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Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs

>> Friday, July 31, 2009

Genre: Mystery
Series: #3 in the Temperance Brennan series
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 368
Support Your Local Library Challenge #36, TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #9

This is the third book in Reichs’ Temperance Brennan series. It’s a combination of medical and police procedural mystery. The TV show Bones is based on this series, but I have never watched the show although I do hear it’s a bit different than the books.

Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who splits her time between Montreal, Quebec where she works with the police and Charlotte North Carolina where she is a university professor. Yes, it seems strange, but it’s also similar to the author’s own background.

In this book Temperance gets involved in investigating a series of deaths connected to an ongoing war between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs. Both gang members and innocent bystanders are among the victims. Tempe finds herself looking into both current and past murders and also keeping an eye on her visiting nephew while at the same time learning much more than she wanted to know about the outlaw motorcycle gang culture.

I enjoyed this book. I liked how Tempe seemed a bit smarter about her own personal safety than in the first two books where she fell victim to the ‘smart heroine does stupid things’ syndrome. I enjoyed the investigation into the various cases, but frankly skimmed a bit when the detail (for example the blood spatter explanation) became a wee tad overdone. Tempe deals with remains that are typically more decomposed or damaged so there is a gruesome factor at times. Nevertheless, the story keeps moving at a good pace and I’m willing to overlook some minor quibbles for a story that holds my attention and keeps me entertained.

One thing I do wish Reichs would include in her books is an acronym glossary. She tends to explain the various government and police agency names once and then refer to them by acronym afterwards. I found myself paging back often to figure out an acronym.

Good medical and police story with a protagonist I’m liking more as the series progresses.

Rating: 4 stars


Bookfool 7/31/2009 4:53 PM  

This so does not sound like a Bookfool book. Am I right?

SuziQoregon 8/02/2009 6:48 AM  

Bookfool: definitely not a Bookfool series - much detailed description of corpes and autopsies beyond the normal medical examiner sphere of expertise.

Booklogged 8/06/2009 11:59 AM  

I haven't read any of Reichs books - oh, maybe one a long time ago - but I do watch the show. I wonder if the books would still be enjoyable after seeing the show. I know they are different, but there might be some overlapping.

samantha.1020 8/06/2009 5:34 PM  

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this book as I have the 2nd book in this series checked out from the library. Can't wait to read it now after reading your review!

SuziQoregon 8/11/2009 7:01 PM  

Booklogged: they can be jargon and detail heavy, but I still like them. I've never seen the show so I really can't guess how they'd compare.

Samantha: so far I'm liking the series and plan to continue reading it. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think about #2.

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