Devil Bones (Charnwood)
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Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs -- international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones -- returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santer¨ªa, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery -- a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Nothing is clear -- neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy's body remarkably well preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan -- "five-five, feisty, and forty-plus" -- is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs's eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.

With a popular series on Fox -- now in its third season and in full syndication -- Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs's signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world. Exclusive: Jeffery Deaver on Devil Bones
Jeffery Deaver is the bestselling author of The Broken Window, The Sleeping Doll, The Cold Moon, The Blue Nowhere, The Bone Collector, The Empty Chair, The Devil's Teardrop, and fifteen other suspense novels. His book A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was made into a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.

It's always a pleasure to see a new installment in the saga of Temperence Brennan, the forensic anthropologist who plies her trade in both Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal.

Devil Bones, set in the U S of A, opens with a grisly discovery that offers a very different take on This Old House. Tempe is pulled from staid academia to investigate the troubling and mystifying scene, which involves cauldrons, ceremonial religious artifacts and, most troubling, the severed head of a teenage girl.

Another torso is located nearby, and the story is off and running.

Tempe and Charlotte police department detective Erskine "Skinny" Slidell, follow leads that take them through the seamier and the chicer sides of North Carolina's largest city--the worlds of Santeria, voodoo, the Wiccan religion (any witches out there: I'm not lumping them together!), and male prostitution. Our heroine also locks horns with a crusading minister turned politician, and there's a reporter who manages to show up at all the wrong moments.

Reichs juggles the questions of who done it (and who's gonna get done next) until the very end with consummate skill. In series books, readers treat characters as friends and follow those storylines as ardently as the ones involving murder and mayhem. Not content to keep things simmering on low boil, Reichs dunks her protagonist into a pressure cooker, with plenty of turmoil stirred up by a former lover, a--possibly--current one and, most significantly for this reader, yet another ghost of life past, about which I'll say no more here. Trouble on campus also surfaces for Professor Brennan, with whom we experience one of the most harrowing moments in the book: a meeting of professors and department heads (university politics as weapon of mass destruction). Oh, and we can't forget some brief appearances by the ex, who is behaving just like, well, an ex.

It might have been my imagination but I believe too that I saw the bones, if you will, of a possible subplot involving Tempe's daughter, Katy, who's working in the public defender's office. I'm looking forward to seeing Reich confirm or deny this in the next installment.

In Devil Bones we get plenty of what we've come to expect in a Reichs novel: engrossing details on forensic anthropology and anatomical science. Her mastery, and love, of those subjects, which Reichs herself practices (in both Montreal and Charlotte, by the way), is evident in her writing. We're also treated to plenty of esoterica about non-mainstream religions and history (I mean, I live in North Carolina and didn't know Charlotte was named for a seventeen-year-old German duchess). The author deftly negotiates that fine line between using such information to enhance the experience of reading a novel and padding prose. She gives us what we need to know--to enrich plot, character or atmosphere--and then gets back to the story.

And speaking of which: As an author writing in the same genre, I was impressed with Reichs's ability to keep the roller coaster on track and speeding along, page after page. She's a true master of cliff hangers--a neglected skill in a field where far too many lazy authors end chapters with people leaving rooms, falling asleep or offering hand-tipping foreshadowings of what's to come. I call this the question-mark factor and when writing my thriller I actually tally up the number of scenes that end in a compelling, unresolved issue that drives the reader forward.

Reichs has question marks aplenty.

My one complaint: I read the novel in one sitting. But I'm hoping that while poor Tempe may want a break after everything that happens to her in Devil Bones, author Reichs isn't giving her any rest and is hard at work on number 12.

--Jeffery Deaver

Customer Reviews:

  • Not one of her best but...
    I have read all of Kathy Reichs novels and can find pleasure in reading one of her books. They are not always a light read but they are still on the entertainment level. I did find the religion angle a new twist to her previous books. Her relationship is not what we all tune into her books for although it is a story line that you can follow in the backgound of all her books.
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  • Her best, yet.
    I've spent the last couple of weeks getting acquainted with Kathy Reichs. A friend recommended me to her. I haven't seen the show "Bones", and I just plunged in with the books, and have recently read all eleven in order.

