The Inquisitors Key

The Inquisitors Key I had been told that this series gets off to a rocky start but then got better, so after their last book, which I rather enjoyed, I had such high hopes for this one But I was disappointed, as I have been with this series as a whole Being written in part by the real life founder of the anthropology research facility in Tennessee, I expected this series to be based on cases that have actually come into said facility, with a bitdramatic flair, to make it a really interesting fictional read, but that hasn t been the case In fact, the last book didn t even take place in the state of Tennessee, and this one doesn t even take place in the US, so I m not sure how they are included as part of The Body Farm Series when they don t take place therethe author s alter ego works there, and that appears to be incidental at best.The plot here seems like the authors wanted to jump on the bandwagon of Dan Brown s success with historical fictionthe authors even mention The Da Vinci Code in the course of the book, with the protagonist being called to France to determine if bones found are that of Jesus Christ, and they even manage to include a subplot involving the Shroud of Turin.And the fretting of the main character in previous books over the one night he spent with an unknown to him murderess, who subsequently became pregnant, seems to have been curtly written out of the storyline with one dismissive line Isabella, with whom I d had a brief romantic encounter, and who d died in Japan when the tsunami struck No mention of her pregnancy, and no overwrought carrying on, so typical of this protagonist when it comes to women.But one aspect of his character that is consistent is the pathetic, obsessive crush the middle age protagonist has on his assistant young enough to be his daughter He exhibits jealousy and possessiveness when dealing with the French archaeologist with which his young assistant is working, which he childishly attempts to keep to himself for tours around Avignon and when dining This creepy dynamic is beyond tiresome I thought the protagonist might have some kind of revelation when the authors interject the history of poet Petrarch s unrequited love for the married Laura which is theorized as not really love at all since he doesn t actually know her, she is married and therefore forbidden to him, so he just follows her around town but rather the poet s love for heartbreak , but sadly and irritatingly, no.The chapters bounce between the present, and artists, religious figures, and events from the 1300s, but it fails to captivateand I LOVE art historical fiction Too bad this strays far from the authors areas of expertise, and spreads in too many directions to care There only appears to be onebook in this series that has been published, and since I already checked it out of the library at the same time as this book, I figure I ll go ahead and read it, but if any are written in the future, I won t bother with them I gave this seriesthan a fair shot, and it s disappointed pretty consistently. The Inquisitor s Key by Jefferson Bass.I ve read listened to several in the body farm series and enjoyed them very much I enjoyed them for their uniqueness and for the excellent story telling quality This book was a big disappointment I started listening to it on Cd narrated by the same person as in all the others and nothing caught my attention I couldn t stay focused because there was nothing worth focusing on.Sorry to say this was a big disappointment for an otherwise wonderfully special series. ASIN BMKM Moved To Latest Edition As Per GuidelinesFrom New York Times Bestselling Author Jefferson Bass Comes The Richest And Most Captivating Body Farm Novel Yet, In Which Dr Bill Brockton Encounters A Religious Mystery That Takes Him To Avignon, France Fascinating and great fun I m talking about the research and writing of it yes, I wrote it Medieval mystery meets modern murder think DaVinci Code, Bones, and Girl with a Pearl Earring The cast of medieval characters includes Petrarch, his unrequited love Laura, the Italian painters Giotto and Simone Martini, and an Inquisitor turned Pope Now that it s finished, I miss them already I hope others find it as fascinating fun to read as I found it to write Rating 3 1 2 Genre Mystery Review The Inquisitor s Key is the seventh novel in the Body Farm series The main character of the series is Dr Bill Brockton, renowned forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee If you haven t yet had the opportunity to read this series, you really should consider trying it out If you weren t aware that this place actually exists, they I shall correct your mistaken belief when I say that I ve actually visited there thanks to the bi annual visit of the Florida Gators to UT for college football.Dr Bill is once again asked by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for his help in identifying a body that was left behind after a botched DEA investigation into the Columbian drug trade into the US Southeast Almost immediately, he once again finds himself in danger because the operation itself has somehow been compromised Unfortunately, this operation causes the death of someone important to Bill, and who has been a friend of his for awhile.Bill then receives a call in regards to the health of his all but important assistant Miranda Lovejoy Miranda is in Avignon, France for the summer doing an excavation on a former medieval palace that once was the home to the French Popes After a bit of misdirection, and lies about what is happening to Miranda, Bill takes off like a bat out of hell to Avignon only to learn that Miranda is fine and that she and her colleague Stefan Beauvoir may have found the discovery of a lifetime.The book transcends time periods going back to the 14th century 1314 1328 as well as the present time Dr Bill is once again at the center of a major mystery after discovering that the bones that were found in Avignon by Stefan and Miranda may or may not be that of the Christ Jesus.With the discovery of the fact that the bones are 2,000 years old, comes plenty of questions and the mystery of how they ended in in the former palace in the first place.This story definitely has a nice historical feel to it The writers delve into the lives of several Catholic Popes especially those like Clement the V and Benedict the VII who were behind the Inquisition and the total destruction of the Knight s Templar s during the early 14th century The mystery kept me interested in