A Baby’s Bones by Rebecca Alexander – Review.

About The Book

Archaeologist Sage Westfield has been called in to excavate a sixteenth-century well, and expects to find little more than soil and the odd piece of pottery. But the disturbing discovery of the bones of a woman and newborn baby make it clear that she has stumbled onto an historical crime scene, one that is interwoven with an unsettling local legend of witchcraft and unrequited love. Yet there is more to the case than a four-hundred-year-old mystery. The owners of a nearby cottage are convinced that it is haunted, and the local vicar is being plagued with abusive phone calls. Then a tragic death makes it all too clear that a modern murderer is at work…

About The Book

A Baby’s Bones is a combination of my two favourite genres, crime and historical, it is the first I’ve read where archaeology features. The lead character, Sage Westfield is extremely likeable and I liked the way the author showed her faults as well as her strong points. She has a difficult relationship with the father of her unborn child, a character I detested immediately. 

Whilst much of the novel takes place in modern times there are also accounts from the past which show the events that led up to the bodies being placed in the well. These show the resentment, jealousy and fear associated with religious faith and unreciprocated love. Much of these were unsettling but they felt realistic, especially when you are aware that this was an unsettling time in English history under Tudor rule. 

But my favourite part of the novel was Sage’s story. Her attempts to distance herself from her baby’s father, her budding  romance with the local vicar and especially with the way she handled the discovery of the bones, the new murder and the family who owned the land that they were working on who were already having to deal with tragedy. 

Possibly slightly overlong, this is however a very interesting well written novel.

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