    From her first, "Deja Dead", which I found interesting, though obviously plotted, to her best (before this one), "Cross Bones", I've thoroughly enjoyed becoming acquainted with alter-ego Temperance Brennan. In 11 books, I only found one misfire, the oddly disjointed "Grave Secrets", and generally I have felt that Ms. Reichs has improved with each outing.

    Her newest, "Devil Bones", has exceeded my expectations in a way I did not expect. It's expertly written. The plotting makes one peel the pages. She has really reached the pinnacle here, and I cannot recommend it enough. I can't say anything more about it without ruining it for you. Ms. Reichs has found her stride, and it's a gift to her reading audience.

    So read it, and enjoy. ...more info
  • Not the best
    I found the book readable but put downable. Reichs forgot to develop her characters so I felt no real connection with them. At times the characteriztions were not consistent. I also dislike when authors use their work of fiction as a platform for their political agenda, especially when its as subtle as a Mack truck. If I want politics I will buy nonfiction political analysis....more info
  • below par for Reichs, an otherwise excellent writer
    I've read most in this series but had a hard time getting into this book. As a result, when the killer was finally revealed, I'd already forgotten what part that character had played in the book. I also didn't care enough to go back and find out. Perhaps the balance of gory technical details and romance was overweighted in the technical? I'm not sure. I'll look forward to her next one anyway and hope it will be better....more info
  • First Opinion...
    I was walking through a book store and the cover of this book interested me. Before this I have never heard of Kathy Reichs, but did follow the "Bones" series and enjoyed them. I started this book and couldn't put it down until I finished the whole thing! I was hooked on her material since...I believe I read 5 out of her 11 novels since.
    This book carries elements of today's social distrubances, turns then into a realistic case for Dr. Brennan. This book also ends with a "bang"! I can't wait until the next one!
    If you enjoy mystery and crime solving, you'll enjoy this and all of Kathy Reichs' novels. ...more info
  • Another great thriller from Reichs !
    I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and unlike many series I still find myself eating this up like popcorn! I must admit I am a CSI fan and the whole forensic anthropology science I find fascinating. I also identify with Dr. Brennan, I am not a doctor nor an investigator but some of the domestic issues have hit home with me.

    This time out Temperance is trying two ID a couple of bodies at the animus the animus of the local populace which already has tried there suspect in the court of pubic opinion. I don't want to give to much away but the story mixes in voodoo magic, a fundamentalist preacher who is after devil worshipers, dirty politics, and even male prostitution! But central to the story is a great thriller that kept me turning the pages. Good Characters, great plot wrapped around a fascinating crime scene mystery. Not great literature but good entertainment for a weekend at the beach.

    Speaking of beach reads, I gotta recommened the gritty thriller A Tourist In The Yucatan....more info
  • The devil you know
    A skull buried in dirt within a cauldron. A headless corpse in the lake. Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called in by Charlotte police to determine if the murders are related. The signs point to magical medicine - voodoo? Santeria? witchcraft? devil worship? Soon murders of a more prosaic type occur at an alarming rate, and an evangelical city counselor feels duty bound to point fingers and dramatically demand justice.

    Reichs puts Tempe through her paces with the passages of forensic information that have become her trade mark. She also spices up her love life, gets her fired, and plunges her into a brief period of despair. All of the criminal pieces ultimately fall into place, but the more personal ones are left in limbo.

