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A Review of Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

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.

Book Description

Speaking in Bones 2The latest blockbuster suspense novel in the pulse-pounding Temperance Brennan series, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

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.

Book Details

Series: Temperance Brennan (Book 18)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam (July 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345544048
ISBN-13: 978-0345544049
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

Kathy-ReichsKathy 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.


A Review of Bones Never Lie: A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Bones Never Lie: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

I’ve read most of the Temperance Brennan series. Some of them have been quite good, others have been a bit confusing. I still keep coming back, because most of the time I really enjoy the story and the characters. I think that Bones Never Lie may be the best book that Kathy Reichs has ever written. She still writes in her own style. The story starts off slowly. Then the tension starts to build. You think that you have it figured out, but nope, Ms. Reichs isn’t going to make it that easy. She still has a few monkey wrenches to throw in the mix. You know that there is something funny. It still doesn’t feel right. You aren’t sure that the story is over until the very last page.

I have a lot of fun reading this series. I enjoy the way the characters in the books are so completely different from the roles played in the U.S. television show, “Bones”. The settings and stories are so completely different too. It’s amazing that Kathy Reichs is involved in both, and that both the T.V. show and the novels are based on her life. She must have a split personality, or something.

I really liked everything about this book. The mystery was realistic and believable. The mix of people from Vermont, North Carolina, and Quebec were authentic and convincing. There were sweet parts and frightening sections. The plot had reasonable plot twists. It didn’t feel forced or contrived. Everything worked very well.

I give Bones Never Lie 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up. The only reason I held back 1/2 of a Star, was this book didn’t knock my socks off. It didn’t blow me away. I reserve 5 Stars for those real “my god, what a great book” times. That said, I recommend this book to anyone who has ever explored the Brennan series, especially if you were put off in the past. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, you will still enjoy this story, you just won’t be quite as involved in the back stories.

I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, Bantam, in return for an honest review.


Book Description

September 23, 2014

Bones Never Lie Kathy ReichsThe evidence is irrefutable: In sixteen New York Times bestsellers over the course of as many years, Kathy Reichs has proven herself “a genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News). In forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, Reichs has created a detective fiction heroine who’s brilliant to the bone. “Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden,” says The New York Times Book Review. In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.

Book Details

Series: Temperance Brennan
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam (September 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345544013
ISBN-13: 978-0345544018
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


About the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. In 2007 Break No Bones was short-listed for the Ellis Award for Best Novel. Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for the television drama Bones; her latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan is Devil Bones. Her newest release, 206 Bones, is due out in the summer of 2009

Book Description and Details are from Amazon, Bones Never Lie: A Novel