Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Cold Case Makes Dr. Brennan Confront the Past

Dr. Tempe Brennan is surprised to be invited to a meeting on a cold case investigation. She is even more surprised when the case involves the murder of young girls in Vermont as well as Charlotte, North Carolina. The case is similar to the Canadian case in which Anique Pomerleau tortured and killed young girls and almost succeeded in killing Tempe. The similarity sends a cold shudder over her. She worked on that case with Andrew Ryan, her sometime lover, but he's left the force battling grief over the death of his daughter from a heroin overdose. Now she needs to reconnect with him to solve the latest crimes.

The plot moves swiftly forced by the necessity to find the killer before more girls die. Tempe Brennan pulls you into her world. You can't help feeling the sense of urgency she exudes. I enjoyed the forensic science, although autopsy results may not be everyone's cup of tea. The repetitious descriptions of Detective Slidell got old, but the involvement of Tempe's eccentric mother was a bright spot.

If you're a Reichs fan, this is a good addition to the series. If you llike
murder mysteries with technical detail, you'll enjoy this one.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.