Light on Bone
A Georgia O'Keeffe Mystery
"Step aside Miss Marple, Eugenia Potter, and Kinsey Millhone - Georgia O’Keeffe is the new sleuth in town! Kathryn Lasky brings the rich imagination of her YA and Juvenile books to Light On Bone, a stunning, suspenseful adult mystery. Vivid prose brushstrokes bring the legendary artist, the Southwest landscape she loved, and a complicated plot with historical and imagined characters to life."
- Katherine Hall Page, author of the award-winning Faith Fairchild series.
Kathryn Lasky has written an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O’Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public affair, was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, and then traveled to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico to paint. O’Keefe was approaching the peak of her fame and success, having just sold a painting for a record price.
The narrative begins when she discovers the slain body of a priest in the desert. The plot includes several other murders, Georgia’s burgeoning romance with the local sheriff, an international espionage plot involving Charles Lindbergh (who is staying at the ranch with his wife Anne), and lots of intricate twists and turns leading to a thoroughly unforeseen denouement.
The strength of this story is how Lasky’s elegant writing captures the emotional depth of this artist’s turmoil and so stunningly reveals O’Keeffe’s perception of the landscape that moves her to paint. It is not simply a who-dunnit mystery, but much more: It is a narrative of healing and resurrection of spirit.
"Kathryn Lasky draws Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico with her own skillful hand. The deftest of efforts, Light on Bone gives us a murder mystery as seen through the mind of a mid-century artist free enough from convention to catch what others miss. I couldn’t put it down."
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
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About the Author
Kathryn Lasky is the award-winning author of many children’s books as well as several adult novels including Night Gardening and the Calista Jacobs mystery series. Her bestselling series The Guardians of Ga’Hoole was made into a Warner Brothers movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole directed by Zack Snyder. She is the recipient of a Newbery Honor award and twice winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and has received recognition from Amnesty International for her novel The Extra. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages worldwide.