206 Bones By Kathy Reichs.
"You have an enemy, Dr Brennan. It is in your interest to learn who placed that call."
A routine case turns sinister when Dr Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress. Someone has made an incriminating accusation that she missed or concealed crucial evidence. Before Tempe can get to the one man with information, he turns up dead.
The heiress isn't the only elderly female to have appeared on Tempe's gurney recently. Back in Montreal, three more woman have died, their bodies brutally discarded. Tempe is convinced there's a link between their deaths and that of the heiress. But what - or who - connects them?
Tempe struggles with the clues, but nothing adds up. Has she made grave errors or is some unknown foe sabotaging her? It soon becomes frighteningly clear. It's not simply Tempe's career at risk. Her life is at stake too.
First Sentence: Cold.
206 BONES (the number of bones to be found in the human body) is the 12th in the series of Temperance 'Tempe' Brennan novels to be penned by Kathy Reichs - the author who inspired the hit t.v. series BONES.
Some argue that the books are formulaic and whilst I wouldn't totally disagree with this, there is just something about them that keeps me reading sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, chapter after chapter, page after page.
This book, like all the previous, is rather macabre in that it deals with crimes being, largely but not altogether, solved by the examination of the bones and teeth of the dead. Simply fascinating stuff.
The characters are extremely well written and whilst each book can be read as an individual piece, I certainly think the reader gets more out of them by reading them as a series - as in that way, amongst other things, they get to know the complete, often complex, history of Tempe and her 'partner in crime', Detective Andrew Ryan.
The only problem with this book, as with the others, being, it is all too quickly read and there seems to be quite a long period before the next in the series is issued. Oh well, I can always re-read them.
My Rating: 4 out of a possible 5.