2021 new arrival Speaking in Bones: new arrival A Novel new arrival (Temperance Brennan) online

2021 new arrival Speaking in Bones: new arrival A Novel new arrival (Temperance Brennan) online

2021 new arrival Speaking in Bones: new arrival A Novel new arrival (Temperance Brennan) online
2021 new arrival Speaking in Bones: new arrival A Novel new arrival (Temperance Brennan) online_top

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • First time in print: the novella Bones on Ice

No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.
 
Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.
 
Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.
 
Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.
 
While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.

Praise for Speaking in Bones
 
Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high.” —Associated Press
 
“Temperance’s forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise.” The Huffington Post

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Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high.” —Associated Press
 
“Temperance’s forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise.” The Huffington Post

About the Author

Kathy Reichs is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling novels and the co-author, with her son, Brendan Reichs, of six novels for young adults. Like the protagonist of her Temperance Brennan series, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.

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Chapter

1

“I’m unbound now. My wrists and ankles burn from the straps. My ribs are bruised and there’s a lump behind my ear. I don’t remember hitting my head. I’m lying very still because my whole body aches. Like I’ve been in a wreck. Like the time I crashed my bike. Why doesn’t my family save me? Is no one missing me? I have only my family. No friends. It was just too hard. I’m all alone. So alone. How long have I been here? Where is here? The whole world is slipping away. Everything. Everyone. Am I awake or asleep? Am I dreaming or is this real? Is it day or night?

“When they return they will hurt me again. Why? Why is this happening to me? I can’t hear a sound. No. That’s not true. I can hear my heart beating. Blood working inside my ears. I taste something bitter. Probably vomit stuck in my teeth. I smell cement. My own sweat. My dirty hair. I hate when my hair isn’t washed. I’m gonna open my eyes now. Got one. The other’s crusted shut. Can’t see much. It’s all blurry, like I’m looking up from way down underwater.

“I hate the waiting. That’s when the pictures take over my brain. Not sure if they’re memories or hallucinations. I see him. Always in black, his face crazy red and beaded with sweat. I avoid his eyes. Keep looking at his shoes. Shiny shoes. The candle flame’s a little yellow worm dancing on the leather. He stands over me, all big and nasty. Thrusts his horrid, smelly face close to mine. I feel his icky breath on my skin. He gets mad and yanks me by the hair. His veins go all bulgy. He screams and his words sound like they’re coming from another planet. Or like I’ve left my body and I’m listening from far away. I see his hand coming at me, clutching the thing so tight it quivers. I know I’m shaking but I’m numb. Or am I dead?

“No! Not now! Don’t let it happen now!

“My hands are going all cold and tingly. I shouldn’t be talking about him. I shouldn’t have said he was horrid.

“Yes. They’re coming.

“Why is this happening to me? What did I do? I’ve always tried to be good. Tried to do what Mama said. Don’t let them kill me! Mama, please don’t let them kill me!

“My mind is going all fuzzy. I have to stop talking.”

Silence, then the click-­creak of a door opening. Closing.

Footsteps, unhurried, firm on the floor.

“Take your place.”

“No!”

“Don’t resist me.”

“Leave me alone!”

The cadence of frantic breathing.

The thunk of a blow.

“Please don’t kill me.”

“Do as I say.”

Sobbing.

Sound as if dragging.

Moaning. Rhythmic.

“Are you in my hands?”

“Filthy bitch!” Louder, deeper.

A soft rasp.

The tic of metal snapping into place.

“You will die, slut!”

“Will you answer me now?”

“Whore!”

The drumming of agitated fingers. Scratching.

“Give me what I need!”

Pfff! The violent hurling of spit.

“You will not answer?”

Moaning.

“This has only begun.”

Click-­creak. The furious slam of a door.

Absolute stillness. Soft sobbing.

“Please don’t kill me.

“Please don’t kill me.

“Please.

“Kill me.”

Chapter

2

The woman’s knuckles bulged pale under skin that was cracked and chapped. Using one knobby finger, she depressed a button on the object in the Ziploc.

The room went still.

I sat motionless, the hairs on my neck lifted like grass in a breeze.

The woman’s eyes stayed hard on mine. They were green flecked with yellow, and made me think of a cat. A cat that could bide, then pounce with deadly accuracy.

I let the silence stretch. Partly to calm my own nerves. Mostly to encourage the woman to explain the purpose of her visit. I had flight reservations in just a few hours. So much to do before heading to the airport. To Montreal and Ryan. I didn’t need this. But I had to know the meaning of the terrible sounds I’d just heard.

