Book Reviews of Carved in Bone (Body Farm, Bk 1)

Carved in Bone (Body Farm, Bk 1)
Carved in Bone - Body Farm, Bk 1
Author: Jefferson Bass
ISBN-13: 9780060759827
ISBN-10: 0060759828
Publication Date: 12/26/2006
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 235 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
Great book. If you like Patricia Cornwell you will love this. I will definitely be looking for all books in this series. This was fast paced and kept me guessing. The characters were fun to get to know. If you are interested in forensic anthropology, this is a book to read. There is also some humor. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 8
My new favorite forensic fiction writer is the team of Jefferson Bass! I like the plotline of this novel and although the ending was not a completely surprise, the action leading to it was enough to keep my interest. Jefferson Bass is able to weave lots of background information into the story without overpowering it. They are also able to use enough technical jargon to lend realism to the story without losing the reader. I also liked the offhand mention of both real and fictional medical examiners (if you skip paragraphs, you'll miss it)!
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Helpful Score: 6
This was a great book! If you enjoyed Patricia Cornwell when she used to write really good forensic mysteries (basically, her first three or four books), then you'll love the BODY FARM series of books by Jefferson Bass. This is a must-read for fans of CSI, BONES, and similar shows/books.
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Helpful Score: 5
Yes - I am hooked on CSI. But only the original Las Vegas one and I must admit I preferred the beginning stories to the recent - the ones where they would graphically show the damage caused by the bullet or knife, etc. So of ocurse I had to read this one...I am a Kay Scarpetta fan also. Very interesting story line - and very interesting authors - Jefferson Bass is a team, one of whom (Dr. Bill Blass) actually founded the Body Farm at the University of Tennesee's Anthorpology Research Facility. So this was almost a must read!
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Helpful Score: 4
Very interesting factual account of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility (the Body Farm of Patricia Cornwell's novel) described in a fictional setting. Also, gives a captivating account of life in the isolated and clannish backwoods of the Tennessee mountains.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first in the Body Farm series. Dr. Bill Brockton is a forensic anthropologist at the Body Farm still mourning the death of his wife two years before when he is contacted by Sheriff Tom Kitchings of Cooke County Tennessee. A mummified body is found in a mountain cave which turns out to be a young woman who supposedly ran off years ago. Added to that fact, she is found to have been found to be pregnant at the time of her murder. Added to that, there's a lot of illegal goings on in Cooke county, everything from cock fighting to marijuana growing, added to that the possibility that there is corruption going in the sheriff's office. Leena Bonds, the young woman was related to the sheriff, she was dating a young man who went to Vietnam and when he returned, she was gone. There is bad blood between Kitchings and O'Conner. This was a terrific first novel, you have the Appalachian mountain folk with feuds dating back to the Civil war, you have the Body Farm and of course you have murders and intrigues and of course forensic anthropology which Kathy Reich's novels and TV series brought to people's notice. Even if forensic anthropology doesn't interest you, there's enough of other stuff going on to make this a fast paced novel that's hard to put down
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. Although fiction, it read like fact and was a pretty good story.
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I enjoyed this book tremendously! Wonderful setting, interesting characters, a little bit of science, a little bit of humor and lots of action. I read Bill Bass's nonfiction work Death's Acre first, but that really isn't necessary to appreciate this great read!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is written by a scientist and it shows. It's very technical and reads like a textbook not a novel. I found it very dry and rather boring. I know it's about death and corpses but there was absolutely no life to the story. Just blah. It was tough to keep my mind on the mystery with all the extraneous medical and autopsy-like information thrown out there. This is not an author that I will read again.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a fantastic book with tons of drama AND science. A great read for anyone interested in forensics.
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Helpful Score: 1
Renowened anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he's being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corspe of a young woman dead for about thrity years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the enviroment's unique chemistry. But Brockton's investigation is threathening to open old wounds among an insular people who won't forget or forgive. And a long buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton's own guilt-and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail......by any means necessary
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I bought this to read on a plane and the only reason I finished it was because there was no in-flight movie :P I was expecting it to be more forensically detailed but the story seemed to focus on the generic characters who seemed a bit two-dimensional to me.
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Great Book. Keeps you on edge through the entire book.
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Great book. The authors clearly know the Body Farm, and they have a wonderful ear for dialogue.
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This was a very interesting book. I enjoy forensics type books. Can't wait to read the next one.
