Kathy Reichs is a solid series writers, and Tempe Brennan, a solid series characters. As always, Reichs confidently grounds us in the setting, steering us through Guatemala and Montreal as though we are actually there and she is pointing out the sights, sounds, and smells as we go. There is the usual grisly description of the dead, and the accompanying forensic information that goes with that. Reichs excels in describing in plain English the details of potentially complicated and confusing subjects, but I think in this novel, more than her four previous in the series, she relies too heavily on facts and figures to fill the pages, which tends to slow down the action. Although, having said that, cliffhangers at the end of every chapter kept me turning the pages.
It would have been nice to catch up with some characters from the previous novels (Tempe somehow has close friends we've never heard of in every book, while she rarely associates with any from the ones that came before), but as the the love interest, Detective Ryan, seems to be getting more annoying each time I see him, maybe that's actually a good thing.
Overall, a good book, and an enjoyable read, but not quite in the same league as Deja Dead or Death Du Jour.