Bones Under the Ice

Oceanview. (Jhonni Laurent, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781608095377. $27.95. M
DEBUT The first woman sheriff of the small farming community of Fields Crossing, IN, never expected to be looking down at a corpse in a snow pile in the dead of winter. Sheriff Jhonni Laurent has been summoned to the scene after two boys find the hand of a dead girl peeking out of snow in a park. The timing of the murder could not be worse. Laurent is running for re-election, and some unsavory townsfolk have scores to settle. But the investigation continues even as the sheriff faces mounting pressure from residents and the local newspaper to solve the case. Tensions mount when a second murder victim is found. The community now demands answers from a stressed sheriff who has a few secrets of her own. Are the two murders connected? And what long-hidden secrets do they threaten to reveal?
VERDICT A new series perfect for fans of J.A. Jance and Craig Johnson or anyone who likes small-town settings, small-town secrets, and lots of characters.
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