The woman remained angled forward in her chair. Tense. Expec­tant. She was tall, at least six feet, and wore boots, jeans, and a denim shirt with the cuffs rolled up her lower arms. Her hair was dyed the color of the clay at Roland Garros. She’d yanked it into a bun high on her head.

My eyes broke free from the cat-­gaze and drifted to the wall at the woman’s back. To a framed certificate declaring Temperance Brennan a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. D-­ABFA. The exam had been a bitch.

I was alone with my visitor in the 120 square feet allocated to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s consulting forensic anthropologist. I’d left the door open. Not sure why. Usually I close it. Something about the woman made me uneasy.

Familiar workplace sounds drifted in from the corridor. A ringing phone. A cooler door whooshing open then clicking shut. A rubber-­wheeled gurney rolling toward an autopsy suite.

“I’m sorry.” I was pleased that my voice sounded calm. “The receptionist provided your name but I’ve misplaced my note.”

“Strike. Hazel Strike.”

That caused a little ping in my brain. What?

“Folks call me Lucky.”

I said nothing.

“But I never rely on luck. I work hard at what I do.” Though I guessed Strike’s age at somewhere north of sixty, her voice was still twenty­something strong. The accent suggested she was probably local.

“And what is it you do, Ms. Strike?”

“Mrs. My husband passed six years back.”

“I’m sorry.”

“He knew the risk, chose to smoke.” Slight lift of one shoulder. “You pay the price.”

“What is it you do?” I repeated, wanting to draw Strike back on point.

“Send the dead home.”

“I’m afraid I don’t understand.”

“I match bodies to people gone missing.”

“That is the task of law enforcement in conjunction with coroners and medical examiners,” I said.

“And you pros nail it every time.”

I bit back another priggish response. Strike had a point. Stats I’d read put the number of missing persons in the United States at around 90,000 at any given time, the number of unidentified remains from the past fifty years at more than 40,000. The last count I saw placed the North Carolina UID total at 115.

“How can I help you, Mrs. Strike?”

“Lucky.”

“Lucky.”

Strike placed the Ziploc beside a bright yellow case file on my blotter. In it was a gray plastic rectangle, roughly one inch wide, two inches long, and a half inch thick. A metal ring at one end suggested dual functions as a recorder and a key chain. A loop of faded denim suggested the device had once hung from the waistband of a pair of jeans.

“Impressive little gizmo,” Strike said. “Voice activated. Two-­gigabyte internal flash memory. Sells for less than a hundred bucks.”

The yellow folder called to me. Accusingly. Two months earlier a man had died in his recliner, TV remote clutched in one hand. The previous weekend his mummified corpse had been found by a very unhappy landlord. I needed to wrap this up and get back to my analysis. Then home to packing and the delivery of my cat to the neighbor.

But those voices. My pulse was still struggling to return to normal. I waited.

“The recording lasts almost twenty-­three minutes. But the five you heard is plenty to get the drift.” Strike gave a tight shake of her head. Which reangled the bun to an off-­center tilt. “Scares the patootie out of you, don’t it?”

“The audio is disturbing.” An understatement.

“Ya think?”

“Perhaps you should play it for the police.”

“I’m playing it for you, Doc.”

“I believe I heard three voices?” Curiosity was overcoming my reticence to engage. And apprehension.

“That’s my take. Two men and the girl.”

“What was happening?”

“Don’t know.”

“Who was speaking?”

“Only got a theory on one.”

“And that is?”

“Can we back up a bit?”

I brushed my eyes past my watch. Not as discreetly as I thought.

“Unless you’re not ‘tasked’ with sticking names on the dead.” Strike hooked sarcastic finger quotes around the term I’d used moments earlier.