    Tempe and her mysteries are interesting and informative enough to make readers wonder what's coming up next. Not great, but entertaining, interesting, and competently written. ...more info
  • Disappointing
    Just like Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs appears to be faltering and straining to continue producing enjoyable, fascinating books around her character Tempe Brennan. The book starts fine, but than becomes jumbled and full of unnecessary characters to further complicate the picture. We all know Miss Reichs is a high IQ woman, but why make a read so complicated that you wish you had made diagrams so you could truly connect all the dots? I forced myself to finish this book, and realize I began to not care around the last 100 to 150 pages. To many cerebral brain cells needed to fire to keep up with an "enjoyable" reading experience rather than feeling like I was studying for a college test. It is also difficult for me to continue feeling sympathy and empathy for the literary character of Tempe who seems to be a train wreck waiting to happen due to her unprofessional behavior in the book and poor judgment in her personal life.
    I guess they will continue to print these, but I'm glad mine came from the library....more info
  • Deftly Plotted Mystery, Lots of Pagan Religion, Jammed with Medical Details, and No Romantic Movement
    If you are a long-time fan of this series, I've written this review for you. You can skip this book if you want to. In terms of series continuity, I'm sure Dr. Reichs will be able to put in two sentences near the start of the next book to handle what happens in this one.

    If you haven't read any books in the series, don't start with this one. Start with Deja Dead, a much better book.

    If you like mysteries that are hard to solve as a reader, you will like Devil Bones much better than most readers. That's also true if you are fascinated by pagan religions and cannot get enough information about dead bodies.

    On the other hand, if you want an entertaining story that's an easy read, you will probably think this is a two-star book. The book also features an easy-to-hate politician who makes the story less appealing. If you like to see Dr. Tempe Brennan's love life get somewhere, this book is pretty close to a zero.

    Let's face it. We all have bad days. Tempe seems to be having one throughout this book. That also makes the book more of a downer than it had to be.

    Tempe is called out when an apparent root cellar turns out to contain a human skull, associated with what looks like some sort of pagan religious rite. Tracking down the rest of that body becomes the focus of much of the story in Devil Bones. Soon thereafter, a body is dumped that displays satanic signs. Are the two events connected? How?

    The investigation has many unexpected twists and turns, most of which wouldn't have happened if Tempe had been a little sharper in assessing one of the clues. If you are quicker than Tempe, you'll unravel the mystery faster than she did. But you'll probably miss the real criminal until all is revealed unless you have ESP.

    I learned way too much about pagan religions and medical details from this book, but I liked the mystery being difficult to solve. So I rounded up from two stars to three.

