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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
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Mar 06, 2011

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Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is spending two weeks in on Dewees, a barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina, leading a student excavation of a Native American burial site. When a recently deceased body is found, Tempe begins working with her friend, Emma Rousseau, coroner at the Charleston County Coroner's Office to try to identify the victim, Tempe becomes more involved in the investigation than she initially intended to when she learns Emma is ill and unable to work the case. As Tempe fills in for Emma, another body is found in another location, the forensic examination of the bones shows a similarity in the cause of death. As Tempe continues the investigation, another body turns up. The evidence begins to add up to a horrifying reason for the motive for these deaths. To complicate matters, Tempe's estranged husband arrives at the house she has borrowed from a friend at about the same time her boyfriend also arrives unexpectedly from Montreal. Tempe must work through her lingering feelings for her unfaithful estranged husband and her feelings for the new love in her life. Reichs has developed a likable and well-developed cast of characters; from the local sheriff to Tempe herself, the dedicated scientist who strives to provide justice for those whose lives have been tragically cut short.

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