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Seven Bones

Two Wives, Two Violent Murders, A Fight For Justice

(26 customer reviews)
Authors: Peter Seymour, Jason K. Foster
True Crime
153mm x 234mm

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‘We have a dead second wife and a missing first wife…we’ve got a huge problem here.’ Detective Peter Seymour

Seven Bones is the story of one of the more bizarre murder investigations in Australia’s history. Two wives die in suspicious circumstances: co-incidence or, as husband Thomas Keir describes it, ‘bad luck’?

Three years after Thomas Keir alleged his first wife Jean deserted him and her young son for another man, his second wife Rosalina, Jean’s cousin, lay scorched and strangled on her bed. Arriving on the scene, Detective Peter Seymour realised he was either dealing with the world’s unluckiest husband, or a serial wife killer.

While Keir was remarkably found ‘not guilty’ of Rosalina’s murder, despite a clear-cut case, her death unlocked the mystery of Jean’s disappearance. A subsequent police investigation lead to the discovery of seven small fragments of Jean’s bones – fingers, knuckles and toes – buried deep under the same house in which Rosalina died.

Keir’s ‘grieving husband’ act was suddenly in question. The investigation revealed Thomas Kier was a man so jealous he hated even his own baby son touching his wife, Jean. A man so possessive he threatened he would cut her up and feed her to the dogs if she ever left him. A man who thought he could commit the perfect crime and publicly taunted the police through the media.

Written through the eyes of Detective Peter Seymour, Seven Bones follows his relentless pursuit of justice and his own family sacrifices, through the drama of the police investigation into Jean’s death, and the three trials, convictions, and appeals that would take fifteen years to reach their final conclusion.

“This is a book that once I started reading, just could not put it down, the dedication of this Officer and the Homicide squad was amazing, it may have taken them years but they never give up to find justice for this beautiful young woman whose life was cut so cruelly from her. A Must Read thoroughly recommend this!”

Peter Seymour

Peter Seymour

Peter Seymour joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1980 as an eighteen-year-old and spent 24 years in Police, four years in Uniform, twelve years as a detective and eight years as a Police Prosecutor. He currently works at Blacktown City Council as the Team Leader for Community Enforcement. Peter played sport from an […]

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Jason K. Foster

Jason K. Foster

Jason Foster is an author, poet, journalist and History teacher at Jamison High School in Sydney’s western suburbs. He holds a Masters Degree in History and is currently studying a Diploma in Languages (Spanish). He has taught in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina. He has been published in American History magazines, Australian travel […]

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26 reviews for Seven Bones

  1. Awesome read great job and story.

  2. This is a book that once I started reading, just could not put it down, the dedication of this Officer and the Homicide squad was amazing, it may have taken them years but they never give up to find justice for this beautiful young woman whose life was cut so cruelly from her. A Must Read thoroughly recommend this!

  3. Fantastic book, a must to read. Its definitively a very gripping and comprehensive account of a western Sydney murder investigation. Highly anticipating a movie version….

  4. LOVED THIS BOOK!!! So glad my daughter bought it home for me to read.

  5. An historical chronicle which highlights the frustrations of policing and the legal system of that era and its effects on dedicated police officers and the victims of crime.Particularly interesting to me as a was teaching in that area at that time.

  6. Great read couldn’t put it down, Great job well done to Jason and Peter, looking forward to reading future books from you both!!

  7. Australian Detective Peter Seymour’s dedication and determination and what his gut feelings were telling him to solve this Historical Australian True Crime story is amazing. This story was recommended to me by a friend and I started to read it and got so engrossed and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention SS. Peter thank you for sharing this story with us and for never giving up !! You are a special person!! I read this true crime on my Kindle and was thrilled that pictures were shown of Jean and Rosaline and the 7 bones were shone also. A bit creepy when one is looking at real evidence compared to reading a fiction crime with no pictures, just your imagination. My heart goes out to the parents and Jeans son, all the relatives and friends of these 2 woman. Absolutely a heart breaking tragedy. Thanks and kudos to Peter Seymour and his family for the years it took with all the interruptions of not being able to spend quality time as a family during the long hours and time it took to get Tom Keir put away. II must also say that I love reading new/indie Australian authors and love each and every Australianism word you use. I have 3 Aussie slang sites in my favorites so I can quickly check out each and every Australian word that I am not familiar with. It has brought a whole new wonderful reading experience to me. So please don’t substitute your idioms :>)

  8. This book details the literally years long and very dogged fight by one detective (and his considerable team) to bring a double wife murderer to justice. They win in the end but, boy, is it a long slog. I am gobsmacked that this man was acquitted of the murder of his second wife – a more perfect circumstantial case I could not imagine and I have no idea what the jury was possibly thinking. This book could do with better editing for cliched writing style but the story is so absorbing that you stop noticing. I’ve never read a book that more realistically portrays the way that Australian blokes talk to each other and if you were a linguist studying Australian vernacular, then this is the book for you. This book leaves you glad that there are police officers like Peter Seymour out there. Truly focussed on justice, endlessly sympathetic to the family of the victims, despite considerable personal cost Peter Seymour and his team worked tenaciously to find the evidence to convict Thomas Keir of the murder of his wife Jean, even if they could not convict him of the murder of his wife Rosalina (unbelievable!). An extraordinary story that makes it clear the ends the police will go to get their man despite the many impediments thrown in their way.

