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Saturday, December 18, 2010

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

If Walls Could Talk is the first in a new series by Juliet Blackwell, the Haunted Home Renovation series. The main character is Mel Turner, former cultural anthropologist turned contractor for historic home reconstructions and remodels. Mel had temporarily stepped in for her dad after her mom passed away. Two years later, she is still standing in.
Mel is fairly recently divorced from her fellow anthropologist husband. She is also recently thrown together with a former flame, or maybe the one who got away. Mel is working on a house for an old friend, and former rock star, and nothing is going smoothly.
I really like Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mystery series, I think I will also like this one. I think this first book got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but the bone structure is good. I think I heard a little too much about how Mel really wanted to be in Paris, wallowing in self pity instead of running her family’s construction company. This book also suffered a little bit because there were a lot of characters to be introduced that will likely be recurring characters in later books, and that tended to slow things down.
This series is about Haunted Home Renovations, so of course the house that Mel is working on is haunted. I thought that this book started with a bang, almost literally, but it felt a bit like there were too many elements being squeezed in. Blackwell had to provide enough information to us lay people to follow the historic home business, plus establishing a bit of the mythology for the ghosts or spirits that hang around. Put all that together with establishing characters in a new series, and it felt a little rushed in some places and maybe long winded in others. 

        Maybe because I'm coming off of Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunters series, I was a little disappointed by the actual haunting of the house that Mel was working on. However, Blackwell did establish that Mel is maybe just starting to recognize and come into her "powers" to see and communicate with spirits, so I would expect more spooky haunting stuff in future books. 
I will read the next book in this series because, based on Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries, I think she will hit a groove with this series as well. 
For now, I’m going to give If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell, 3 bookmarks.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Victoria Laurie

I just finished my re-read of the Ghost Hunter series. Victoria Laurie’s new book in the series, Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls is due out 12/28/2010. The Ghost Hunter series consists of: What’s a Ghoul to Do? Demons Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend, Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun..., and Ghouls Gone Wild.
The Ghost Hunters team consists of MJ Holliday, psychic medium, Gilley Gillespie, tech guru, and a few other characters that join up with the team in the later books. 
       What’s a Ghoul to Do? is the first book in the series and MJ and Gilley are hired to help a young doctor with the spirit of his grandfather. The grandfather is haunting the young doctor’s newly inherited house. This book does a good job of setting the tone for the series. Victoria Laurie does a great job of blending the spooky and the funny. Gilley and MJ’s African Grey parrot, Doc, provide great comedy relief. 
Demons Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend finds MJ and Gilley helping out a friend. There is an axe wielding spirit haunting a boarding school, especially an older part of the school that is to be turned into student dorms. This one really puts MJ and Gilley through their paces, it really ratchets up the spooky from the first book.
Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun sends MJ and Gilley to San Francisco, to a very haunted hotel, to film a TV show. The show is like Antiques Roadshow meets Most Haunted. The psychic mediums are supposed to investigate haunted objects. MJ meets several mediums, not all of them at her caliber, but she does meet Heath Whitefeather, a legitimately talented medium. The monkey wrench comes from a knife that shows up on set and throws the mediums for a loop. The danger on this job escalates even beyond that of the last book.
Ghouls Gone Wild has the strongest spirits yet, that MJ has ever encountered. MJ, Gilley, and Heath Whitefeather are filming a new TV show, doing ghost busts in Scotland. The first location features a very haunted street and haunted caverns below the town. The town has been plagued by the ghost of the town witch and her two sisters for over 200 years. The witch has returned, 35 years early and the bodies are starting to pile up. 
I cannot wait to see where this series goes next! As a side note, I love the cover art for this series too.

      

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

What Books I’m looking forward to in the New Year.

