Item description for Bone Flour (Mysteries & Horror) (Mysteries & Horror) by Susan K. Funk...
After a late-night fire in the historic mill district of Minneapolis, architect Emma Randolph unearths a human skeleton in the abandoned, century-old grain elevator built by her great grandfather. Emma has her suspicions about the fire and isn't afraid to voice them. But the identity of the mystery corpse soon becomes her real obsession. Emma's investigation takes her back to the golden age of the flour barons and the violent labor unrest of the Depression years...and from the splendid mansions on an exclusive city lake to a rustic cabin in the remote northern woods. It also threatens to expose dark secrets long buried in her family's past and may cost Emma her life!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN 1931646317 ISBN13 9781931646314
Reviews - What do customers think about Bone Flour (Mysteries & Horror) (Mysteries & Horror)?
A great mystery! May 29, 2007
What a page turner! I couldn't wait to see what clue our intrepid heroine would uncover next!! Ms. Funk has done an outstanding job of bringing Emma and her world to life in the pages of Bone Flour. I could just see Emma zipping around Minneapolis and Ely in her Subaru wagon while taking on her evil cousin Charlie and the secret hidden in the old Randolph Flour Mill. A great read - buy it!!
Old buildings, greed and murder Jan 1, 2004
Everybody in the publishing business knows about really small presses and self-published novels. Right? They're poorly written, badly edited and not worth the time or the money. Here's a novel that proves the exception to the rule. Bone Flour is proof that the source of the book may have nothing whatever to do with the quality of the work. That's especially true if the author, typically in control of every step in the process, works carefully and avoids compromising quality at any step.
Bone Flour is a handsome volume with a nice cover, good design and excellent production. What's more it's a fascinating story with strong roots in Minnesota's historic milling industry. A modern mystery, the novel taps into the current wave of historic preservation, Funk has done her homework carefully, from the cover illustration to the facts of the matter. The conflicts are real and the family connections are excellently drawn, so one never loses sight of possible motives. There are lots of those. The characters are individuals with distinct voices. The pace and quality of the writing never flags.
The essence of the story is this: Emma Randolph, Minneapolis architect and relative of the powerful Randolph milling family, is embroiled in a fight with the city over the preservation of the centuries old Randolph grain elevator and mill, located in the old milling district on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The disagreement is a common one, the preservationists Emma represents want the widest possible latitude-and the money-to accomplish their aims. The Randolph family and city officials, including Emma's former lover, want something far less ambitious. Indeed, they'd prefer to tear down the place altogether. A late night fire of mysterious origins may scuttle the preservation plans.
Was the fire a failed effort to circumvent the preservation group? Why is a small front end loader digging around at the back of the place? And why are some older members of the Randolph family worried about the project whichever way it goes? Against a background of civic corruption, dancing family skeletons, and emotional upheaval for Emma and her father, Emma perseveres to reach surprising and logical solutions. This is an excellent read and one hopes to see more mystery fiction from author Susan Funk.