The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a huge fan of the Temperance Brennan novels, and this latest edition is a great example.
Tempe is assigned to a case with two sets of remains in a medical container, which wash up on the shore after a storm. She’s immediately reminded of a similar case in Canada, her other jurisdiction, fifteen years previously. The condition of the skeletons is similar, and so is the way they were discarded.
In the meanwhile, she’s also trying to help an older woman locate a missing twin sister … and help her friend Anne through a crisis.
Plus, Tempe’s boyfriend Andrew, now retired from the police and working as a PI, has a case that may be related … and someone has him in their sights. Literally.
As with all of the Brennan novels, this is a solid fair-play puzzle with a significant thriller element. I didn’t really see the “whodunnit” coming, but it was all laid out. Throw in a subplot about a fictional pandemic (although COVID is referenced, that’s not it) brewing in Tempe’s area, and you have a lot to work through.
It’s worth every minute I stayed up too late reading.
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