Audiobooks The Bone Jar (Detective Lew Kirby, #1)Author S.W. Kane – Mariahilff.de

Two Murders An Abandoned Asylum Will A Mysterious Former Patient Help Untangle The Dark Truth The Body Of An Elderly Woman Has Been Found In The Bowels Of A Derelict Asylum On The Banks Of The Thames As Detective Lew Kirby And His Partner Begin Their Investigation, Another Body Is Discovered In The River Nearby How Are The Two Murders Connected Before Long, The Secrets Of Blackwater Asylum Begin To Reveal Themselves There Are Rumours About Underground Bunkers And Secret Rooms, Unspeakable Psychological Experimentation, And A Dark Force That Haunts The Ruins, Trying To Pull Back In All Those Who Attempt To Escape Urban Explorer Connie Darke, Whose Sister Died In A Freak Accident At The Asylum, Is Determined To Help Lew Expose Its Grisly Past Meanwhile Lew Discovers A Devastating Family Secret That Threatens To Turn His Life Upside DownAs His World Crumbles Around Him, Lew Must Put The Pieces Of The Puzzle Together To Keep The Killer From Striking Again Only An Eccentric Former Patient Really Knows The Truth But Will He Reveal It To Lew Before It S Too Late


10 thoughts on “The Bone Jar (Detective Lew Kirby, #1)

  1. Christi M Christi M says:

    This book rocked I loved it As I write this review, I m already plotting how to put in my request to ensure Connie and Raymond both make it back to the next book in the series.The Bone Jar mystery begins when the security guard of an old, dilapidated asylum discovers an elderly lady dead in one of the rooms Soon DI Lew Kirby and his partner Pete Anderson are called to the scene to investigate What they discover is the building is due for construction with limited access so the question isn t This book rocked I loved it As I write this review, I m already plotting how to put in my request to ensure Connie and Raymond both make it back to the next book in the series.The Bone Jar mystery begins when the security guard of an old, dilapidated asylum discovers an elderly lady dead in one of the rooms Soon DI Lew Kirby and his partner Pete Anderson are called to the scene to investigate What they discover is the building is due for construction with limited access so the question isn t just who is the lady and why was she killed, but how did they get in.The story is primarily told from two POVs DI Kirby and Connie Darke DI Kirby is a bit unusual for detective novels these days in that he has a fairly normal life He has a new girlfriend and he gets along with his family He s also a competent detective who gets along decently well with his coworkers and during the investigative process finds himself having some rather interesting interviews Connie is someone we don t meet until several chapters in She has ties to the investigation and assists it effortlessly Every time she entered the scene I knew to read carefully because something was going to happen But as a reader I sincerely appreciated how she wasn t a character who did stupid things, such as getting herself into danger without calling the local DI on the case Nothingfrustrating than a character walking into a bad situation with their eyes wide open and doing nothing about it.The plotting and pacing of the unraveling of the mystery seemed spot on, which is what keeps me hooked in suspense novels Always moving forward steadily until we get to the thrill part where they catch the villain And unlike other books I ve read where the story feels over once the villain is caught, this one spent time giving the reader closure on several fronts to give a satisfying conclusion along with the hints of what may pop up in future books.As much as I enjoyed the book, I do have two issues I wanted to bring up 1 There is a splattering of curse words in the story They are not everywhere and you can go long sections without seeing them, but some of them felt unnecessary 2 There s an unanswered question in my mind about an alibi that was being looked into that I don t remember seeing the final result of However, it s also very possible that it was answered and I just missed it while reading.Overall, a terrific start to a new series.Rating 4.5 stars


  2. Andy Andy says:

    You know when you read the description of a book and you re stoked to get it started and then you re reading and reading and nothing really happens and then you get sad because the book is not living up to the expectations of the description of said book You know when that happens Well, that s basically what happened with The Bone Jar It s not a terrible book and there are some pretty cool things that happen in the book, but man, it did not live up to the description in my mind No biggie rea You know when you read the description of a book and you re stoked to get it started and then you re reading and reading and nothing really happens and then you get sad because the book is not living up to the expectations of the description of said book You know when that happens Well, that s basically what happened with The Bone Jar It s not a terrible book and there are some pretty cool things that happen in the book, but man, it did not live up to the description in my mind No biggie really, just one of those things It s all good


  3. Debbie DiFiore Debbie DiFiore says:

    Interesting It was a good book I got a little confused at the end though and still wonder what it meant but the rest of the book was really good I got a Little bored in the 55 to 65% range but it really was a twisted take and I really enjoyed it It starts with the murder of an elderly lady in the vacant asylum and a missing person and it s a tangled bunch of interactions that we wade through I didn t guess the bad guy It was a surprise And very well done I hope to read this author again Interesting It was a good book I got a little confused at the end though and still wonder what it meant but the rest of the book was really good I got a Little bored in the 55 to 65% range but it really was a twisted take and I really enjoyed it It starts with the murder of an elderly lady in the vacant asylum and a missing person and it s a tangled bunch of interactions that we wade through I didn t guess the bad guy It was a surprise And very well done I hope to read this author again Loved Kirby and Raymond They were interesting Set in England and some of the terminology was hard to understand but I made it through and am really glad I read this


