Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, August 23, 2013

Week ending August 23, 2013

Cabot, Sam. Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets. Blue Rider: Penguin. Aug. 2013. 432p. ISBN 9780399162954. $27.95. F
American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly arrives in Rome at the request of Lorenzo Cossa, archivist and librarian of the Vatican, who asks him to recover a stolen document that could single-handedly destroy the Church. Kelly quickly finds himself running from the police with fellow historian Livia Pietro. It is soon revealed that Pietro is a vampire, referred to as Noantri, and that she’s on a mission to obtain this missing document for Noantri leaders. Their quest takes them on a treasure hunt through various churches and requires a host of deceptions and diversions, as other Noantri seek to expose the document.
Verdict Very similar to The Da Vinci Code and other Vatican conspiracy stories, Cabot’s novel takes the Bible and Catholicism to a supernatural level. This is a very dense read, and a side plot with the police adds little to the story. Religious conspiracy lovers will enjoy, but this thriller won’t do much for those who enjoy chilling vampire tales. Cabot is a pseudonym for authors Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan.—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.

Reichs, Kathy. Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel. Scribner. Aug. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781439102459. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439112830. F
In her latest outing (after Bones Are Forever), forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has been called to help with several new cases. First, she must examine some potential Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs to verify that they contain no human remains. A hit-and-run victim in Charlotte, NC, is next on Dr. Brennan’s dance card. No one steps forward to identify this young girl, who appears to be an illegal immigrant. While this case turns up no leads, Brennan’s soon-to-be ex-husband asks for her forensic help on behalf of an old Marine friend. This takes Brennan to Afghanistan to examine exhumed bodies of locals to determine how they were killed. Uneasiness prevails during her stay in Afghanistan, and it accompanies Brennan back to her testimony stateside, where the pieces start falling into place in unexpected ways.
Verdict This quick-moving and suspenseful narrative by a very popular author will delight mystery readers with surprising plot twists that keep them guessing. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/13.]—Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX

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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"