Nov 27, 2020
The Skeleton Box
Posted by Bryan Gruley

Anthony and Barry Award winning author Bryan Gruley returns with the third novel in his critically acclaimed Starvation Lake mystery series.A series of mysterious break ins is plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake Someone is slipping into the homes of elderly people when they re out playing Bingo Oddly, the intruders take nothing, despite evidence that they rifle thAnthony and Barry Award winning author Bryan Gruley returns with the third novel in his critically acclaimed Starvation Lake mystery series.A series of mysterious break ins is plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake Someone is slipping into the homes of elderly people when they re out playing Bingo Oddly, the intruders take nothing, despite evidence that they rifle through personal files Worry turns to panic when a break in leads to the death of a beloved citizen Phyllis Bontrager is found dead in the home of her best friend, Bea Carpenter, mother of Gus Carpenter Bea, suffering from worsening dementia and under the influence of sleeping pills, remembers little of the break in Her son, editor of the local newspaper, must pursue a terrible story the death of a woman he has known all his life, who also happens to be the mother of his ex girlfriend, Darlene With the help of Luke Whistler, an ex Detroit Free Press reporter who came north looking for slower days and some old fashioned newspaper work, Gus sets out to uncover the truth behind Mrs B s death and the Bingo Night Break Ins What he doesn t know is that Whistler has his own agenda, and the secrets he s determined to unearth involving the long ago killing of a nun could forever change Gus s perceptions about Starvation Lake and even his own family.

  • Title: The Skeleton Box
  • Author: Bryan Gruley
  • ISBN: 9781416563662
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Skeleton Box Anthony and Barry Award winning author Bryan Gruley returns with the third novel in his critically acclaimed Starvation Lake mystery series A series of mysterious break ins is plaguing the small town

    James Thane

    This is the third novel in Brian Gruley s Starvation Lake trilogy, following Starvation Lake and The Hanging Tree The main protagonist is Gus Carpenter who was once a hot shot reporter in Detroit, but who has now returned home to tiny Starvation Lake in northern Michigan to edit the town s twice weekly newspaper.Gus, like the paper, has seen better days As a youth he was a major hockey star a goalie who led the local team to the state championship game only to lose the game when he allowed the w [...]


    John Bohnert

    I ve now read all three books in this trilogy set in Michigan.I enjoyed following Gus Carpenter the editor of the Pine County Pilot.Too bad the author doesn t plan to write any books in this series.


    Lou

    In a quiet town called starvation lake there are no murderers Well that is what they thought A series of burglaries during bingo nights started occurring in Starvation lake They were attended mostly by the elder folk of the community, one turns ugly with a murder.Past murders become revisited with question marks on the guilty.Secrets that others want buried come to the surface and up in the communities faces One old soul believes the truth will not set you free.Suspects some laughable and have n [...]


    Tyler

    I m sad to see the Starvation Lake series go but it was good run This one had a pretty good mystery compared to the last one A lot of this story rings true The character writing was solid as always except for Darlene who is terrible but is supposed to be some great love of Gus s life or something Can t figure that one out She has an excuse every book for her wretchedness but still annoying character The worlds of journalism and hockey are again interesting aspects of Gus s life and investigation [...]


    Ali

    Gus Carpenter is the Jessica Fletcher of Starvation Lake He moves back home after a failed journalism career in Detroit, and this sleepy northern Michigan town is suddenly a hotbed of crime and murder.A big part of what I enjoyed about this book is that it reminds me of home Northern Michigan isn t quite the same as northern Minnesota, but small town life in the upper Midwest is fairly consistent no matter what state you re in, and I loved the little details and characters that made me homesick. [...]


    Michael

    Starvation Lake is a small community in upper Michigan Someone has been breaking into the homes of some elderly residents while they were at Monday night bingo Nothing seemed to have been taken but it made people nervous.Then, Gus Carpenter, editor of the Pilot is asked to accompany a police officer to Gus s mother s home Her home had been broken into and her friend and next door neighbor, who was there taking care of her, was killed.The only clue is the name of a former priest who had been at t [...]


