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The Devil's Bones (Body Farm #3)

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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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Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2009 by Quercus (first published February 5th 2008)
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Li'l Owl
The Devil's Bones is the third book in Body Farm series.
Dr. Bill Brockton is due to testify in the trial of Garland Hamilton. And he's not looking forward to it. Not at all.
Then a week before the trial Hamilton fakes a seizure in prison and escapes from the Emergency Room at UT hospital. It's a terrifying development as he's already tried to murder Bill once before. Further Hamilton knows all the halls below the hospitals main floor. When Dr. Brockton hears the news his thoughts go in several
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Fun and exciting read!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Bones • by Jefferson Bass
(Body Farm #3)

Three burning mysteries for Dr. Bill Brockton to unravel.

A wife burned up in her car during a brush fire, supposedly caused by her cigarettes, while her husband was having an alibi in Vegas. The bone detective determines the body was long dead when it was burned--maggot infested dead. How'd the hubby start the fire if he was out of state? A bag of ice. With the car running, parked off the road, the exhaust's catalytic converter gets very hot--h
Susannah Carleton
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Mystery, mayhem, humor, a touch of romance. And well written. What more can you ask? My husband and I met both authors at a signing several years ago at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love FoxTale and its ladies!
Linda J
Kind of disjointed in flow of the book. No nearly as good as the first one.
Mare Kinley
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ehhh-meh
Meh. Not as good as the other one. I'm not sure I will be trying any other books from this series.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Suspense high with lots if twists and turns as The Devil’s bones continues the story of Dr. Bill Brockton and Hamilton Garnett.
Nancy Hollingsworth
I’ll continue the series. This one was less intense.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, 2018
It was OK, not the most riveting of mysteries this time. I look forward to something more clever in the next book.
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of a fast paced, easy to read mystery series.
Diane Bircher
This was a basic who done it ;) but I really enjoyed the authors sense of humor! That made it entirely worth it!
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