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Carved in Bone

(Body Farm #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,763 ratings  ·  996 reviews
There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the "Body Farm" has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his c
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Harper (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jerry Jares I've been reading them in order and that has worked well because the cases seem to build on each other. Previous characters are reintroduced often.…moreI've been reading them in order and that has worked well because the cases seem to build on each other. Previous characters are reintroduced often.(less)

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James Thane
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the first entry in the "Body Farm" series. The author, "Jefferson Bass," is actually a team consisting of Bill Bass, the founder of the "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee, and Jon Jefferson, a journalist. The protagonist, Dr. Bill Brockton, supervises the Body Farm (actually, the Anthropology Research Facility) where anthropologists study the ways in which corpses decompose. Brockton has a heavy teaching and research load and is still grieving the loss of his wife who died two ye ...more
 Li'l Owl
I realize that this review is nearly as long as the book but I felt is was important to lay the groundwork for the basis of the novel.

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bill Bass is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Center, informally nicknamed the Body Farm. Jon Jefferson, a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker, has written and produced two highly rated documentaries
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this series to me almost two years ago and I'm embarrassed it took me this long to get to the first book. If the first book is any indication, it's a great series. I really enjoyed the blending of fact and creative story. You learn a lot about forensic anthropology. Good strong characters - I'll be curious to see which of them outside the main character show up again. ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A sensational first book in the series by the author known as Jefferson Bass. While not only laying out a comprehensive explanation of forensic anthropology for laymen, but also creating a great story, the author is able to keep the reader interested from beginning to end. Explaining things while still moving the story forward is a great skill. Doing so while keeping characters developing, the setting realistic and the plot from going stale sets this book apart from many others I have read. Whil ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Before starting this book I read some of the background concerning The Body Farm and the subject matter sounded so repugnant I just had to read it.
What I found was a book that informed and entertained me.
The insight that the book provides on forensic anthropology is captivating. The anthropologists take a corpse and strip it back to the bare bones and the amount of information that the skeleton yields is mind blowing.
Meanwhile, the local sheriff askes Dr. Bill Brockton, the forensic anthropolo
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass.

This is the 1st in the body farm mystery series and my 7th since I didn't start at the beginning. This story was an excellent read. the details, which this series is famous for, is in depth and brings the reader into the story and close to the characters involved.

A woman's body is found inside a cave under climatic conditions that preserved the body for decades without exterior decay. She, the victim, appeared to be comparable to a wax figure. Dr. Bill was asked
This is the first in a now established series by the writing team of Bill Bass, a real forensic professor at the University of Tennessee, and Jon Jefferson, a writer and reported. You can definitely tell this is a first effort. I found some of the humor and dialog to be a little immature and clunky in several places. I also found it difficult to believe that this widower is suddenly being seduced and fawned over by not one, but two college girls. Really??? Not too believable.

The mystery part was
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3.75 stars

I liked this book more than I thought I would. Forensics have always been of interest to me - even though this book did not delve deeply into them. This was my first read for Jefferson Bass - who is a pseudonym for Jon Jefferson, filmmaker and writer, and Dr. Bill Bass, renowned forensic anthropologist.

This series starts out telling you a bit about the Bone Farm in Eastern Tennessee. Then sets anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton off on a mystery to find, the body of, and solve the murder
Alondra Miller
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alondra by: Bill
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
4 Stars

Awesome read. Really enjoyed this new series.

All about forensic anthropology, which was more interesting than it sounds. There are more twists and turns than the Jersey Pike.

Dr Brockton is brought in to solve an old murder and finds that someone wants to stop him dead in his tracks. With the aide of his students and Art, who happens to be a kick-ass cop, one of the top criminalists, at that.

The entire time I read the book, I never had a clue as to who was the good guy. Just when you th
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the "Body Farm" has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

I am absolutely engrossed by all the stories written by the Basses and Dr. Brockton. I've really enjoyed this excellent reading and writing. Highly Recommend. There is a big part of
CARVED IN BONE (Forensic Mystery-TN-Cont) – G+
Bass, Jefferson – 1st book
Harper, 2007- US Paperback- ISBN: 9780060759827
***Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton is summoned to a Tennessee mountain town where the local sheriff and deputy take him to see a mummified corpse of a young woman. His first task is to find out who she is and how she died. And then he has to find out who killed her while not dying himself.
*** I liked this book. The protagonist clearly knows his forensics but is down to earth, g
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I got this book as either the free Friday Nook book or it was the daily find and I paid $1.99 for it. Either way, I am happy I did not make a huge investment in this book. It barely scraped by at getting 2 stars from me. It is not that the writing is bad, but the editing is horrendous. This book has no idea what it is supposed to be (I seem to be coming across that a lot in books of late)- is it a thriller, a procedural, a story about small town dynamics? Not to say that a book can't be all ...more
Kristen Elise
Where can you find a world class research institute, decaying bodies, Skoal spitting rednecks, underground caves and steamy romance all within a mile of each other? Carved in Bone, of course!

Author Jefferson Bass is himself a fascinating character. Too bad he doesn't exist.

Bass is a hybrid between writer Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass - the forensic anthropologist who founded the notorious "body farm", a three acre breeding ground for rotting corpses in backwoods Tennessee. In fact, the area is
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not sure what put me off about this one, which I got as a Free Friday ebook from Barnes & Noble, and would not otherwise have read. It might be that the protagonist had the usual Robert Langdon/Mikael Blomkvist trait of being an emotionally damaged middle-aged man who is irresistible to much younger women. It might be that the character I suspected of obstructing justice from the beginning was, in fact, obstructing justice. Or maybe it was the multitude of oddly placed tertiary characters, whose ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I mean, look. This isn't really a four star book. The writing is unpolished, the characters are one dimension, and the story is same old same old. But. But. This scratches such a nostalgic itch that I can't help but love it.

