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Your favorite NightShade agents are back, only Eleri and Donovan are now on their own. This time they aren’t working with the FBI, and the case is as personal as it can get… FBI Agent Eleri Eames was there the day her sister disappeared at eight years old. However, Eleri is the only one who knows that her sister is already dead and has been for quite some time. When a sk Your favorite NightShade agents are back, only Eleri and Donovan are now on their own. This time they aren’t working with the FBI, and the case is as personal as it can get… FBI Agent Eleri Eames was there the day her sister disappeared at eight years old. However, Eleri is the only one who knows that her sister is already dead and has been for quite some time. When a skeleton is unearthed in New Orleans, Eleri is convinced it belongs to Emmaline. The age and ancestry of the remains are a match, and there’s something telling Eleri that New Orleans is the place where her sister lived and died. As Eleri hunts for answers, demons—old and new—begin following her. The Lobomau have been entering the city in ever-increasing numbers, and that might just have something to do with the Dauphine sisters and their long family history of witchcraft and voodoo. Eleri desperately needs her partner Donovan on this case with her, but can he risk his own job to help her? Eleri’s ancestry may have imbued her with some powers, but compared to her own great-grandmother and the Dauphines, she’s untrained and untested at best. When the bones turn out not to belong to her sister, Eleri has to ask how a case so similar to Emmaline’s even exists…and is it an arrow pointed to her own twisted family history? This is the sixth installment in the award-winning NightShade Forensic Files. Can be read as a standalone.


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Your favorite NightShade agents are back, only Eleri and Donovan are now on their own. This time they aren’t working with the FBI, and the case is as personal as it can get… FBI Agent Eleri Eames was there the day her sister disappeared at eight years old. However, Eleri is the only one who knows that her sister is already dead and has been for quite some time. When a sk Your favorite NightShade agents are back, only Eleri and Donovan are now on their own. This time they aren’t working with the FBI, and the case is as personal as it can get… FBI Agent Eleri Eames was there the day her sister disappeared at eight years old. However, Eleri is the only one who knows that her sister is already dead and has been for quite some time. When a skeleton is unearthed in New Orleans, Eleri is convinced it belongs to Emmaline. The age and ancestry of the remains are a match, and there’s something telling Eleri that New Orleans is the place where her sister lived and died. As Eleri hunts for answers, demons—old and new—begin following her. The Lobomau have been entering the city in ever-increasing numbers, and that might just have something to do with the Dauphine sisters and their long family history of witchcraft and voodoo. Eleri desperately needs her partner Donovan on this case with her, but can he risk his own job to help her? Eleri’s ancestry may have imbued her with some powers, but compared to her own great-grandmother and the Dauphines, she’s untrained and untested at best. When the bones turn out not to belong to her sister, Eleri has to ask how a case so similar to Emmaline’s even exists…and is it an arrow pointed to her own twisted family history? This is the sixth installment in the award-winning NightShade Forensic Files. Can be read as a standalone.

30 review for Garden of Bone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cox

