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The Inquisitor's Key (Body Farm Series #7)

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It is no secret that the ancient Catholic Church saw years of co

It is no secret that the ancient Catholic Church saw years of corrupt leaders, cover-ups and conspiracies. For modern mystery and thriller authors, this storied past has provided inspiration for countless gripping tales. In The Inquisitor's Key, the latest installment i...
It is no secret that the ancient Catholic Church saw years of corrupt leaders, cover-ups and conspiracies. For modern mystery and thriller authors, this storied past has provided inspiration for countless gripping tales. In The Inquisitor's Key, the latest installment in the Body Farm series by duo author Jefferson Bass, the past of the church mixes with present day themes to form a unique take on the modern thriller.

Dr. Bill Brockton is no stranger to death. He works at the Body Farm, a Tennessee based institution devoted to the study of the human anatomy, and serves as a consultant on murder cases, providing his expert analyses of human remains. As he comes to the latest crime scene, where the burned remains of a presumed drug runner lie, he can't help but miss the companionship of his usual assistant/student Miranda Lovelady, who is assisting with an excavation in Avignon, France. As he begins to study the charred remains, he notices that gas is still leaking. With barely enough time to react, the building is enveloped in flames, and Brockton narrowly escapes the same death as the poor soul he was meant to be examining. It is all but apparent that whoever created this crime scene intends for Brockton to be his next victim.

On top of this, Brockton is summoned by Miranda to come to France to assist with the excavation. When he arrives to the site, The Palace of Popes, he is faced with an extremely puzzling case. The bones that have been discovered in a subterranean chamber contain wounds that resemble those depicted in the story of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Despite being skeptical of this, evidence points that the age of the bones are from the same time period as the life of Christ. When a composite reconstruction from the skull eerily matches the shadowy face engrained in the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth of Christ, Brockton and Miranda become caught in an international war for the ownership of the remains.

Although the sub-genre of "religious thrillers" has grown in recent years (thanks in large part to the best-selling DaVinci Code), few novels have managed to come up with a truly original story. The Inquisitor's Key finds the perfect balance between historical fact, intriguing speculation, and compelling characters. Altogether, these elements make a highly entertaining, original thriller. Even in the historical flashbacks, the authors managed to maintain the quick pace and accessible language of the "present day" sections, avoiding the pitfalls that many "historical fiction" authors find themselves in. The relationship between Brockton and Miranda comes off as completely genuine, and even the less important characters are written with enough sincerity to keep them from becoming one-dimensional. Overall, I found this novel impossible to put down and enjoyed the story to the very end. Although this was my first encounter with the Body Farm series, I was immediately drawn to the characters and their story. I highly recommend this novel to all fans of mysteries, thrillers, and historically speculative fiction.

posted by ABookAWeekES on July 8, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I have LOVED all the Body Farm novels but this one is my least f

I have LOVED all the Body Farm novels but this one is my least favorite. It is a good read but a little confusing the way it jumps from past to present.

posted by Demert on June 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Doesn't compare

    This book doesnt seem to fit in this series. Disappointing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Not What I Thought

    Most of the book was a history lesson. I skipped all that because it wasn't necessary. The premise of the story was thought provoking. I wanted this book to be about the Body Farm so I was disappointed.

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    Love the Body Farm series! That being said, this book really doe

    Love the Body Farm series! That being said, this book really doesn't fit the series other than the main characters. Has practically nothing to do with the Body Farm or the forensics involved. Every few chapters it goes from present time to the 14th century. Confusing, even boring at times. I finished it but was very relieved when I finally did. Hope the next book is back to normal.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    I enjoy the forensic mystery solving focus of the other books.

    I enjoy the forensic mystery solving focus of the other books. This one lacks that and seems to focus on a belittling and subtle often not subtle antagonism of Christians, as well as misunderstanding and unconcern of our true beliefs. I do appreciate a good mystery and the lack of cursing I don't appreciate the in my face ridicule of faith. I found myself often skipping parts of this book and putting it down quite often, not a good recommendation for a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Love this series, but this book is disappointment!

    I loved all the books in this series, but i could not even finish this one. Completely different style, hard to follow. Disappointing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Why did they write #7?

    Did not like #7 but have LOVED the others in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Worst one yet

    Having a hard time finishing it. It jumps around too much. Just want a good old crimw story

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