Book Review - Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
Another "favorite author" has a new novel out. This time it's Kathy Reichs' Monday Mourning. All I can say is she's still hitting on all cylinders with this series. Great stuff...
Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, is up in Montreal in December when she's pulled into a bizarre case. Three skeletons are found buried in the basement of a pizza parlor, and it appears to be three young girls. As there's no flesh left, it's difficult to determine whether these are historical or signs of a homicide. Because of certain clues, the police want to write it off as historical, but Brennan isn't too sure. The more she pushes, the more recent the killings become. When she starts investigating prior owners of the building, a clear suspect emerges. The story then focuses on kidnapping and slavery, and Brennan has to try and rescue what looks to be the next victim.
Reichs' novels are often compared to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series. And there is some similarities back when Cornwell used to be... well, Patricia Cornwell. But the Scarpetta novels have been really bad of late, and Reichs has taken over as the queen of this type of novel. Great writing, very fast pacing, character personalities that don't overwhelm the action, and interesting plot twists. The only thing I didn't care for was the way the scene with Brennan's escape played out. A little too much of a reach. But even with that, it was still a great read and a solid five star.