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Skip to content The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Share this: Twitter Facebook Pinterest. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.

Email required Address never made public. Name required. Post to Cancel. I feel a loyalty, especially to the small bookstores, which seem to be disappearing faster than some species. Looking back over 18 novels, what's the most important lesson you've learned about writing? In some ways, it gets easer as you continue to write a series with the same core characters. You get to know your characters better. But it also gets harder because when someone picks up a Temperance Brennan book for the first time, you have to introduce the main premise and the core characters.

But, on the other hand, it may be the 18th book someone's reading, so you don't want to bore that reader with repetitious details. Do you have a favorite among all your novels? I really like Bones to Ashes. It incorporates the Acadian culture of New Brunswick into the story. I spent a lot of time with the Acadians. I loved learning about their culture Laughter I'd also just learned about the extensive problem of child pornography on the Internet, which I brought into the book. I'd worked on a case of a small skeleton found near the New Brunswick-Quebec border. I managed to bring those three elements into the book and that makes Bones to Ashes very special to me.

In a way, each of my books resonates personally for me. I never write about a place where I haven't visited, whether it's Guatemala or northern Canada. Do any of your readers 'confuse' you with Temperance Brennan? Yes, I'm often confused with Tempe. Readers will come to a signing and say, "I really didn't like it when you did this or that. That was Tempe who did that. I'm sure readers of the books and viewers of the TV show also blend the two characters.

I'm often asked why they're different from each other. So with you, some readers blur reality and fantasy? Yes, they do. I did base Tempe in certain ways on myself, although she's got her own quirks and flaws, which are strictly hers, not mine. I understand you're now writing a Young Adult series of books. Tell us about that.

I've been writing a YA series with my son, Brendan Reichs. It's about Temperance Brennan's 14 year-old great niece, Tory. We had many questions from parents about whether the Temperance Brennan books are appropriate for let's say a 9 or 10 year old. They're not. So, we thought a series about kids who are excited to be using science would be the main premise of the series.

The titles all have medical double meanings. The kids in the series acquire certain special abilities after having been infected by weaponized parvovirus, so there's an element of grounded fantasy to the books.

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

The response to the books has been very gratifying. We've been chosen by quite a few school districts to be their mandatory reading. We visit many schools, and the teachers are excited because we're telling the girls that science is cool; and, we're telling the boys that writing and reading are cool, too.

You're hosting a dinner party and can invite any five people, living or dead, from any walk of life. Who are they? The thing is, if you're making a guest list, you'd put a lot of thought into it. It's tough just coming up with the names off the top of my head. I think I'd like to invite Woody Allen. I've got a lot of questions for him. I think I'd like to include Jesus. I've got a lot of questions for him, too. I'd like to see the two of them interact because they might have a lot of questions for each other.

The whole thing was unfortunately marred by a poor ending. And then there was far too much explaining in the last few chapters. I prefer a book which unfolds the details as i This was mostly a good book, fast paced and with an interesting story. I prefer a book which unfolds the details as it goes along and does not need an info dump right at the end.

Nevertheless an entertaining and readable book as we expect from Kathy Reichs View all 9 comments. Is it eighteen-year-old Cora Teague that went missing a couple of years ago that the bones belong to? It's been a while since I read a Kathy Reichs book and even though I had no problem whatsoever getting into the story is it quite clear that stuff has happened in the personal life of Temperance, her mother is in a hospital, her daughter Katy is in Afghanistan and Ryan has proposed to her.

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I really must go back and read all the books in the series that I have missed. Lucky Strike is one of them and now she thinks that the bones found in Rocky Mountain are that of Cora Teague, the problem is that the family hasn't listed her missing. But Lucky has found a recording of what she thinks is Cora and two men talking and that Cora is being held captive then killed. But she doesn't want to give up the recording to Tempe. Later on, Temperance starts investigating the case. The story actually took a different turn than I thought it would take.

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The story took its time, there were many puzzling things with the case, more bones were found and Cora's family wasn't very cooperative. And, then we have the church the family belonged to. A very strict version of the Catholic Church. This was a very good book. Temperance trying to solve a case while at the same time contemplating Ryan's proposal. It took a while for the story to really started, not dull in or anything, just a slow pace in the beginning.

I liked that nothing was rushed and I liked that Kathy Reichs managed to surprise me in the end. This is probably the best Kathy Reichs I have read so far and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series and also the ones I missed. I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you! View all 3 comments. Temperance is drawn into a missing person case despite her initial misgivings.