  4. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Bone Jar, it was chilly and atmospheric, set mostly in and around an abandoned asylum.A body is found setting off an investigation that has its roots firmly in the past, the plotting is clever and intelligent, the writing addictively flowing.I liked the unpredictable nature of this, some engaging characters and a great descriptive sense of place..The backdrop is intriguing and speaks to a dark past.An entertaining, subtly disturbing read that I have no problem recommendi I thoroughly enjoyed The Bone Jar, it was chilly and atmospheric, set mostly in and around an abandoned asylum.A body is found setting off an investigation that has its roots firmly in the past, the plotting is clever and intelligent, the writing addictively flowing.I liked the unpredictable nature of this, some engaging characters and a great descriptive sense of place..The backdrop is intriguing and speaks to a dark past.An entertaining, subtly disturbing read that I have no problem recommending


  5. Jackie Cain Jackie Cain says:

    I feel bad saying this about the efforts of a new author but this book didn t impress me much PS there are some spoilers, not in detail but you might not want to read beyond the next para.Given the location of an abandoned Victorian asylum and the extraordinary weather a series of snow covered, icy weather in the middle of London s urban heat island, I found it oddly missing in atmosphere The first chill accosted me after the half way mark and, to be honest, if it hadn t been anFirst I feel bad saying this about the efforts of a new author but this book didn t impress me much PS there are some spoilers, not in detail but you might not want to read beyond the next para.Given the location of an abandoned Victorian asylum and the extraordinary weather a series of snow covered, icy weather in the middle of London s urban heat island, I found it oddly missing in atmosphere The first chill accosted me after the half way mark and, to be honest, if it hadn t been anFirst book, I am highly likely to have abandoned the book before I got to that first chill Some of the language was a bit cliched beat a hasty exit , anyone The police side of it seemed oddly unrealistic certainly I ve not come across two Detective Inspectors acting as partners before Our lead protagonist, DI Lew Kirby, does not like his police issue car a foible that irritated me very quickly He seemed to veer from a man in love with a new girlfriend who was introduced and wasted, despite her connection to the case to one likely to play the field There was some evidence of the book needing another good edit although I can find only one example Connie asks who Nurse Ratched was even though she d seen the film and remembered the character vividly There were some neat uses of language I particularly liked where a little girl, Poppy, a child interpreted the phrase I don t like any of you , referring to a group of people, as meaning the person doesn t like any of the child There were also some exciting scenes towards the end and the revealing of an amazing architectural feature I was happy that the author provided some notes and acknowledgements, which allowed me to learnabout some of the ideas in the book There were indeed some great ideas the bone jar, a rare genetic disease, cruelty in asylums, forced emigration to Australia, underwater rooms, urban exploration, to name a few but it struck me that there were too many ideas, none being given the room to exist nor to contribute to the story and the narrative as much as they could.Similarly, there are a lot of intertwining stories here It is good in general to get multiple strands and red herrings but in this case they confused me and were either resolved, or partly resolved like the story of The Creeper , in the last few chapters with a lot of telling or just got lost Connie s sister, anyone I think it is particularly difficult to manage multiple strands and maybe it would have been a good idea to hold back some of these ideas for another book In particular, the way the prologue interacted or didn t with the rest of the book left me feeling foolish and cheated.In general then, much as I wish the author well, I have to say I found the book rather confused and overfull of ideas


  6. Alfred Nobile Alfred Nobile says:

    What a great book this was So full of twists and turns keeps you second guessing yourself The premise is basically, the body of 85 year old woman turns up in the abandoned Blackwater Asylum What is her connection, if any, to the asylum Though it could be called a police procedural, I think it sa psychological thriller, as it focuses on secrets and connections to the asylum Thanks to the author , publishers and NetGalley for the ARC which I ve reviewed honestly.


