One of my holiday goals was to do something about my toppling TBR. I have, and reading the second story of the Reichs omnibus on the shelf seemed like the next, logical step (five centimetress off the shelf in one fell swoop – I can assure you that made a difference).
“If the bodies were there, I couldn´t find them. Outside, the wind howled. Inside the old church, just the scrape of my trowel and the hum of a portable generator and heater echoed eerily in the huge space. High above, branches scratched against boarded windows, gnarled fingers on plywood blackboards.”
This is the second Temperance Brennan story, written by an American, but set in Canada. Tempe begins by searching for the remains of a nun about to be consecrated, but in her usual fashion she dashes off to a violent fire (presumably arson) the following day. Here she finds the body of three adult, but unfortunately that is not the end of the carnage because two small children are also missing.
On the whole I like reading about the minutiae of the forensic process, but five pages (didn´t count them but that was what it felt like) about which insects were found in a body and their various stages of development was almost too much, even for me. So to quote Norman, a blog friend, “…like a lot of current novels it was about 100 pages too long”.
Basically, it seems to me that Reichs has created a good series with a protagonist I like, but I think I have found it too late. There are too many details, and it would be too much trouble to read fourteen books to be up to date with what has happened to Temperance in this millennium.
I bought the book myself.
A couple of links
Wow, the first review of “The Cosy Knave” is already up!
Today I am visiting Elizabeth Spann Craig of Mystery Writing is Murder.
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