy this exciting romantic suspense as the late Franklin's past haunts his daughter.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robyn corum on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading Bobbie O'Keefe's newest mystery-romance, Family Skeletons. I was hooked from the opening, where I was surprised by one of the most delicious First Chapters I've ever read.

Laurel "Sunny" Corday is on her way to look at some beach-front property, once owned by her missing father. Now that he's been declared dead, it's up to her to check things over and make some decisions about the old Victorian place.

She hadn't counted on her distant cousin, Jonathan Corday, who has a half-interest, appearing on the scene or having a hands-on approach to the matter.

Sunny's personality is bristly but courageous, while Jonathan is stiff and uptight. They make for odd housemates:

"'No way,' he said flatly. `There is no way I am going to do that. I am not going down there.'

"`Well, I am. That's why I walked down here. I've even going to play tag with the waves, but you can stay up here if you want to. Then I'll climb back up and go make lunch. Do you like grilled cheese sandwiches?'

"When his level gaze met hers, it told her that this man made his own decisions and did not accept dares."

The two Cordays get more than they bargained for when strange things start happening around the old Victorian. The stakes seem to rise when someone fires shots at Sunny while she's on the beach, just narrowly missing. There are plenty of other strange occurrences, like skeletons appearing on the beach.

Through it all, can romance blossom? Especially given Sunny's track record of two failed marriages and a history of drug abuse.

I enjoyed the book. It was a light read and I found it fun trying to decipher the puzzles before answers were revealed. Hope you'll enjoy it as well.
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By Janice E. Brown on April 21, 2014
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I enjoyed the book. It was a little predictable but not overly so. Characters were believable and likeable. I would definitely read another book by this author.
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By Oase Lamb-Eggleton on October 8, 2013
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If a book doesn't grab my attention in the first few pages, then it very unlikely I am going to finish it. This book did however grab my interest. It was a very good book. I really enjoyed reading it.
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