Books - Review

Showing all books by: Kathy Reichs

Fatal Voyage
Plane crash in the backwoods of somewhere, USA, takes pathologist Temperance Brennan (had to check name) into a strange mystery when she discovers a foot at the crash site that has surely been decomposing for longer than since the plane crashed? But her investigations are thwarted by officials, as powerful locals try to keep their awful secret hidden...
Pretty good - kept me hooked, read it fast over a weekend. Later scenes in the secret underground rooms were very creepy. Not sure she's in a different league to Patricia Cornwell (not that I've read any of hers!) unless of course they mean a lower league, like the Vauxhall Conference for example.
Score: 7.5
Published: tbc
Read: August 25th 2002

Deadly Decisions
Well Temperence is off again, exhuming remains, taking DNA samples, looking at blood spatter patterns, enhancing photos and generally being all scientific and clever about things. Meanwhile her dumb colleagues seem to stumble around in the dark, relying on their hunches, and ignoring Tempe's jolly useful information, leaving her to find the Hell's Angel biker villains pretty much on her own. Again. And look after her wayward nephew at the same time.
This was pretty bad - a bunch of totally contrived characters, bumping around in a plot that just stumbled from one biker corpse to the next, and the Texan nephew was so stupid it was beyond belief (so maybe she got some characterisation spot on?). Odd use of language too - someone involved in a discussion is a 'discussant'? Maybe French is her first language. And check out the grim author photo inside the front cover - fake smile or what?
Score: 4
Published: 2000
Read: February 10th 2003