Thirty-One Bones by Morgan Cry

Today I pass the blog baton back to Mandie who has a review of Thirty-One Bones by Morgan Cry, as part of the blog tour. Our thanks to publisher Polygon and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for including us on the tour. Here’s what the book is all about:

Source: Advance Reader Copy

About the Book

When Effie Coulston drops dead on the floor of her bar in a small Spanish town mid-business meeting, her daughter Daniella feels it’s her duty to return for the funeral. But Daniella has been estranged from her mother for over twenty years, and Effie’s life in Spain harbours many secrets . Daniella is soon confronted by a hostile group of ex-pat misfits who frequent the bar and who, along with Effie, are involved in a multi-million-pound property scam. But the money has vanished, and the ex-pats are threatening to implicate Daniella to save themselves.

Meanwhile, a Spanish detective is investigating Effie’s death. He’s convinced Daniella knows more than she is telling. And now a terrifying enforcer has heard about the missing cash. With no idea where the money is and threats coming from all sides, Daniella is up against a seemingly impossible deadline to find the cash. She’s a stranger in a strange town – and she’s seriously out of her depth.

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Mandie’s Thoughts

Daniella Coulston has travelled to Spain to bury her mother Effie who has died unexpectedly. They didn’t have a very close relationship, so she had no idea what she was walking into or why everyone was so hostile to her. When she discovers that Effie was up to her neck in a property scam and that a group of expats were looking to her to find the missing money, she is drawn into a situation that she is not prepared for.

I really loved this book and found that once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The Ex-pats really where a motley crew of people that felt that the property scam was their last chance to make something of their lives so much so that they had totally relied of Effie to make sure that this happened. Daniella inherited both the bar with all its troubles and the very strange group of people that her mother had somehow seemed to convince that she was the answer to their problems. I have to say that none of the characters were particularly likable as they were all out for themselves and each one used their own underhand ways to try to get Daniella to hand over the money they were convinced she had access to, in fact one was not adverse to using the threat of violence against her with the aid of a local thug for hire. Whilst Daniella tried to work out who she could and couldn’t trust you can sense the desperation in all of them. Whilst they admit what they are doing is wrong, they just can’t see any other way. As each one tried their best to convince or blackmail Daniella into helping them you learn why they are there and what Effie had done for them in the past and promised them for the future.

Daniella was a little bit naïve and most certainly out of her depth. I did have to wonder why she didn’t just approach the police and tell them everything she knew about the group rather than joining forces with them, but it was after she grudgingly agreed to help that she somehow discovered her backbone and I began to like the inner feistiness that she displayed. It was also at this point that the book seemed to pick up pace and I found myself racing through it, desperate to know if they would find the money and what would happen to the group. We all occasionally wonder if we can find a better life in the sun, that life will be easier, and dreams will come true, even Daniella contemplated staying and taking on the bar but sometimes the fairy-tale turns into a nightmare as 31 Bones shows (although I do hope as an extreme).

This is the first book by Gordon Brown writing as Morgan Cry and even though I will admit I have not read any of his other work I am betting that it wont be the last one I pick up.

About the Author

Here, Gordon Brown is writing as Morgan Cry. Gordon has written six crime thrillers to date, along with a number of short stories. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, is a DJ on local radio ( and runs a strategic planning consultancy. In a former life Gordon delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange, and compered the main stage at a two-day music festival. He lives in Scotland and is married with two children.

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