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Devil bones [sound recording] : [a novel]
Kathy Reichs
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Linda Emond's crisp and dry vocal interpretation of Reichs's Temperance Brennan, crime fiction's second most popular forensic expert, is on target. The cool approach works fine when the "5'5", feisty and 40-plus" heroine describes stumbling into a dark basement and finding a witches' brew of pagan artifacts and human and animal remains. It lets Temperance and the listener calmly contemplate her jumbled, alcohol-prone, romantically impaired life. And it helps in sorting out the clues for several gruesome killings that may or may not be connected and may or may not involve what one character describes as a "murderous devil conspiracy." But even Emond can't make Reichs's endless side trips into North Carolina history, geographical key notes and descriptions of the roots of voodoo and the Wicca religion sound anything but academic. Spare us the lectures; there's more than enough plot without the unnecessary digressions. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, June 9). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Tempe Brennan (Bones to Ashes) returns to the States for the 11th episode in the long-running series about the forensic anthropologist who splits her time between Montreal and North Carolina. As always, Reichs mixes intense suspense with scientific inquiry and intriguing ideas. Expect high demand and buy for all popular collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/08.] Background: Bored and feeling weary about her deteriorating relationships, Tempe is quickly jolted back into action when a plumber accidentally stumbles upon a human skull, bones, and two cauldrons looking suspiciously witchcraft-related. The police call Tempe in to date the bones and make sense of the paraphernalia. Quicker than Tempe can say "I smell a homicide," a headless body washes ashore at a nearby lake. Immediately, the media charges in, and an ultraconservative local politician mounts his bully pulpit to rail against satanic customs. Tempe and two detectives frantically attempt to figure out the connections between alternative worship styles--Santeria, voodoo, and Wiccans--and the assorted body parts. When one of the detectives is fatally shot in front of Tempe, the case almost overwhelms her. Struggling with her demons, Tempe must fight hard to save herself from the snake pit.--Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tempe (Temperance) Brennan
Investigating the discovery of the severed head of a teenage girl and cauldrons full of relics of religious ceremonies; also finds the body of a teenage boy with a pentagram carved into it.
Forensic anthropologist

Andrew Ryan
Tempe's long-time boyfriend.
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Tempe's husband; wants a divorce so he can marry a much younger woman.

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