Author: Jefferson Bass
Book Name: Carved In Bone
Series: Body Farm
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt–and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
Review: Knowing that this is written by an expert forensic anthropologist, it would be easy to assume it would lean towards a dry, technical read. It came as a bit of a surprise to find that wasn’t the case. You absolutely get some of the technical and scientific side of things, but that is beautifully balanced with humor, emotion and a genuinely well written story.
The very beginning of the book gave a very clear indication of how this book was going to go when you are immediately exposed to a somewhat gruesome and icky scenario juxtaposed against wry humor. It isn’t often that I get to laugh while a guy is driving a knife into someone, but that is exactly what you get here.
Brockton’s character is this incredibly accomplished and respected professional. We get this odd blend because that professionalism is offset with this imperfect, wacky, kind of scaredy cat, geeky personality that provides some lighter humor in the middle of some of the serious. His friend Art and his student Miranda are much the same and are a big part of why this keeps from being too much about just the science.
This has to be one of the better crime dramas that I’ve read in a while and I will absolutely be reading the next one in this series.