Reviews of Devil Bones (2008)
Review by michael a draper (2010-01-29)
This is the 11th book featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
In this story, a plumber is renovating a home when he discovers a secret room. In the room are bones, feathers and signs of what might be devil worship. There is an altar at the center with a skull on it. The skull turns out to be a teenage girl.
Temperance Brown is called in to see if the skull is from a murder victim. As she works on this case with Detective Erskine "Skinny" Slidell, they also investigate the circumstances around the body of a teenage boy found by a man walking his dog. This body is marked by satanic symbols.
Kathy Reichs takes her reader on an adventure where we learn of devil worship, meet a Wiccan, and learn how this is different from a witch. Temperance also investigates the superstitutions of the black community and their practice of Voodoo medicine.
There is plenty of action in this story. The author provides a number of surprises and good characters. In this story, the reader learns of Temp's love life and the politics of her job.
(This review refers to the 2008 version titled “Devil Bones”)