One Saturday morning, Raleigh Holmes and Lennon Johnson hear plaintive wails coming from nearby woods while they're on a fishing trip. Raleigh discounts the sounds; Lennon is worried that a baby is crying. Lennon sneaks off and searches, but instead of finding an abandoned baby he discovers skulls and mounds of bones in a secret, hidden graveyard deep in the woods. Raleigh joins Lennon in his quest to help an innocent; and the teens soon discover there is no baby in the woods -- the heartbreaking moans come from a dog that has been tortured, thrown into the river, and left for dead. Tantalizing clues lead the twosome on a search that uncovers the identity and motives of the evil person who is burying defenseless, unwanted puppies in a boneyard on the banks of the river.
Let the Bones Talk is an exciting YA book with twists and turns that lead to chilling confrontation between teen detective Raleigh Holmes and a vicious sociopath intent on his own personal vendetta. The story opens when Raleigh and her young friend Lennon hear mysterious crying in the woodland. They set out to solve the mystery. The tension escalates when skull bones are discovered. They stumble upon an animal graveyard. One clue leads to another in this adventure pitting Raleigh and Lennon against an evil that few teens are equipped to confront or handle.
Let the Bones Talk is intricately and solidly plotted and filled with Raleigh's usual witty observations on life and the usual teen minefields of her quest for friends, fun, and popularity. Though Raleigh seems to have matured since the author first penned work in the Holmes Mystery series, she still stumbles at times, which makes her adventures with Lennon more compelling. Both Raleigh and Lennon are irresistible characters. I'm looking forward to Raleigh and Lennon's next adventure.