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The Devil's Bones (Body Farm #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,150 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
A woman's charred body has been found inside a burned car perched atop a hill in Knoxville. Is it accidental death, or murder followed by arson? Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton's quest for answers prompts an experiment straight from Dante's Inferno: In the dark of night, he puts bodies to the torch, researching how fire consumes flesh and bone.

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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by William Morrow
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil's bones by Jefferson Bass.

A car accident with a woman's body inside is discovered in Knoxville. Dr. Bill Brockton starts experiments with corpses to find how a fire may destroy flesh and bone. At the same time an acquaintance has a problem with the cremains of his aunt and asks Dr. Brockton's assistance in uncovering the reason why there is such a discrepancy in her cremains compared to the average person.
Dr. Brockton starts to unravel the mystery behind his friend's aunt's cremains by
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I know it gets tiresome to continually hawk the benefits of one author over and over (for three posts now!). But technically Jefferson Bass is TWO authors... So does that make it different? Probably not, but I don't care... The Body Farm series is continuing to entertain and amaze me, now three books in.

The third novel in the series, The Devil's Bones, continues the story of Dr. Bill Brockton, University of Tennessee professor and Body Farm founder. You need to read the first two novels to reall
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book… certainly not one of my favorites… I admit to getting wholly tired of the whole disgruntled ME gone crazy… it was intriguing the first time, exciting the second time, but this time it’s entirely over done. Hopefully, the madness is over.
I’m finally starting to get accustom to this author’s writing style. I have to say that this book, the 3rd in the series, just wasn’t my favorite. It seemed like the author just had to stretch to get what he was looking for.
I’m also getting a little t
3.5 Stars

I really love this series.

This book is more like a continuation of Book 2; with Dr Brockton having to deal with the fallout from Garland Hamilton. It was still good, but not nearly as crazy. Just trying to figure out where all the pieces fit.

May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Sandra K Gill
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
edge of my seat!

made me laugh, made me cringe, made me mad....all this as i was reading throughout the book. i loved it!
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bass adds another great book to the series in this, the third installment. The book is a great stand-alone, though the background learned from the previous two make it all the more exciting if read as part of the larger series. Bass has the ability not only to allude to the previous stories, but incorporate them into the subsequent books without stitching each book together (one book does not continue the story from the previous one). While I was also able to learn a great deal about forensics, ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton is trying to figure out who murdered Mary Latham and how her car caught fire and burned so extensively when his criminal defense attorney gives him what are claimed to be the cremains (cremated remains) of his aunt, which look more like concrete mix than bone ash. With the help of forensic scientist Art Bohanan, Brockton investigates the crematorium in Georgia that was responsible for the cremation but keeps butting up against stone walls. Eventually, he dis ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started this title right after I read Fireproof by Alex Kava. I left one hot spot for another. Fire bugs and murder in Washington D.C. to a suicide by fire in Tennessee... or was it? While I love reading Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa Black and others who do forensic crime scenes.... I FREAKING love this due partnership of Jefferson Bass. Smart, gritty and right to the gory details. I get the real deal when they talk a crime scene and figure out the death with old bones or green bones. ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Most everything you wanted to know about fire and cremation can be learned by reading The Devil’s Bones. When Mary Latham was found dead in a car destroyed by fire in a field at her farm, Bill Brockton was asked to give assistance to the police. The husband is suspected of the murder but he can prove he was out of town at the time.

The first step in Brockton’s investigation was to burn up two cars at the Body Farm with a body in each car. One was a body that had been dead for sometime and the oth
Jul 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
The writing duo of the University of Tennessee's Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson is back with a third suspense novel featuring Dr. Bill Brockton.

