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  • Entertaining book

    This was a well-written, entertaining book. It was fast paced, quickly caught my interest and I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author. This is a must-read author and series for me.

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  • An enjoyable forensic mystery…

    Somehow, in spite of the fact that I’m a huge mystery reader, I’ve missed out until now on reading any books from the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. This is probably because they’ve always looked kind of thriller-ish to me, and I’m just not usually all that thrilled with thrillers. However, I was recently given an advance review copy of the latest title in the series, The Bone Code, and while it did have some elements of a thriller (e.g. the “flesh-eating capno virus”), it also had nice solid investigative and forensic science underpinnings that I really enjoyed. The main storyline starts off as Temperance is called in to examine a medical waste container that has washed ashore in South Carolina with two mutilated bodies in it. That would be bad enough, but in an odd coincidence, she and her significant other, Andrew Ryan, had worked on a similar case in Montreal years ago. That case, which had a big emotional impact on her, was never solved, and now Temperance hopes that with additional clues and investigation, both might get resolved. There’s also a second storyline, though - the growing number of cases of “capnocytophaga” in the southeast. It’s an infection originating in healthy dogs and cats that can on rare occasions cause really nasty symptoms and death in humans. But now it’s not so rare. What is causing the odd outbreak, and is it related to the bodies in the medical containers? And how are Montreal and South Carolina linked? Reichs weaves a compelling tale which kept me reading late into the night. As mentioned above, I very much enjoyed the forensic elements of The Bode Code. It was fun to get a chance to learn about cutting edge genetic research, and what amazing stuff can - and can’t - be done with today’s techniques. In an odd sort of way, I also liked the fact that Temperance had, at times, to do a lot of waiting – for results of DNA analysis, for other characters to have time to do things, etc. Somehow this just felt realistic and believable, and since we, as readers, didn’t have to wait for days, it didn’t detract from the tale. I also liked the characters – not just Temperance herself; but her cat, Birdie (my second favorite character); aforementioned boyfriend, Andrew Ryan; Charleston detective, Tonia Vislosky; and others. What I didn’t like was Reichs’ addiction to abrupt end-of-chapter “cliff-hangers” that felt very contrived to me. The story is strong enough that readers will keep reading without them, and by the end of the book they were really annoying. For me, they were a bit like that dripping faucet that doesn’t bother you until someone points it out to you – and then you can’t get your mind off of it. Since I haven’t read any previous titles in this series, I don’t know if this is a stylistic thing for Reichs or just something that happens in this book. I very much hope it’s the latter! I tend to give very few five-star reviews, and four stars from me is a solid “read” review. My annoyance with the end-of-chapter stuff was actually severe enough that I almost bumped this down to three stars, which is a little more iffy, but in the end, the enjoyable plot and scientific foundations kept it at four. And my thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!

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  • well done!

    snark-fest, South Carolina, Montreal, law-enforcement, family-dynamics, forensics, friendship, anthropologist, murder, murder-investigation, egoist, greed, relationships, wry-humor, private-investigators, learning-opportunity***** Identical twins eighty years apart, too similar double murders involving medical waste containers fifteen years and two countries apart (Montreal and later South Carolina) perhaps tied together by a couple of pharmaceutical companies, covid essentially over but new virus causing fear. Add in the friend with benefits in the Canadian investigation, a cranky South Carolinian Homicide detective, a lot of wry humor and a ton of snarkiness, a potted history of Resusci Annie, and enough technical info to give paramedicals and bioscience geeks an orgasm. Another great read from one does more than talk the talk. This is not an unbiased review because I have adored reading Ms Reichs' books since book one. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Scribner via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • The Bone Codd

    Awesome and entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable reading. Very difficult to put down and so sad I'm finished! Can't wait till the next Temperance book is written!

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  • On the case!

    I really enjoyed this book! This is the twentieth installment in the Temperance Brennan series but it could work as a stand-alone. I binged this series years ago but missed picking up any of the newer installments until this one and I had no problem jumping back into the series. I love books that have medical or scientific elements so this is a series that has always appealed to me. I really had a great time with this story. There is plenty of excitement in this book. Tempe is in the middle of a hurricane as the book opens. A container holding two bodies wash onshore during the storm and Tempe is called in to look at the remains. This case resembles a case that she dealt with in Montreal several years earlier that remains unsolved. Tempe finds herself drawn to the case and is determined to help solve this mystery. Unfortunately, things will get dangerous before the case can draw to a conclusion. I was very intrigued by this mystery. I liked that it had a lot of layers and I enjoyed watching each piece fall into place. I wasn’t sure how things would work out until everything was revealed within the story. I found the DNA elements of the puzzle to be very interesting and I liked what it added to the mystery. I thought that this book had the right balance of exciting scenes and more thoughtful research that come together to solve the case. I would recommend this book to others. I really like the way that Tempe works to determine what happened to the victims of these crimes. I definitely plan to read more of this series soon. I received an advanced review copy of this book from Scribner Books.

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