by Kathy Reichs
‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #7
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. Ho did they get there? When did they die?
Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further sutdy 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 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 of disappeared, never to return … Tempe may be next.
Review: Finished August 14th, 2006. Oh, I really liked this one! One case, fast-paced, and I think Claudel might just be losing that chip on his shoulder. He actually cracked a joke! Will wonders never cease, LOL! Ryan was top-dog in this one, with a few surprises of his own, and I like how Tempe really had to dig deep down in this one, not just in her professional world, but in her personal world as well. Solid story that keeps you gripped within it’s pages, the climax had me shouting at the book (LMAO, it did!), a cute twist at the end, it doesn’t get any better than this. But then again, I’ll read Cross Bones to see if I have to take that comment back.