The Bone Whisperer

The Adventures of George and Flanagan Book 2

Young Adult - Mystery
170 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2016
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Reviewed by Elise Towner for Readers' Favorite

The Bone Whisperer by DS Allen is a book I would recommend to preteens and young adults. Who doesn't like a murder mystery, buried treasure, and a paranormal experience? The story brought back childhood memories for me of campfires, burnt marshmallows, and the infamous “ghost stories” from summer camp. The plot is fast paced and intriguing. I especially enjoyed how the author discussed social issues involving the destruction of natural habitats, dealing with bullies, and standing up for what’s right despite opposition and consequences of such actions.

Make room Harry Potter for the adventures of George and Flanagan. The Bone Whisperer is book two in the series and definitely caught my eye as the type of mystery novel I would enjoy, and I was not disappointed. The story continues as more information is revealed about the hidden treasure in the Quarry, and George and Tam confront one another. Ivor and Ginger were cynical neighborhood bullies that George would never get rid of any time soon. Tender moments between George, Katie, and Dougie were very endearing as friends defending each other through thick and thin, especially after getting in trouble with the police.

This book was a real feel-good adventure. Although the sarcophagus seemed a bit out of place, the story was interesting, nonetheless. The author does an amazing job of describing the underground tunnels, the orb, and the mummified remains underneath RedHall Manor. If you enjoy watching movies like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, you will definitely enjoy reading The Bone Whisperer. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Jack Magnus

The Bone Whisperer: The Adventures of George and Flanagan, Book 2 is a mystery novel for young adults and preteens written by D.S. Allen. George just suffered through the longest four weeks ever as he waited for Katie to finally finish being grounded by her parents and Dougie to get motivated about their adventure again. Now, however, they were all assembled and ready to enter the quarry and find the pirate's treasure. Each of them had grand plans for the riches they would discover, but those dreams were abruptly shattered. First by the new metal gate barring access to the grounds, and second by the earth-moving machines that came trundling along the path. One driver got out and delivered the bad news. Tam McMaster, a local businessman, had bought the council land surrounding the quarry and would be turning it into a housing estate. They were trespassing and were ordered to leave. The three of them were horrified by the news. They couldn't help but think of all the wildlife that lived there and wonder how those animals could possibly survive. Finding the treasure now became an imperative. They'd use those riches to buy the rights to the land and preserve it.

D.S. Allen's mystery novel for young adults and preteens, The Bone Whisperer, is filled with action, adventure, and the camaraderie of good friends. This fast-paced tale will delight adventure lovers of all ages as the three treasure hunters brave parental censure, greedy businessmen, and a rather terrifying network of underground tunnels to find their treasure and save the land from development. Along the way, George comes to understand a bit more about his gift, which seems to have been passed on by his mom and Nan, who both read tea leaves. While this is the second book in Allen's series, the author gives enough background information for this novel to be read as a stand-alone. That said, I would strongly recommend reading the first book, The Headmaster's Cave, before The Bone Whisperer. They're both marvelous reads, and you won't want to miss out on that first book. The Bone Whisperer: The Adventures of George and Flanagan, Book 2 is most highly recommended.

Patricia Day

George, along with dog, Flanagan, and friends, Katie and Dougie, work feverishly to solve the mystery of The White Lady, a ghostly apparition that invades George’s mind and is reported to haunt Redhall Manor. They also hold a map that claims Redhall Manor hides treasure that has been hidden away and forgotten. Unfortunately for George, the manor and The White Lady cause him to suffer nightmares; visions that he thinks are in the past. He just can’t be sure what is being revealed to him, or why. As the story develops and the children confront rich land-owner Tam McMaster, demanding he stop the proposed development of a local natural habitat, they discover that he is more dangerous than they could imagine. He wants to pursue his plans, and he also demands they stay away from his house, Redhall Manor. But children are children, and their sense of adventure overcomes their fear of mighty Tam McMaster. They set about solving the local mysteries while also trying to save the land from being turned into residential property.

The Bone Whisperer (The Adventures of George and Flanagan, Book 2) written by D.S. Allen will keep the reader’s attention right to the end of the story. There are twists and turns; demands and refusals; surprises and betrayals – all revealed in timely fashion. It took a while for me to get into the heads of these young folk, but once I did, I found this a mystery worth pursuing. The story is nicely woven together with interesting characters. It was pleasant to read a book for young people that had no vulgarity of any kind. Well done to the author, D.S. Allen. I would recommend this book for all lovers of mystery. An exciting and good read for all.