It's like Marie Callender frozen pot pies. There are way better pot pies but the ease and delicious saltiness of them just make me so happy. Pot pies and forensic anthropology thrillers are my happy place.
R  Jay K
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviews-written
Body Farm. Readers who might have dabbled in the Kay Scarpetta series will recall references to the place. This book has shown up in my Goodreads recommendations for a while now, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Whatever my expectations were, this book ended up being a HUGE let down.

The first few pages draw you in, I must admit. The concept of Body Farm itself has a morbid but nonetheless intriguing appeal to it, and the first few pages of the book live up to it. Renowned forensic anthropologist
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! The author takes you step-by-step in the scientific processes and gives great, easy to understand background information so you don't have to worry about knowing anything about Forensic Anthropology to be able to enjoy this book. Infact, the story is presented in such a way that you actually learn true information as you go along and in a very fun way, if I may add. The discriptions of the places Dr. Brockton goes really comes to life in your minds eye because it is so wel ...more
I started this book out with a lot of eye rolling because it seemed to fall into the same traps of many novels written by experts: too much professional detail without enough true writing skill, and too much hokey dialogue. But the writing really grew on me, and although the writing choices make it clear it's written by a professional forensic anthropologist, you can't deny that the details are incredibly interesting. The humor and relationships between the characters felt more charming and real ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I could work with anyone right now it would be Bass! He is my all time greatest male mentor!
I admire his work both at "The Body Farm" and in the literary field. I believe that his research and contributions in forensics is and will be monumental in sovlving the mysteries of both life and living; and death and dying for centuries to come.
Sue Smith
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good introduction of characters and what will hopefully be a long and interesting series of murder and mystery. I do like the fact that the author is -in fact- an actual author duo, one being the primary writer and one who is an actual scientist and was a key reason why the 'Body Farm' actually exists. It makes for a much more interesting read actually, as you know it's based more on truth than on fiction. So what you're shaking your head at (because it's out of the realm of yo ...more
A generally enjoyable, well-paced forensic mystery set in Tennessee. Some of the story line was a bit convoluted, but overall, I enjoyed very much. I liked the setting, the interest in the Body Farm and hope more of that aspect is covered in future stories. The characters are interesting and the story held my interest throughout. I look forward to reading more in the series. Flesh and Bone is up next
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
really liked this book, much easier to read then Kathy Reichs. Believable characters, and much more likeable than the aforementioned series. Awesome forensic sceince, and local colorful folks. Will be wantin' ta read more o' these. ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another body farm book that left me feeling “eh”. The beginning of the story really captured my attention but I lost interest the rest of the book. I actually finished it because of the detailed descriptions of the bodies in the body farm though.

Hate to say it but this didn’t leave me dying to read another book in the body farm series anytime soon.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
First entry in the series, with anthropologist Bill using his skills to help law enforcement find killers. In this case, the body farm is mentioned peripherally, with our intrepid sleuth looking into the decades old body of a young woman who has turned almost to soap in her cave hideout.

Good humor and action.
Not for the squeamish, The Body Farm grabbed my attention from the get- go, and never let go until the end! I read it in one day. Fortunately this book was suggested to me by my GR friend Michael, as a candidate to read in my Road Trip USA Challenge, for the state of Tennessee. I am so glad I followed his advice. I will definitely be adding this series to my "must read" list.

There are so many elements within this book that ring true. Jefferson Bass is the pen name for two talented individuals w
This was my first introduction to this series of "Body Farm" books, and I really liked it. One of the authors, Bill Bass, is a forensic anthropologist, and created the actual "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The central character in this series, Dr. Bill Brockton, is also a forensic anthropologist, and assists many law enforcement agencies in the the area with criminal forensics. The author's knowledge made the story here quite credible; while much technical info is inclu ...more
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Along with his partner Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson manages to weave some very technical information (you learn a lot about skeletal anatomy) into a story of murder and revenge in the hills of Tennessee. Not a whole lot of twists, but the characters are compelling enough to keep the pages turning.

I enjoyed reading this book, although it wasn't near as interesting as the crime scene investigation workshop I attended conducted by the author, Jon Jefferson. After hearing him describe what it was li
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, I didn't know The Body Farm was in Knoxville. When I read a review of the latest book in the "Body Farm" series, co-authored by Knoxville forensic anthropologist Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, I wanted to start the series. The main character, Dr. Brockton, is loosely based on Dr. Bass.
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I'm 50% through the book and it is so good! The forensic details are interesting rather than morbid - although I did have to quit reading about adipocere whilst eating a ham-and-Swiss rollup
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to confess that this ebook has been sitting in my Nook app for a while. I got it for free, not even sure why I picked it up. But once I started it I couldn't put it down. Good first effort from the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass (who runs "The Body Farm" at UTennessee). Clever little head nod to "Dr. Kay Scarpetta", Pat Cornwell's fictional forensic anthopologist and star of "The Body Farm". ...more
A body is discovered deep in a cave in Cooke County and forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton from Knoxville is called in to examine the scene. After returning to the Regional Forensic Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, he and his assistant Miranda examine the body to determine who she is and how she died. They discover a bit of evidence on the body that might help determine what happened and tie her death to a particular someone.

As Doctor Brockton soon discovers, many of the
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