Written in Bone by Simon Beckett

  I didn’t read the first book in this series, The Chemistry of Death, however that didn’t impact my enjoyment of Written In Bone.  The protagonist, Dr. David Hunter, is a forensic anthropologist called in to help an overwhelmed Scottish police force investigate what might not even be a crime on an isolated island.  Once David lands on the island he forms a team with a retired DI, Brody, Sergeant Fraser and a young officer, Duncan.  There is some friction with them working together, however once Dr. Hunter determines that a crime has been committed they pull together more.  Then, the bodies start to pile up at a rather alarming rate for a small isolated community, made even more isolated by a storm that makes contacting the mainland difficult.

There is some fascinating discussion of spontaneous combustion and the scientific explanation for it.  The setting is detailied and develops a strong sense of place (a personal love of mine).  It reminded me of Elly Griffith in that respect, her books always have a well defined sense of place.  Well written and paced to keep you turning the pages.  I will add The Chemistry of Death to my TBR list and am looking forward to reading it.

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