Mighty Old Bones

Jane Thistle and Phoebe Twigg are as different as two best friends can be. Phoebe has never seen any reason to leave her small Southern hometown, while Jane, the urbane widow of a career military officer, has traveled all over, only recently putting down roots in Tullulah, Alabama.

At times, Tullulah can be a sleepy little town, but no one sleeps through the thunderstorm that knocks down a tree on Jane’s property and uncovers a pile of skeletal remains buried underneath. Jane has some archaeological experience, thanks to all her travels, and knows a few experts. She invites an old friend to come down to Tullulah to have a look and catch up on old times. When tests discount their best theories and point to a far more recent death, Jane and Phoebe find themselves in the midst of some strange happenings.

Mary Saums’s Mighty Old Bones, the second in this delightful series, rattles Alabama with two of the newest and unlikeliest sleuths throughout the southlands.


Praise for Mighty Old Bones

Praise for Thistle and Twigg

“Delightful…Saums ably weaves humor, suspense, and a dash of the supernatural in this winning twist on the Southern cozy.”
---Publishers Weekly

“The gutsy gals’ debut is full of paranormal twists and amusingly cozy characters.”
---Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying mystery… Phoebe and Jane, with their quite different personalities, make an interesting team in this series debut.”

Thistle and Twigg, the most entertaining and innovative series debut in many years, brims with intelligence, humor, and insightfulness.”
---Carolyn Hart, author of Set Sail for Murder

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Mary Saums

  • Mary Saums once worked as a recording engineer in Muscle Shoals on gold and platinum albums by Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Buffett, and many others. She is the author of four previous novels and several short stories, and her poetry has won a Tennessee Writers Alliance Award. Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Mary Saums Photo: Lee Saums


Available Formats and Book Details

Mighty Old Bones

Thistle & Twigg Mysteries

Mary Saums

  • e-Book



Minotaur Books