    Another Book, Another Hit I am required to say I was given a free copy of the book by the author when with no expectation on her part of receiving a positive review and no expectation on my part of any additional remuneration. A.J. Scudiere, one of this generation’s finest writers, with over 20 Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards, continues the popular The NightShade Forensic Files series with Book 6, Garden of Bone. I don’t believe in reviewers giving a detailed synopsis of the book. I Another Book, Another Hit I am required to say I was given a free copy of the book by the author when with no expectation on her part of receiving a positive review and no expectation on my part of any additional remuneration. A.J. Scudiere, one of this generation’s finest writers, with over 20 Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards, continues the popular The NightShade Forensic Files series with Book 6, Garden of Bone. I don’t believe in reviewers giving a detailed synopsis of the book. I feel that is the job of the author to get people to read the book and it is the job of the reviewer to give an honest review. Since I do not like to give spoilers, in a way, I cannot say all that I would like to about the fascinating stories found in The NightShade Forensic Files in general, and Garden of Bone in particular. It was not necessary to suspend disbelief in this story once you accept the premise of FBI’s NightShade division. The story is fast-paced and does not need a lot of shoot ‘em up action to maintain interest. It is an interesting story that is the culmination of past stories. The dialogue was credible, authentic, and not stilted, as well as never being used as a foil for the storyline. The primary characters are complex, well rounded, and well thought out. Sometimes, when a series goes beyond the literary trilogy, the story, characters, and dialogue get old. Garden of Bone does not have that problem. Ms. Scudiere is known for the professional touches she puts on everything she writes, in a multitude of genres. When you pick up a book by A.J., you know it will be well written, well edited, and well proofed. Garden of Bone is no exception. A.J. is one of the few authors (along with Dean Koontz and Matthew S. Cox to name two) today that can create a book that is as good as a stand-alone tome as it does as one of the books in a series. She gives the perfect amount of background from previous books that you understand how they interrelate but not so much that it is like re-reading a previous book. Unlike some authors that just throw a “To Be Continued” midway through an under-edited and too long story, the books in the series resolve the major issues while leaving threads for future stories. She also sets up follow-on books in the series in just a few sentences. All I can say is that it is another great read that you will have a hard time putting down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I found Garden of Bone to be quite a riveting story. I could not put it down. Scudiere completely out did herself with this story. The characters continue to grow as I eagerly learn more about them through each successive story and while what happened to Eleri’s sister was horrible, the story laid it out in a truly satisfying way. There was one part where, though I felt it was a bit forced in order to extricate the main characters from a precarious position, I completely loved when Scudiere had I found Garden of Bone to be quite a riveting story. I could not put it down. Scudiere completely out did herself with this story. The characters continue to grow as I eagerly learn more about them through each successive story and while what happened to Eleri’s sister was horrible, the story laid it out in a truly satisfying way. There was one part where, though I felt it was a bit forced in order to extricate the main characters from a precarious position, I completely loved when Scudiere had a major character from another series make a cameo appearance. It’s great to see her worlds bleed together, opening up the possibility of other favorite characters returning for small rolls. One of the toughest things is to let a character go after getting to know them so immensely. Now there is the hope one can see them again, like an old friend who moved away, yet is still very much in your thoughts. I would highly recommend Garden of Bone to all fans of Scudiere as well as fans of criminal drama/suspense. I believe they will agree it is one of her best stories yet.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Loy

    I have read all the books in the series and they are fascinating. In this one we finally find out what happened to Eleri’s sister who went missing when the girls were eight. The story is set in New Orleans where Eleri's grandmother lives. Donovan is on another case but when he realizes the Lobomau are converging on New Orleans he goes to help her. Donovan risks his job with Nightshade when he goes to help. They encounter a family using witchcraft and voodoo. Eleri is untrained but she has her gra I have read all the books in the series and they are fascinating. In this one we finally find out what happened to Eleri’s sister who went missing when the girls were eight. The story is set in New Orleans where Eleri's grandmother lives. Donovan is on another case but when he realizes the Lobomau are converging on New Orleans he goes to help her. Donovan risks his job with Nightshade when he goes to help. They encounter a family using witchcraft and voodoo. Eleri is untrained but she has her grandmother to protect both herself and Donovan. This one is very intense with many of the mysteries being revealed. The writing is very good and the relationship between Eleri and Donavan is strengthened. They are a team who will protect each other. I miss the other characters in the story though we did get a little bit of Wade and Christine in the beginning. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Thank you A.J. Scudiere for an advance copy to review.!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Felix Bearden

    Review Garden of Bone By Liz and Felix Bearden Oh give me a bone In the Darcelle Dauphine home, Where the kids and Lobomau play. Where always is heard A discouraging word And the sky is cloudy all day. Bone, bone on the range Where the soft tissue just falls away, Where always is heard Some discouraging word And the clouds look like sh.t Every day. Another A.J.Scudiere book in the NightShade series that is worth singing about. Same type twisting plot intertwined with her knowledge of Human Forensic Identifica Review Garden of Bone By Liz and Felix Bearden Oh give me a bone In the Darcelle Dauphine home, Where the kids and Lobomau play. Where always is heard A discouraging word And the sky is cloudy all day. Bone, bone on the range Where the soft tissue just falls away, Where always is heard Some discouraging word And the clouds look like sh.t Every day. Another A.J.Scudiere book in the NightShade series that is worth singing about. Same type twisting plot intertwined with her knowledge of Human Forensic Identification, Human Physiology, and Witchcraft. And for those who play dominoes, this book gives new meaning to ”bone yard”. For those who read it I suggest you have a dictionary handy and be ready to learn something. But be careful. A lot of her fiction sounds like fact.

