03 February, 2013

Book Review - Flash and Bones

From Goodreads:Kathy Reichs...returns with a riveting new novel set in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring America’s favorite forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s?

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question. Then an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing during Race Week. Tempe can’t overlook the coincidence. Was this man using his lab chemicals for murder? Or is the explanation even more sinister? What other secrets lurk behind the festive veneer of Race Week?

Thoughts: I've always quite liked Kathy Reichs Dr Temperance Brennan books. Good fast reads that keep you interested. This most recent one is no different. Body found in strange circumstances, people trying to hide what is going on, Brennan unwilling to back away, few dramatic scenes, pieces come together nicely and once again case closed can be stamped on the cover. And I have no problem with this given it's exactly what I was looking for.
If I do have one problem with the formula for these books is how often Brennan finds herself in the clutches of the killer....again and manages to escape or be rescued...again. Surely there are only so many times you can do that and get away with it...really.

Challenges:  Ebook Challenge, 13 in '13