Several of my favorite authors and series will be coming out with new books in the next few months. I really wish there was an easy way to get a completely personalized list of author’s upcoming books. Amazon’s coming soon recommendations are ok, but not exactly what I’m looking for. Anyway, I digress. 
I am currently re-reading Victoria Laurie’s M.J. Holliday series. I just finished the first book, What's a Ghoul to Do? The newest book in the series, Ghouls Ghouls Ghouls comes out in early January 2011. It used to be pretty rare for me to re-read a book, but now that I have so many different series I follow, it’s basically necessary to remind myself of details. 
Other series I will probably be re-reading in the next month or two include the Tempest series by Nicole Peeler, her new book Tempest’s Legacy comes out in early January 2011. Madelyn Alt also has a new book in her Bewitching Mystery series coming in January, Home for a Spell. I have already mentioned Shadowfever I think by Karen Marie Moning. I absolutely can’t wait for that one!
That covers January as far as I can tell. 
In February, Angels Verdict by Mary Stanton; This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost; and Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. The Frost book is part of the core Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones. Kim Harrison is amazing and I can’t wait for the latest adventures of Rachael, Ivy and Jinks. 
In April, Night of the Living Dandelion by Kate Collins; and A Hard Day’s FrightA Hard Day's Fright (A Pepper Martin Mystery) by Casey Daniels. Both of those series are well underway and I am looking forward to the next installments. I can’t forget Ghost Story by Jim Butcher. I think I am looking as forward to this as I am to the next Sookie. Speaking of Sookie Stackhouse....
In May, Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris is coming. Charlaine Harris is what really started me down this path of voracious reading. I had been sporadic before I read the first Sookie Stackhouse book. The only author I really followed was Diana Gabaldon. Now my list is long, most of the authors are in the mystery or urban fantasy genres. 

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson

Skye Denison is back, along with all of our favorite inhabitants of Scumble River, Illinois.  This installment finds things humming along pretty well for Skye, but then a storm starts to build in Scumble river. Skye’s brother Vince has changed the name of his band from Plastic Santas to Pink Elephant, and the music has changed too, and not for the better in Skye’s opinion. Police Chief Wally is running for mayor, and the stress of the political campaign, or something else is making the chief act very unlike himself. The teenagers in Scumble River and surrounding towns are acting off, and that is definitely something Skye would like to get to the bottom of. Oh, and there’s a man who wants to build an amusement park near Scumble River, and he would like the whole town to be unpaid employees and give park goers a 1950s experience whenever they venture into town. 
Skye gets hints of the trouble with her students early on, but it takes her a little digging to get to the reason for the odd behavior. Skye also learns that all is not right with the band Pink Elephant, the guys go off on each other and fight, fists and all at the slightest provocation. Then, one of the Pink Elephants ends up dead, and Vince is again the focus of a police investigation. With the way Wally is acting, Skye isn’t getting much help in clearing Vince’s name, so the game is afoot. 
While Skye is getting to the bottom of the murder and the teenage troubles in town, her boyfriend Simon is getting ready to open the bowling alley he purchased. He is all set up for a grand re-opening, with his mother, Bunny managing the store. 
Skye was definitely hopping in this one, and of course, all this sleuthing doesn’t come without a little danger on the side. This was another fun, fast paced installment in the Scumble River mystery series. I really like Skye, she’s brave, determined, and has an admirable moral compass. The supporting characters are a lot of fun, and I’m glad to see her relationship with Simon progressing. Although, I’m still not sure whether I’m Team Simon or Team Wally. I’m a little worried that ulitmately Simon might be the nice guy that finishes last. 
I’m going to give Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson, 4 Stars.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Dresden Files books 8 - 12 and Side Jobs

