The Bone Field (Dark Paradise Mystery #2) by Debra Bokur #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Bone Field

Author: Debra Bokur

Publisher:  Kensington Books

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Page Count:  320

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

A series of strange cold-case ritual murders leads Maui detective Kali Māhoe on a trail of legendary vengeful spirits and more human monsters in paradise.
Kali Māhoe, Hawaiian cultural expert and detective with the Maui Police Department, has been called to a bizarre crime scene. In the recesses of a deep trench on Lana’i Island, a derelict refrigerator has been unearthed. Entombed inside are the skeletal remains of someone buried decades ago. Identification is a challenge. The body is headless, the skull replaced with a chilling adornment: a large, ornately carved wooden pineapple.

The old field soon yields more long-buried secrets, and Kali is led along an increasingly winding path that brings to light an unlikely suspect, an illegal cock-fighting organization, and a strange symbol connected to a long-disbanded religious cult. Her task is to dispel the dark shadows lingering over the Palawai Basin plains, and to solve a puzzle that no one wants exposed by the bright, hot tropical light.

To discover the answer, Kali will be drawn deeper in the mysteries of the island’s ancient legends—stories that tell of an enraged rooster god and man-eating monsters. For Kali, a detective of sound logic and reason, it’s not easy to consider the unknown for explanations for what appears to be a series of illogical links in a twisting chain of deadly events. Or safe. Because the dormant pineapple fields of Lana’i have yet to give up their darkest and most terrifying secrets.

The Bone Field by Debra Bokur is the second book in the police procedural Dark Paradise Mystery series. While this mystery series has character development that carries over from book to book for those wanting to follow the entire series the cases involved are solved within so they could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.

The first book of the Dark Paradise Mystery series introduced readers to Detective Kali Māhoe who is a detective in Maui. Kali is also is also a kahu which is a spiritual leader in her Hawaiian community so her methods can be a bit out of the ordinary but Kali is always determined to close her cases and find her killer.

This time around Kali is called into a case when a refrigerator containing skeletal remains is unearthed in a deep trench on Lana’i Island. While the remains seem to be decades old the manor in which they were buried makes this a curious case and Kalie immediately dives into the investigation following the clues around the islands.

I have read both of the books in this series with the first draw for me being the setting of Hawaii. As someone who likes to virtually travel through my reading I couldn’t resist and found that the darker side of the islands was still just as engaging. This second book seems to get even better for me as a reader now that I’ve gotten to know the protagonist and surrounding characters. I’m really becoming a fan of Kali’s unique personality and style and tagging alone while she solves these darker crimes in paradise. After finishing this one I’d definitely be interested in more from this series.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Debra Bokur is an award-winning writer, journalist and poet whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and literary journals. She is a columnist and feature writer at Global Traveler Magazine, and the Global Researcher and Writer for the Association of Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). In 2015, she received a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism. She has served as a staff writer and editor at national publications including Fit Yoga, Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine. Her extensive world travels have taken her to Europe, the Middle East, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and on repeated trips to Iceland, which has become one of her favorite destinations. Much of her work has focused on world cultures and healing traditions, including multiple published pieces focused on the rich lore and healing practices of Hawai’i; work that formed the basis for her Dark Paradise Mysteries series. Bokur was a contributing author to Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), and is a recipient of the Frances Buck Sherman Award for Outstanding Woman Poet. For more than a decade, she was the poetry editor of Many Mountains Moving literary journal, and was commissioned to create original essays that appeared on the boxes of ten separate flavors of Celestial Seasonings Teas, including the company’s flagship flavor, Sleepytime. When not traveling, Bokur enjoys wildlife photography, art, and hiking; particularly along Maine’s wild coasts and through snow-drenched forests in the Colorado mountains.

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2 Comments on “The Bone Field (Dark Paradise Mystery #2) by Debra Bokur #bookreview #thriller

    • Haha that was my reaction to the first book and while it’s the dark crime side you still hear about the places on the islands.

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