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  • Mass Market Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373263252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373263257
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,220,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Means Wright is the author of eleven books, including five mystery novels from St. Martin's Press: Mad Season, Harvest of Bones, Poison Apples, Stolen Honey and Mad Cow Nightmare. All feature earthy, hot-tempered dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth. Wright lives, writes, and teaches in the environs of Middlebury, Vermont.-Visit Nancy Means Wright's website at www.nancymeanswright.com- --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
In HARVEST OF BONES, Wright brings us back to the village, farms and fields of Branbury, Vermont to renew our acquaintance with farmer Ruth Willmarth, Colm Hanna, and the other well characterized people who made MAD SEASON such a rewarding read. We now meet feisty old Glenna Flint, fleeing the nursing home, LANDS END, in which her son and daughter-in-law plan to warehouse her. Also new to Wright's world is Fay Hubbard, whose post-divorce therapy involves at attempt to run a B & B, replete with a recalcitrant cow, whom Fay doesn't even know how to milk! Then after Fay's adopted greyhound digs up a ringed finger and its once attached body , the vividly interactive plot is off and running. Even more of a page turner than MAD SEASON, and wonderfully written, HARVEST OF BONES will keep you sitting by your imaginary woodstove on a subzero evening in Branbury, Vermont, until you reluctantly turn the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed the development of the characters and their 'real' lives. As with all good mysteries, it kept me guessing, picking one then another as the doer of the 'vile deed.' With such down-to-earth characters I was expecting a 'simple' ending, so I was quite unprepared for the expertly woven finale! WOW! I never thought a murder mystery could be so amusing. Looking forward to more by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Homey, but polished; a 'fun' mystery 13 Feb. 1999
By valeriee@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed the development of the characters and their 'real' lives. As with all good mysteries, it kept me guessing, picking one then another as the doer of the 'vile deed.' With such down-to-earth characters I was expecting a 'simple' ending, so I was quite unprepared for the expertly woven finale! WOW! I never thought a murder mystery could be so amusing. Looking forward to more by this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Vivid, interactive plot with human and humorous characters. 1 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In HARVEST OF BONES, Wright brings us back to the village, farms and fields of Branbury, Vermont to renew our acquaintance with farmer Ruth Willmarth, Colm Hanna, and the other well characterized people who made MAD SEASON such a rewarding read. We now meet feisty old Glenna Flint, fleeing the nursing home, LANDS END, in which her son and daughter-in-law plan to warehouse her. Also new to Wright's world is Fay Hubbard, whose post-divorce therapy involves at attempt to run a B & B, replete with a recalcitrant cow, whom Fay doesn't even know how to milk! Then after Fay's adopted greyhound digs up a ringed finger and its once attached body , the vividly interactive plot is off and running. Even more of a page turner than MAD SEASON, and wonderfully written, HARVEST OF BONES will keep you sitting by your imaginary woodstove on a subzero evening in Branbury, Vermont, until you reluctantly turn the last page.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Humorless, Unmemorable, and Implausible 28 Aug. 2003
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first encounter with Nancy Means Wright, and quite frankly it will probably be my last. For while HARVEST OF BONES isn't actually downright bad, it isn't a very believable--nor is it particularly memorable. Indeed, only two days after I finished reading it, I have considerable difficulty recalling the names of the major characters, much less the convolutions of the plot.

And convoluted it is indeed. Fay Hubbard, a 50-something woman, has left her husband and come to rural Vermont to run a B&B--but her first guest proves to be the property's former owner, an elderly and eccentric woman who has escaped from her retirement home with the aid of a younger but equally eccentric niece. And when a decaying skeleton is unearthed on the family farm... well, it just might be the old lady's long-missing husband. Then again, it might have something to do with that mysterious women's retreat down the road. Or the long-ago suicide of the local lady-killer. Or the mean old man who spies on the women's retreat. You just never know.

Throughout the book, Wright presents us with a number of less-than-likable male characters and then counters them with a host of women who have been made unhappy by men--most often through bad marriages, but with the occasional bout of spousal abuse, kidnapping, and rape thrown in for emphasis. In the hands of another writer, this might actually add up to an interesting statement, but since Wright's characters are more akin to a Saturday morning cartoon than reality, it ultimately reads like the writer is having a personal snit. And when all is said and done, none of it really has much to do with the story itself.

All in all, Wright reads rather like a wannabe Rita Mae Brown without any sense of humor. Yes, you can get through it, and yes, it is actually painless so to do. But there's much better stuff out there, so give HARVEST OF BONES a miss.

--GFT (Amazon.com Reviewer)--
some interesting characters, but ... 3 Oct. 2012
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book contained some interesting characters, but the timing of the body's discovery was really too coincidental. So if you don't mind that, you'll probably enjoy it.
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