Written in Bone

Written in Bone I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table Tell me who you are Forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter should be at home in London with the woman he loves In

I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table Tell me who you are Forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter should be at home in London with the woman he loves Instead, as a favour to a beleaguered colleague, he s on the remote Hebridean island of Runa to inspect a grisly discovery.Hunter has witnessed death in many guises, but I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table Tell me who you are Forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter should be at home in London with the woman he loves Instead, as a favour to a beleaguered colleague, he s on the remote Hebridean island of Runa to inspect a grisly discovery.Hunter has witnessed death in many guises, but even he is shocked by what he finds a body almost totally incinerated but for the feet and a single hand Could it be a textbook case of spontaneous human combustion The local police are certain it s an accidental death but Hunter is not convinced Examining the scorched remains, he finds the evidence he feared It s clear to him that this was no accident, this was murder.But as the small, isolated community considers the enormity of Hunter s findings, a catastrophic storm hits the island The power goes down, communication with the mainland ceases, and then the killing begins in earnestExploding in a series of violent acts and shocking twists, this is the compelling new crime thriller from a brilliant British storyteller.

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  1. After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensic Academy, he visited the Body Farm in Tennessee This last commission was the inspiration behind the internationally bestselling The Chemistry of Death, which was shortlisted for the CWA s Duncan Lawrie Dagger and has been translated into 21 languages Simon Beckett is married and lives in Sheffield The author of six novels, his second David Hunter thriller, Written in Bone, is published as a Bantam paperback in April 2008.

451 Reply to “Written in Bone”

  1. Wow, da waren dann doch noch ein paar Wendungen, die ich nicht habe kommen sehen hat mir wieder sehr gut gefallen.

  2. After enjoying the hell out of The Chemistry of Death I was very eager to start reading the second book about Dr Hunter And oh boy I don t really know where to begin.The book starts interestingly enough gruesome murder, interesting location, good ol Dr Hunter But then it takes over a hundred pages until something, ANYTHING happens Some of the characters in the book were so cartoonish I was afraid I might injure my eyes with all the eyerolling Here s your token single mother with a dark past, the [...]

  3. Excellent, gripping police procedural mystery A slow start, but midway it takes off and there are several twists at the end that took me totally by surprise, especially the final few paragraphs WHAT If you enjoy the locked room variety of murder mystery, Written in Bone should satisfy Gruesome in places, and a plot twist that s creepy to say the least, but a quick and satisfying read.

  4. 4 de 5 estrellas me ha encantado Agil, amena, intrigante y con un final lleno de sorpresas La saga me est encantando

  5. Rating 4.5 starsThis is the second in the David Hunter series, and was just as compelling as The Chemistry of Death The tension, the forensics, the story telling they all had me gripped from page one, and one of the reveals made me gasp out loud and say NOOOO I loved the eerie atmosphere of the remote island, cut off from the mainland during a savage storm no one can arrive, no one can leave, and there s a killer on the loose with a fondness for fire It gave me the chills Beckett has become my f [...]

  6. This book rocketed along, with lots of twists and turns until the very last page It s a variation of the and then there were none theme, with all the characters trapped on a very small island in the Hebrides and no obvious suspects for any of the murders The hero, a forensic anthropologist, is not quite smart enough to figure things out before we do, but that is part of the wonderfully sustained tension Now I m off to find the author s first book

  7. Je kleiner der Ort, desto dunkler die Geheimnisse seiner Bewohner.Wenn man dann noch auf einer Insel in einem dicken Sturm festsitzt, wird eine Mordermittlung schnell zum Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, denn pl tzlich gibt es einen zweiten Mord, einen Mordversuch und jede Menge Verd chtiger, weil irgendwie jeder etwas zu verbergen scheint.Auch der zweite David Hunter Roman folgt dem bekannten Schema und bietet dabei jede Menge zum Gr beln Ich mochte es sehr, wie sich nach und nach alle Puzzleteilen zu [...]

  8. Auch der zweite Teil der David Hunter Reihe hat mir wieder gut gefallen.Die Hinweise auf den T ter waren wesentlich weniger offensichtlich.Ich konnte gut mitr tseln und lag mit meiner Theorie auch nicht ganz daneben,aber im Gegensatz zum ersten Teil bin ich nicht hinter alles gekommen.Schade fand ich,dass das Setting doch recht hnlich war wie im ersten Teil.Wieder spielt sich alles in einem abgelegenen Dorf hier Insel ab und wieder geh rt jemand,dem David Hunter vertraut zu den Verbrechern.Nicht [...]

  9. Der Oskar f r die grauslichsten Einstiege in Kriminalromane geht an Simon Becket Jedes mal auf Seite 1 beginnts mich zu sch tteln in Chemie des Todes Band 1 ging es um Larven und ihre Arbeit an einem toten K rper und in Kalte Asche um die Wirkung von Feuer auf K rper Sehr sachlich deshalb aber nicht minder grausam sondern eher mit verst rktem Ekelfaktor wird dem Leser extrem detailgetreu vermittelt, was passiert, wenn der K rper wie eine Kerze verbrennt Ein mittlerweile bew hrtes Konzept, mit de [...]

  10. This reader loved The Chemistry of Death and in Written in Bone the descriptions of the actual finds are no less enthralling However, it is unacceptable if, in I narration, a third person in a chapter i.e a later report by the I narrator anything else would be impossible fails to see shadows lifting themselves from the dark This is cheating or oversight not good writing The extended ending with twist upon twist, too, is not convincing, just laboured There is to say the constant build up of sexu [...]