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I really enjoyed this book, there was good character developement, a great plot and a easy to read storyline. This was the first book I had read from this Author and look forward to reading more of his work. Excellent book.
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Good read
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A great series for those who are early Cornwell fans, the inspiration for her book based on one of the real life authors of this book. Fast paced, detailed. A must read for CSI type fans.
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This is a Body Farm novel and is perfect for the reader who wants to know more about forensic anthropology.
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I was looking forward to reading the book since it was cowritten by a legend in forensic anthropology. Indeed it is a very captivating story and I certainly enjoyed it. I was, however, disappointed that there are a lot of educational moments. These are points which veteran readers of forensic mystery (or if you watch "Bones" on TV) absolutely do not need. It slows down the action immensely. Further, you have to endure a lot of forced and often tired metaphors. While opening a grave, the backhoe scraped the roof of the vault "like a thousand fingernails on a thousan blackboards." Combine these two factors and I am not sure I need to read another one in the series.
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A good read. I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow in the middle, the ending was a good one.
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couldnt put it down
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I really liked this book, glad I started out reading this one first as I found out there other books to follow. I enjoyed the writers style of writing and the medical terminology used.
This book kept me on the edge till the very end, I didn't expect to find the person I thought was the killer wasn't.
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An excellent read, well written.
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I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of facts worked into the story. Exciting storyline. Lots going on murders, break ins and a little romance worked in.
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Excellent southern location, backwoods murder mystery.
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Tense and intriguing. Forensic science and detective work involving dedicated people and criminals in Knoxville and the Tennessee mountains of East TN among rednecks, clans and generations long feuds. The professor in charge of the body farm gets called out to find a mummified woman in a cave, and then things get complicated... when the lawmen in the hills are involved in lies and cover up, and more bodies appear and evidence is stolen. A very interesting book, taut writing and good character development, can't wait till the next one.
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Very good! First I"ve read by this author but will definitely read more!
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This book was amazing! It's a wonderful mystery/thriller with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. The characters are realistic, complete with human frailties and as well as talents.
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Applachia backwoods happenings & forensic anthropology all mixed in together. As good as Kathy Reichs or Parricia Cornwall any day. I am wishlisting the next book.
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if you like Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, you will enjoy this book.
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Excellent for a first attempt. The real person behind the Body Farm
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Great book!
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great forensic thriller great details
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Excellent writers and good story.
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I thought this was less a thriller and more a standard cozy mystery with an overlay of often gruesome forensic details. The main character, Dr. Brockton, was pleasant enough, but a little off-kilter and awkward; the rest of the people were pretty much what you'd expect. The plot sometimes took a little too long to get where it was going. I'm not sure yet whether I like or dislike the way this concept blends fact--the real Body Farm--and fiction, with references to fictional characters like Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta character. One aspect of the book I did like, though, was how well the authors handled the dialect. It was just about perfect, and I could hear those Tennessee accents in my head. A decent book, but probably not a series I'll continue.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Carved In Bone. It is one of Bass's best to date. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very first page. The plot is extremely well designed.
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lots of action, country "talkin" and nice twist at the end!
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This was a great book! If you enjoyed Patricia Cornwell when she used to write really good forensic mysteries (basically, her first three or four books), then you'll love the BODY FARM series of books by Jefferson Bass. This is a must-read for fans of CSI, BONES, and similar shows/books.
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I can't seem to find anything I disliked about this book, I loved Bill and Art, I hope that they are together on the next case... Bill is so real to me that I feel like I could reach out and hug him, wish I could!!!
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I liked this mystery set at the "Body Farm" and in the Appalachian mountains. I especially liked the interactions between Brockton and police officer Art Bohanan as they work together to solve the murder of the woman in the cave. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Flesh and Bone.
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Enjoyed this book, anyone who is a fan of Sandford, Reichs, Deaver will love this book.
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Enjoyed this book and learned a lot about The Body Farm but information seemed to not flow as a story but more in the lecture form. The plot moved a little slow at times but the characters were very interesting. Hopefully the authors will pick up the pace in the next installment of the series.
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The Dukes of Hazards meets CSI.
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If you are a forensic junky like me you will enjoy reading this book. The book in co-written by the man who founded the Body Farm in Tenn.
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Nice book! Excellent forensic detail and a great mystery.
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NY Times Bestseller
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Awesome book ... now I want to read them all!
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This book was interested, First book I had read of this author and i did enjoy it! good shape