The first case is that of a house fire where a badly burned corpse was found inside. The owners of the house are away on vacation and the identity of the corpse is unknown. After some investigating, Kate and Oliver find a diaper bag with baby supplies in it; but no baby to be found anywhere in the house. Also a credit card is found with a woman’s name on it. But without any other clues, the detectives are stuck in a dead end case without any ideas on who the perpetrator is and why they would set fire to the house.
When Kate and Oliver’s superior assigns them a new case and tells them to hand over the house fire case, Kate becomes very angry. The new case is that of a missing nineteen year old girl whose rich parents are worried about her whereabouts. Kate feels that the case isn’t worth her time, but when it starts relating to the house fire case, she becomes determined to solve the mystery.
There are numerous suspects and no one can be trusted. In the meantime, Kate suspects that the Homicide Unit is under investigation and she starts to mistrust her partner Oliver. Is Oliver really the family man he says he is, or is he secretly taking bribes from criminals?
Skin and Bone is the first novel that I’ve read by Kathryn Fox and I am immensely impressed! The mystery is tightly woven and there are plenty of red herrings to keep readers guessing until the exciting conclusion. Every page of this novel is suspenseful and filled with clues to put together to solve the case. The characters are strong and the dialogue is well written. This is a truly fantastic, superb mystery that will knock your socks off!