Happy Holidays!
I got caught up reading more of the Dresden Files books. I read the remaining ones in the series back to back, including Side Jobs, the short story collection. So, let me see, I read Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat, and Changes. I don’t think I’m going to go into very much depth about each book, but I’ll talk about the second half of this series as a whole. Really, Dresden Files is a fairly epic story. Even from the first book (Storm Front) it appears that things have been more than they appeared. It seems there is an underlying dark force, Harry Dresden has termed it the Black Council that may be behind the increase in craziness that has been causing Harry grief all this time. 
Proven Guilty has Harry facing off against movie monsters. There is a scary movie festival in town, but the monsters from the screen seem to be coming to life, and the death toll of real people is piling up. 
White Night pits Harry against someone who is kidnapping and killing magic practitioners, but only those who aren’t strong enough to be part of the White Council. There is no advocate for them, until Harry gets involved. Of course, Harry can never just have one problem at a time, so things get dicey when Harry gets involved with the White Court vampires. 
Small Favor has Harry doing another favor for Mab, Faery Queen of the Winter Court. I know, there are a lot of courts and councils. Any favor for Mab can never be as simple as it seems, and this is no exception. Harry faces off against the billy goats Gruff, and has to deal with John Marcone, again. 
Turn Coat forces Harry to try to protect Warden Morgan, the guy who has wanted him dead since he turned sixteen. Not only does Harry have to protect him, but he has to prove him innocent of wrongdoing. Harry has a strong sense of justice and it is severely tested in this book. There appears to be a traitor in the White Council, and he or she seems to be very highly placed.
Changes. I don’t even know what to say about this one. This one is so amazing, and starts with such a jaw dropping surprise, that I hate to say anything, except that the title says it all. The series will never be the same after this latest installment. 
Side Jobs is a collection of short stories, most of them have been published in other anthologies alongside stories by other authors. This collects them all into one place. They tend to not be quite so solve this case, save the world as the novels. But they are fun to read. One story is told from Thomas’ point of view, which is a fun twist. One is told from Karrin Murphy’s point of view, it was fascinating to get more insight into how Murphy ticks. 
I have been fascinated with the way Jim Butcher has unfolded Harry Dresden’s story. The excitement has pretty much built and built with each book. Changes completely blew me away. 
Harry Dresden is such a complex character. He really tries to live by that old credo: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Harry knows he may be easily turned to the dark side, and cookies or not, he really doesn’t want to go there. More and more though, Harry sees the world in shades of grey. 
       Some of the things that happen with the Knights of the Cross in these books are pretty earth-shattering too. Harry gets an apprentice, and maybe a little karmic payback.  Murphy finds herself just as tested as Harry in many of these books. Can the mundane police really be expected to police the supernatural? Can Murphy really keep the city safe by the police force book? 
I think the relationship between Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy is an important part of the series. I like that their relationship is messy and complicated. They are definitely friends, they both see the appeal of being more, but they both have a strong moral compass. Not to mention, sex tends to ruin friendships. On the other hand, I don’t think either Harry or Murphy has another person that they trust as implicitly as they trust each other. Once upon a time Harry promised Murphy that the things he could tell her, he wouldn’t lie about, and he really has stuck with that promise, even though at times that truth has caused both of them a lot of trouble. 
I am completely taken with the Dresden Files and have recommended it to everyone I know who enjoys reading. I like the humor and the action and the characters feel real. Otherwise I wouldn’t be so upset that I didn’t wait until the day before book 13 comes out to read book 12. 
I am going to give Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat, Changes, and Side Jobs each 1 bookmark. Jim Butcher is an amazing author, and I can’t wait to read the next one!


     