    Larry Page

    Third and ostensibly final book in the Starvation Lake series In this one Gus investigates and solves the murder of his long time girlfriend s mother and solves a perplexing cold case murder as well The story is based on the murder and cover up of a nun that occurred in a church in the early 1900s at the then town of Isadore, Michigan, about twenty miles Northeast of Traverse City in Leelanau County I myself live about four miles from there The church is still active but the town has long ago fa [...]


    Sandi

    Another excellent book in the Starvation Lake series I thought the author captured the small economically depressed town feel in the three books really well and the characters always seemed so realistic The plot in this entry was my favorite secrets of the past type and kept me totally engrossed I do hope he will publish another work soon.


    Kevintipple

    The Skeleton Box A Starvation Lake Mystery is the third book in the series and opens in March 2000 with somebody breaking into houses in Starvation Lake on bingo nights Despite the break ins, the victims report that nothing has been taken The motive as well as the identity or identities of those involved remain a mystery Pine County Sheriff Dingus has no suspects and the town is on edge.Then, apparently in the course of a break in, a murder happens and for Gus his life will change forever The mu [...]


    Luanne Ollivier

    Bryan Gruley is another new to me author The Skeleton Box is the third book in Gruley s Starvation Lake series.Starvation Lake is a quiet, small town in Michigan where nothing dangerous really ever happens, but a recent series of break ins has the town worried The break ins are occurring on bingo nights when most of the town s elderly residents are out Nothing is ever taken, but their belonging are being rifled through The pressure is on for the sheriff to solve these cases it s a re election ye [...]


    Larry H

    In his third novel featuring local newspaper editor Gus Carpenter, Bryan Gruley returns to Starvation Lake, Michigan A number of homes have been burglarized while their residents were out playing bingo, but strangely, nothing was taken from any of the houses And then one night, a break in at the home of Gus mother, Bea, results in the murder of her closest friend, Phyllis, who also happens to be the mother of Gus ex girlfriend, deputy sheriff Darlene Bea, whose dementia has been getting worse an [...]


    Jon

    The third and latest in a very good series set in tiny Starvation Lake, a town in northern Michigan The editor of the local newspaper tells this story of corruption, local history, and sudden death The characters are solid and real, the plotting careful, and the dialogue believable I may be wrong, but I think it s accurate to say that as the editor reporter tries to track down the truth about a death in his elderly mother s house, every single character lies to him at some point, including the o [...]


    Nancy

    A solid read, made immeasurably pleasurable due to the fact it s set in a fictional town nearby in northern Michigan, and cribs from a famous murder case, the death of a nun, that happened a couple of miles from my home Bryan Gruley s writing occasionally reminds me of James Lee Burke s the crusty characters, the place based framework for the story, his own dispassionate re telling of some fairly horrific facts The dying newspaper subplot rang totally true, as did the greasy hide the evidence s [...]


    Christine

    What a delightful book I am already attached to the characters from Bryan s first two books this is a sweet homecoming That said, I find Bryan s writing engaging as he manages to sidestep the formulaic approach that traps some authors with sequels The story line pulled me in, took me along on twists and turns and happily landed me at the end wanting I ve already written friends recommending this book and it has been added to my gift giving list Again, the standards of hockey, mystery, the cast [...]


    Renee Rasak keogh

    Rather than recap the book, I am just going to tell my feelings about all three of the Starvation Lake mysteries I found the characters realistic and very relatable I loved all three mysteries and hope there is another book in the near future I have never seen a hockey game in my life but felt swept up in the action every time one was described in the novel Well doneep writing Bryan Gruley


    Sara

    Enjoyed this book, at least partially for the familiarity of the Northern Michigan surroundings There is even a mention of the Hideaway Bar The underlying story of the mysterious disappearance of a nun is inspired by the true story of Sister Mary Janice in 1907 in Isadore, Michigan see Mardi Link s excellent book Isadore s Secret This book is a complex tale with twists and turns that include hockey, a cult of born again Christians and long ago female friends.


    Gatorman

    Another highly enjoyable mystery in the Starvation Lake series from Gruley The characters are well developed and the writing, especially the dialogue, is always spot on The mystery takes a bit of time to develop and play itself out but the denouement is satisfying and, for fans of the series, a bit sad Highly recommended.