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P. Jackson
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Not My Favorite
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
I binge read all of these Temperance Brennan books in about 18 days. Yep. I read one book a day, staying up at night sometimes to finish them. Truthfully, they were okay, some better than others. I''m not wild about Temperance. I''m truly not. She''s close to my age and... See more
I binge read all of these Temperance Brennan books in about 18 days. Yep. I read one book a day, staying up at night sometimes to finish them. Truthfully, they were okay, some better than others. I''m not wild about Temperance. I''m truly not. She''s close to my age and yet, somehow, I seem to have more wisdom. She acts like a kid without any boundaries. I loved the forensic anthropology bits, even the long explanations, because it was like a fun learning experience. But the characterization of Temperance? Not so much. I get why her women friends are few and far between, even her relationships with her sister and her mother. She would be hard to take and I don''t think I could be friends with her either. What person ignores what law enforcement tells them, goes and gets in trouble, has to be rescued and then tells the love of her life she doesn''t want to marry him because she wouldn''t want to be "rescued". Chick, look. You put yourself in situations where you are either going to die or get rescued.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I don''t know any person who could endure a torn kneecap, so many noggin conks that she has experienced several concussions and a hair skull fracture, a cheek fracture, a near-death drive over a cliff and a snake bite!!! She has no idea how to fight nor does she carry a gun (in North Carolina, she could, as a citizen!) but she doesn''t like to think of herself as a "damsel in distress". That''s EXACTLY what she is. And the crushing guilt she feels when she doesn''t return a call...THEN DO IT!

For me, I gotta say the series was way better than the books. I only read them because of the series. I was thinking the books would be better. At least, in the series, that Temperance could kick behind and take names! She wasn''t a drag on her partner. I''m glad I''m done and I won''t say don''t read the series because some of the books are excellent. Just not this one. By 18, I was tired of her.
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P. Talley
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I hope this was just a fluke because I normally love the Temperance Brennan novels
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
I''ve read the entire Temperance Brennan series, and was very excited when my sister told me a new book was out. Unfortunately, this one was very disappointing. Usually, I would read the entire novel in a day, staying up late because I hated to put it down. But it took me... See more
I''ve read the entire Temperance Brennan series, and was very excited when my sister told me a new book was out. Unfortunately, this one was very disappointing. Usually, I would read the entire novel in a day, staying up late because I hated to put it down. But it took me almost a week to get through this story.

The book was slow paced, and it simply didn''t keep my attention. Worse, I actually started disliking the main character. She was judgemental, arrogant and narcissistic.

** A bit of a spoiler here**

I got so tired of the - ''there was a message from Ryan. I ignored it.'' or ''I turned off my ringer so I wouldn''t have to speak to Ryan''. Then there was the wonderful - ''I need to talk to Ryan. Why isn''t he returning my calls?''

Well, duh. The big question for me was why he didn''t tell her to take a hike. I especially loved when she told him the reason she couldn''t commit to him was because he saves her when she''s in trouble. She tells him that she doesn''t need his help. But, she sure as hell needs someone''s help - all the time! I guess that''s okay; just as long as it''s not him. It was ludicrous.

There was also a heavy anti-religious bias throughout the book, as well as a general arrogance (yes, I''ve said this before). Just driving into a town she deduces the residents must be religious creeps who have guns. In truth, the people she ends up having to deal with are fanatics. But there is an undercurrent in her thought process where she infers that anyone religious falls into that category, just at a different level.

When a doctor tells her what medicine he prescribed for one of the characters (who is a minor), then tells her the father refused his care, and took his daughter off the medicine, she bad mouths the doctor to anyone and everyone who will listen to her. He''s a quack. He shouldn''t have a license. She''s obviously ignorant to the fact that if the patient is a minor, and the parent won''t let her take prescribed medicine or come back to see him, that doctor can''t barge into the home and hold them at gunpoint to make the kid take her pills. Yet, Dr. Brennan seems to forget this little tidbit. She''s too busy bad-mouthing everyone.

When her mother falls in love, Temp''s first reaction is to freak out and ask if her mother is taking her pills. Yes, that would be my first reaction too. Because anyone over 50 can''t possibly fall in love. She must be having a mental breakdown of some sort.

It seems that Temp is obsessed over ''''pills" in this book.

I just don''t understand what happened to this author, and why her character is so unlikable in this story. But, almost everything she did rubbed me the wrong way.

As for the story itself, the plot kept stumbling over itself. It seemed she was just trying to fill up the pages with useless scenes and dialog on many occasions. Yes, there are some twists to the story, but overall, it wasn''t satisfying.

