May 19th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat


Yesterday, I finished reading an interesting library book called Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay, which describes in each chapter a different valuable stone with a description of its history, geology, chemistry, mysticism and other bits and pieces. Very nicely done. I'm intrigued to pursue another non-fiction book by the same author...
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35. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs (2010 list)

Title: Bones to Ashes
Author: Kathy Reichs
Year: 2007
# of pages: 310
Date read: 5/26/2010
Rating: 3*/5 = good


"Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl's skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Evangeline, Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Evangeline was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old world. When Evangeline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was 'dangerous.'

Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skelton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe's beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances of forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator." -- from the inside flap

My thoughts:

This was both a good mystery and a good insight into Tempe's childhood. I liked how she persisted in finding her lost friend and solving the mysteries of the cold cases. I look forward to reading the next book, Devil Bones.


35 / 100 books. 35% done!

11766 / 30000 pages. 39% done!


Robert E. Lee took command of the Confederate armies seemingly pinned and about to be defeated in front of Richmond in June of 1862, and bought the rebellion almost three more years, which might or might not have contributed to the way the United States became whole again after April of 1865.  (Richmond occupied, but the nearest army to Charleston being in Virginia, rather than at Charleston's suburbs with Columbia sacked, sounds like material for all sorts of counterfactuals.)  Jeffry Wert's A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph 1862-1863 rates a positive Book Review No. 10.  One can argue that Genl McClellan acted unwisely from the commencement of the Seven Days Campaign to his failure to exploit the situation at Antietam, and that Gens Burnside and Hooker did almost everything badly ... and yet rebel general Johnston allowed the cautious McClellan to advance to the gates of Richmond itself, while Lee was able to push the Army of the Potomac away and mount more than one threat to Washington itself.  The book is as good a survey of the eastern campaign as I have encountered, and likely to be instructive to anyone seeking information about the unpleasantness whose sesquicentennial we are currently observing.  The book effectively ends with the last day at Gettysburg, but not before giving reason to doubt those scenarios in which the Army of Northern Virginia gets between the Army of the Potomac and Washington D. C.  It says very little about the Overland Campaign of 1864, but what it says at page 286 is sufficient.  "With their crossing Grant seized the strategic initiative in Virginia and, unlike his predecessors, never relinquished the grip on Lee's army."  And thus was Old Dixie driven down.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)