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  • Series: Her Boyfriend's Bones (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464201374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464201370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cultural anthropologist Dinah Pelerin arrives on the Greek island of Samos to spend the summer with her Norwegian boyfriend, detective Thor Ramberg. They are staying in an old house that once belonged to movie star Marlita Stephan, who was executed for murdering her boyfriend, his mother, and a powerful colonel in the Greek junta in 1973. Thor is fascinated by this crime, and Dinah soon learns that his vacation involves more than romance. Samos is a transit point for refugees fleeing the Middle East as well as a site for trading arms, some of which have wound up in the hands of terrorists in Norway. When an Iraqi immigrant with fake identification is gunned down outside the restaurant where Thor and Dinah are dining, Thor sets out to follow a possible link to arms traders. But he disappears after his car goes over a cliff. Dinah searches for him, turning up links between his disappearance and the events of 1973. This is a fine suspense novel with a strong female sleuth and a compelling setting. --Barbara Bibel

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""Cultural anthropologist Dinah Pelerin arrives on the Greek island of Samos to spend the summer with her Norwegian boyfriend, detective Thor Ramberg. They are staying in an old house that once belonged to movie star Marlita Stephan, who was executed for murdering her boyfriend, his mother, and a powerful colonel in the Greek junta in 1973. Thor is fascinated by this crime, and Dinah soon learns that his vacation involves more than romance. Samos is a transit point for refugees fleeing the Middle East as well as a site for trading arms, some of which have wound up in the hands of terrorists in Norway. When an Iraqi immigrant with fake identification is gunned down outside the restaurant where Thor and Dinah are dining, Thor sets out to follow a possible link to arms traders. But he disappears after his car goes over a cliff. Dinah searches for him, turning up links between his disappearance and the events of 1973. This is a fine suspense novel with a strong female sleuth and a compelling setting.""--Booklist

""Jeanne Matthews is Agatha Christie trekking the planet.   In Her Boyfriend’s Bones we’re off to the Aegean Greek island of Samos and an interesting take on recent Greek history filled with plot twists and colorful characters to match.""--Jeffrey Sieger, author of the Chief Inspector Kaldis mysteries

""Matthews' mastery of every foreign clime she's touched so far will leave readers panting for Dinah's next, almost literally, breakneck adventure. I envy this author's ability to absorb and use international backgrounds and current events to combine page-turning adventure with subtle education for us enthralled readers.""--Rob Kresge, author of the Warbonnet historical mysteries and the Civil War spy novel, Saving Lincoln


""If the bleak arctic winter isn’t enough to chill Dinah to the bone, a couple of murders and an attempt on her life put the icing on that cake. Just the right amount of character development and plot twists will please cozy fans.""--PW about Bonereapers

""This entertaining mystery, boasting a timely theme and colorful characters, will be perfect for those who like to do their extreme traveling in the pages of a crime novel.""--Booklist about Bonereapers


More About the Author

JEANNE MATTHEWS is the author of the Dinah Pelerin international mysteries published by Poisoned Pen Press, including BONES OF CONTENTION (set in the Northern Territory of Australia), BET YOUR BONES (set on the Big Island of Hawaii), and BONEREAPERS (set in the Norwegian Arctic at the site of the Doomsday Seed Vault). The fourth book in the series, HER BOYFRIEND'S BONES, takes place on the Greek island of Samos. Like her anthropologist sleuth, Jeanne enjoys traveling around the world learning about other cultures and mythologies, which she incorporates into her novels. Born and raised in Georgia, she currently lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, who is a law professor, and her West Highland terrier, who is a prima donna. For more information, visit Jeanne's website. www.jeannematthews.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on July 11, 2013
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Dinah Pelerin, cultural anthropologist and world traveler, is ready for romance and relaxation. Her Norwegian police force boyfriend, Thor, has invited her to join him at a Greek villa that he rented for his sabbatical holiday.

The villa is located on the island of Samos--famous for its sweet wine, birthplace of Pythagoras and Hera, queen of the Olympian gods. Dinah plans on joining an archaeological dig in Turkey at the end of summer after basking in the land of the Greek mythology. The perfect summer vacation awaits her. Or, so it seems.

Idyllic as the setting is, Dinah's dream vacation is startlingly interrupted on day one of it. She and Thor spotted a body as they were walking home from the village taverna--the same man who they just saw arguing with an old man--is now sprawled on the ground with a gaping hole in his chest. The murder was so recent that the body is still warm. Dinah starts to believe that trouble follows her wherever she goes. Thor goes back into "policeman mode full-throttle."