Will I read the next book in the series if there is one? Certainly. I''ve always enjoyed the series before this particular novel. And, unfortunately, it seems that when an author writes a series there is always that *one* book that doesn''t measure up. It''s the one you''ll skip over if you ever decide to reread the series at a later date. I''m hopeful this was just that *one* book, and Kathy Reichs will be back on track next time.
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Steve Mathisen
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It''s always good to spend more time with Tempe, Skinny and Ryan.
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2015
It''s always good to spend more time with Tempe, Skinny and Ryan. In this book, Kathy allows us to do that with a few more characters tossed in. The main plot seems to suffer, though from not having enough Skinny and Ryan involved. Tempe is pretty much on her own throughout... See more
It''s always good to spend more time with Tempe, Skinny and Ryan. In this book, Kathy allows us to do that with a few more characters tossed in. The main plot seems to suffer, though from not having enough Skinny and Ryan involved. Tempe is pretty much on her own throughout much of the book and seems to spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing over her taxes and her relationship with Ryan.
This book appears to be transitional in nature. We can feel the universe shifting just a little bit as she avoids two of the mainstays in her investigational life to spend time with a deputy from another county. The story suffers from a distinct lack of clues and/or factual evidence and an abundance of introspection and gut feeling speculation about what happened.
I am hoping that the next novel in the series takes us to that new plane and the stories get more compelling.
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Wayne Robinson
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Not half bad...
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2015
But perhaps it was fairly good, only because it followed ''Bones Never Lie'', which I found extremely tedious to read, with its only positive quality being that it was very irritating - if being very irritating is a positive quality that is. It starts off very... See more
But perhaps it was fairly good, only because it followed ''Bones Never Lie'', which I found extremely tedious to read, with its only positive quality being that it was very irritating - if being very irritating is a positive quality that is.

It starts off very well, and moves along at a fair pace to its end, so it''s a reasonable. A little too much backstory though. And why does Temperance Brennan persist in making obvious life threatening decisions, as she did in many of the previous novels, in this case twice in rapid succession?
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artcat
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Thank you Ms. Reichs for another enjoyable read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2015
Ms. Reichs books appeal to my basic nerdiness in a really good way. I am an investigator (not criminal - insurance) and I really need at least some books written by people who are used to thinking about things and analyzing them, and who have detailed and specialized... See more
Ms. Reichs books appeal to my basic nerdiness in a really good way. I am an investigator (not criminal - insurance) and I really need at least some books written by people who are used to thinking about things and analyzing them, and who have detailed and specialized knowledge of a subject. I love my more emotional writers as well, don''t get me wrong, but I really NEED some quantity of the more analytical type of writer. It is literally a relief to me to read Ms. Reich''s books after some of the other books I read (and I have different reasons for enjoying those).

I guess there is always some compromise (when writing a novel) over how life actually goes, and there seems to be an unwritten (or maybe it is actually written somewhere) that the protagonist has to get themselves in danger and nearly die in every mystery. I actually hate this, but I understand that there must be a marketing reason for this, and I admit that I am not ever anyone''s demographic for marketing because I am not close enough to the "norm" for advertising to the masses.

However, this "dire danger" problem is usually resolved in a novel by having the protagonist do something either downright stupid or something even the reader would know better than to do, thus involving themselves in a very dangerous situation from which they have to extract themselves or be extracted. This just pisses me off.

As you can probably guess, I enjoy non-fiction books which involve mystery and investigation, though not typically murder investigations. Also, I am one of the few (I think) that DO NOT require a murder to take place in a Mystery novel in order to enjoy it. It just seems like there is only one way Americans do Mysteries and that is with murder involved. Okay, whatever. I live here, I don''t make the rules. I just pick what I like or love out of what is available, and keep looking, like any consumer.

Ms. Reich''s books do involve some of this "dire danger" sort of thing, and as noted above, I am pretty sure she is required to include this (or perhaps she does it because most people besides me do like it). However her books usually have less of the really stupid actions by the protagonist than some other books I have read, and she makes an effort to make her protagonist get into dire danger more by chance than the weak plot twist of having the character do something incredibly stupid and out of character just so you can get them in danger. So bless her for that effort!

And I do enjoy it when her character suddenly realizes she has not asked the right question, or needs to look at something from a different angle. In my personal experience, this is something which is very helpful in unravelling a mystery or other problem in life.

I think Ms. Reich keeps her books interesting, entertaining, suspenseful without too much suspense, involves human foibles in characterization and plot as necessary but not too often, and does the best she can to keep in line with the "protagonist must be endangered" rule while trying to keep it as rational as possible. Kudos to her for making the effort! Frankly, I can see it must be hard, especially for someone of her background, to get the plot where you want/need it to go without the "dire danger" being too much of a stretch. I really do get it that readers of novels might want this spicy element of danger. I can''t help it that I don''t. I know how a real investigation can go, having done some or participated in some myself. I found that process very interesting and in fact fascinating, but it does not always or even frequently involve much personal danger unless you are investigating gang murders or something similar. And I know it probably seems boring to some people.