    Michael

    Each of these three books is fantastic I can t recommend them enough, although I d recommend waiting to start each one until you ve got little else to do with your time, because they re impossible to put down Can t wait for Gruley s next one.


    Peg

    Good yarn to complete the trilogy and I like the way the Gus Carpenter character has evolved and matured, but I find myself wishing for a final final wrap upa novel length epilogue if you would.


    Carol

    The Skeleton Box by Brian GruleyStarvation Lake Series Book 33 sWhat s It About Mysterious break ins are plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake While elderly residents enjoy their weekly bingo night at St Valentine s Catholic Church, someone is slipping into their homes to rifle through financial and personal files Oddly, the intruder takes nothing yet the Bingo Night Burglaries leave the entire town uneasy Worry turns into panic when a break in escalates to murder Suddenly, Gus Carpenter, e [...]


    Jennifer

    3 in the series I had not read any others in the series, so I was a bit lost as to the characters, but this did not detract from the overall enjoyment A bit too convoluted with multiple things going on at the same time which is why I did not go for 4 stars The author pulled it all together at the end.


    Denise

    Great author of books set in Michigan.


    Debbie

    Glad that I had this book to read on this very hot day Up North I liked this one the best of the trilogy.


    Shelley

    I especially enjoyed that this book is set pretty much locally for me, plus references the little Detroit suburb I grew up in That said, several issues w locations but still enjoyed the book.


    Kari Anderson

    Someone is breaking into homes in Starvation Lake At first nothing was taken, and no one was hurt The bandit was dubbed the Bingo Night Burglar Everyone is a little on edge, not sure who is a target and why, but everyone gets scared when the burglary becomes a murder at one home.And it s the home of Gus Carpenter s mother Gus is the chief of the local paper His mother wasn t the victim in the burglary, but her best friend and a woman who helped raise Gus was Plus, she was the mother of Gus first [...]


    Ray Palen

    Bryan Gruley s Starvation Lake mystery series continues with the release of THE SKELETON BOX Even though the title may conjure up supernatural or grisly imagery, the resulting novel is far tamer than the title suggests.With characters named Sherriff Dingus, Whistler and Gus, THE SKELETON BOX plays like Lake Wobegon than hard boiled crime noir I find the comparisons to Steve Hamilton s brilliant Alex McKnight series a tad premature and unwarranted This novel is far soft boiled.It seems like som [...]


    Nancy

    As I have said before, if you combine hockey and murder, then the book is guaranteed to be an ideal fit for me There is just something about small town hockey that draws me in Now granted, the murder part and the history that got us there is not kid stuff So in your mind, you will have to separate the two If you are easily offended by the wrong doings of certain members of the Catholic Church, you might want to avoid this book altogether Just a bit of forewarning Weekly bingo night has taken a b [...]


    Cheryl

    Gus Carpenter is enjoying a beer with Soupy his fellow hockey team mate after their win at the bar, when there is a knock on the door It is the police Something has happened Gus is escorted to his mother s house where the cops and an ambulance are It seems that Mrs B a good friend of Gus s mother was found dead in Gus s mother s kitchen It appears to be a break in The worse part is that Mrs B is Gus s ex, Darlene s mother Gus has a vested interest in solving Mrs B s death.The Skeleton Box is the [...]


    Tess Mertens-Johnson

    Set in 2000, this is the third book by Bryan Gruley about the small town of Starvation Lake.There are a series of home break ins with the older citizens It happened when the Catholic Church has Bingo Night Nothing is stolen, but the intruder is definitely looking for something by going through the papers of the homeowners.Then there is a murder Gus Carpenter, the editor of the local paper s mother Bea had her friend Phyllis visit, and before Phyllis could leave, she is murdered in the bathroom b [...]


    Rabid Readers Reviews

    I don t believe the point of Starvation Lake is the actual plot We re not rocketing from Point A to Z We re enjoying the ride hitting all of the letters in between and savouring them In typical cozy fashion, the wind up was maybe a bit convenient but by the time we reach the end, we know these people well enough to know that this is what would happen in their world.One of Gruley s great strengths is the flavor of the past Strohs and Ernie Harwell on the radio, what Michigan kid didn t see that i [...]



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