Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review: Swamp Bones, by Kathy Reichs

I enjoyed Swamp Bones, as I've enjoyed all of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series, but as it's a novella, it suffers in the complexity of the case.

Tempe is on vacation in Florida, but as you can imagine, she's not going to end up vacationing. Human bones are found in the stomach of a Burmese python, and Tempe is thrust into the case.

First of all, the Everglades can be nasty. Swamps, mosquitoes, alligators and now pythons! Tempe gets caught up in it all. Add guns and bad guys, and, well you know where this is going.

The side characters are interesting, but in 98 pages, you're not going to get to know them very well. The case also seems fairly easily solved, although the tension at the end is great.

I had no idea that these Burmese pythons have been introduced into the Everglades, and they are changing to ecosystem. I would have liked some notes at the end of the book so I could learn more. Do they really have these hunting competitions to get rid of them? I've heard the Everglades are beautiful, but I'm going to stay on a well populated path if I ever visit! We were going to the Okefenokee Swamp a couple of years ago, but it was closed because it was on fire. Yep. A swamp can burn.

Swamp Bones is definitely worth reading if you're a Tempe fan. She's her usually snarky, defiant character, but on a smaller scale.

Published by Bantam, August 12, 2014
eBook obtained from the library
98 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I'm curious about the snake hunting competitions, too. Not curious enough to Google it because I certainly don't want to stumble upon any photos! *shudders*

  2. i did google it. Yes, they had a competition this year, but they only caught around 50 snakes -- some estimates say there are over 200,000! And, yes....I saw pictures!!!


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