I particularly enjoyed most of this book, more even than I enjoyed her last book. It really was only near the end when the "dire danger" situation starts up that I began to get a little irritated. But in this book, the irritation was minimal.

My best estimation is that if you generally like Ms. Reichs'' books, as I do, then you will love this one! I''ve tried to give you some understanding of my personal viewpoint so that you will understand why I feel the way I do about her books. Because you CAN use all reviews, even negative or partly negative reviews, to help yourself understand if you might like something or not. So if you understand my viewpoint, it may help you understand if this is a book you will like.

Ms. Reichs is right up there in my 10 top favorite authors. Since I have read at least 8400 books in my life so far (14 per week for 3 years and average of 3 per week for 40 years, not including quite a bit of reading from 6 to 13 years of age prior to the 14/week), I think that is saying something!
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Robert A. Olson
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Another Winner
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2015
Well,the good news is that Kathy Reich''s "Keep you reading" style plots have not gone "bone dry." Her latest, "Speaking of Bones," is another winner. Temperance Brennan finds herself in a missing persons search involving the discovery of bones that... See more
Well,the good news is that Kathy Reich''s "Keep you reading" style plots have not gone "bone dry." Her latest, "Speaking of Bones," is another winner. Temperance Brennan finds herself in a missing persons search involving the discovery of bones that may or may not match the missing person,assisted by an amateur "searcher" by the name of "Lucky Strike," The hills and streams of North Carolina provide the setting for an intricate plot that involves a breakaway Catholic/Fundamentalist Church, parents who insist the missing person is not "missing," rather a runaway -- and lots of bones.
Meanwhile, Brennan''s personal life takes on added stress as her Canadian former love, Andrew Ryan, is anxious to again pursue marriage and Temperance''s mother also unveils a suitor for her hand. A new man enters Temperance''s life in the person of Avery County Deputy Sheriff Zeb Ramsey. They form an effective partnership as they search the Carolina countryside for clues. Detective Skinny Slidell gets involved and provides an essential key to solving the mystery of who did what to whom. (Seriously!)
Some readers have complained that the denouement at the end is a little too "slick." I disagree. Reich can tie up loose ends however she wishes and this "wrap-up" provides an interesting setting and team approach for future Brennan adventures.
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canmera
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Wonderful Read
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
Hi, I am sorry I can not write long reviews. I have a brain injury but I love all of the Bones books. I have read them all. They grab me within the first couple of pages and they keep me up at night. I can''t put them down. They keep you wondering what will happen next. She... See more
Hi, I am sorry I can not write long reviews. I have a brain injury but I love all of the Bones books. I have read them all. They grab me within the first couple of pages and they keep me up at night. I can''t put them down. They keep you wondering what will happen next. She has to learn about all kinds of animals as well as deal with 2 cops. Each has their own place and each has a special place in Tempe''s life. Read them all, I don''t think you will be disappointed.
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Anne Mills
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A Strong Entry in a Long Series -- Engrossing Plot, Interesting Characters, Go With the Flow
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2015
The latest entry in the long-running Temperance Brennan series was a pleasant surprise for me. I had been moaning and groaning about the series getting tired, but this novel has a plot that kept me turning the pages, and that''s what a mystery novel is supposed to do. The... See more
The latest entry in the long-running Temperance Brennan series was a pleasant surprise for me. I had been moaning and groaning about the series getting tired, but this novel has a plot that kept me turning the pages, and that''s what a mystery novel is supposed to do. The story starts out with the appearance of a "web sleuth" -- one of a band of internet crime aficionados, who try to solve unsolved crimes, locate missing persons, and so on and so forth. The web sleuth wants Tempe''s help in finding out what happened to a missing girl. Tempe, of course, joins in, and the search leads to mysterious byways (physical and psychological) and of course to more murders. And Tempe''s personal life keeps on ticking through all of this: suffice it to say that Ryan is back in the picture. After reading this I realized that the plot reached Scandinavian levels of bizarre motivation and improbable events, but what the hey, I love Scandinavian mysteries too.
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Offtheplanet
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More of the same but different
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2018
Having read all the Brennan books to date, I find that I don''t like her. In the early books I found her endearing but now I find her selfish and thoughtless, especially in her relationship with Ryan. He deserves better. I also question that she would be allowed to become so...See more