  11. When Patricia Cornwell embarked on her series of novels about a forensic detective, the territory was fresh and interesting But disciples have appeared, disinterring the bodies and conducting autopsies but finding little that is original Simon Beckett is a follower though with a link back to Agatha Christie Written in Bone has a self styled forensic anthropologist for a central character, thus justifying any amount of grisly information about burning bodies But Dr David Hunter is cut off by the [...]

  12. Like Chemistry of death before it, I really enjoyed this book Beckett writes so well that it s almost impossible to skim read his novels Every sentence earns its place in the book Again, the atmosphere is palpable, and the characters well written and vivid There s a very real sense of isolation and a feeling of a community turning in on itself as the characters are effectively stranded on a lonely Scottish Island with a psychopathic killer on the loose Beckett creates a thrilling murder mystery [...]

  13. I didn t like this as much as the first one it was really really similar thematically and basically feels like he s reworked the same plot he s still clearly a smart guy which I like, but I mean there aren t enough crimes in london he has to go out to bumfuck scotland to find one fine whatever, then there s a storm OH NO But then ugh really a bit too thematic and cliche on the other hand, I liked the ending it was awesome I think he really pulled that through, if the rest of the book was a well [...]

  14. Konnte mich nicht ganz so berzeugen wie der erste Teil Die Handlung pl tscherte lange vor sich hin, ohne dass so richtig Spannung aufkam Die Rahmenhandlung erinnerte mich auch sehr an den ersten Teil, da hoffe ich, dass sich Beckett f r den dritten Teil mal was Neues ausgedacht hat Das letzte Drittel des Buches konnte mich dann wieder voll berzeugen, es war super spannend und die Aufl sung und ihre Wendungen fand ich richtig gut 3,5 , aufgrund des tollen Schreibstils aufgerundet auf 4.

  15. Melhor ainda que o anterior S peca por me ter deixado novamente descobrir muito cedo quem estava por detr s dos crimes, mas n o deixou de ser surpreendente E n o podia ter conclu do o meu 2013 reading challenge de melhor forma no dia 31 de dezembro, com um livro 5

  16. Ich wollte eigentlich 4 sterne geben weil ich fand dass es schon parallelen zum ersten teil gibt.aber das Ende Krass.

  17. Gelezen in het Engels E book 2.5 5Gelezen tot p175 van de 300 Het eerste boek met Dr Hunter was ZO goed, dat mijn verwachtingen dan ook enorm hoog waren voor de volgende in de serie Het verhaal begon interessant maar werd dan best langdradig Zo langdradig dat het saai werd en ik het gewoon niet meer de moeite vond om nog verder te lezen.Hop naar het volgende boek, dat me hopelijk weer in een sneltempo zet

  18. This is the second in the David Hunter series This time set on an isolated Scottish Island, the tension ratchets up and up with each page Atmospheric and densely plotted, this is an excellent addition to the series David Hunter is a forensic anthropologist He s drawn into the investigation of a bizarre find the partially burnt body of a young woman in a croft Stories always work well in remote, isolated communities, and in this novel the island becomes cut off by a terrible storm no communicatio [...]

  19. ENGLISH As a forensic thriller awesome The main character is easy to be related with It was kinda gruesome in some parts but keeps you in the line the whole time It made me elaborate like 5 different theories about the possible killer or killers, but in the end everything turned out right the opposite and with multiple endings I can t say that I enjoyed it, too many corpses being analized and explicit descriptions, but I got hooked by the plotPA OL Lo le en ingl s as que no sabr a juzgarlo muy b [...]

  20. Plot line A murder occurs on a small island in the middle of no where With technology difficulties from a storm, our hero determines how the victim died and that the murderer is still on the island More bodies appear and it s now the hero s job to stop him before he kills again.Opinion I started this book not knowing that this was the SECOND in a series The author tried to bring me up to speed, but the character was flat This should be impressive because the story is told in first person, but it [...]

  21. I unfortunately didn t enjoy this book as much as the first one in the series.The writing style was, again, fluent and easy to read the whole way through.The main character was as amazing as in The Chemistry of Death.The other characters were well developed, but I somehow just didn t feel drawn to them.The biggest thing I have a problem with is the solution.I felt like it kind of came out of nowhere I would have liked a bit build up.There was too much happening in a short amount of time.I have [...]

  22. This is a forensic suspense mystery thriller that has than a few twists and turns to it, even up to the bitter or sweet,depending on how you look at it end CSI, Reichs, Cornwell, etc fans will love it I can t say I was at the EDGE of my seat, but I was way past the middle of it and turning pages fast.Premise a forensic anthropologist gets called out to a remote British island to investigate a suspitious death A storm, a fire and than one body keep him there as he risks his life to figure out j [...]

  23. Kalte Asche hat mich wirklich gut unterhalten und ich konnte das Buch etwa ab der H lfte nicht mehr aus der Hand legen Ich mag Becketts Schreibstil und obwohl es sowohl im Aufbau, als auch im Setting einige hnlichkeiten zum ersten Teil gab, fand ich die Geschichte sehr spannend Einige Apsekte waren recht vorhersehbar, w hrend das Ende mich dann doch sehr berrascht hat Da die forensischen Details, die mir im ersten Buch so gut gefallen haben, hier weniger zur Geltung kamen, gibt es nur vier Stern [...]

  24. Well, I m not exactly going to write a review about this but, instead, I m going to ask a question How can you possibly destroy such a promising story with such a lame ending I had hopes for this book just as for its predecessor but Beckett s formulaic final twists ultimately always destroy the stories for me I m disappointed.

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