Book Review – Carved in Bone

Title: Carved in Bone

Author: Jefferson Bass (Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass)

Format: Hardback

Publish:2006

Where do I begin…Carved in Bones is the first of seven books. Amazing books based on the Body Farm in Knoxville TN. Spending the last 11 years in Nashville TN I have heard repeated stories about the body farm. I was curious about it and even drove by where the farm is. Unfortunately you can’t get close enough to see but on a interesting day when the wind is right you can smell it. Its not a bad smell just unusual.

Carved in Bone is not what I expected.. I picked up the first one out of curiosity. I was expecting a bit of a dry read more medical terminology than story. I was so very wrong. I was drawn in by life like characters. They were appealing and you grow to care about them. The writing was well done and I didn’t have any trouble with being yanked out of the narrative like some books.

The story is wonderfully written and entertaining. I can not recommend this book series enough. That’s right I am recommending all seven books. I have read quite a few series and usually after the first few the story can get a little stagnant and I can lose interest, but I have read them all and am sad that there isn’t any more planned to my knowledge. If Jefferson Bass happen to drop by and read this review. I will happily make you cookies for life if you write another seven or more books.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

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Book Review – Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Title: Heartsick

Author : Chelsea Cain

Format : Hardback

Published: 2007

I must admit I love a good murder mystery. There is something intriguing about the hero racing against time to solve the mysterious crime. Finding a good mystery can be a real challenge. I don’t care for easy predictable who done its nor do I like the ones where I feel I need a college degree to solve it.

Sometimes you get lucky and find a series of books that is so well crafted that you cant put it down. Heartsick is that book. Let me go back to the beginning and tell you how I came upon this book.

My Hubby and I were huge firefly fans and when a certain company decided that only one season was necessary we were left with nothing to watch. Soon though someone told us about this show called Castle and it was staring a favorite actor. We decided to give it a shot. We loved it and began to watch it regularly. I am not sure what prompted me to pause the show at this particular scene but I am glad I did. Castle was waiting for his daughter to come home from her first date and he was reading a book.

I became curious about what he was reading. I mean what does a mystery writer read? I enlarged the image on the screen until I could make out the title and then I whipped out my Google-fu. Lo and behold it was a real book and a real writer. The very next day I made the trip to the local bookstore and came home with the first in the series.

Heartsick is a thrilling book. Not only is it a well written book but its the first one I have found that has a female serial killer as the antagonist. The protagonist draws such sorrow and pity from you that you want to rescue him however you can. The relationship between the two characters is enticing. It leaves you feeling just a tiny bit off but not in a way you can easily explain.

The book begins with our lead character Archie realizing he has been drugged and captured by Gretchen the serial killer. Its an interesting way to start a book usually this happens closer to the end not in the first paragraph. The rest of the story is like a unwinding yo yo a lot of ups and downs before it finally spins to a stop. I can not recommend this series enough. Each book leaves you wanting more. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Title: Heartsick

Author : Chelsea Cain

Format : Hardback

Published:

I must admit I love a good murder mystery. There is something intriguing about the hero racing against time to solve the mysterious crime. Finding a good mystery can be a real challenge. I don’t care for easy predictable who done its nor do I like the ones where I feel I need a college degree to solve it.

Sometimes you get lucky and find a series of books that is so well crafted that you cant put it down. Heartsick is that book. Let me go back to the beginning and tell you how I came upon this book.

My Hubby and I were huge firefly fans and when a certain company decided that only one season was necessary we were left with nothing to watch. Soon though someone told us about this show called Castle and it was staring a favorite actor. We decided to give it a shot. We loved it and began to watch it regularly. I am not sure what prompted me to pause the show at this particular scene but I am glad I did. Castle was waiting for his daughter to come home from her first date and he was reading a book.

I became curious about what he was reading. I mean what does a mystery writer read? I enlarged the image on the screen until I could make out the title and then I whipped out my Google-fu. Lo and behold it was a real book and a real writer. The very next day I made the trip to the local bookstore and came home with the first in the series.

Heartsick is a thrilling book. Not only is it a well written book but its the first one I have found that has a female serial killer as the antagonist. The protagonist draws such sorrow and pity from you that you want to rescue him however you can. The relationship between the two characters is enticing. It leaves you feeling just a tiny bit off but not in a way you can easily explain.

The book begins with our lead character Archie realizing he has been drugged and captured by Gretchen the serial killer. Its an interesting way to start a book usually this happens closer to the end not in the first paragraph. The rest of the story is like a unwinding yo yo a lot of ups and downs before it finally spins to a stop. I can not recommend this series enough. Each book leaves you wanting more. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Book Review – House Immortal

Title: House Immortal

Author: Devon Monk

Format: Hardback

Published: 2014

I love to read anything and everything. The faster I read a book the better I like it. I finished this book in a day and a half.

Matilda Case is our heroine. She is a no nonsense straight shooter. She is also a stitch. Abraham Seventh is our hero. He is tall dark and handsome and he is Galvanized. The world is a post apocalyptic and divided into 11 Houses,House Red, House Blue, House Orange and more. Each house controls a resource :power, water,electricity, faith for example. Each seems willing to do what ever they deem necessary to gain control. There are 12 Galvanized and they are owned by the houses. The galvanized are immortal.

The story pulls you into it and holds on until the end. It leaves you ready for the next book. I found it well written, none of the disjointedness that can yank you out of a good story. Ms. Monk writes a well crafted book. The characters are likable when they are supposed to be and despicable when necessary. I really want one of the tiny sheep or maybe the dragon.

I am looking forward to reading the continuation of the series. I give this a 4 out of 5.

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