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The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
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The Bone Garden (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Tess Gerritsen (Author)

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Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil--human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists"--those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.… (more)
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The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen (2007)

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In the present day, Julia has recently moved into a new home in the outskirts of Boston, trying to move on with her life after a divorce. As she is digging in her garden, she discovers some human bones, dating back to more than a century earlier. She eventually meets someone who has stored some old documents that may hold the key to identifying the bones. Alternately in 1830, medical student Norris Marshall, friends with a young Oliver Wendell Holmes, becomes entwined in a series of murders and must prove his innocence.

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I've read a couple other Tess Gerritsen novels and I tend to lump her in with the other typical thriller genre authors: decent storylines, sometimes a little farfetched, but nothing truly remarkable or earth shattering, though they're nice to read between heavier novels. But this one seemed to have a little more meat to it and borders on the historical fiction genre, which I usually enjoy. And I did enjoy this book. I suspect this is one of Gerritsen's better novels. ( )
  indygo88 | Oct 3, 2021 |
I like the way Tess Gerritsen writes. In this one she blends the historical background of medical practice in the 19th century with a murder mystery which plays out in the past. The protagonists in the present are studying family artifacts and letters to unravel the mystery of a recently discovered body that has been buried for over a hundred years, and its connection to a serial killer of the 1830s, known as the West End Reaper. The story is an entertaining blend of human emotions, mystery and and historical information.

Of course there is also a lot of human suffering, gory descriptions of murder and dissected bodies, but at least in the world of the novel, all loose strands are tied up and justice is served -in a manner- to both living and dead.


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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
Julia Hamill ist schockiert. Die menschlichen Gebeine, die sie im Garten gefunden hat, stammen von einer jungen Frau. Eine pathologische Untersuchung ergibt, dass sie ermordet wurde – und zwar vor zweihundert Jahren. Wer ist die Tote, wer hat sie heimlich verscharrt? Julias Neugier führt sie in die Vergangenheit Bostons, zur medizinischen Fakultät der Universität und zu dem Medizinstudenten Norris Marshall, der hofft, einen gefährlichen Frauenmörder zu stellen – und seine einzige Zeugin in höchste Gefahr bringt …
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
The first Tess Gerritsen Ihave read and I will be reading more of them. A gripping thriller set in two different time periods, and an interesting ending which was not in the least bit obvious. ( )
  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
When Julia buys a wreck of a house to redo after her divorce, she's shocked to find a skeleton in her garden patch. It turns out the person was murdered and quite a while ago. She makes contact with the family who owned the house for many years and investigates using family papers.
Ms. Gerritsen writes an absorbing story about 1830s Boston and the medical community at the time. Students depended on resurrectionists for cadavers to use for study. Irish immigrant Rose Connolly and medical student Norris Marshall are drawn into this world and a series of macabre murders.
I really enjoyed this historical murder mystery. Each character is interesting, and I especially liked Oliver Wendall Holmes (father of the jurist). A very well-done story. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Feb 23, 2019 |
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Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil--human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists"--those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

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A gruesome secret is about to be unearthed ...When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton - that of a young woman - has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the young woman? And how did she die? It is the 1830s, and an impoverished medical student, Norris Marshall, is forced to procure corpses in order to further his studies in human anatomy. It's a gruesome livelihood that will bring him into contact with a terrifying serial killer who slips from ballrooms to graveyards and into autopsy suites. And who is far, far closer than Norris could ever imagine...

A gruesome secret is about to be unearthed.

When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton - that of a young woman - has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the woman? And how did she die?

It is the 1930s, and an impoverished medical student, Norris Marshall, is forced to procure corpses in order to further his studies in human anatomy.

It's a gruesome livelihood that will bring him into contact with a terrifying serial killer who slips from ballrooms to graveyards and into autopsy suites.

And who is far, far closer than Norris could ever imagine.
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