Happy Friday, SEers! It’s Mae again, second time this week, and today I get to trot out a favorite book cover. I always have a hard time with this because there are sooooo many good covers. It was agonizing trying to choose just one, but I finally decided on Old Bones (Nora Kelly Book 1).
Preston & Child are my favorite writing team, (Special agent Pendergast anyone?) and they’re gearing up to start a brand new series.
Museum curator, Nora Kelly, has appeared in several of the Pendergast novels, and now has a chance to shine on her own. I think the book cover is spectacular.
The half-buried skulls set a sinister vibe. With a single glance I know whatever Nora becomes involved in is sure to be dangerous. Turns out that danger comes in the form of an expedition to find the “lost camp” of the Donner Party. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
Add the landscape on the cover which conveys a harsh, rugged terrain, plus the red lettering—with an aged texture on the title—and I’m enamored. Best of all, A. X. L. Pendergast pops in for an appearance, along with another reoccurring character I love, Corrie Swanson.
If you’re interested in exploring this book further, I’ve included the blurb below along with pre-order link. Old Bones releases on August 20th.
#1 bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in a thrilling blend of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called “Lost Camp” of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism.
Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it-to reveal its long-buried secrets.
Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case…only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.
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What do you think, SEers? I think the cover is a perfect complement for the blurb. Do you agree? Would this book entice you? Sound off below and tell me what you think.