Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan Book 3) – Kathy Reichs

Violence is escalating, and spilling on to the streets on Montreal.

A nine-year-old girl is shot dead, caught in the crossfire on her way to ballet class. A teenager killed in North Carolina is found hundreds on miles away.

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan has to pick up the pieces: She knows she shouldn't let emotion get in the way, but when nine-year-old Emily's body is wheeled into the morgue she cannot help but react.

An exhumation uncovers the bones of another innocent in a clandestine grave close to a biker gang headquarters. With her boss in hospital and sparring partner Detective Andrew Ryan mysteriously unavailable, Tempe alone begins a perilous investigation into the lawless underworld of organised crime...

Genre: Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Detective
Year: 2000
Publisher: Arrow Books
Rating: 4/5

Deadly Decisions is the third book in the Bones series by Kathy Reichs. Like the previous two books in this series, it follows Dr. Temperance Brennan as she uses her forensic skills, inquiring mind and keen eye for detail to unravel a mystery. All while dodging dangerous criminals who want her silenced.

In this case, the dangerous criminals are bikers. Members of rival gangs, The Hell's Angels, The Heathens and The Bandidos, who are on the verge of an all out turf war.

Sadly, innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire. Including a little girl. Tempe can not stand by while children are dying so she offers her services to the team of police officers who are in charge of stopping the carnage. Little does Tempe realise what she is getting herself in for.

I really enjoy the Bones books. Sure they are have a formula.. every book seems to be  about Tempe getting into the same sort of trouble with a different criminal in the background.. but it's fun.

Tempe is a great heroine. She is intelligent, resourceful, headstrong and human. Tempe struggles with her relationships, she is a recovering alcoholic and she suffers from the same sorts of anxieties well all do in regards to work, her personal life choices and even her hairstyle! It's so refreshing to have a strong female lead in a novel who is still painfully human.

I also enjoy the anthropological side of these novels. I find the digs, examining the bones and piecing together the mystery using evidence very interesting. It is amazing what they can tell about a person just from their bones.

These books are always action packed with a great mystery. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist occurs and you are guessing all over again! That is my type of novel.

I am looking forward to reading the next novel in this series and will definitely be making my way through them all.
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