the story right until the very last page Were the bones actually Christ Jesus, and if so, how did they end up at the Palace of the Popes Or, were the bones actually that of Jean Eckhart who caught the ire of the White Pope during the Inquisition and was never heard from again Sorry, no spoilage here Then there is the relationship between Bill and Miranda who have worked together for the past 6 years Again, if you haven t read this series, I absolutely encourage you to at least go to the library and borrow this book It seems as though Miranda and Bill are growing closer than ever which is better late than never.I want to thank the writer Jon Jefferson for providing me with a signed advanced copy of this novel Jon I appreciate the fact that you thought about me when sharing copies of this book.Hardcover, 352 pagesExpected publication May 8th 2012 by William Morrow Not interested in the historical religious settings Bass returns with another jam packed book, full of intrigue and a pile of historical research While not my favourite of the series, the author did invest countless hours into developing a thoroughly entertaining book and was able to balance the ongoing character progression that keeps the series fresh and addictive While moving the setting far outside the setting of the Body Farm, Bass successfully keeps the reader interested Presenting both historical and scientific facts and fallacy in such a way to simplify, yet not dumb down, the needed information, a reader from any academic background should be able to grasp this story, which appears to have influences from numerous other bestselling authors see below With great twists, unexpected turns, and delightful banter, the book solidifies why Jefferson Bass is top in his their field, both as writer and forensic anthropologist.As mentioned above, the book was not my favourite, but it does delve into some great detail I must say spoiler alert , the one sentence summary of what happened to the crazed isotope killer from Bones of Betrayal Book 4 is a little weak I could see a great underlying ongoing storyline , and the rest is, for the most part quite well done I noticed some great resemblances to some other great authors Bass historical narrative chapters remind me a lot of Raymond Khoury and his Templar series , which makes sense, since parts of these chapters are solely Templar related I also noticed a strong Alison Weir Philippa Gregory Carolly Erickson narrative in the latter historical chapters, as they relate to ladies of the court and their secret love affairs see the same site, using the names of the aforementioned authors Lastly, and perhaps most thorough and detailed in parallel authorship, the Christian read Catholic poking of holes in what is sacred is right out of a Dan Brown Robert Langdon novel Truly classic, but explained in many forms art, science, history All thoroughly used and perhaps simply a coincidence, but woven together, the story comes alive with their use I suppose, I am used to the Bass mystery where the body gives the clues to the killer and the chase is on to get him her before it is too late.Nice, loose, tie in with Madonna and Child, which, on the surface does not look like it really has anything to do with the series That said, well worth the invested time to put some of the characters in their place and fill out this story.Kudos Messers Jefferson and Bass I eagerly anticipate the next novel and its release. Another Body Farm mystery and it is the most complicated one yet This one finds Dr B suddenly summoned to Avignon by his young assistant Miranda who has been taken to hospital for an emergency appendectomy When a frightened and disheveled Dr B arrives it s only to find the whole thing is a ruse set up to keep Miranda and her French colleague s amazing find a secret They need his help to determine whether or not the bones they ve discovered in the walls of the Palace of the Popes could possibly be what would be the most remarkable find of this or any other century.Thus begins a fast paced mystery set in a beautiful and secretive medieval city with a cast of characters whose side you can never quite pin down Bones, murder, betrayal slide between past and present united by fanaticism and greed in a search for the ultimate truth. It s been a long time since I ve read a Body Farm I ve had this one on my to read list for a mighty long time So with the Madonna and the Corpse, and The Inquisitor s Key I ve really enjoyed reading these This was a second read of Madonna, but new with the Inquisitor Good stuff.Featuring the Tennessee bone expert after 2011 s The Bone Yard , an awkward blend of a conspiratorial religious thriller and a forensic procedural, Dr Bill Brockton drops his work on a dead undercover DEA agent to rush to France after hearing that his assistant and budding love interest, Miranda Lovelady, is about to be operated on To his surprise, and to the detriment of some plausibility, he learns on arrival that the message was a hoax to bring him to Europe to tackle the mother of all forensic anthropological exams determining whether a skeleton is, in fact, that of Jesus Christ himself While Brockton s exam and his related analysis of the evidence concerning the provenance of the Shroud of Turin fascinate, a m lange of assassination attempts and hostage taking distracts from the science Bass is the writing team of Dr Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist, and journalist Jon Jefferson Agent Giles Anderson, Anderson Literary Agency Recommend if you like this type of reading I ve read most of the Body Farm Books, I d really like to go and have a tour and see what it s all about Enjoy I may be the only person giving one star to this most recent Jefferson Bass offering The book ostensibly is about an ossuary containing the bones of Jesus, but it deteriorates into a kind of Da Vinci Code, replete with subplots and nefarious Bad Guys Also too many coy Aren t we cute kind of anti religiousspecifically, anti Catholic wise cracks in the formulaic dialogues.With fewer than 100 pages to go, and not giving a hoot in Hell if Miranda is rescued or not, or if Stefan murder is solved, or whose bones they really were, I slammed the book shut and returned it to the Public Library, where, I know, there is a waiting list of Jefferson Bass fans.The book might even be a New York Times Best Seller, but tripe is still tripe which in my book is unfortunate, for tripe is one my favorite organ meats


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