Saturday, September 19, 2015

Short & Sweet Review: Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs (audio)

Title: Devil Bones   
Author: Kathy Reichs    
Series: Temperance Brennan, #11      
Narrator: Linda Emond
Published: August 2008, Simon & Schuster Audio  
Length: 10 hours  
Source: Library    

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, Santeria, 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.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: In this installment of the Temperance Brennan series, we find Tempe back in North Carolina, working on a case that involves Wiccans. I have to say that once again, it is so evident all the research that Kathy Reichs put into her books. I really didn't know much about Wiccans or Santeria and was quite interested in what we were told during the course of the investigation.

I loved how Detective Slidell was back, and that he and Tempe were forced to work together - while he may not necessarily be Tempe's favorite, I do enjoy the interactions between the two of them. There was also a old high school friend that comes into Tempe's life again and provides a new wrinkle in the romance department. Is this the only book he will be in or will he be around for a while?

I really do love this series and love how each book is so very different from the others. I'm so close to being completely caught up and have really enjoyed getting to know the earlier Tempe. Having read the more recent books, I like seeing how some things have come to be.

Audio thoughts: I really enjoy Linda Emond's narration of this series. She narrated the previous book and I was happy to see she was narrating this one. I think she narrates the next few, which makes me happy - my biggest complaint with this series has been the inconsistency with the narrator.

Books in this series:
  1. Deja Dead                                14.  Flash & Bones
  2. Death du Jour                       15.  Bones are Forever
  3. Deadly Decisions                 15.5  Bones in Her Pocket
  4. Fatal Voyage                         16.  Bones of the Lost
  5. Grave Secrets                        17.  Bones Never Lie
  6. Bare Bones                              17.5  Bones on Ice
  7. Monday Mourning              18.  Speaking in Bones
  8. Cross Bones                            
  9. Break No Bones                    
  10. Bones to Ashes                    
  11. Devil Bones 
  12. 206 Bones
  13. Spider Bones

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