Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan #18)
by Kathy Reichs
It seems like a lot of books and television shows are picking up on lesser publicized topics lately. Speaking in Bones brings web sleuthing to the foreground. This is another one of those internet activities that can possibly do some good in certain instances, but much of the time the sites and the people involved on those sites become obsessed and go way overboard. Here is a link to a USA Today article Web sleuthing leads to ID of girl found dead in N.Y. The article tells how Carl Koppelman saw a picture of a missing girl and was able to connect her to an unidentified body of a girl that was found dead in 1979. He is a member of Websleuths.com.
Much of what Temperance Brennan does is to gather clues from skeletonized remains found in remote locations. Most of those cases involve trying to identify the victim. The involvement of an avid web sleuth in this book who thinks that she can do a better job than the police are doing, gets under Brennan’s skin. Brennan finds herself in danger because she can’t let it go. She feels that she has to figure this out and therefore doesn’t take normal precautions, such as calling for backup. You can imagine how that works out.
This was another exciting book in the Temperance Brennan series. I enjoyed the web sleuth theme of this book, and it made me do a little research into the phenomenon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to join in, but this book may get Websleuths.com a few new members. It seems like a worthwhile use of one’s internet connection.
Like I have said in previous reviews, this series is nothing like the US TV series, Bones. You have to read these books without any expectation that there will be connections between the two. They are totally separate. Temperance Brennan is a totally different character in each series. I happen to like them both, but your mileage may vary.
I give Speaking in Bones 4 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! I liked the way the book taught me about web sleuthing, and think that it is worthwhile to let people know about it.
I received a Digital Readers Copy of this book from the publisher.
For every case Temperence Brennan has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases. One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found. What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead. Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-change proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.
Series: Temperance Brennan (Book 18)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam (July 21, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
About the Author
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, and Bones of the Lost, and the Temperance Brennan e-short, Bones In Her Pocket. In addition, Kathy co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, and Exposure, along with two Virals e-novellas, Shift and Swipe. These books follow the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan. Dr. Reichs is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.