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Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
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Mar 13, 09

bookshelves: mystery
Read in March, 2009

When ever my life gets out-of-control busy, I turn to reading mysteries for bed time escape. My method of mystery reading involves finding a writer I enjoy and reading all of her/his books from the first published. This is the 5th in Reichs' Temperance Brennan series. Admittedly, I'm getting pretty familiar with her plot pattern, but the books still do the trick as escape reading. She usually employs some effective social/political focal point around which to construct the plot, in this case Mayan genocide in Guatemala in the 1990s and stem cell research at the turn of the century. It's an interesting combo that she weaves rather well. Also, it's fun to watch a romantic sub-plot evolve over the course of these 5 books. Reichs puts together an enjoyable story.

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Phil Nichols I have never read Kathy Reichs, and so thanks for the suggestion. I "comfort read" thrillers, and have particularly enjoyed Robert B. Parker. I am reading his in more-or-less the order written. I like his brisk dialogue and great character development as well as his good plot lines. I also find his voice and writing style instructive for my own writing.

Patricia Bill,
I have a neighbor who is a Robert B Parker Fan. I right with you on finding other writers' style instructive. I'm very cognizant of the structure of Reichs' plots and sub-plots and keyed into the devices she employs to keep the story moving forward. She and her main character are forensic anthropologists, so it's also instructive to see how she weaves complex scientific info in.

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