Book Review : The Bones of Avignon (Body Farm #7) by Jefferson Bass

The bones of Avignon was a saving grace for me amidst so much of Paranormal romance that refuse to stay out of the cliche tracks. Before we start the review of the book, let me give out a Warning. This book is not for hardcore religious minds. I feel this book should be approached with an open mind and the idea that it is just a fiction. With the world already waiting for another fact to get offended at, this book would be a fodder for just that. Reason? The book points finger at a major religious belief.

The Bones of Avignon Official Synopsis

Miranda Lovelady, Dr Bill Brockton’s protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with the case of the millennium, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are sceptical – after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages – but the evidence for authenticity soon grows. Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ and a laboratory test finds that the bones are 2,000 years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug of war between the anthropologists, the Vatican and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming … and trigger the end of time.

Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art and science, The Bones of Avignon takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.

The Bones of Avignon RWAT Take

The theme of the book actually surprised me with its nature but as I gradually immersed  into the plot, I not only enjoyed myself but kind of started seeing the reasoning and logistics of the plot and in the statement that they were directly or indirectly painting inside the fiction. But then these are all debatable and best left for an academic discussion which is not my area of expertise at all.

Though there are a lot of underlying sub plots, It is a fast paced thriller with so much troughs and crests to keep you glued. Fortunately the amount of characters are not overpowering but relevant ones and those who actually makes a change in the plot developments. You need to keep your pulse on the plot lines so as not to lose the track but its not that difficult as the plot moves efficiently and smoothly through each development.


The book is a good thriller with a steady pace and that offers a lot of thrills and turns. But as mentioned before, the book deals with a very sensitive track so approach it while leaving all your religious sentiments outside and enjoy the book as a fiction and maybe open up a little to what the plot might be trying to tell you. But don’t take it too seriously to get offended.


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