Monday, November 08, 2010

Ben and Fran Times Three: Three novels by Katie Macalister

Once upon a time, Katie Macalister published two young adult novels under the name Katie Maxwell. These two novels, Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned were part of her Dark Ones series, but aimed at teens instead of adults. She had more of these titles planned, but unfortunately the publisher stopped publishing young adult titles (this is from information I found on Katie Macalister web site). Now, five years after Got Fangs? was published, Katie has released a new Dark Ones novel featuring Ben and Fran, but this one definitely fits into her adult series. This new book is called In the Company of Vampires
We have three books to talk about this time then: Got Fangs? Circus of the Darned and In the Company of Vampires. I read the two young adult novels in a new edition that contained both called Confessions of a Vampires Girlfriend
I have to say that I was impressed that Katie Macalister was able to cross over so nicely to the young adult works without losing the things I love about her books. She toned down some of the more sexual components, but didn’t lose her sense of humor. Katie’s books often make me laugh out loud, and Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend was no exception. 
Francesca is spending the summer traveling Europe with her mother as part of GothFaire. I think to most sixteen year olds this would be a dream come true, but Fran wants nothing more than to blend in, and her friends back home don’t travel around Europe with a traveling magic show. Fran’s mom is a Wiccan, who does a booming business selling potions at the faire. The GothFaire also features palm readers, mediums, magicians (some of whom do real magick), and a tattoo and piercing booth. As much as Fran wants to be normal, she has a little supernatural talent herself. When Fran touches things with her bare hands she is able to get readings from them, mostly emotions and who has touched the thing before her. She really doesn’t like to go around getting uncontrollable readings, so she tends to wear latex gloves, and covers them with a pair of lace ones. 
Francesca literally runs into Benedickt, the Dark One (vampire). It turns out that Fran is Ben’s Beloved. In the adult novels that usually leads to one thing leading to another pretty quickly. However, in this young adult version, Katie Macalister does a good job of keeping their relationship a little more age appropriate for Fran and moves a bit slower. Fran finds herself not only being told by Ben and his sister Imogen that she is destined to spend eternity with Ben, (literally because once they Join, Fran will be as immortal as Ben) but also finds herself saddled with twelve Viking ghosts who believe her to be the Goddess that can help them to Valhalla. Most of Got Fangs? involves Fran trying to rid herself of the Viking ghosts, who are more solid than normal ghosts. Fran ends up having a show down of sorts with Loki, the trickster Norse god, brother of Odin. 
In Circus of the Darned, Fran’s horse Tesla goes missing. Fran and Ben’s relationship is progressing slowly, but nicely. Ben seems to be in some danger that he says he can’t tell Fran about, because it’s not his secret to tell. Fran is a little happier to hang out with the GothFaire in this second book. 
We now jump ahead to the third book in Ben and Fran’s adventures, In the Company of Vampires. This book has jumped ahead five years, and Ben and Fran have been apart from each other for most of that time. I liked how Katie Macalister aged the characters, but they were still recognizable as the Ben and Fran we had already gotten to know and love. I was also excited to get more Viking ghost goodness in this installment. Fran’s mom goes missing, which leads Fran to return to GothFaire to try to find her. During her search, Fran discovers a family secret, which gives her another mystery to solve. Fran and Ben are reunited, but it seems like Ben was not as faithful to Fran during their time apart as she had been to him. 
The third book is in line with her other adult titles in this series, and others, The sexual content is increased and the sense of humor is still there. One of the things I love about Katie’s books is this universe that she has created. All of her different series exist side by side with each other. They all take place in the same universe, so different organizations and other types of otherworld citizens that have been mentioned in other series can pop up here. It wouldn’t be surprising for Ben and Fran to run into a Dragon and his mate, it didn’t happen in this book, but it could. This third book isn’t quite as fast paced as the two shorter young adult novels. Although, it does start off with a bang, I will admit to staying up too late to read the first third of the book. 
I am a huge fan of Katie Macalister, and I have 21 of her titles on my Kindle. These latest offerings, Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend and In the Company of Vampires, are no exception to my love for everything Katie writes. 
I am going to give Confessions of a Vampires Girlfriend, 1 bookmark, and a PG-13 rating. Remember, this includes both Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned.
I am going to give In the Company of Vampires, 2 bookmarks, and an R rating. 

  

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Harry Dresden's Night at the Museum

In Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, the seventh book in the Dresden Files, Harry Dresden has his own Night at the Museum. The baddie in this book involves necromancy, zombies and ghosts, not to mention some run-ins with the Sidhe, a black court vampire, and Warden Morgan. This book has Harry running pretty much flat out from beginning to end. 
I think this has been one of my favorite books in the series. The humor was dark, but fun. I enjoyed the break from Harry having to worry about human law enforcement. It was awesome to just see Harry letting loose, following his heart and his own conscience. There is plenty for Harry to battle in his own heart and conscience even without the bad guys mucking around. 
Murphy comes to Harry to tell him that she is going to hawaii with Kincaid, the mercenary from previous books. He wrestles with his jealousy over that. He also has family to worry about now, in the form of Thomas, his half-brother and vampire of the White Court. There is also a friend in danger, Butters, the M.E. that Harry has gotten to know. 
Harry visits the Field Museum in Chicago, too bad it wasn’t a more pleasurable trip. The Field Museum is amazing, reading about it here makes me want to go visit again. In many of the books in this series, they don’t really flaunt that they take place in Chicago. Dresden will often refer to Chicago as his city, his territory to defend. This is the first book I can remember really reveling in some of the things that make Chicago unique. 
Butcher also delves a little more into the mystery around the coin that Harry was given in a previous book, and what, if any effect the coin is having on his life. There was a lot that happened in this book. I love that Butcher doesn’t shy away from big changes, from moving the story forward. He doesn’t rely on a mystery of the book and a formula. There is a certain formula to the books, the big bad guy has changed in pretty much every book, but it serves the purpose of teaching the reader more about Dresden’s world. The Dresden Files universe is very complex, and it needs to unfold a little bit at a time to avoid becoming overwhelming. 
I am going to give Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, 1 bookmark.  It was a welcome return to things I love about the series, after my slight disappointment in book six.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blood Rites, book six of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Blood Rites, book six in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, seemed like it was going to be just as awesome as the last five books. However, I think this has been my least favorite book in the series so far. I do have to wonder if it’s partially Dresden burn out, but I really think it’s more than that. The pace of this book is slower, maybe that is part of it. I think part of the reason I did not like this one as much is that I just was not as invested in Harry’s client. 
Thomas, White Court vampire, comes to Harry to ask him to help a friend. This friend is a movie producer and people around him keep dying. They believe it is an evil eye curse, but if so, it is a pretty sloppy one. The roundabout way that Harry got this particular case, and the fact that Harry doesn’t get to know the actual client that well just left me less invested in the outcome. 
I will admit that once the focus shifts more to the White Court vampires, the pace and interest picks up. Some of the Black Court vampires show up in this one as well. Harry ends up having to hire some guns to help him fight the Black Court vampires. There is a big reveal involving Dresden’s mother that I don’t want to give away.
Even though this book wasn’t my favorite of the series, there is still a lot to like. Butcher had just made the fourth and fifth books so good that it was hard to keep up that pace. I definitely am not letting this one minor disappointment keep me from reading the rest of this fantastic series. 
I’m going to give Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, 3 bookmarks.

Death Masks, book five in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The Shroud of Turin has been stolen. A Red Court vampire warlord is challenging  Harry Dresden to a duel, and if Harry refuses, the assassin will go after everyone Dresden knows. The Vatican wants Harry to help find the Shroud. The Knights of the Cross (all three of them!) want Dresden to leave it alone. If that weren’t enough of a headache, Harry how no idea how he’s going to beat the vampire Ortega in a duel without using magic. 
Welcome to Death Masks, the fifth novel in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. This one starts with the pedal to the floor and doesn’t let up. We get to see all three of the Knights of the Cross, and all three swords. It’s a good thing they’re around, since the Fallen, fallen angels who have taken a human host, are also after the shroud, and have no problem killing to get it. 
Karrin Murphy is on the outside of the murders surrounding the search for the Shroud. Dresden meets the smartest young girl in the world, the Archive, the repository for all human knowledge. White Court vampire Thomas is back as Ortega’s second for the duel, which may be yet another plot of Thomas father’s to get Thomas killed. 
I really enjoyed this entry in the Dresden Files series. It really is amazing that Harry is still standing. He seems to just make more and more enemies. On the upside, I suppose he inspires more and more loyalty in his friends. This was one of the more violent books in the series so far I think. 
I’m going to give Death Masks by Jim Butcher, 1 bookmark

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher’s fourth book in the Dresden Files series is Summer Knight. This book delves more into the fae that exist in Harry Dresden’s world. I have to admit that pretty much what I know of faeries, I have learned through other urban fantasy books. Here’s what you need to know. There is a summer court and a winter court. The summer court is thought of as the good faeries and the winter court is thought of as the bad faeries. However, it is not that black and white. 
Harry has a godmother from the winter court. She appeared in the previous book (Grave Peril), and had been trying to collect on a debt owed to her by Harry. She was pushed into selling Dresden’s IOU to Mab, the queen of the winter court. Mab’s request is definitely going to be more than Harry Dresden bargained for. But, what’s new about that right?
Dresden would have probably tried harder to get out of solving the mystery of the murder of the summer court’s knight, but the White Council of magic got involved. In Grave Peril, Harry had started a war between the Red Court vampires and the White Council. In Summer Knight, the Red Court would like the White Council to just hand Harry over to them. However, Harry would rather not just be handed over to his death. 
Harry enlists the help of the teenage werewolves, the Alphas, and Karrin Murphy of course. There are some great fights in this one. Yet again, Harry seems to head to one fight, and if he survives, he has someone else gunning for him. The faery courts are very interesting, and I love the Alphas and Harry and Murphy’s trip to Wal-mart. 
I think this has been one of my favorite books in the series so far. I am definitely still loving the Dresden Files
I’m going to give Summer Knight by Jim Butcher, 1 bookmark

