The Bramble and the Rose
A riveting new mystery from the Edgar and LA Times Book Award winning author of Dry Bones in the Valley
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‘Brilliant.’ The Times
A riveting new mystery from the award winning author…
When Henry Farrell took a job policing Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, he was recently widowed and still trying to find his feet.His first big cases put Officer Farrell face to face with Wild Thyme’s encroaching demons. Now, he’s got the lay of the land and he’s newly married to a local girl.
Then a body – headless and half eaten by a bear – is discovered in the woods. With the help of a local biologist, Henry tracks the bear, hoping to catch him before any more lives are lost, but when his nephew disappears into the same woods they realise they may be facing a far bigger and more sinister threat…
Tom Bouman’s lyrical descriptions of rural Pennsylvania, and the violent confrontations that take place there, are so good they give you goosebumps. The Bramble and the Rose is Farrell’s third outing after Dry Bones in the Valley (2015) and Fateful Mornings (2017). It is as brilliant — if not better — than both.
This is one of those elegiac regional novels that make you want to pull up stakes and move to the country.
Intelligent, subtle, and brimming with atmosphere, The Bramble and the Rose is writing of the first order.
Bouman [is] a master of rural noir.
Against a vivid backdrop of nature red in tooth and claw, the disparate strands of the simmering plot ingeniously connect and boil over into a coruscating climax. Intelligent, subtle, and brimming with atmosphere, The Bramble and the Rose is writing of the first order.
An exceptional read, devoured in one sitting. Quite unlike any crime fiction I have read before.
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