Book Review: The Inquisitor's Key by: Jefferson Bass

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: William Morrow

Publish Date: May 8, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: Dr. Bill Brockton tackles the case of the millennium - a case that could shake the Vatican to its very foundations - in the richest and most captivating novel yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm series.

Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with the Case of the millennium, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical - after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages - but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger.

Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image of the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds that the bones are 2,000 years old. The finding sets off a lethal tug of war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming - and trigger the end of time.

Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.

Review: The Inquisitor's Key, by the writing team known as Jefferson Bass, is a wonderful addition to the Body Farm series. This book does not focus on the Body Farm or local crimes, but rather on history, religion, art, and fanaticism. I found the distinctive voices from the past and the present as well as the detail given to bringing the different facets of the case to light intriguing and compelling reading.

The Inquisitor's Key is set in both the past and present city of Avignon, France. We find in the present Dr. Brockton and Miranda (his assistant) searching for the truth hidden in the bones found sealed away in the Palace of Popes and, via the passages from the past, the story of how they became to be ensconced there. I loved learning about the history of Avignon and the religious and artistic boom which occurred at its height. The characters were great and you will have no problem bringing them to life in your mind's eye. Being both deliciously fascinating and thrilling, The Inquisitor's Key is a novel which showcases the writing talents and passion of the authors.

Body Farm series: Carved in Bone (1), Flesh and Bone (2), The Devil's Bones (3), Bones of Betrayal (4) The Bone Thief (5), The Bone Yard (6), The Inquisitor's Key (7)


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