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Carved in Bone (Body Farm Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't put it down

I had read the fifth book first and just loved it. Great characters, some of the most detailed and unique I've ever seen. The stories are complex, multifaceted, and if you like forensic stories, Patricia Cornwell, autopsies, murder investigations, etc, then this is a mu...
I had read the fifth book first and just loved it. Great characters, some of the most detailed and unique I've ever seen. The stories are complex, multifaceted, and if you like forensic stories, Patricia Cornwell, autopsies, murder investigations, etc, then this is a must for you. Extreme technical accuracy. When we read book #5, I went out and bought the first four in the series and my wife and I devoured them one by one. It is not necessary to read them in sequence, but it will help as some events and characters are referred to downstream and come into play in subsequent stories (in a peripheral way). Start with Carved in Bone (#1), then Flesh & Bone, The Devil's Bones, Bones of Betrayal, The Bone Thief, then The Bone Yard (hardback as I write this). You won't be disappointed!

posted by Cuchillo on August 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A decent read especially for CSI fans

Carved In Bone is what every novel should be, a good story. Told in a linear, detailed fashion, this story does not leave you with unanswered questions or subplots that seem to veer off and dissipate. It does, however, have twists and turns that keep the story from bei...
Carved In Bone is what every novel should be, a good story. Told in a linear, detailed fashion, this story does not leave you with unanswered questions or subplots that seem to veer off and dissipate. It does, however, have twists and turns that keep the story from being bland and lifeless. Carved In Bone also has enough technical detail about bodies and the investigation process to assure the reader that the authors are quite knowledgeable in their studied profession, which leaves the reader to wonder which details are from actual investigations.

One might wonder, after reading my previous statements, why I would only rate this novel at three stars. In my opinion, the mediocre rating of this book stems from one flaw, over simplicity, that feeds other flaws, simple characters and simple plot.

Most characters in a novel are supposed to be simple. Their simplicity contrasts the complexity of the hero/heroin. However, in Carved In Bone, the main character is the most boring in the story. Perhaps this trait was intentional to make him more identifiable to the reader, but it made me wish the book was wrote in 3rd person rather than his point of view so I could learn more about the other, more interesting characters. It felt as though a highly intelligent professional character was "dumbed down" to keep the reader from disconnecting.

The plot, while a satisfying story, could have used more complexity. A simple, easy to follow story may be a bit boring those readers that are accustomed to mystery/crime novels. A little heavier use of foreshadowing and flashbacks would have seasoned this one nicely.

Just my thoughts.

posted by guitchess on January 8, 2011

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    I had read the fifth book first and just loved it. Great characters, some of the most detailed and unique I've ever seen. The stories are complex, multifaceted, and if you like forensic stories, Patricia Cornwell, autopsies, murder investigations, etc, then this is a must for you. Extreme technical accuracy. When we read book #5, I went out and bought the first four in the series and my wife and I devoured them one by one. It is not necessary to read them in sequence, but it will help as some events and characters are referred to downstream and come into play in subsequent stories (in a peripheral way). Start with Carved in Bone (#1), then Flesh & Bone, The Devil's Bones, Bones of Betrayal, The Bone Thief, then The Bone Yard (hardback as I write this). You won't be disappointed!

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    This book was AWESOME!!!! Loved it. I loved Dr. Bass' classes in college and this book series was the best Christmas present ever :) Could not put my nook down finished it in 2 days and that was with 4 kids running around the house on Christmas.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Great book

    Wow so good to read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Excellent

    Well written and entertaining. Actually much better than the Scarpetta books.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

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    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Fantastic book

    This was a wonderful book full or excitement and intrigue and mystery! Loved reading about a character who is flawed and has had hardship and must find his way out. Cant wait to read the next book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Very good read

    Enjoyed this very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Great start to the series!

    Fast-paced, hard to put down. I really connected with the characters - it's not plot-driven at all. I'm looking forward to reading the next Body Farm book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    If you like Bones you'll love this series

    Excellent writing and plot lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    One of the best! This novel has it all!

    Intelligent enough to impart some knowledge, characterized well to keep you engaged, fast -paced to keep you guessing, and humorous to keep you entertained... this novel is well-balanced and well done. I am definitely seeking out the rest of the series.
    ?...wjj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Great Thriller!

    Great thriller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Great read

    This book has it all! The character descriptions and events are very believeable. There was a good amount of twists and turns that kept me turning pages. At one point I caught myself holding my breath! I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series. Very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Great

    Great book! I really enjoyed this book! Loads of wit and mystery with a great ending! Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Couldn't put this terrific book down!

    Very well written; an attention grabber. I enjoyed every page of this book and regretted reaching the end.

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Enjoyed from the beginning to the end. Love the mature characters and the story line kept me guessing. Already bought and read #2. Thanks for a great story on a rainy Sunday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Entertaining and Informative!

    Recommended for those interested in forensic sciences and crime thrillers. Very well-written fiction with attention to forensic detail associated with non-fiction. Intend to read everything I can find by author!

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Excellent

    Kept me guessing until the last part of the book. Enjoyed it. A fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    The best!

    Absolutely loved tbis book. Wanted it to go on forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Great read

    Loved the book. More twists and turns with a great ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    excellent

    Great book, highly recommend

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