Judith D Collins
Three Graves Full
By Jamie Mason
ISBN: 1476759189 Publisher: Gallery Books Publication Date: 3/25/2014 Format: Other My Rating: 4 Stars There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”
But it could always be worse. . . .
More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.
Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe-dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece it together with the help of a volunteer police dog — all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn't necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.
Jamie Mason's irrepressible debut is a macabre, darkly humorous tale with the thoughtful beauty of a literary novel, the tense pacing of a thriller, and a clever twist of suspense.
Jamie Mason’s, debut THREE GRAVES FULL is an extraordinary novel of motive, murder, mystery, and suspense; dark and deep, mixed with quirky, witty, and deliciously wicked characters.
Looking forward to Mason’s upcoming MONDAY’S LIE, (Feb/2015) a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband wants her dead. (so excited as have an ARC via NetGalley).
Jason Getty has lived in fear and is guilt ridden, from the day he killed a man in rage, and buried him in a remote corner of his yard, seventeen months earlier. He cringes every time a dog, or gardener goes near the sacred space, as he desperately does not want to be discovered. As time goes on the coast may be clear and he may just have gotten away with murder.
However, he decides to hire a landscaping crew to clean up his neglected property, making sure they stay away from the spot. However, they discover two other bodies in the yard, and Jason has no clue where they came from….hello, when did this happen? The two bodies, a man, whose fiancée wondered what happened to him, and the wife of the man who used to live in the house.
Now he has to worry about a full blown investigation, and blow his cover and hidden body. With a cast of quirky characters, including two detectives and a very special dog, to a unique killer and dual stories of betrayal and murder. Readers get to hear from different voices and thoughts of Jason Getty, Leah Tamblin, and Boyd Montgomery for a psychological thriller, keeping you turning into the night.
What a ride-- with dark twisted humor, and oh, so beautiful funky prose with so many twists and turns your head will be spinning-- for a delicious Halloween treat. I listened to the audiobook and narrator John Pruden offered a pleasing performance. An author to follow; look forward to Mason’s upcoming “Monday’s Lie” for more!
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