A Day for Bones


A catastrophic flood scatters a human skeleton along Main street. As Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller investigates, the dark secrets of a successful family emerge, until someone lurking in the shadows resorts to murder to keep them hidden.

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Bones litter the street…

A catastrophic flood in Ellicott City leaves more than damaged buildings in its wake: a human skeleton now lies scattered along Main Street. Did a colonial settler wash out of his grave? Or is it murder? As Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller and his team investigate, the descendants of James Ferring, a local business icon from a bygone era, become the focus, and Peller is sure they’re hiding something.

There are clues aplenty. The gun shop owned by Chuck Ferring is a magnet for vandals and thieves. Art Ferring’s horse was gunned down by an unknown assailant. And the Colonial Bakery, the jewel in the Ferring crown, is the only possible source of the bones. The family has explanations for everything, until a double murder threatens to unravel their secrets. And now, someone lurking in the shadows will stop at nothing to prevent Peller from uncovering the truth.

A thrilling crime drama, A Day for Bones is the fourth novel in Dale E. Lehman’s Howard County Mysteries.

“…stellar… Admirers of intelligent crime fiction will be eager for a sequel.” ~Publishers Weekly

The BookLife PrizeThe BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly scores A Day for Bones 9.25 out of 10 and says: “Lehman has created a rich, complex setting populated with well-defined and varied characters. This is a wholly original and very enjoyable read.” Read their full review here.


Author Shout 2024 Recommended Read award


Winner of the 2024 Author Shout Recommended Read award.

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