Saturday 17 March 2018

Review: The Bones of Avignon by Jefferson Bass

Quercus, £18.99, hbk
Available withfree P&P or bycalling 091 709350

When forensic anthropologist Dr Bill Brockton, the director of Tennessee's Body Farm facility, receives a call from his assistant, he flies to Avignon in France where she has unearthed a stone chest containing ancient bones that an inscription suggests may be those of Jesus of Nazareth.

Miranda wants him to confirm that the bones are 2,000 years old. Carbon-dating suggests they are, and a deadly tug-of-war develops between the anthropologists, the Vatican and a Protestant zealot who hopes to clone the bones.

The action bounces between the present and 14th Century Avignon.

Nonsense really, more an extended travelogue of Avignon than a thriller and packed with stock cardboard cut-out characters.

Myles McWeeney

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