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  • great story
    What a great story. Keeps your interest and is suspenseful. Well worth buying. You'll enjoy it...more info
  • Consistently good
    I enjoyed this book. Although the subject matter of Wicca didn't draw me in as much as previous ones have. I still found it very good and a quick read. I am interested in Tempe's relationships outside of work as well. It keeps me longing for the next installment! ...more info
  • Not The Same
    I too have read every Kathy Reich book. Devil Bones doesn't seem like part of the same series to me. Tempe seems too angry and at times the dialogue is way too technical. I hope the next book is more in line with her earlier works. ...more info
  • great story
    What a great story. Keeps your interest and is suspenseful. Well worth buying. You'll enjoy it...more info
  • Devil Bones
    This is the 11th book in the series about Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, who divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This tale of secret ceremonies and the religious rituals of Wicca, Santeria, Voodooism and Satanism takes place in North Carolina. One part of the story line is about a skull and other artifacts found in a basement in an old house. Was a skull from a victim of sacrifice? A headless body of a young man is also found and his body bears markings of symbols of a religious ritual. This book gets bogged down and is hard reading until the last few chapters when the pace picks up. There are too many anthropological and crime scene details. This is the least readable of all her books so far. Let's hope she gets back on track with the next book in the series....more info
  • Not her best. Where's the devil?
    I guess the book is not technically 'out' yet but the library had it and I've read it. I'm a big fan of hers, have read all of hers once and most I've slated to reread at some point. The writing was good, the tension was there, but for some reason, it wasn't nearly as captivating of my attention as her others. Also, although there's a lot of talk in the book about what the title references, well, the ending... Let's just say, I couldn't suspend disbelief to stay enthralled with it. Also, she doesn't clear up a few personal loose ends, including what's up with Ryan, her lover from Canada. Their relationship is predictably unpredictable, you just know they won't get their act together, they never do. I've stopped rooting for them, and that's a bad sign, in my mind. Interesting new possible love interest, though. That could go places - maybe......more info
  • Not for me
    Had this been my first Kathy Reichs book, it surely would have been my last. It was dull, tedious, without mystery and kept putting me to sleep. I never give up on a book, so I kept picking this one back up...a total waste of good reading time. The characters were flat and uninteresting. Try again Kathy and give us your old Pizazz....more info
  • Not for me
    Had this been my first Kathy Reichs book, it surely would have been my last. It was dull, tedious, without mystery and kept putting me to sleep. I never give up on a book, so I kept picking this one back up...a total waste of good reading time. The characters were flat and uninteresting. Try again Kathy and give us your old Pizazz....more info
  • Better to watch the TV show
    Not a great writer. Characters live depressing, relatively lonely lives. Intersting plot and surprise ending. I could have watched this on any CSI, cold-case file, Bones, episode. So I was disappointed the book did not offer more than I could see on TV. Temperance Brennan was not nearly as intelligent, commanding, or quirky as her TV show representation, and I found it disappointing that her book character was not part of a likeable team as seen on the show. Usually, books provide a more imaginative and internal kind of feel to them that their TV or movie counterparts, but this one should just be turned into another simple script....more info
  • Devil Bones
    Book was in great shape. I would have never known it was used. Shipping time was acceptable....more info
  • An excellent addition to this series
    I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs and her Temperance Brennan novels since her first one, Deja Dead. Sometimes authors have a hard time keeping a series interesting after a number of books but so far I have enjoyed every one. This book is different in a number of ways from the previous ones and much darker emotionally. But I think those aspects added to the book and will add to the strength of the series.

    If you watch the TV show "Bones" and have just discovered there are Temperance Brennan books, I want to warn you that these books are not exactly like the show. There is no Jefferson Institute team and no Booth. This Temperance Brennan is older with a more emotionally complex life than her TV counterpart. But if you take the books as they are and don't expect the TV show, I think you will like them a lot. But you may want to start at the beginning of the series because it will help you understand a lot of the things Tempe is feeling in this book. And that's important because Tempe takes some big emotional hits.

    I also have a warning for readers who like to be able to figure out "who done it" before the end of the book. That is not likely to happen here. Reichs does not sprinkle clues around for readers to find and discover the killer before the detectives do. As a reader you are just flailing around with the police and Dr. Brennan as they try to follow the evidence.

    Regular readers know that Dr. Brennan splits her time between Montreal and North Carolina. This novel takes place entirely in North Carolina and starts with the discovery of a human skull and some animal remains in a cellar. Then a headless corpse found near a lake leads many in the city to wonder if there is a connection to witchraft or satanism. I found the explanations of the religions Tempe researched to try to figure out the case quite interesting.

    I don't want to give away the plot but Dr. Brennan does something in this book I never expected to read. I think this action is going to resonate down through the next several books at least.

    I really enjoyed this book and am so glad I was able to keep from flipping ahead to the end to see what happened!...more info
  • Devil's Food cake
    I really enjoyed this book for all its convoluted twists and turns. It was nice to read a book that makes you think a bit instead of the usual mindless pap, though it was pretty obvious who the killer was long before any of the book's characters caught on. I also enjoyed the medical details, altho anyone with orthopedic or medical experience should have been able to figure out the fractured Haversian canal clue long before Tempe did. "Decomposition from the outside in" - c'mon, that's a standard plot device on all the cop shows these days.

    The discription of the differences between Santeria, Voodoo, Satanism and Wicca were fascinating, and far too brief in my opinion; they are important differences, and tied into the plot about why practitioners of these religions were or were not likely to be murderers. The rabid evangelical Chistian blowhard ranting about those awful pagans was a bit much - I am far from a Rush Limbaugh fan, but that guy was a bit too stereotyped even for me.

