Another excellent Kathy Reichs book. This one the story moved along nicely but the true mystery didn't appear until well over halfway through the book . . . so guessing the ending before the halfway point will be unlikely. Although I usually enjoy the interaction between Dr Brennan and Detective Ryan this one had less interaction and a whole lot of 'whining and second guessing' by Dr Brennan. I found this a detractor from the story line.
I really have an issue wit this series when the action takes place in Canada. The author feels a need to name every building and street in Quebec which is very distracting since I don't speak French and find myself trying to figure out whether she's talking about a street (irrelevant) or a building (also irrelevant). Even knowing that whatever she's referring to is not important, I can't help but pause and try to decipher its meaning. It's interesting that when Tempe is in the lower 48 (I like the sound of that), she isn't tempted to name everything she passes on the street. Why is it so important that she name every damn thing when she's in Canada?
Having said that, I must admit to liking this one even though it takes place in Canada. The story was enthralling. I just had to know who did it and why (other than he was a nutjob!). Of course, Tempe walks into a trap and drags her friend along for the ride. This is a given plot twist which appears in all the novels (as far as I've read anyway). Even though Tempe had major issues with Ryan, I still like him as her love interest. He's funny, gorgeous and romantic - hey what more could a girl as for?
Kathy Reichs is a favorite author of mine, and I thought this book was the best yet. Very exciting, suspenseful story. I couldn't put it down, and I would rush through my work so that I could get back to it.
The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her hands. First she must prove these bones are from recently murdered women, then to stop the killer
Another suspense charged book about Dr. Tempe Brennan....The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlour and Tempe has unsolved murder on her mind as she examines the shallowly buried remains.
Another Patricia cornwell. Forensic anthropology is the genre of Dr. Temperance Brennan, as she goes on a quest to discover just who the bones are that were found in the basement of a old building. She does just this.
How did I ever miss this author? This book is great ! As a forensic anthropologist herself, the author knows her stuff and provides a knowledgable realistic look at that profession; however, she also has the gift/skill of being able to weave a tapestry of characters that seem so real that I found myself liking (or disliking) them just based on her characterizations.
This book was set in Montreal, which was interesting to me as an American; however, I do hope that some of her books are also set in North Carolina. The dual jurisdiction thing sounded implausible - until I read the author bio on the inside back cover and found that the book mimiced the real-life practice of the author.
I had already read it and forgot that I had but when I received it I realized it. Anyway, read it again and enjoyed it a second time around. I like the Bones series on TV, but I enjoy the books much better!
FROM THE PUBLISHER
"Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial." "She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?" "Homicide detective Luc Claudel, never Tempe's greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones' antiquity." "But something doesn't make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case." "Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat." As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return ... Tempe may be next.
The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and the forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsomved murder on her mind as she examines the shallowly buried remains.
What the author does with this series: Kathy Reichs started off slow but gets better and better. This is part of the series called the Tempe Brenner â Forensic Anthropologist. This paragraph applies to all books in this series. Tempe is a anthropologist who works for medical examiners in Montreal, Quebec and Charlotte North Caroline
Even though the books are often very detailed in both location and the examination of the remains, the story often moves faster than you expect.
Do you need to read this series in order: YES or you miss out on too much of the back stories.
Triggers: This is a book about medical examiners at its core, so lots of references to dead bodies, some are described in strong detail (in a forensic way).Our anthropologist ends up in some life threatening situations and on a couple of occasions in the series, animals are killed, sometimes gratuitously. Relatives of Tempe often in up wounded as the bad persons try to get to her through her family.
The secrets of the dead are in her hands. The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her mind as she examines the shallowly buried remains. Coming up against a homicide cop who is convinced the dead have been entombed on the site for centuries, Tempe perseveres, even with her own relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan at a delicate turning point. In the lab, the clean, well-preserved bones offer few clues. But when Carbon 14 confirms her hunch that these were recent deaths despite the antique buttons found near the bodies, Tempe's probing must produce answers quickly to stop a killer whose grisly handiwork has seen the light of day.