Bone Deep is the third in the Peggy Henderson Archaeology Adventure Series. If you haven’t read the previous two–Reading the Bones, and Broken Bones–no worries as each story is able to stand on its own. If you have read one of the previous books, then you will not be surprised to find that Peggy, the main protagonist, is still her usual spunky, fearless and characteristically flawed self.
Peggy’s passion for archaeology is taken in a completely new direction in this story after a fieldtrip to the maritime museum where she learns about the Pacific fur trade, sunken ships and underwater archaeology. When the museum guide announces that the first thing an underwater archaeologist needs to know is how to scuba dive, Peggy decides that’s just what she’ll learn. But Peggy doesn’t like to take chances when it comes to getting what she wants and a few little lies here and there are acceptable if it ensures she gets those diving lessons and wins her a place on a research trip with a bunch of underwater archaeologists searching for an important long lost ship.
Keep in mind that Bone Deep is not just Peggy’s story. It also tells about the good and noble Captain Whittaker who does his best to steer his ship and crew around the many dangers of the 17th century fur trade. This includes how to relate and negotiate with the First Nations people they encounter.
Bone Deep is published by Dundurn.
Gina McMurchy-Barber lives in Surrey, BC