Dinah has also learned that their vacation villa was the home of the local movie star of the 60s, Marilita Stephan, who was accused of committing three murders on a remote beach on Samos: her boyfriend, his mother, and a powerful colonel in the military junta. Marilita was arrested and tried for the crime, and executed later by a firing squad in nineteen-seventy-three--several days before her fortieth birthday. Dinah is more than a little perturbed when she also discovers that Thor is fascinated by the circumstances of the event and that is why he chose this particular Greek island and this particular villa for their romantic holiday.

To add to the complications, Dinah's troubled and out-of-hand sixteen-year-old niece, K.D.
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Jeanne Matthews' latest Dinah Pelerin Mystery: "Her Boyfriend's Bones" was a delightful read for many reasons. First of all I know Jeanne and to see her mind at work via her writing was a complete pleasure. Secondly, it is a book that can stand alone if you have not read earlier Dinah Pelerin mysteries. After reading it you will likely snag all other works ("Bones of Contention", "Bet Your Bones", and "Bone Reapers") of hers to peruse. Thirdly, the vocabulary is masterful, real words requiring more than four letters are used throughout. Actual Greek words are interspersed, which served to place this reader cleverly into the role of tourist.
In addition to the usual devices mystery writers utilize to keep us from guessing the outcome of their stories she used wonderful humor and juxtaposition. Who would ever think that someone named Thor Ramberg could be an important character in a mystery set on the Greek island of Samos; land where the myths of Heracles abound?
While this story acknowledges ancient Greek custom including reliance on metaphor, it deftly delivers us onto a Greek Island replete with cell phones and modern family and economic dysfunction. It details political proximities and events that are current.
"Her Boyfriend's Bones" transports at different levels, always being faithful to solving its mystery. It is not a long read but it did give me a fresh point of view while it piqued my curiosity further regarding the Aegean Sea, Greece and Turkey.
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I just discovered Jeanne Matthews and her wonderful heroine Dinah Pelerin - and I am totally hooked! So hooked in fact that I have just now purchased the entire series featuring Dinah. What I particularly loved about HER BOYFRIEND'S BONES - in addition to an incredibly believable heroine and the intriguing mystery, was how the author was able to weave the ongoing turbulence in Greece into the story in such a believable - and really interesting - manner.

Matthews possesses that unique talent of being able to make every single one of her characters come alive on the page for you. Not only is she able to pull you into the sun-drenched landscape of Samos. But you find yourselves deeply entwined in the lives and fates of all of the characters who cross the pages in front of you. Matthews also possesses that rare ability to make every single character you encounter leap off the page at you - each distinctly unique and memorable in their own way. And she is able to do this with every single character you encounter as you are hurled head first into trying to unlock the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of her hunky boyfriend - who deserves a series of his own (Jeanne is you're listening here).

For any reader still not convinced that Jeanne Matthews is a writer you most definitely want to follow - HER BOYFRIEND'S BONES is one of the best introductions to an ongoing series that I have encountered in years and years of reading. And I would not hesitate for a nanosecond to urge you to pick up any of Jeanne Matthews books.

You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Her Boyfriend's Bones
Jeanne Matthews
Poisoned Pen, Jun 4 2013, $24.95
ISBN: 9781464201370

Anthropologist Dinah Pelerin and Norwegian cop Thor Ramberg enjoy a romantic interlude on the Greek island of Samos. Thor selected the place and arranged for the cottage they are spending the summer at. However, she is taken aback when he seems excited over the cottage's history. In 1973 Greek actress Marilita Stephan murdered her boyfriend, his mother, and a colonel before the military junta executed her.

Dinah's widowed aunt by marriage Neesha calls her from Atlanta to tell her that her cousin Katherine was arrested for burglary so is sending her child to spend the summer in Greece with her worldly relative.

Meanwhile Thor admits that he is also working undercover for the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service, looking into terrorist arms trafficking. When an Iraqi is murdered nearby and Thor vanishes with his vehicle in a ravine, Dinah sees parallels to the 1973 case with her as the star suspect.

The fourth Dinah Pelerin amateur sleuth (see Bones of Contention, Bet Your Bones, and Bonereapers is an exciting mystery as the heroine works on proving her innocence, solving the disappearance of her lover and looking into the 1973 case. A fabulous subplot also takes a deep look at contemporary troubled corrupt Greece making parallels to the early 1970s. Although there are too many disruptive (but fascinating) mythological asides, readers will enjoy Pelerin's Aegean Sea adventure.

Harriet Klausner
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