Thursday, August 2, 2012

Carved In Bone

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"The Body Farm" in Knoxville, TN has intrigued me ever since I learned of it in the pages of Patricia Cornwell's book by the same name (Body Farm, #5 in her Kay Scarpetta series). I found it interesting to note that this book is dedicated to Ms. Cornwell. In case you're not familiar with "The Farm", this small wooded patch of land near the University of Tennessee is the home of modern forensic science. When you watch TV or read a book or follow a real-life crime that relies on forensics to determine facts about what has happened to a body that is discovered in an outdoors situation, they are using information that was compiled while watching numerous bodies in various stages of decay when exposed to the elements under the watchful eye of Dr. William Bass. (To learn more about "The Farm" click HERE)

Now Dr. Bass and Jon Jefferson, using the psuedonym of Jefferson Bass, combine their talents and knowledge gleaned from years tending "the Body Farm" to create a spine tingling mystery series. I was absolutely enthralled from page one to the last one. It was a book that I wanted to never end. I wanted to step right into the next mystery and never step out. Intriguing, well-written, fascinating information and interesting characters combined into a story that tingles the spine as well as the mind.

From Amazon:

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he's being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment's unique chemistry. But Brockton's investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won't forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton's own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.

A little pricier than some other Kindle books, this series (and I would be willing to assume anything by this "writing team extraordinaire") is definitely worth it.

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