Genre: Murder Mystery
Blurb: (Goodreads) A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.
In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?
Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.
What I didn’t like: The topic of dead newborns, though not throughout the story, is a sad one, the names of places and characters got a little confusing at times because I was listening to this story, and the explanation of diamond exploration gets a touch old, but that’s about it for the didn’t like category.
What I liked: Like most Kathy Reich stories, it kept you wanting to read/listen chapter after chapter. I always like Temperance’s attitude and there are typically interesting characters that she comes across to add a smile and some spice (like the kid on the bike – fun dialogue there) to the story. You get a feeling for who done it, or a least a bit of one, until she reveals the probably motive close to the end. But it’s an interesting enough ending that a probable guess doesn’t spoil the book at all. The narrator was the one I’ve heard for most of Kathy’s books, Linda Emond , and she is very good, as usual.