  5. 5 out of 5

    wendi wigham

    Auvoir, grandmere Superb storytelling at its finest. Eleri needs all her inherited powers to work with grandmere and Donovan to survive an encounter with the Dauphine family. Whilst Eleri's family powers are generally for good and protection, the Dauphines are for more evil purposes and work in league with the lobomau. Whilst having taken leave to search for her sister's remains, weird things start to occur after she visits a voodoo shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. At the finale, powers mee Auvoir, grandmere Superb storytelling at its finest. Eleri needs all her inherited powers to work with grandmere and Donovan to survive an encounter with the Dauphine family. Whilst Eleri's family powers are generally for good and protection, the Dauphines are for more evil purposes and work in league with the lobomau. Whilst having taken leave to search for her sister's remains, weird things start to occur after she visits a voodoo shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. At the finale, powers meet powers and it is a case of who will be the stronger? It appears that the four Dauphine sisters may win, until grandmere appears and gives Eleri the power to arrest the three remaiming siblings, Darcelle having escaped as soon as her mother's binding is broken. Agent Almalfi arrives with other agents and the women are taken into FBI custody. Upon returning to grandmother's house, they sadly find she has passed and it is time to contact Frederic, another great grandchild, who will be the new head of the family.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This seemed to be disjointed. Eleri is off on her own in NOLA trying to find her sister. Walter is with GJ trying to catalog her grandfathers lab contents. Donovan is sent to help Wade and Christine in Montana. They are not working together so it’s disjointed. Donovan finishes his work in Montana and immediately heads to NOLA to help Eleri. What I don’t understand is that Eleri is with her Grandmere but her Grandmere doesn’t even try to teach her any magic, not even protective magic. It doesn’t This seemed to be disjointed. Eleri is off on her own in NOLA trying to find her sister. Walter is with GJ trying to catalog her grandfathers lab contents. Donovan is sent to help Wade and Christine in Montana. They are not working together so it’s disjointed. Donovan finishes his work in Montana and immediately heads to NOLA to help Eleri. What I don’t understand is that Eleri is with her Grandmere but her Grandmere doesn’t even try to teach her any magic, not even protective magic. It doesn’t make sense. Also Eleri’s powers seem to be muted and she’s not relying on them at all. Both she and Donovan seem very lackluster in this one. Eleri seems unhinged. Grandmere offers protection against a powerful witch family in NOLA but doesn’t teach her how to protect herself, weird. There are a lot of non-pack Lobomau wolves in NOLA but we never learn why. It’s unclear. Who is the woman with two así knives who fights off the Lobomau attacking Donovan and Eleri? There is closure for Eleri’s and her sister Emmaline but it comes at a high price. This was not my favorite book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    A Strange Off-the-Record Case in New Orleans 4.5 Stars. 1/2 star off for the turn from the strange, unusual, and barely explainable to the occult. Nevertheless, what a story! Mature Readers, please No sex Disturbing occult related violence may bother some readers Some strong language More grammatical errors than in previous books in the series. I wonder why. Plot no spoilers: Eleri has taken time off to go to New Orleans not only to visit her great-grandmother, but also because she has come to believe t A Strange Off-the-Record Case in New Orleans 4.5 Stars. 1/2 star off for the turn from the strange, unusual, and barely explainable to the occult. Nevertheless, what a story! Mature Readers, please No sex Disturbing occult related violence may bother some readers Some strong language More grammatical errors than in previous books in the series. I wonder why. Plot no spoilers: Eleri has taken time off to go to New Orleans not only to visit her great-grandmother, but also because she has come to believe that.she will find the answer to her sister's disappearance. She is immediately drawn to a local voodoo shop, and her strange adventure unfolds from there. Recommended

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.B.

