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Thirty-One Bones

by Morgan Cry

Crime / Mystery Humour (fiction) Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Thirty-One Bones

A thoroughly entertaining, fast-moving and smirky crime caper. When Daniella arrives in Spain for her estranged mother’s funeral, she finds herself in the middle of a property scam, things soon get rather… complicated. The storyline has the feel of an old black and white crime comedy film, but this is bang up to date and in spectacular colour. The chapter titles act as a heads up and several times Morgan Cry tells you what is to come, which just ratchets up the tension. Words jabbed at my awareness, the characters are larger than life, and even when being vile, have the potential to be somewhat loveable. The police transcripts that are scattered through the book are extremely diverting and left me smiling. I read this in one sitting, and the ending arrived with a blast. I would describe Thirty-One Bones as a crime-laden romp, it is pure escapism, and I enjoyed it so much, I’ve included it as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month.


Liz Robinson

Thirty-One Bones Synopsis

When Effie Coulston drops dead on the floor of her bar in a small Spanish town mid-business meeting, her daughter Daniella feels it's her duty to return for the funeral. But Daniella has been estranged from her mother for over twenty years, and Effie's life in Spain harbours many secrets. Daniella is soon confronted by a hostile group of ex-pat misfits who frequent the bar and who, along with Effie, are involved in a multi-million-pound property scam. But the money has vanished, and the ex-pats are threatening to implicate Daniella to save themselves.

Meanwhile, a Spanish detective is investigating Effie's death. He's convinced Daniella knows more than she is telling. And now a terrifying enforcer has heard about the missing cash. With no idea where the money is and threats coming from all sides, Daniella is up against a seemingly impossible deadline to find the cash. She's a stranger in a strange town - and she's seriously out of her depth.

Thirty-One Bones Press Reviews

'Pacy, pulsating, and unputdownable' - Denzil Meyrick

'Fast, furious, and infinitely entertaining' -- Lin Anderson -

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ISBN: 9781846975394
Publication date: 02/07/2020
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846975394
Publication date: 2nd July 2020
Author: Morgan Cry
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Humour, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Morgan Cry

Here, Gordon Brown is writing as Morgan Cry. Gordon has written six crime thrillers to date, along with a number of short stories. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, is a DJ on local radio ( and runs a strategic planning consultancy.

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