  7. Richard Propes Richard Propes says:

    London based author S.W Kane makes her literary debut with the crime thriller The Bone Jar, a Thomas Mercer release due for publication on July 1st, 2020 that is listed as one ofs June First Read titles offering Prime members a first glimpse at up and coming titles The story centers around Blackwater Asylum, a former mental health asylum still sitting on prized property on the banks of the Thames River High powered developer Patrick Calder wants the Battersea stain to go and has London based author S.W Kane makes her literary debut with the crime thriller The Bone Jar, a Thomas Mercer release due for publication on July 1st, 2020 that is listed as one ofs June First Read titles offering Prime members a first glimpse at up and coming titles The story centers around Blackwater Asylum, a former mental health asylum still sitting on prized property on the banks of the Thames River High powered developer Patrick Calder wants the Battersea stain to go and has largely acquired the property with plans for a luxury development The only thing, or only one, in his way is the mysterious Raymond, a former patient whose release from the facility upon its closure sent him out into a world he wasn t equipped to deal with and back into the safety of one of the facility s now abandoned shelters where he squatted long enough to be named the small shelter s owner With Patrick Calder closing in and Raymond hunkering down, things begin to come to a head when the body of an elderly woman is found in Keats Ward, an isolated unit of the former asylum that had been a bit of a mystery even to those familiar with the place When another body is soon discovered in the river nearby, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves compounded by the relentless searching of urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister had died in a mysterious accident in the asylum, and Detective Lew Kirby, whose job it is to figure out this entirely too complicated mess of a mystery There s a phrase used in construction called good bones The Bone Jar has good bones, an intriguing concept of a story set in a compelling setting and with characters who seem worthy of further exploration Unfortunately, The Bone Jar never really fleshes out its story, visualizes the potential of its setting, or gives us characters with whom we become invested As The Bone Jar appears to be the first in an intended series of books centered around Detective Lew Kirby, the series itself has potential to develop into an intriguing mix of crime thrillers and police procedurals complete with Kirby, a bit of a flawed character with his own bit of baggage to deal with in life and a predictably stale love life Again, good bones While The Bone Jar is set in the London area, the story itself feels universal despite references to familiar landmarks that clearly set its locale The Bone Jar is most effective as a police procedural, the jigsaw puzzle of a mystery engagingly put together by Detective Kirby and a partner who is criminally under utilized While the mystery itself is rather light, as in I had the story pegged less than a quarter of the way through the novel, the journey to get there is involving and nicely constructed The Bone Jar is less effective as an actual crime thriller While asylum set mysteries and horrors are a dime a dozen these days, The Bone Jar never really immerses the reader inside the world of Blackwater Asylum and in the tensions lying underneath the seemingly above water deals and beneath the surface secrets and deceptions Multiple characters have their own secrets, a fact we know because the characters usually say it as an aside It s a weird approach that lessens the mystery and seems to not trust the reader to actually get it Feeling like the introduction to a world that it actually is, The Bone Jar is a decent enough read even if it falls short of being the incredibly engaging, dark, and mysterious crime thriller that you want it to be Yet, there s something promising here and given the marketing push the book is receiving it s likely that enough readers will become introduced to the world that many will go along for the ride and eagerly anticipate Kane s next Detective Kirby adventure Here s hoping that the next adventure further immerses us in its world and into the lives of characters who feel paper thin here and lacking in the valued relationships that would give themsubstantial meaning As noted, The Bone Jar is a Thomas Mercer release scheduled to arrive on July 1st


  8. Twobchelm Twobchelm says:

    I felt like I read forever and still couldn t connect all the characters.


  9. Barbara Barbara says:

    I picked The Bone Jar as my freeprime first reads choice for June and I enjoyed it a lot I appreciate crime fiction where I can clearly picture the places described and the eerie threatening presence of the old Victorian asylum at the heart of this novel felt very real and very well described In my student days, I had a friend in a dodgy part of London that was very close to a now closed and even then rather dilapidated Victorian hospital and this was the one I had in my mind whe I picked The Bone Jar as my freeprime first reads choice for June and I enjoyed it a lot I appreciate crime fiction where I can clearly picture the places described and the eerie threatening presence of the old Victorian asylum at the heart of this novel felt very real and very well described In my student days, I had a friend in a dodgy part of London that was very close to a now closed and even then rather dilapidated Victorian hospital and this was the one I had in my mind when I was reading.The choice of two protagonists a handsome policeman called Lew with a taste in old cars and good coffee and a so called Urbex or urban explorer called Connie who works in an architectural library or museum leaves a lot of scope for this story to develop into a longer series Investigating two deaths that seem to be linked but it s unclear why, gives Lew and Connie the chance to meet some colourful characters with plenty of dark secrets An altercation in an unpleasant pub called the Welcome Inn put Connie in contact with the father of one of the two dead whilst Lew is leered over by a onesie clad dipsomaniac and maneater whose mother is the other The book is full of interesting characters I particularly liked the ex patient squatting in the grounds of the asylum and getting in the way of potential developers and fascinating locations It reads as very real if you know what I mean There are plenty of sub plots that leave space to take the series further but you don t have to worry that you won t get the story done and dusted in the one volume That s a particular hate of mine so called series books that don t finish the story within the first book so you have to buy another.I m reminded of a bit of a combination of early Minette Waters and a dose of Nicci French s Frida Klein books with a strong London authenticity and an interesting plotline Recommended


  10. Page Turner Page Turner says:

    I enjoyed reading this book with all the suspense and mystery about an asylum long closed and the many secrets of the people who lived and worked there decades ago It was well written but there were so many characters that I found it hard to keep track of them All in all it was a good read.