  9. Fantastic book, a must to read. Its definitively a very comprehensive account of the determination of one very compassionate man/police officer to get justice for not only for the victim’s family but for the community at large. Would really love to see a movie/television mini series……. Thank you Peter & Jason.

  10. I really enjoyed this and I’m pleased to see justice was FINALLY done. It was a long journey (16 years) before poor Jean could find peace. I was sad about him getting away with murdering Rosalina, though. That’s not right. I just looked for updates on Google and see they’ve abolished double jeopardy there the same as we have so there’s still hope for her. This is set in Australia in the late 80’s, early 90’s. A husband taken to court and prosecuted for the murder of his wife. His previous wife had disappeared 3 years before. Very sad and in places had me sobbing. It’s told by the main detective in charge of bringing their husband in and gathering all the evidence to do so. I liked that the prison informants stuck to their words and gave evidence too. They may not have got him banged to rights if not for them. He did use the odd repeated phrase a little too often such as “no dramas” and “leave their brains at home” and there were some apostrophe mistakes and the odd lost speechmarks and words missed but overall it was very good. That was a lovely photo of Jean and her son included in the photos too. So sad she never saw him grow up. I read he has kids now she never got to meet too.

  11. Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars This novel was beautifully written, was clear and consice. The facts were written so the reader could understand them without needing a dictionary and that is a nice change from other true crime novels. This tale is haunting and shocking, and i’m glad that Tom was finally caught and charged for his crimes. This seems more thrilling because it is an Australian tale, and being an Australian, it always hits closer to home when you know the place in which things as this take place. A fantastic tale of courage and perseverance.(less)

  12. Interesting, the murders happened not far from where I grew up. The book is written in the voice of the investigating detective which actually is a plus as you can tell he is a very genuine person. The subject is about a man who murdered both his wives, got off and then was pursued for 10 years until the truth was revealed. Shows you how hard it is to prove the obvious in front of a jury and how easy it is to get away with a crime.

  13. Seven Bones was a really intriguing book. I just didn’t want to put it down. It was very well written and very easy to read.

  14. This is a great true crime novel told by the detective that spent years on the case. This novel was different for me because it is about the victims and their lives instead of about the killer. That made it a more special kind of true crime to me and I will remember it for a long time

  15. it’s a great book keeps you wanting more and more to read !!! I love this book ! it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what s nexts

  16. Seven Bones was a great read, I couldn’t put it down! I loved the down to earth way this book re-tells the tale and I think this would be as a series or a documentary style movie from the viewpoint of the Detective and the trials and tribilutions having to be faced.

  17. Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down and I read it from cover to cover in about 4 hours!! I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation and couldn’t wait to find out what happened! Highly recommend..

  18. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when both my wives end up deceased.” – Seven Bones, Two Wives Two Violent Murders, a fight for justice Australian Thomas Andrew Keir was acquitted of murdering his second wife, and his conviction for killing his first wife was twice overturned. This is a case I’ve followed over the years, even to the extent of reading court transcripts, so I was more than a little interested in reading this book, especially as it’s told from the viewpoint of one of the detectives involved in the case, Peter Seymour. The prologue wasn’t quite as strong as it could have been. For example, I find it hard to imagine a psychopath like Keir thinking “dammit” when the phone goes in the middle of burying his wife. However, the rest of the book made for compelling reading and gave invaluable insight into an intriguing case. If it weren’t for the perseverance of a dedicated police officer, Keir would have got away with not just one but two murders. The book also has a wonderful Aussie flavour. Blokes and mates abound.

  19. I just finished reading your amazing book Seven Bones and I had to write to you and tell you that it was the best true crime novel I’ve ever read. You are such a good man to push on the way you did, and that family is so lucky to have had you on their side. You painted a picture of every little detail and I am honoured to have read it. Your book will be passed through out family and I’m going to make sure my friends read it. Honestly, I am really inspired by your story, well, Jeans story, the way you spoke of her made her seem like she was still alive. You’ve brought justice for that family and you deserve to known for that.

  20. I found Seven Bones to be the best true crime novel (of many) I have read, This is an incredible story, told in a way that is riveting and jaw-dropping. Written with attention to detail, compassion, and the same determination for ‘warts and all’ truth which Peter Seymour demonstrated during his investigations – I felt for him as much as for Jean, Rosalind and their families. In particular I found the chronology of the storytelling to be outstanding; often in true crime stories the flow of facts is out of order and this can be confusing, but here the timeline is clear. As I am a “fan” of true crime, somewhat local to the area and the events were relatively event, I was surprised I did not know this story – I feel it should be notorious in the Australian annals! Hopefully this book informs more people so that lessons can be learned, and other people better protected. May the ladies rest in peace, with God.

  21. What an amazing page turner of a book!
    Couldn’t put it down! This needs to be released as an Aussie TV series or film.

  22. ABC Nightlife interview – Being A Detective

  23. Australian True Crime Podcast
    7 Bones – #184. Former Detective Peter Seymour and his team took a crushing not-guilty verdict and turned it into motivation to keep digging. They solved a cold case and uncovered a truly chilling story. Show notes for Episode 184: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb. With thanks to Peter Seymour.

  24. Such a thrilling book that kept me on the edge of my seat through every page! The way in which it has been written is brilliant and engaging. I felt as if I were apart of the journey!

  25. 5 Stars! Captivating read, great story and well compiled!
    Certainly recommend!

  26. Great detective work. Could not put the book down.

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