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Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
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I read this entry in the Temperance Brennan series by forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs while on several flights taking me from Tucson to Ilheus, Brazil. It kept me engaged -- as did the other two novels. The plot itself centers around the real travesty of the 'disappeared' in Guatemala (Reichs herself has volunteered in similar forensic work). This is the fifth in the series; I've read the first and one that comes after, and I can see that her writing has gotten stronger over time. In her earlier novels, it seems at times like she is 'trying too hard,' at times telegraphing what is best left unstated or simply implied; at times her attempt at irony or humor a bit strained. I hasten to add, at least for me, none of this presents any real problem or obstacle to the enjoyment of a good, suspenseful read. Just that the later books seem to offer a greater literary pleasure as well.
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