    Couple other things bothered me about this book, the main one being that when Tempe goes on a bender and loses 36 hours of her life, neither she nor the readers ever find out what happened during that time. Tempe doesn't even seem curious, only in dread of what she might find out. That whole subplot is pointless, except as a possible attempt - weak and unnecessary - to make Tempe seem "human". The other annoyance was Ryan, who is long past his prime as a potential love interest, and definitely starting to smell. Tempe needs to move on instead of mooning about some jerk who ditched her for no good reason. No way she should even consider taking him back. A previous reader mentioned that there is no romance in this book but that isn't true; it's there, just not well defined, and becomes a very unsatisfying situation by the end of the book. Enough said.

    I am a little bit weirded out by the author's real life career being an exact parallel of Tempe's, which makes me think a) that the author identifies far too closely with her bigger-than-life creation and b) that she hasn't enough imagination to think up different institutions for Tempe to work. This seems rather self-involved to me, and puts a damper on my enjoyment of an otherwise fine series.

    Over all, this was a fast-paced and fun read, and one of the best books of the series. I enjoy Tempe's humor, maybe because I'm just the right age to appreciate it. If fictional characters could come to life, Tempe Brennan is one of the very few I'd like to meet.

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  • Story superb, quality of CD abominable
    I love Kathy Reichs' stories and would give her five points. I won't talk about the story here.
    The quality of CD production Simon and Schuster use is extremely bad. Almost on every single CD there are scratches, stuttering, lost words and sentences. I had also bought a copy of "Bones to Ashes" and had the same problem there too. Somehow Amazon shipped the article twice to me and I had to use both copies to put together a usable set of discs.
    I own hundreds of both music and audio book CDs and I have nether come across these problems. Why do they use such an inexplicable bad CD production?...more info
  • Enjoyable, but a caveat: it becomes VERY confusing!

    I'm a long-time Reichs fan, and have enjoyed her books with the glaring exception of "Cross Bones" (which I reviewed when it came out).

    I won't bother rehashing the story line, as you can see that in the publishing reviews, other than to say Tempe Brennan finds herself again involved in murder most weird, this time involving off-stream religions (Santeria, etc) as well as the gay chickenhawk underworld.

    Many of Reichs's trademark stylistic touches are here in full glory to be enjoyed: her wit, her fast-paced plotting, and deft character portrayals. The story moves right along, and there's really not a dull moment.

    But I had one fairly major problem with this book. There comes a point in the book at which she and her partner are trying to decipher some clues in the form of notes left in a personal shorthand code by one of the murder victims. Further, several of the players - victims and suspects - are also known to be using aliases.

    Well, these two issues work in conjunction in advancing the plot, and in all honesty, I found it EXTREMELY confusing. I felt like I needed a schematic diagram to keep track of what was going on. By the time we reached the denouement and the identity of the killer was revealed, I was totally at sea.

    So.... Four stars for style, two stars for clarity, ending up with three stars.

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  • too technical, bogged down with dry detail
    I like fast paced mysteries like early Patterson or some Tess Gerritsen. This was LOADED with area background and a huge amount of dry medical detail which bogged the story down. I found myself skimming large areas of the book to find the action.

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  • "We...fear things we don't understand."
    Temperance Brennan, the forty-plus forensic anthropologist, explores alternative religions in "Devil Bones," the latest Kathy Reichs thriller. An employee of the state of North Carolina, Tempe is under contract to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She examines "the burned, decomposed, mummified, mutilated, dismembered, and skeletal." This time around, she has a great deal on her plate. First, she is called to a "chamber of horrors" containing human and animal remains and various objects, including cauldrons, statues, candles, and dolls pierced with miniature swords. Was this the site of some sort of satanic ritual? Next, a dog walker finds a headless body near a lake. The victim's torso had been carved up with various markings that might also point to a ritualistic killing. These findings set off a firestorm, fueled by hysterical media coverage and the ranting of a grandstanding politician named Boyce Lingo, who decries "murderous devil worshippers" allowed to go unpunished. Tempe is livid not only about the leaks, but about Lingo's wild speculation and baseless accusations.

