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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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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    High Recommend

    Read all of Jefferson Bass books, enjoyed every one. The Inquisitor's Key was excellent a little different from the others, a little history was involved.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Excellent Read!

    This book brings the Bone Detective, Dr. Bill Brockton, across the globe! He is involved in a controversial quest to determine whether the bones in France belong to none other than Jesus Christ himself. You would think that there would be a major conflict of religious organizations here, but the characters are well-balanced and used very effectively. I love this new addition to The Body Farm Novels! I know you will too! Don't miss this great book, it is a MUST read!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Addicted to this series

    This series is about the "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee. Where the study of decomposed bodies is done to assist law enforcement and coroners solve crimes and with identification. Very well written and addictive I hope you enjoy reading this series as much as I have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Entertaining and full of mystery and intrigue. I could borough it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Another great Body Farm novel!

    Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    A must read!

    Love the characters. Story moves fast. Good plot. Can't wait for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Love

    I love his books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Fabulous Series

    I love this series. Something surprising happens in every novel. I have bought them all and will continue to do so. You won't be disappointed. Even the one with so-so reviews was one of my favorites. Enjoy

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    Another excellent book from Jefferson Bass - a must read!

    The Body Farm series draws you in with its detailed plots & well developed characters. The Inquisitor's Key mixes present day history with an ancient whodunit for a satisfying tale that has enough plot twists & turns to keep you guessing, right up til the very end. A really excellent series, with people you can care about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Keen

    Nice work

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    I Enjoyed This

    I thought this was a good read. I have read all of the Body Farm books and enjoyed this one also. I thought bringing out the affection between Miranda and Brockton did not add to the story, better if it had been more subdued. However, the story was good, fast paced, suspenseful, and I loved the descriptions and the history too. Made me want to visit the locations described. I will probably read it again in a few years.

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