I absolutely loved this book! I finally figured out what I didn't like about previous books in this series...they are too foreign! They take place in Canada with too many French names and places. I find it very distracting to stop and figure out what the hell is being said only to realize they mean the police department or the M.E.'s office. Damn why can't they just say that. Oh hell, rant over.
This one takes place in North Carolina with good ole country boys and girls. These police are actually funny with great personalities unlike their Canadian counterparts who have no sense of humor at all. They are dry as dirt which makes for boring reading.
Tempe even gets lucky in this one. I love Andrew Ryan, he is just perfect for her. And although he is Canadian, he is very quick-witted and hilarious especially at inopportune moments. Of course, we have a convoluted story with people apparently unknown to each other springing up left and right, along with all the bones. Somehow Kathy Reichs mixes in rednecks, African Americans, bears, exotic endangered birds, cocaine, Chinese herbs, bones and Fish and Wildlife Service agents and comes out with a fabulous tale that keeps you glued to the pages racing to the conclusion.
I think I'll stick to the books centered in the US in the future so I can enjoy more of Tempe's adventures, hopefully with Ryan.
Kathy Reichs' books-on-tape are perfect to listen to during the commute back and forth to work! Bare Bones is one of my favorites! All of her colorful characters are there and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep the listener engaged. This deals with the illegal trafficing in exotic animals. Loved it!