    Tempe, who teams up with Erskine "Skinny" Slidell, an unkempt but hard-working and insightful homicide detective, is destined for much grief as she tries to make sense of these seemingly unrelated cases. Not only are they bashed by Lingo and disreputable reporters, but they are also frustrated by contradictory evidence, a lack of credible witnesses, and leads that go nowhere. In addition, Tempe's personal life is in turmoil, as she struggles to come to terms with her alcoholism, her ex's engagement, and her mixed feelings for Andrew Ryan, the Montreal detective who stole her heart and then proceeded to break it.

    In "Devil Bones," Reichs imparts a great deal of geographical, sociological, and historical lore about Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, plus a great deal of information about maggots, putrefaction, and skeletal remains. The author's didacticism can be grating at times, although hard-core forensic junkies will most likely be fascinated by Reichs' detailed and exhaustive explanations. The plot is carefully constructed, albeit dizzying in its complexity. One of the book's main themes is the ubiquity in our country of such ideologies as Santeria, voodo, and Wicca. Are the practitioners of these unconventional belief systems harmless individuals who should be allowed to practice their faith in peace, or do they pose a threat to the population at large?

    Although "Devil Bones" is exciting and suspenseful, it is far from realistic. In an interview, Reichs admits that it is rare for a forensic anthropologist to go into the field along with detectives to question witnesses and work cases from an investigative angle. Although the mysteries are involving enough, the story's most appealing angle is its focus on Tempe's midlife crisis. She cannot keep her opinions to herself, even when her boss orders her to be silent. She still has trouble avoiding alcohol and the oblivion it provides. In addition, she hates being alone, but is afraid to trust any man after the betrayals she has suffered. Anyone who has followed Tempe during her long and arduous journey will want to accompany her once again as she tries to solve some of the strangest puzzles she has ever encountered.
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  • Not her best
    Definitely not her best -to convoluted. I was not as enthralled with the characters or the story as I was with previous books. I felt the characters were poorly drawn and as such had trouble keeping up with who each was. I, too, would like to see the matter with Ryan resolved-preferably with them becoming a permanent item. However, I still liked the book and will continue to read them....more info
  • Better than Ashes
    I picked up my copy from the library and was pleasantly surprised. This book was much better than her last. The story was more like her past novels. I don't want to give up the plot but it was quick paced and it had a surprise ending. I hope she resolves the issues between Brennan and Ryan. I love their relationship and was disappointed she broke them up so stupidly in her last book. Hopefully she will get even better with her next one. ...more info
  • Good plotline but......
    This book and the entire series has a good plot line, but Tempe could definitely use a few courses in diplomacy and anger management. How hard is it to follow your bosses order not to talk to the press, then Tempe goes head to head with a politician on TV. If you don't like your heroes making a fool of themselves in the extreme (and I don't) this book will drive you nuts. To be truthful I had to skip entire paragraphs because her actions were so stupid...more info
  • Consistently good
    I enjoyed this book. Although the subject matter of Wicca didn't draw me in as much as previous ones have. I still found it very good and a quick read. I am interested in Tempe's relationships outside of work as well. It keeps me longing for the next installment! ...more info
  • This Was OK
    Well, I don't know how to describe this exactly. I guess I would have to say it was just "OK". After awhile they all come out about the same. It was something to read, but I wouldn't rush right out and buy it....more info
  • No new revelations, but still enjoyable
    I've eagerly followed all of Kathy Reichs's Tempe Brennan novels beginning with Deja Dead: 10th Anniversary Edition (Temperance Brennan Novels), and Devil Bones, the eleventh in the series, fails to break any new ground, although it's another enjoyable outing with Tempe and her work.

