Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (Body Farm Novels)

by Jefferson Bass | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0060759828 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 3/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 22, 2007
From the Publisher
On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The "Body Farm" is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart-stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences. A woman''s corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave''s chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems. The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that''s clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman''s corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county''s powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton''s investigation altogether. So do Brockton''s other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court. Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, thisthrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction -- and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 12, 2007
A great book about forensic anthropology. A well-crafted murder mystery set in the back woods of Tennessee. The details of the forensics are sometimes stomach turning but still riveting.

A body dead for 30 years is found. What is the involvement of the sheriff? Does he know what is going on in his own county?

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Dr Bill Brockton, the head scientist at the Body Farm in Tennessee, gets called out to Cook County for a grisly discovery. Brought into a cave by the Cook County sheriff and deputy, Brockton finds a body that has basically turned to wax. He brings it back to his lab and determines cause of death and that this murder happened 30 years ago.

When Brockton tries to investigate the murder, he is having troubles determining who to trust. Everyone seems to want to throw his investigation off, including the sheriff. As most mysteries, there are a couple more deaths during the investigation and quite a dramatic conclusion.

I really like books by Jefferson Bass because the characters are so human and likable, and because they explain complex topics so that anyone can understand. The mystery is suspenseful, but I can always guess who did it before it's actually revealed.

One thing I don't really understand however, is why Brockton investigates the crime itself. As the person who looks at the bones to determine what happened to the person, do these people really start to investigate the crime by interviewing others and going back to the crime scene? It seems like that should be left to the police.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 03, 2007
mailed yesterday to Krin

Journal Entry 6 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Friday, October 05, 2007
Arrived today - thanks!

Journal Entry 7 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Saturday, April 18, 2009
I liked this mystery set at the "Body Farm" and in the Appalachian mountains. I especially liked the interactions between Brockton and police officer Art Bohanan as they work together to solve the murder of the woman in the cave. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Flesh and Bone.

Journal Entry 8 by krin511 at Mystery VBB, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Journal Entry 9 by MissBagpuss from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 01, 2009
arrived safely - thanks

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