NEW ROYAL MYSTERIES 1: THE MEAN BONE
IN HER BODY
LAURA ELLEN SCOTT
THE MEAN BONE IN HER BODY is the first installment in The New Royal Mysteries Series, set in a college/prison town in Ohio where the local University has taken drastic steps to save the liberal arts from decline by marrying the town’s Higher Education and Corrections industries to offer a unique, hands on Crime Writing Program.The most disciplined and least liked professor in the fledgling program, Dr. Elizabeth Murgatroyd has been charged with the impossible duty of making sure that Jeaneane Lewis graduates. Lewis, a graduate research assistant with a fondness for emotional chaos and throw-back 1980s fashion, is among the program’s first admitted class, and in her second semester she just happens to discover a grisly crime scene right in the heart of New Royal--a frigid garden pond where the bodies of a murdered military widow and her two small children are being watched over by Daddy, a retired cadaver dog.
Lewis publishes an eerie, popular essay about the unsolved crime before succumbing to five-year stretch of writer’s block and drug addiction, prompting Murgatroyd to suspect that the Crime Writing Program’s most famous student knows more about the murders than she lets on. Then, on the eve of Lewis’s dismissal from the University, Murgatroyd has a one night stand with a man who claims to be New Royal’s elusive killer. He confesses to actions that directly contradict Lewis’s account, inspiring Murgatroyd to pursue her own illegal and unethical investigation into the grim twists and turns of Lewis’s past.