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Too many bodies

  • Feb 19, 2013
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This is a very well written novel by a first time published author who, I truly believe, has a very fine future as a writer ahead of her. The prose is elegant, the characters believable, and the plot well thought out and quite interesting.

A rather nondescript fellow is driven to murder, and buries the body in his back yard. When he hires a landscape firm to do some work on the side yard, two other bodies are discovered, having nothing to do with the other murder, or with the main character.

Police are involved, and the homeowner is driven to distraction by the thought that the cops will come into his yard with cadaver sniffing dogs, and his grisly secret will be revealed to the world. He decides that he's just going to have to dig up the body and put it someplace else. Fine plan, doesn't work.

Enter the female friend of the male body found in the side yard, and also the fellow who is responsible for the two murders. Add to that a quite interesting and intelligent dog, and you get quite a story! It moves quickly and I found myself reading and turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen. The ending was quite satisfying, and I look forward to many more excellent books from this author.

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Frank J. Konopka ()
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I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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"Jamie Mason wields a pen that magically blends beautiful prose with unrelenting thrills. Each page delivers something new and fresh; in her hands, even the mundane becomes extraordinary. Grab a chair with a comfortable edge, because Mason will keep you poised there until the final page."

—Alex Adams, author of White Horse

Three Graves Full is something special - an offbeat, high-class, pacey mystery that blends black humor with dark lyricism, and deft, intricate plotting with dead-on psychological insight. This is a gem of a debut.”

—Tana French, author of In the Woods

"Three Graves Full is an astonishing debut novel, smart and stylish and wonderfully light on its feet. Jamie Mason writes crisp, surprising sentences, and this aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace. I think she was probably born to be a writer, and I eagerly look forward to whatever she will do next."

—Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author

Mason’s quirky debut novel deftly weaves dark humor into a plot that’s as complicated as a jigsaw puzzle but more fun to put together...Mason’s written a dandy of a first outing with not a single boring moment. (Kirkus )

Portraying characters so well and so thoroughly, examining and explaining their motives even for murder, requires a level of skill that is rare, marking this as an astonishingly accomplished debut and Mason as a writer to watch very closely. (Michele Leber Booklist ...

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