Speaking in Bones
Along with many others, I've found Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series a bit hit or miss in the last few years. Speaking in Bones was somewhere in between for me--I enjoyed it, but not as much as many of the earlier books.
Most interesting to me in this latest installment is the idea of web sleuths--something I'd never heard of before. Web sleuthing is a fascinating phenomenon, and sure enough, there are plenty of articles on line about these web detectives. From Websleuths: Dozens of experts, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, teachers and prison officers, have joined Websleuths. They can post as such if their credentials are verified by site owner Tricia Griffith, who bought it in 2004 for $US1500. "We're seeing an influx of professionals," she tells Fairfax via Skype.
And there is much more online about web sleuthing--articles, podcasts, a Facebook page, and different forums.
Even if I find Reichs' novels sometimes more, sometimes less fascinating, I don't think there has been a single one in which I didn't learn something new. Past books have been based on the archaeological excavation on Masada, the leper colony in New Brunswick, endangered wildlife, the importance of board qualifications for forensic pathologists/anthropologists, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, just to name a few interesting and informative themes taken from real life developments.
Another reader of the Temperance Brennan series mentioned that she preferred those set in Montreal. I had not thought of it that way, but on consideration, I agree. While I like the fact that the books always have an educational element (even though I have to do some research to find out more), it does seem the best-developed mysteries are set in Canada.
read in April; blog post scheduled for June 29, 2015
Mystery. July 21, 2015. Print length: 320 pages.