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BOOK REVIEW: DEVIL BONES
BY KATHY REICHS

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When a worker uncovers a collection of bones, animal carcasses and a skull in a cellar, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, is called to assist with the investigation. Tempe soon realizes that the cellar was probably used for some sort of religious ceremonies. What she did not anticipate how bizarre this case would become before it was solved.

Devil Bones is Reichs eleventh book with forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and in many ways, one of the best. However, the book left me with a mixture of feelings. On one hand, the book is among the most fascinating and on the other one of the more frustrating.

To the positive, Tempe's investigation into what might be considered fringe religions made for engaging reading. The investigation takes readers deep into the various syncretic religions-those religions that are a blend of Christian and African religious practices such as Santeria and also into the world of Wiccan. While all of this was very creepy reading, it was also very interesting. The forensic and anthropology aspects were as always done well, allowing readers to follow the technical angles of the investigation without feeling like they are reading a text book. There were some twists along the way for readers to puzzle over before the case was solved making it overall a very satisfying mystery.

My problem with the book was with Tempe's personal life. Through several books readers have followed Tempe's tumultuous relationships with Pete and Ryan. Now, Reich introduces yet another man in Tempe's life. Tempe's daughter brings Charlie, an old high school boyfriend, back into Tempe's life. For me, Tempe's love life has become a distraction. Hopefully the various relationships will be sorted out and Temperance Brennan's fans can concentrate on her forensic skills without worrying about her love life in future books.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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