A suspense thriller that grabs a hold of you the first chapter and doesn’t let go ‘til the last page. Warning: This is not for the faint hearted as it...moreA suspense thriller that grabs a hold of you the first chapter and doesn’t let go ‘til the last page. Warning: This is not for the faint hearted as it is filled with lots of gore and extreme violence.
Sara Linton lives in small town Grant, Georgia. It’s the kind of town where everyone seems to know everyone; it’s small enough that Sara is a pediatrician who doubles as the town coroner; she also has an ex-husband who is the town Chief of Police to contend with. When Sara finds the horrifically mutilated body of a local college professor, things take off on a roller coaster ride of subsequent attacks and harrowing revelations that keep you reading well into the night.
What sets this book apart from the many others of this genre is the rich characterizations of Sara; her ex-husband Jeff Tolliver and Detective Lena Adams, sister of the murdered professor. They are well developed people with flaws and good points in equal measure and that is what keeps you reading. I did figure out a portion of the mystery, but not enough to stop me from reading on and I will definitely read Slaughter again.(less)
This was my first book by Edna Buchanan, who is a rather prolific writer of mysteries. I enjoyed this book very much, as I am always fascinated with C...moreThis was my first book by Edna Buchanan, who is a rather prolific writer of mysteries. I enjoyed this book very much, as I am always fascinated with Cold Case stories and forensics and this book had both. Following two mysteries and introducing an interesting array of characters that work together on the Cold Case Squad, this book has the potential to be the start of a very good new series. I will be looking up Ms. Buchanan's back catalog(less)
Mistress of the Art of Death is a gripping story of a serial murderer in Medieval England. Think CSI meets Kay Scarpetta during the crusades.
Adelia Ra...moreMistress of the Art of Death is a gripping story of a serial murderer in Medieval England. Think CSI meets Kay Scarpetta during the crusades.
Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar is the mistress of the art of death; an early day forensic scientist. Educated by her father at the medical school in Salerno Adelia is sent by the King of Sicily to aid his cousin Henry II in finding out who is killing the children of Cambridge. Along with Simon of Naples, a “spy” and Mansur, an Arab eunuch who acts as her bodyguard, it's their job to find a murderer before he kills again.
This is a well written and well plotted thriller with loads of historical information on early forensics and medieval life in general. I was very entertained and I learned a lot too. (less)
The Anatomist’s Apprentice is a story of the early days of forensic pathology. Thomas Silkstone is a 25-year-old anatomist. Born in America he is at O...more The Anatomist’s Apprentice is a story of the early days of forensic pathology. Thomas Silkstone is a 25-year-old anatomist. Born in America he is at Oxford. When Sir Edward Crick dies under mysterious circumstances Dr. Silkstone is called in to investigate the death. He soon gets caught in a web of lies, deceit and more death.
This was a fairly enjoyable mystery set at about the time of the American Revolution. Sometimes it was a really graphic look at forensics. At other times it was an over-ripe love story. It reminded me of those Victorian novels where the damsel is always in distress and needs rescuing. The mystery was actually good, with lots of red herrings and suspects, but the end was a little bit over the top, with bodies dropping like flies.
The book wasn’t that well written but I both listened to the audio and read the book; I very much preferred the audio version. The narrator is Simon Vance, a truly gifted reader and he was able to make the book sound better than it probably was. Still I enjoyed it enough to probably read the next book in the series – well maybe I’ll just listen to it if Vance is the narrator again. (less)
FBI Special Agent Kelly Jones survived her last case involving a serial killer. Now working in the Behavioral Sciences Unit she is called in to work a...moreFBI Special Agent Kelly Jones survived her last case involving a serial killer. Now working in the Behavioral Sciences Unit she is called in to work another case after a Boneyard is found- a grave site with multiple victims. Heading to The Berkshires Kelly learns the bones have been found across state lines and must now supervise the investigation in both Massachusetts and Vermont with Detective Bill Doyle and Investigator Monica Lauer, who have nothing but disdain for each other. Soon it becomes clear that there is probably a second killer on the loose, a copy cat murderer. In addition Detective Doyle seems determined to thwart the investigation at every turn. As more bodies are found an intricate cat and mouse game begins, involving both killers and the police.
I have been reading a lot of historical fiction lately and just needed a break; I enjoyed The Tunnels, the first book in this series, so I picked up Boneyard. It did a good job of keeping me interested in a moderately entertaining serial killer mystery. The characters were pretty standard good guys versus really bad guys, but with the exception of the main characters Kelly Jones and Jake Riley most of the other characters don’t have much depth. The dialogue in general was often stilted and plot lines are dropped without resolutions; one involving a young boy who we become attached to is left unanswered and I found that very annoying. There was quite a bit of graphic violence, not to be unexpected when dealing with this genre of books and there didn’t seem to be much explanation of motives but the storyline was creepy enough to keep me interested and so I will be moving on to book 3, The Gatekeeper.
Overall this was a good but not great entry in this series. (less)