It’s a great pleasure to review another book and take part in the Blogtour The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs.
About the Author
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead was a number one bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The Bone Code is Kathy’s twentieth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.
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About the book
A storm has hit South Carolina, dredging up crimes of the past. En route to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the Charleston coroner. During the storm, a medical waste container has washed up on the beach. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe recognises many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec fifteen years earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she flies to Montreal to gather evidence and convince her boss Pierre LaManch to reopen the cold case. She also seeks the advice—and comfort—of her longtime beau Andrew Ryan.
Meanwhile, a storm of a different type gathers force in South Carolina. The citizens of Charleston are struck by capnocytophaga, a bacterium that, at its worst, can eat human flesh. Thousands panic and test themselves for a rare genetic mutation that may have rendered them vulnerable.
Shockingly, Tempe eventually deduces not only that the victims in both grisly murder cases are related, but that the murders and the disease outbreak also have a common cause . . .
Reading a book in the Temperance Brennan series is a bit like revisiting an old friend, one who is rather good at solving the mysteries of bones and telling the stories of silent victims.
In the aftermath of a dangerous storm Tempe is called in by the Charleston coroner to give her opinion on the remains of what later appears to be two young girls. What really concerns her is the fact it is the exact copy of an unsolved crime she was involved in over a decade ago. It sets her inner alarm bells off.
Whilst she delves deeper into the past to solve her present case in the hopes of giving names to the previous victims, Tempe is also drawn into a more modern medical issue. In times of the current pandemic the sub-plot, which echoes the current panic, misinformation, fear and realistic threat, is absolutely the perfect storm.
I know I have said this before, but I think it’s worth repeating – I do enjoy the way I always leave a story by Reichs with a lot more knowledge. She always adds something worth knowing to her excellent crime stories. It’s a learning experience and a great read.
It’s also a testament to her storytelling skills that a series of this longevity, this is book twenty in the series, is still going strong and able to draw in both new readers and readers who have been reading the series since the beginning.
Buy The Bone Code at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Simon and Schuster Uk – Hardback | Publishing 29th April 2021. Buy at Amazon com. At Waterstones.