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Light on Bone
Light on Bone

Light on Bone


A Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery


190 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.95 (CA $26.95) (US $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781954907058

Rights: WOR

Woodhall Press (Sep 2022)


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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. More than a who-dunnit mystery, this 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


"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's vivid Light on Bone applies the extraordinary eye of Georgia O'Keeffe to overlapping mysteries in 1930s New Mexico. O'Keeffe's righteous vision does not flinch from the truth, and we follow her gaze in fascination through this masterfully woven story." —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and House on Fire

"Georgia O'Keeffe as an amateur sleuth? A daring idea that works like a charm for the highly talented Kathryn Lasky. What a wide range of characters, from the very good to the very bad, she brings to life in this wonderful novel! And the portrait of the artist is superb." —Peter Abrahams, author of several mystery series, including the Spencer Quinn series

Author Biography

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 best selling 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, as well as recognition from Amnesty International for her novel The Extra. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages worldwide. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.