Mandi Bierly
August 18, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Devil Bones

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kathy Reichs
publisher
Scribner
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

When the skull of a young woman is discovered in a basement cauldron and the carved torso of a young man turns up at a lake, in Devil Bones, the citizens of Charlotte, N.C., suspect Wicca, Santería, voodoo, or satanism. Enter forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, the inspiration for the Fox drama Bones, whose work is described in painstaking but fascinating detail (as usual). Though the alcoholic Tempe goes on a captivating bender, the mystery itself is all too predictable. And Reichs’ moral — ”Americans have become a nation afraid” — is spelled out so clearly it’s almost condescending. B

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