Book Review – Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

The blurb says:

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.

This is the eleventh installment in the series so if you’ve read the previous ten books you’ll pretty much know what to expect, and if you haven’t then you should go do that now.

As usual there are encyclopedic infodumps and some personal relationship issues that are blatantly obvious to the reader but that the main character refuses to understand in order to create drama.

This book is set in Charlotte, North Carolina which I don’t like as much as the Quebec setting (possibly just because it feels a bit more exotic) but there’s nothing actually wrong with it.

As the title and blurb state, the unique spin of this book is alternative/fringe religions, which are handled in a predictably respectful and informative way.

It’s mostly a good entry in the series but there are a few things that aren’t explained and the “personal relationships” storyline isn’t resolved.