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Grave Peril, Book Three of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Grave Peril is the third book in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The monster du jour in this book is a vampire. Well, vampires really. These are Red Court vampires. In Dresden’s world, there are basically three types of vampires: Red, White, and Black. Red Court vampires feed on blood, are weak in the daytime, and wear a skin mask of sorts to conceal their true form. 
Harry gets invited to a party by the head Red Court vampire, Bianca. He really does not want to go, in spite of the fact he was invited as a representative of the White Council of wizards. 
Of course, Harry can never just be fighting one bad guy at a time. So, in addition to dealing with vampires, Harry is also fighting ghosts with his friend Michael. This was another case where I felt like I had missed something. It seems like Dresden and Michael had some previous adventures that we missed. But again, there doesn’t seem to be any short stories that cover the gap. 
There is one big bad guy that Harry calls the Nightmare. He is actually able to damage people’s souls. He really lives up to his name. We also meet a White Court vampire named Thomas. White Court vampires feed off of emotion rather than blood, but they are no less deadly. Of the remaining of the vampire types, the Black Court vampires are like Dracula. They are weakened by sunlight, susceptible to garlic and holy water, not to mention a good old fashioned stake through the heart. 
I have really been enjoying the Dresden Files. I’ve gotten behind on my reviews because I can’t stop reading them. I just finished book six, so expect more reviews soon.
I’m going to give Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, 1 bookmark. I can’t seem to stop reading them. I love the humor, and the action is just crazy. Poor Harry always has to fight one battle, and if he survives, there’s another baddy waiting in the wings to kill him. 


Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Spider Bones is the latest Temperance Brennan novel by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. Reichs’ novels seem to get better and better. Some of her early novels are a little too heavy on technical details, even though they have always had some good action sequences. In my opinion Kathy Reichs has gotten better at explaining the technical parts, and her plots are fantastic. Spider Bones takes some real twists and turns that keep you turning pages until the end. 
This book takes Temperance Brennan from Montreal, back to the Carolinas, and eventually to Hawaii. Tempe’s adventure starts out with the discovery of a body in a pond in Montreal. Fingerprints taken from the body lead to a former U.S. soldier, who had supposedly been killed in the Vietnam War. Unraveling this mystery leads Temperance to the Carolinas and then to Hawaii to work with the group that works to identify remains of POWs and MIAs and get them back to their families. 
Temperance is still working through her personal life in this book. She still has to see Canadian police detective Andrew Ryan as a result of her job in Montreal. Even though he hurt her when he decided to try to have a relationship with an ex-girlfriend and mother of his teenage daughter. There is also Charlie Hunt back in the States. I think Temperance is kind of enjoying some time on her own and isn’t in a hurry to rush into any relationship. 
We also see quite a bit of Tempe’s daughter in this book. Katy suffers a tragic blow and ends up traveling to Hawaii with her mom. We also see more of Ryan’s daughter Lily in this book. 
The case in this book is fascinating. It wasn’t too hard to figure out at least part of the twist, but it was a great ride. I would highly recommend this book. Reichs’ Temperance Brennan from the books is very different from the Temperance Brennan from TV’s Bones. The two Temperances don’t really have a lot in common, but they both are enjoyable characters. I had started reading the Kathy Reichs books and then decided I really wanted to try watching the TV show. Now I’m hooked on both Bones series. 
I’m going to give Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs, 2 bookmarks. There are still some parts that get too technical, but they are still hard to put down.