A Rumor of Bones Paperback – Mar 1 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this carefully constructed debut, the first fiction book produced by a new Nashville publisher, archeologist Lindsay Chamberlain unearths a nightmare. When a child's bones are found outside town, the local sheriff asks for her help in matching them to a missing child. Lindsay explains that the bones belong not to the presumed victim but to another little girl, who, the evidence suggests, had been sexually abused. She puts her excavation crew at the sheriff's disposal at the site of the grisly find, and it's not long before they discover and disinter the bones of more little girls. Meanwhile, back at her dig, Lindsay finds evidence of another modern burial. Although the sheriff dismisses the adult bones, which have been in the ground for over 25 years, in order to investigate the more recent child killings, Lindsay and Derrick Bellamy, her dancing partner and excavation foreman, probe further. The murder of the attorney for a locally prominent family at the site convinces them that the answers to all the crimes can be found among that family's eccentric members. Connor gives detailed descriptions of archeological and forensic method, but her focus on these nuts and bolts comes at the expense of character and pacing, rendering her puzzle a rather mechanical exercise.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
Bones don't lie.
But forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain had not bargained for this kind of trouble when she signed on with the archaeological dig at the Jasper Creek Site. Who is the mysterious woman unearthed in burial twenty-three?Since she's been in the ground fifty years or so, she certainly isn't part of the ancient Indian village they have been excavating. The trouble is, she's not the only unexpected find. Body after body has surfaced in the town of Merry Claymore, and some of the graves are very fresh.
When the local sheriff asks for her help in identifying the victims, Lindsay can't say no. As she and her crew are drawn into the maelstrom of suspicion, accusation, and terror raging between those who want the truth unearthed and those who want it to remain buried, Lindsay's special expertise with bones could be the death of her.
A "Rumor of Bones" is the first volume in the Lindsay Chamberlain mysteries, which will feature solutions to crimes that did not happen just yesterday. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not the first book I have read by this author. I have enjoyed several titles by her from her other series, featuring Diane Fallon, who runs a museum and crime lab, and I enjoyed them thoroughly.
For those of you that are fans of the Diane Fallon series, this cannot compare. I found it to be too boring, not drawing me into the mystery like the more suspenseful Fallon books. It also had elements of romance that were weakly developed and wasted words. There's nothing racy or crude, just boring and awkward romantic moments that detract from the mystery. This will deter most male readers from this book (and series), whereas the Diane Fallon series is appealing to both male and female readers.
By page 85 or so, there was no suspense, no action, and very little to hold my interest, and I stopped reading it, so I cannot rate the ending. I was going to skip ahead, but to be honest, the story had not even developed enough to make me bother skipping ahead. I'm giving it one star and will not likely read another book in this series, but do not avoid this author, as I have enjoyed her other work.
What makes this book a joy to read is that Lindsay is not an amateur detective, she is an archaeologist. She is a professional who knows how to do her job and is able to see what others might overlook. She makes it look natural without going through any giant leaps in logic. She has a strong circle of friends that keep her grounded and the reader gets to see her day-by-day job at the archaeological site without making it seem boring. She knows how to keep it interesting by making it look like an ordinary thing.
Beverly Connor is probably one of the most overlooked mystery novelist around. Lindsay Chamberlain holds a lot of promise and hopefully her next novel will be just as enjoyable as this one.
Even though this book leans on physical anthropology, it is insulting even to place it in the same category with the insightful, intricate, erudite works of Elkins and Cornwell.
Most recent customer reviews
Look out Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs. Beverly Connor's books are as good as anything written by the two reining queens of forensic science. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by M. Hughes
This series is a favorite of mine. I've read all the books in the reverse order of their publication---starting with Airtight Case (which is my favorite). Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002
I had the opportunity to volunteer at an archaeological dig one summer 5 years ago and had a great time. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002
Lindsey Chamberlain is a wonderful heroine, supremely self-confidant, self-assured, and intelligent. She's a forensic anthropologist and an archaeologist who specializes in bones. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Aimee