    The Nightshade Forensic Files is a series I find so intriguing! Always lots of forensics in these and always something extra because these characters work in a special division of the FBI where unique gifts are explored and necessary. In this one, Garden of Bone, we finally get to learn more about Eleri's upbringing, her sister's disappearance, and their family history. Of course, Donovan is there to support her, although this isn't a NightShade-sanctioned investigation. Lot's of witchcraft and The Nightshade Forensic Files is a series I find so intriguing! Always lots of forensics in these and always something extra because these characters work in a special division of the FBI where unique gifts are explored and necessary. In this one, Garden of Bone, we finally get to learn more about Eleri's upbringing, her sister's disappearance, and their family history. Of course, Donovan is there to support her, although this isn't a NightShade-sanctioned investigation. Lot's of witchcraft and voodoo in a New Orleans setting. We get some interesting teasers into Donovan's kind, too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helens

    This may be something I say about each new AJ Scudiere book that I read, but it's the best so far! In Garden of Bone, we find out what exactly happened to Emmaline, and we get to spend quality time with one of the most enigmatic characters of all, Grandmere. Even as some story lines come to a close, seeds are planted for future stories. Scudiere creats a fascinating supernatural world that makes me wish she wrote just a little faster. This may be something I say about each new AJ Scudiere book that I read, but it's the best so far! In Garden of Bone, we find out what exactly happened to Emmaline, and we get to spend quality time with one of the most enigmatic characters of all, Grandmere. Even as some story lines come to a close, seeds are planted for future stories. Scudiere creats a fascinating supernatural world that makes me wish she wrote just a little faster.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    The Nightshade Forensic Files:Garden of Bones Eleri searches for her missing sister and finds witchery run amuck. Her beloved grandmere helps keep Eleri and her partner safe. A rival family harbors terrible, murderous secrets. And finally Eleri finds her sister's grave and brings her bones home but it costs her the life of her grandmere. Tremendously complicated and very spooky story of murder and madness and malign witchery run amuck. The Nightshade Forensic Files:Garden of Bones Eleri searches for her missing sister and finds witchery run amuck. Her beloved grandmere helps keep Eleri and her partner safe. A rival family harbors terrible, murderous secrets. And finally Eleri finds her sister's grave and brings her bones home but it costs her the life of her grandmere. Tremendously complicated and very spooky story of murder and madness and malign witchery run amuck.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leon Rogson

    Entertaining but flawed I enjoyed this series. The mixture of forensics and the occult is interesting. The character development of the principals exceptional. This book, however, goes into the occult too tentatively. It dips its oars, but treads water. A bit of a disappointment while a great read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janis

    After the problems with Wade's family, everyone needs some serious downtime. Elleri heads to New Orleans to visit her grandmere, and finds clues to her sister's whereabouts. Donovan joins her, even if it means the end of his career, to help her find the garden of bones and bring her sister home. His reward - a mysterious unknown brother. After the problems with Wade's family, everyone needs some serious downtime. Elleri heads to New Orleans to visit her grandmere, and finds clues to her sister's whereabouts. Donovan joins her, even if it means the end of his career, to help her find the garden of bones and bring her sister home. His reward - a mysterious unknown brother.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gayle S. Calka

    Good, but not as good as previous books in series I recommend the book, but was a little disappointed when comparing it to previous books in this series. Slow getting going, not as much of an exciting storyline as previously.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Sublette Greer

    Weird and crazy good So full of suspense! Amazing again! The characters are larger than life. It could happen it won't but it could. Weird and crazy good So full of suspense! Amazing again! The characters are larger than life. It could happen it won't but it could.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monica Douglas

    Great read Detailed and creative yet melds in local myth and rumor of the French Quarter .... great read! Looking for for book 7.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    Great book, I personally feel this is the best book in the series. Although the ending did make me sad. I highly recommend this series. Can't wait for book 7 to be released next year Great book, I personally feel this is the best book in the series. Although the ending did make me sad. I highly recommend this series. Can't wait for book 7 to be released next year

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy Love Pickett

    Great book! I can't put it down! Great book! I can't put it down!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hugh W Allen

    Good Story I had read the earlier books some time ago and took this one for something different. It was a good read and in a Mulder and Scully way the story works well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chanda Curry

    Yes Witches, spells and changelings,cause As they say there’s no such thing as werewolves! Sad that Grandmere is no longer but loved this spooky story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clyde

    Good series, but some grammatical errors in this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jac Nielson

    So good:) love this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Charles Dillon

    What a rush! It's hard to believe that the series has come this far, but thankfully there's still at least one more to go.If you haven't already read any of these, you really gotta. What a rush! It's hard to believe that the series has come this far, but thankfully there's still at least one more to go.If you haven't already read any of these, you really gotta.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Armstrong

  25. 5 out of 5

    lisa engel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carla Eacret

  27. 4 out of 5

    henry h. lenz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rochet Barnett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela Blackwell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary n. escarcega

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