The Skeleton Wore Diamonds

The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries Book 8

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
207 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2020
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Reviewed by Christopher Anderson for Readers' Favorite

In The Skeleton Wore Diamonds, writing duo MK Scott introduces us to Donna, the new wife ‘of just one week’ of Detective Mark Taber. Donna, a nurse at the local hospital in Legacy and owner of a bed and breakfast inn called The Painted Lady, is juggling with her different roles. Legacy is hosting a gaming competition with Dungeons and Dragons tournaments and ‘LARP’ (live-action role-playing) games. Then one of her guests, a competitor in the games wearing a papier-mache Unicorn head, dies from what looks like a fall down some steps. While Donna is dealing with this commotion, a workman doing some work on a lift at the inn, approaches Donna with a box and exclaims that they'd found a skeleton with the box next to it. Read this exciting book to find out what Donna and Mark uncover with the dead gamer and the skeleton.

MK Scott writes in a way that keeps you intrigued as to the ‘whodunit,’ the how, why, and when. As we're introduced to new characters, the writing duo gives lots of potential culprits and possible scenarios. The different characters' personalities are brought to the fore so you get a taste of what the person is like. For those of us who are not familiar with LARP, the authors talk us through one of the games which helps you understand what takes place. The plot is very realistic and understandable and is written in a good, logical order of how things would generally happen in everyday life. The book doesn’t move too fast but maintains a steady pace as it leads you through different scenes so you can imagine yourself there as an eye witness as the events unfold. A very well written book that is hard to put down and keeps you in suspense to the very end.