Fatal Voyage, by Kathy Reichs

A "forensic anthropologist", performing an investigation on the site of an airline crash, comes across a body part that doesn't seem to fit with any of the passengers on the flight. Starting with this promising setup, and a few red herrings, she starts to suspect what might have been going on and finally uncovers the truth.

According to the sleevenotes, the author herself is a forensic anthropologist, which presumably explains the detail we get in the book about how different passengers are identified based on racial characteristics of their foot bones etc., which was reasonably interesting without being overwhelming. Apart from that the story was basically plucky female believes something's going on and in the face of opposition from the authorities eventually gets to the bottom of things and is proved correct, along the way finding that she's become a potential victim.

Unfortunately the plot turned out to be a bit cliched and implausible, but I think what made it listenable was the reader, who I think did a really good job, so while I don't think I'd be too bothered about more Kathy Reichs books, I'll look out for other books read by Kate Harper.

One thing mentioned in the book which stuck in my mind was the state motto which appears on the seal for North Carolina, "Esse Quam Videri" which is Latin for "to be rather than to seem".

Completed : 12-Mar-2003 (audiobook, read by Kate Harper)

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