This is a case filled with twists and surprises, forensic details, religion, secrets, murder and personal drama. What is wrong with Tempe??? What a fabulous and endearing character! Also liked seeing Sidell, the detective that Tempe has worked with previously…. Another aspect I enjoyed about this book was how each chapter ends on a cliffhanger….. However, I am looking forward to continuing reading more about Temperance Brennan…and some more of Andrew Ryan…please!!!!! Apr 06, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: library-borrowed.

When Tempe is approached to look into the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, it leads her on a roller coaster type investigation that involves more than a few creepy characters. But I wasn't as interested in the case as I was in Tempe and Ryan's relationship. Kathy Reichs really had me worried, I was satisfied with the ending. View all 5 comments. She is tough formidable and intelligent, and often after a few wrong turns able to somehow put cases together that others might miss.

One thing that always bothers me though is how such an incredibly smart woman always manages to put herself in harms way, sometimes strains credibility. In this one the case was a very interesting one. A radical sect of the Catholic Church and all that this entails and a group of online sleuths that attempt t 3. A radical sect of the Catholic Church and all that this entails and a group of online sleuths that attempt to solve cold cases draw Tempe into a murder and much more.

Good storyline and I learned something new. Shall I start on-line sleuthing? No, would rather just read about them but it does sound interesting. ARC from Netgalley.

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View 2 comments. Across the country there were countless missing persons; and there were countless remains in storage that were unable to be matched to a victim. The frustration of people like forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan was intense but they continued to do their best in their positions as identifiers of the dead. Lucky was an amateur Across the country there were countless missing persons; and there were countless remains in storage that were unable to be matched to a victim.

Lucky was an amateur detective; a web sleuth; who delved into the workings of the world wide web, finding many and varying sites; some legitimate, some not; which held information. But it was the words on a recording device which caused Tempe to pay attention to the words Lucky was uttering… As Tempe began to investigate the location of the bones with a local Sheriff, Zeb Ramsey, their discoveries started taking on a sinister feeling. When a sudden and shocking death occurred, Tempe knew the danger had closed in around them — this case was proving to be more horrifying; more evil than anyone could possibly imagine.

Would she find a solution to this horrifying and dangerous situation? I thoroughly enjoyed Speaking in Bones by author Kathy Reichs. I have no hesitation in recommending Speaking in Bones highly. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. View all 7 comments. May 18, Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it Shelves: top-crime , favourite-series , received-via-netgalley.

Unbelievably it is outing number 18 for Kathy Reichs and Temperance Brennan - a series I have followed right from the start - reading a "Bones" novel for me is the equivalent of sinking into a warm bath at the end of a stressful day, glass of wine to hand. Whilst I have loved some more than others, the author never disappoints me, they are always darn good reads, excellent construction, great mystery elements and intriguing development for our favourite main characters.

In "Speaking in Bones" Tem Unbelievably it is outing number 18 for Kathy Reichs and Temperance Brennan - a series I have followed right from the start - reading a "Bones" novel for me is the equivalent of sinking into a warm bath at the end of a stressful day, glass of wine to hand.

In "Speaking in Bones" Tempe is drawn into a missing persons case by an enigmatic and rather forceful figure - becoming interested despite herself Tempe gets embroiled in strange family dynamics, religious fervour and some weird and obscure goings on. As ever she is like a dog with a bone yes yes I know and will not give in until the truth comes out. One thing I've always loved about this main protagonist is her tendency to run headlong into danger whilst berating herself for doing so.

She's a bit like me, suffers from chronic impatience. Anyway, as ever this is scintillating stuff when it comes to the forensics - unsurprisingly given the vast range of knowledge and experience in the hands of the author - and it has a beautiful flow to it which is sometimes annoying in a good way as Kathy Reichs has a habit of finishing her snappy chapters with a sentence that means you simply have to read the next. I want to give a nod to one of the recurring characters - Slidell - who I disliked intensely when I met him some books ago and who I now worship with the passion of a true reader.

He is so beautifully ironic and a perfect foil for Tempe, their interactions make up some of the best parts of the novels these days.

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The dark humour the author adds to proceedings lives and breathes in this relationship and due to some developments in this instalment I believe we will see a lot more of him. Of course the ongoing drama between Tempe and Ryan continues I'm fond of their partnership, on and off, up and down but very authentic given their circumstances and personalities.


