Fever of the Bone: A Novel

by Val McDermid | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0061986488 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/5/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 05, 2010
Received this from Harper Collins to review.

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A new chief constable, James Blake, arrives at Bradfield CID in McDermid's excellent sixth Tony Hill novel (after Beneath the Bleeding). Since Blake takes a skeptical view of both Tony's contributions as a medical consultant and the team's commitment to cold cases, Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan has to tread carefully. Soon deemed too expensive by Blake, Tony turns to nearby Worcester for work, where a grisly case involves the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of teenagers lured to their deaths by a killer who befriends them on a social networking Web site. Connections soon arise between Tony's case and Carol's new murder inquiry in Bradfield, which McDermid develops with her usual systematic ease until all the pieces of the disturbing puzzle fall into place. The increasingly complex and indefinable relationship between Tony and Carol provides a strong emotional undercurrent. McDermid demonstrates once again that she's as adept with matters of the heart as she is with murder.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back for another round in McDermid's most recent book. With a new boss on the force, Jordan is threatened to have her team taken away from her and is told she can no longer use Hill's profiling techniques to help solve crimes. Knowing that Jordan won't be able to use him, Hill takes the time to consult on another case in a different county. This also gives him a chance to visit the home of the father that he never knew. He's not quite emotionally prepared for learning about his father which adds another layer of complexity.

Meanwhile, Jordan's team is desperate to prove themselves and they start to investigate the murder of a teenage boy whom has been mutilated. There are striking similarities between the case that Hill is working on and Jordan's case. A serial killer may be on the loose and no one is sure who this person could be or what their motive is.

As always, I really enjoy the chemistry between Hill and Jordan. Hill is such a vulnerable character which makes him so endearing. I wasn't impressed with Jordan's increasing abuse of alcohol and would much like to see that solved quickly as it doesn't add anything to the story line. Though I've found that most of these books can be read as a stand alone, I think this one is best read in series. There's just too much background information that would be missed by a reader not invested in this series.

McDermid can't go wrong. All of her mysteries are page turners that keep you guessing up to the last minute. This book was left with an interesting ending between Jordan and Hill which leaves me looking forward very much to the next book to see what the resolution is!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 26, 2010
This book is with me!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, February 11, 2011
This is the sixth book in the Tony Hills series. The premise of each is somewhat the same, Tony Hill is vulnerable in his life and his job, Carol Jordan and her team have to prove themselves and the dynamics between the two are complex and in turmoil. Does this make a ho-hum read. Definitely not!!!! McDermid has out-done herself with the best in the series.

Jennifer Maidment, a Worcester teen has been found murdered and sexually mutiliated. Tony is brought in as the profiler. Meanwhile, Carol and her team are on a three month probation under her new boss, James Blake. Blake is not sure of the team's contributions and finds the use of Tony as a profiler too expensive.

Carol is given a new murder to investigate and it is strikingly similar to Tony's case. A teen lured into meeting someone from the latest teen social network, Rigarmole is lured to his death. What is the motive and can this serial killer be stopped?

As a side story Tony gets to spend some time in his father's house he has inherited. Tony is so very insecure and vulnerable and I think this is what the reader likes so much about him. This book is definitely a page-turner. I can't wait for the next in the series.

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