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Catalog Archive / Fall 2024

The Bones of Bascom Hall

A Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler Mystery

“A rewarding campus mystery bringing the turmoil of the Vietnam era into the present. With a winning blend of art history and Frank Lloyd Wright’s inventive body of work, and two engaging amateur sleuths, Draine and Hinden deliver an innovative plot and complex characters with signature flourish.”
—Lynn C. Miller, author of The Lost Archive

Death follows the art historian and antique dealer couple to Madison, Wisconsin, for their fifth murder mystery

Amateur sleuths Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler find themselves caught up in a labyrinth of speculation when they arrive at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for Nora’s faculty exchange. Campus police are baffled by the discovery of human remains in the attic of the university’s administration building. Nora connects the bones to the Vietnam-era bombing of Sterling Hall, but someone doesn’t want her probing the past. She’s side-swiped by a car while riding a bicycle and almost crushed in the art library’s motorized book stacks. Meanwhile, Toby is hot on the trail of lost architectural plans drafted by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Inspired by an event that traumatized Madison and shocked the nation, Draine and Hinden interweave fact and fiction to create an intricate novel sure to delight both mystery enthusiasts and UW alumni.


Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden. Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden are the coauthors of Murder in Lascaux, The Body in Bodega Bay, Death on a Starry Night, and The Dead of Achill Island, the first four mystery novels featuring Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler. They also coauthored the memoir A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France and translated The Walnut Cookbook by Jean-Luc Toussaint. They are professors emeriti of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.



“Literate and witty. The Bones of Bascom Hall is a classic mystery replete with twists, clever misdirection, fascinating riffs on arcane subjects (biological anthropology, quantum theory), and interesting tidbits on Frank Lloyd Wright. A charmer of a book.”
—Aaron Elkins, author of the Gideon Oliver mystery series



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Death on a Starry Night: cover art of a walled city on a hill with a painted, swirling, star-filled sky behind it.

Death on a Starry Night
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Bones of Bascom Hall: cover depicting Bascom Hall at night, a dark, cloudy sky looming above it. The image has a rainbow filter over it, but the ominous quality of the picture means that the color does not add any joviality to the cover.

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November 2024
224 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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Paperback $21.95
ISBN 9780299349745
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