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Overall then an excellent addition to an already excellent series. I am a loyal fan because I have been given no reason not to be - I loved this one and am already anticipating the next. A beautiful set up here for some great stories to come. Happy Reading Folks! View 1 comment. Aug 24, Lynn rated it it was ok. I think this series has finally played out for me. Tempe has brilliant technical skills but I don't seem to like her very much.

She takes stupid chances to move the plot along. Her personality seems to have stagnated and I guess I'm just bored with her. The supporting characters seem far more interesting. You have no DNA….. You have no known victim, no primary scene, no weapon, no motive, no witnesses, no legit suspect. Tempe finds herself intrigued and horrified by the somewhat dubious evidence that Hazel Strike aka Lucky presents to convince her that a set of her unidentified remains UIDs could belong to a victim of torture.

Against the considered advice of her own colleagues, of Ryan and of the Deputy initially involved in the case, and even against her own better judgement, Tempe heads for the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. More bones, some religious fanatics, a well-trained sniffer dog and a few interesting artefacts are encountered. In this instalment, Reichs explores the preserving properties of pine sap, the reason a corpse might be devoid of fingerprints, exorcism, the inadequacies of systems for dealing with Missing Persons and Unidentified remains, and the growing phenomenon of Websleuthing.

A fundamentalist splinter group of mainstream religion, a certain rare disease state and mental illness also feature. If Reichs could just dispense with two minor irritations that seem to be de rigeur for every Tempe Brennan novel, then these books would be pretty much perfect.

Just once it would be nice to see Tempe restrain her impatience and not rush headlong into a dangerous situation without backup. Nonetheless, this is an excellent read. View all 6 comments. Jul 14, Jean rated it really liked it. Web sleuthing? Teague was reported missing on a web sleuth site frequented by Lucky. Brennan is astounded — she has never heard of these types of determined, self-appointed lay detectives who cruise the Internet attempting t Web sleuthing?

Brennan is astounded — she has never heard of these types of determined, self-appointed lay detectives who cruise the Internet attempting to match descriptions of missing persons with police and forensics reports of unidentified remains. Some of these folks are very dedicated; some are crackpots. Which of these is Mrs.

First of all, I love the humor. There is seriousness aplenty, naturally, but Lucky Strike — well, it struck a funny bone. Also, Ms. Reichs shamelessly tosses in a few references to the Bones television show, which is based on her books. What about the missing person, Cora Teague? Can Tempe find her? Is she dead or alive? When bone fragments are found scattered off a mountain overlook near the location where Lucky found the recorder, Tempe begins to think that Cora has been killed.

The plot takes on some bizarre turns. There is an extreme right-wing Catholic sect that is surely suspicious. There is another missing person with an unusual genetic defect. Then, as Bones readers have come to expect, there is on-and-off love interest Ryan, visits to Mama, and feeding Birdie, the cat. The familiarity is partly what I love about these books, after all.

So, what happens to Lucky Strike? Was she right all along? And Tempe? Does she manage to stay out of trouble this time? Can she solve the case? And what about Ryan? I do have one small bone to pick with the author. At one point, Tempe looks for something to put between the teeth of a person who is in the throes of an epileptic seizure.

It is best to just try to make the person comfortable. I learned some things while reading this book, and I found it interesting and engaging.

Despite the rather unconventional storyline, I found this to be one of the better Temperance Brennan mysteries of recent years. View all 14 comments. Jul 15, Elaine rated it really liked it. For her part, Tempe just cannot help herself, she has to look into it. It is a story that draws you in quickly and what soon seems like a clear cut case very quickly starts to twist and turn. What you get at the end is definitely not what you expect to find when you start the read. Although this is the 18th book in the series, this is a new author to me. It is a book that can still be read as a standalone.

As well as work, we also see her navigate her way through a long distance relationship as well as watching over her mother in a nursing home. I also loved the way she kept me turning the page after each chapter with her little cliffhangers. Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy. Jun 21, Stacee rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley , read-in I've read all of the Tempe books and after the ending of the last one, I was so eager to get into the new one.

As always, the cases are intriguing and this one was no exception. There were some really good twists and I didn't see the ending happening the way it did. My main reason for not rating it higher is I was irritated by Tempe's actions. Yes, her impulsiveness has always been a trait, but for some reason it really bugged me in this book. The subject matter is always fresh and I always enjoy getting a slice of Tempe's life. Jul 29, Sean Peters rated it liked it. The compelling new Dr Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs.

Thank you to Net Galley, publishers and the author for an advance copy for a honest review. But as the words of a terrified young wom The compelling new Dr Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs.

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