Monday, 28 July 2008

Suspense in Scotland

Finished July 25
Written in Bone by Simon Beckett
This is the first book I've read by Beckett, but this is not the first book in the series featuring Dr. David Hunter a forensic anthropologist working out of London.
Here he has been up in Scotland working on a case and is on his way home when he gets called to look at a suspicious dead body on a small island in the Outer Hebrides. This change of plan puts some pressure on his relationship back home, but he feels compelled to do it.
The body he has been called to look at is indeed a strange situation, charred almost beyond recognition, but in a cottage not much harmed by the fire. His examination of the remains lead him to determine that the victim was murdered and he calls in Scene of Crime police from the mainland.
This is where the weather and bad luck steps in. First weather delays getting the police in, and then communications with the mainland go down. With two more murders, Hunter and the police are getting desperate for answers. There are lots of twists and turns, close calls and mistaken beliefs. Hunter is an interesting character in and of himself, conflicted between his job and his relationship and trying to find a way through.

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