    This time around, Tempe's in Charlotte examining the links between two headless bodies, as well as the origins of a human skull discovered on a hidden altar in a rundown house. There are hints of witchcraft: santeria, voodoo, and Wiccans are all fingered as possible culprits in the beginning. Tempe's Montreal boyfriend Andrew Ryan is out of the picture, but a former flame, son of a legendary NBA star, is definitely interested in her (and the case). And someone wants Tempe off the case enough to leave dead copperheads on her doorstep.

    Those who thrilled to Tempe's love life will be sorely disappointed; also, contrary to former books, Tempe's soundly thudded off the AA bandwagon. And Tempe's daughter Katy makes only token appearances. Devil Bones moved slowly, and it felt as though there was very little substance filling out the pages. If you enjoyed reading about Quebecois culture in earlier books, Tempe spends zero time in Montreal this time around. The connections between the various cases were tenuous at best, although Reichs manages to create wonderfully evocative atmospheres.

    Reichs "Wiccan 101" chapter was just painful; here we have a group of touchy-feely societal outcasts with names like Raven and Dreamweaver instructed to "Kiss your knuckles. Kiss your fingers. You are love!" I was just waiting for a stirring round of Kumbaya and fuzzy puppies to top off the love-yourself lovefest. Ouch.

    On the whole, Devil Bones was an improvement over Cross Bones, and it's good to be back for the ride. Devil Bones was a quick, enjoyable read, but not one of my favorite Tempe books (Deja Dead: 10th Anniversary Edition (Temperance Brennan Novels) still has that honour for nailing Quebecois culture spot-on)....more info
  • Terribly Written
    This is one of the mostly poorly written books that I have ever encountered. The first chapter is so amateurish
    it is laughably unreadable. Who ever decided to publish this?...more info
  • Devil Bones
    The content of this book is great-I am a fan of Kathy Reichs.
    The actual book arrived promptly and in very good shape. I use Amazon quite a bit as I am an avid recycler....more info
  • Not the Best of the Series
    I have to come to expect so much more from the series than this book was able to offer. The historical background is dry and uninteresting, not the usual transfer of intriguing information by the author. It is not that the topic is not interesting to me as I am a practicing member of an earth-oriented religion. However the intellectual areas do not mesh with the interpersonal on a level I have come to expect from the author. The use of ending a paragraph negating all that was just written in terms of dire future events became annoying. Bringing an new romantic character and then not developing him at all was a letdown and the coming of Andrew Ryan into the storyline seem trite and contrived as if he was there as a useless appendage. His part was also never developed to satifaction. Lastly we have he ex-husband and dragging in all THAT involves with the half his age fiance' and again the developement was left undone. I think the book would have been better served to leave off so many personal demons, including the off the wagon drinking binge that happens and then is treated as if there were no physical effects and fewer mental ones. All in all it was an OK read, but not up to standards of the other Tempe Brennan novels....more info
  • Wonderful sinister characters complicate this story
    Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, is in the middle of her own personal "perfect storm." Human bones were found in a cauldron under a house that was being restored. This lead to harangues to the media by Mecklenburg County Commissioner Boyce Lingo that Satan and his followers are invading the area and god-fearing citizens aren't safe - and people like Dr. Brennan aren't doing their jobs. This is compounded when a headless corpse has been found at a nearby lake close by a Wiccan worship site, and in the process of investigation, Charlotte police detective Rinaldi is murdered.

    All of this leads to Temperance being driven by her sense of right and justice to speak out when she's been ordered by her boss not to - ultimately leading to her suspension. And finally, there's the dilemma caused her relationship with Montreal Detective Ryan. Is it over or just on hiatus while he works things out with an ex. This is compounded when an old friend, lawyer Charlie Hunt, moved to town and wants to start a relationship.

    Reichs does a wonderful job of using her own background as a forensic anthropologist to add color and depth to the storyline. At times I found perhaps too much information for my taste, but the story becomes more compelling with each chapter.

    Throughout the book there are plausible culprits, innocent civilians who complicate things unwittingly, and a variety of more sinister characters with a variety of axes to grind. Only near the end can you tell which person belongs in which category.

    Well done.

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