Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman (spotlight and excerpt)

It is my pleasure to spotlight a newly released book by one of my authors from The Wild Rose Press...


Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.


A blast rattles my jaw. I lurch backward with the force.
My father’s eyes widen in shock, his left hand shooting out to ward off the unseen danger.
“What was that?” This response is saying something, for the unflappable Dr. John Watson.
Another blast rings out; the laboratory door blows off its hinges and flies through the air, clattering against the opposite wall with a bang, narrowly missing the glass case of shrunken heads.
I pull out a handkerchief, plastering it across my nose. Black billows of smoke barrel out the doorframe to fill the hallway.
Footsteps echo behind us, and Father and I turn in tandem. My soon to-be-superior, Dr. Earnest, rounds the corner, his waddle changing to an ungainly lope as he spies the smoke. His bushy white eyebrows bug to life, shooting up and under the untidy flop of gray hair hanging over his forehead. “Arabella!” His face flushes as he growls. “Can she never act like a woman?”
“No, Alistair, she cannot. Which is precisely why she is here and not preparing for her coming-out party.” My father strides toward the laboratory. “What would you expect of a young woman raised by Sherlock Holmes?”


Author info:

brynn chapman has dissected cadavers, toured asylums, and collects 17th and 18th century tomes for her history obsession…erm research.  She is a therapist who deals with sensory processing disorder. Read about her current hypothesis of Sherlock Holmes’s sensory dyfunction.

Brynn visited the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, which in the 1700’s was the personal medical oddity collection of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter.  Over the years, it has been home to exhibits such as a 30 foot colon and Einstein’s brain.

You may find her online at these links

Twitter – 1 - @RRSmythe 


  1. thanks so much for hosting and your editing superpowers, elf. Is there a superhero with a red pen and a thesaurus?

    1. Lol. I see myself as more of a bookworm with a blue highlighter! Good luck on the release, I hope lots of readers fall in love with Arabella!