I was therefore looking very much forward to tonight's episode of Bones (5.3), and I wasn't disappointed. It was a sensitively rendered, emotionally satisfying gem. True to the principles of the Amish faith, and true to the needs of good mystery writing, with an ending that was a real surprise.
An Amish boy, on his Rumspringa - a time to get his "wild" out, before fully committing to the faith - goes from Lancaster to Washington, DC to test of his dream of becoming a great pianist. He has enormous talent. He's murdered.
Who is the killer? The father, angered over his son's apparently imminent rejection of the faith? Or the brother of the pianist's Amish girlfriend, angered that he would likely be jilting her?
Neither - the Amish are nonviolent.
Other less likely suspects prove to be innocent, too. In the end, the murderer is ... well, see the episode, if you haven't already.
Bones continues to be a series that Poe and Dickens would have enjoyed.
5-min podcast review of Bones
See also Bones: Hilarity and Crime and Bones is Back For Season 5: What Is Love? and Bones 5.2: Anonymous Donors and Pipes
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