"The Devil's Bones" follows the events of the previous novel as Brockton continues to come to terms with the murder of his lover by his nemesis, Garland Hamilton. Brockton is asked to look into the cremains of a friend's loved one and soon uncovers a scam being perpetrated by owners of a cremation company. Add to this that Hamilton escapes custody and
This is the 3rd book in the Body Farm series, featuring U of Tennessee forensic scientist Bill Brockton. I've enjoyed every book so far. There is a nice folksiness about Brockton and he is surrounded by excellent friends and co-workers, especially his faithful assistant Miranda (she's lovely) and his old friend police detective Art. This story has its own unique mysteries; both dealing with burned corpses in their own way. The first is the death/ murder of a woman, whose burned body is found in ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
A burnt body has been found inside a car in the remote wilderness and Bill Brockton is on the case, torching bodies from The Body Farm to research how fire consumes flesh and bone. Days later, he receives a mysterious package - a set of cremated remains that seems entirely unreal. As Brockton investigates, he uncovers a truth too horrifying to believe… Meanwhile, disgraced medical examiner, and Brockton's nemesis, Garland Hamilton, has escaped from custody. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins, ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is 3rd in the Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass. Jefferson Bass is actually the last names of 2 men that collaborate on the novels. Dr. Wm. Bass is actually the real life expert and founder of the body farm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As gruesome as it may seem he supervises graduate students in the science of forensics by studying how bodies decay and thus can testify in court that someone died in a certain way or at a certain time. I've read the first 3 books in the seri ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not great writing. Not great pacing. Not great character development. Good story. Firmly grounded in the real world, landmarks and brand names and all. Worth the read, but not worth a re-read or full-price purchase.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun and exciting read!
Susannah Carleton
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book, with a continuing subplot from the previous book, as well as two new ones. The hero, Bill Brockton, has developed more fully as a character, and continues working on interesting cases, brought to him by the police, as well as by local attorneys, on both sides. In this book, the cases involve whether or not a body found in a burned car was murder or not, whether cremated remains are human or something else, and if a body found in a cabin that suddenly caught fire is that of a man who ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This story brings in all the characters from the previous two books, but you do not have to have read them to follow the story. A lot of description in this book that does not add to the story, such as Bill and Art discussing the biscuits at Cracker Barrel for a page and a half. In fact he discusses his food choices a number of times. Was someone on a diet while the book was being written. I found the subject matter, cremation, interesting and the story moved along well, but there were some leap ...more
Mare Kinley
Meh. Not as good as the other one. I'm not sure I will be trying any other books from this series.
Bette Jacobson
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense high with lots if twists and turns as The Devil’s bones continues the story of Dr. Bill Brockton and Hamilton Garnett.
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Book 3 of a fast paced, easy to read mystery series.
Diane Bircher
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a basic who done it ;) but I really enjoyed the authors sense of humor! That made it entirely worth it!
Eustacia Tan
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you all know, I'm a sucker for a good mystery story. Plus, I love Bones (except maybe season 10, because of a certain character's death). So when I saw this on sale at Popular, I figured that it was time to try a new author. Now, I just wish they had more of his books on sale so that I could buy them.

The Devils Bones follows Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist who works that The Body Farm, a place where bodies are left to rot under various conditions in the name of science. In this b
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: forensics, mystery fans.
Reading this book is as easy and enjoyable as if the author is sitting right with me and telling me about his experiences. Amazing. I’ve never felt so comfortable in a book before, especially considering the theme. Jefferson Bass is the pseudonym for a team comprising Dr. Bill Bass, world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the real “Body Farm”, and Jon Jefferson, journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. With a background like this you know the novel will be informative an ...more
T.J. Fox
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As book three in this series, this is just as great as the first two. I have to say after reading all of these so far, I’m absolutely loving the series. I love the characters that are developing along the way as well.

Bill’s character comes across as this truly genuine guy that is imperfect but still tries to be a decent human being. All of the supporting characters that seem to be constant, Miranda and Art are much the same. The humor that gets tossed around amongst them is very much on the corn
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Bones is Jefferson Bass' third installment into the Body Farm Series. I wouldn't call any of the books in this series 'stand-alone' because there is a lot of subtext that you will only understand if you have read the other novels.

This novel does, however, differ from the format of the previous novels because the plot is split between multiple cases rather than focusing on a single case. Dr. Bill Brockton finds himself staying busy and trying to piece his life back together after nar
Jan C
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CSI and other forensic fans
Shelves: mystery, south
I enjoy this series. This is the third book for the Univerity of Tennessee forensic anthropologist and his friends. And the book opens with Bill and his friends setting fire to cars.

It was a science experiment that was based on a case where a woman was found in her Lexus all burned up and they were trying to determine if she was dead before the car fire or if the car fire killed her.

But the main story is the return of Garland Hamilton (I almost put the former vice president's name in). He was t
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I think this may be my favorite so far in the series. It brought back Jim and Waylon from Carved in Bone, which was delightful. Art played a decent-sized role... I loved the scene where Brockton, Art, and Miranda accidentally blow up the cars they were trying to burn... I couldn't stop laughing...
There's a whole bunch of great science in there, especially the bit where they matched the frontal sinus pattern of a skull to an X-ray... it was fascinating.
The pace was also very good in this book, ba
Meneesha Govender
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Dr Bill Brockton has lost the woman he loved. Garland Hamilton - the killer and a former colleague - is behind bars and Bill is preparing to testify against him.

At the body farm, he is working on a case that involves fire. His aim is to prove that Mary Latham was killed by her husband and then set alight, rather than her husband's version, which is that she committed suicide.

Then his lawyer sends him what are supposed to be the "cremains" of his beloved aunt. However, both lawyer and Bill are su
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Body Farm (10 books)
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  • Flesh and Bone (Body Farm #2)
  • Bones of Betrayal (Body Farm #4)
  • The Bone Thief (Body Farm, #5)
  • The Bone Yard (Body Farm, #6)
  • The Inquisitor's Key (Body Farm #7)
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