Reichs, Kathy. Bones to Ashes.
I enjoy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels. This tenth novel in the series deals with a mystery that may connect with the forensic anthropologist's personal life.
When the skeleton of a young girl is discovered, Temperance feels a strong connection and begins remembering her childhood friend Evangeline, who disappeared at 15. The unidentified skeleton may be connected to Detective Ryan's cases involving missing and murdered young girls.
As usual, Reichs' deftly involves history, smoothly incorporating historical information into the narrative. This time, since the skeleton is discovered in Acadia, we get some background into le Grand Dérangement that evicted the Acadians from their homeland and information about the leper colony that was established in New Brunswick.
Temperance's personal life is in upheaval at the moment, and the possibility of discovering what happened to her friend becomes imperative.
I really enjoyed the role of sergent-enqueteur Hippolyte Gallant and the contrast between Temperance and Harry, her younger sister, who makes another appearance.
Reichs' novels are always a little dark in tone, but as well as enjoying the mysteries, I always learn a little something.
Fiction. Mystery/forensic science. 2007. 388 pages.