Lament The Common Bones by Jen Danna & Ann Vanderlaan


*Many thanks to the author for my review copy*

About the book:

When death hides in plain sight, only the most discerning eye can see the truth.

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Matt Lowell and his team of grad students don’t go looking for death—it usually comes to them. But when one of Matt’s students suspects the skeleton hanging in a top competitor’s lab is actually from a murder victim, Matt has no choice but to sneak in to confirm a suspicious death. Once the case comes to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott, the team is back together again.

While trying to handle the new murder case, Matt and Leigh also uncover new evidence behind the mysterious deliveries intended to smear the name of Leigh’s father, an honored cop, fallen in the line of duty four years before. When the person behind the deliveries is finally uncovered, it becomes clear that lives are in jeopardy if they attempt to thwart him. At the same time, as the murder case delves into underground societies and grows complicated when the killer himself becomes a victim, it will take all of Matt and Leigh’s teamwork to solve both cases and escape with their lives.

Lament The Common Bones by Jen Danna & Ann Vanderlaan

About the authors:

A scientist specializing in infectious diseases, Jen J. Danna works as part of a dynamic research group at a cutting-edge Canadian university. However, her true passion lies in indulging her love of the mysterious through her writing. Together with her partner Ann Vanderlaan, they write two series.

Under Danna and Vanderlaan, they craft suspenseful crime fiction with a realistic scientific edge. Their five Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries include DEAD, WITHOUT A STONE TO TELL IT; NO ONE SEES ME ’TILL I FALL; A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH; TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER; and LAMENT THE COMMON BONES.

Under the joint pseudonym of Sara Driscoll, they write the FBI K-9s mysteries series, starring search-and-rescue team Meg Jennings and her black lab, Hawk. LONE WOLF, released in December 2016, is the first book in the series. The second book in the series, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, will release in October of 2017, followed by the third book in 2018.

My thoughts:

Lament The Common Bones is book 5 in the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries series, but to be honest, it can be read as a standalone. There is more than enough backstory present, without actually making you feel you have missed out on the history of the characters. I am most definitely going to be buying the rest of these books though as I was hooked immediately!

The books focus on Matt Lowell and Leigh Abbott, forensic anthropologist and Massachusetts State Police Trooper respectively, as they are tasked with investigating how the skeleton of an unknown murder victim has ended up in another lab, used as an anatomical model for teaching. What are the odds, right?! Well, Abbott and Lowell are going to find out!

This investigation leads them on a very winding path, where even the killer becomes a victim! I know, it sounds odd, but it makes complete sense when you read the book! Alongside the murder investigation, Abbott is dealing with the fallout from her father’s death, because someone is out to tarnish him as a dirty cop.

Both investigations run simultaneously, but at no point are they hard to keep up with. The levels of detail are brilliant, the characters are really well-written and feel almost approachable (I know they’re not real, but they read like they are!!!), and the plot is taut and gripping.

Lament The Common Bones was an excellent introduction to Abbott and Lowell. As I mentioned above, I will most definitely be picking up the first four books. I loved the repartee between them, it gave levity in dark moments, but there was real emotion there too which translated off the page so well. So yeah, another series for me to catch up on for sure, and well worth adding to your list if you enjoy the forensic detail of Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan coupled with the addictiveness (don’t even know if that’s a word!!!) of Cornwell’s earlier Scarpetta books!

Highly recommended!


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