Having read all the Brennan books to date, I find that I don''t like her. In the early books I found her endearing but now I find her selfish and thoughtless, especially in her relationship with Ryan. He deserves better. I also question that she would be allowed to become so involved with cases to the point of detection. Her lone escapades are rather far fetched and she must be a dreadful nuisance to the law. Still, the books are intriguing and very interesting. I''ve learned of quite a few processes and facts in pathology, history and geography. But I still want to give Brennan a darn shake and tell her to think of others! Well written!
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Linda
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Brilliant as usual
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2018
I have read every one of Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan novels and enjoyed them all. They are well written and engaging. Yes they follow a pattern – Tempe picks up a case which even although she is told to leave alone, she insists on seeing it through and bringing justice...See more
I have read every one of Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan novels and enjoyed them all. They are well written and engaging. Yes they follow a pattern – Tempe picks up a case which even although she is told to leave alone, she insists on seeing it through and bringing justice to the dead. She normally gets so personally involved that it keeps her awake at night and causes her to put herself at risk by insisting on going into dangerous situations alone. All this happens whilst she is trying to maintain a long distance relationship with Ryan up in Montreal, finding time to feed her cat Birdie, waiting to hear from her daughter Katy and keeping a watchful eye on her, sometimes batty, mother Daisy. In this episode we don’t actually travel to Montreal until the very end so time spent with Ryan is minimal, so involved is she in the case she is working and her determined avoidance of giving her “on-off” lover the answer to his proposal. However, these components are all what I have come to love and expect from a Dr Brennan novel and I would not have it any other way. Some people have previously mentioned that these books are based on the “Bones” TV series but are nothing like it – well actually the “Bones” TV series are loosely based on these novels which she has been writing for many years before the series was even thought about. They are also loosely based on Kathy Reichs’ own professional life and personally my advice is to completely separate the two because there is no co-relation, thank goodness – the Dr Brennan books remain in my eyes the best of the two genres. This book was written in 2015 and sadly I can find no mention of another one on the horizon, which is a great shame because I have grown up reading these books and will miss them sorely.
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Amelia Canham
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Good story but is kathy reichs plagiarising herself?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2017
Overall, I though the story was interesting and enjoyable. As is becoming increasingly common with Reich''s ''bones'' series, the pacing is a little off - with the last of the rising action and the climax taking place largely ''off-screen'' as it were, with the parts of the...See more
Overall, I though the story was interesting and enjoyable. As is becoming increasingly common with Reich''s ''bones'' series, the pacing is a little off - with the last of the rising action and the climax taking place largely ''off-screen'' as it were, with the parts of the story we missed being rehashed in expository dialogue between Brennan and another character. What struck me most however, is the fact that Reichs has taken to verbatim copying chunks of text from her earlier works. This isn''t limited to one or two lines but to entire paragraphs lifted from one novel into the next. For example in Chapter 10 of Bones Never Lie, Brennan narrates for the audience the history of her mother''s mental illness. These three paragraphs are repeated word for word in Speaking in Bones. The same is true in Chapter 4 when Brennan describes her mother''s computer-literacy compared to her own - whole paragraphs coped in Speaking in Bones. I have no problem with author''s reminding reader''s of ideas or particular facts about a character or their history - that''s necessary in any series, especially one as long-lived as this. But the fact that Reichs couldn''t even be bothered to rephrase the text or swap in one or two synonyms to replace some of the words, is quite frankly just lazy. The books are still solid, ''don''t-think-too-hard'' crime fiction but where they once felt like a product born of genuine interest and a desire to write, they now feel like an obligation Reichs believes she needs to fulfil - with all the corner-cutting, rushed approach and lack of imagination that entails.
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Miekstress
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Reich''s Temperance Brennan novels always deliver a good, relaxing respite after a run of reading more ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2017
Consistently enjoyable, Reich''s Temperance Brennan novels always deliver a good, relaxing respite after a run of reading more challenging and complex books. When I''m emotionally exhausted, this is a welcome break, with some interesting anthropological facts thrown in (Kathy...See more
Consistently enjoyable, Reich''s Temperance Brennan novels always deliver a good, relaxing respite after a run of reading more challenging and complex books. When I''m emotionally exhausted, this is a welcome break, with some interesting anthropological facts thrown in (Kathy Reichs knows her stuff). Storylines always seem to follow similar structure, and, having read pretty much all of them, I''m under no illusions about that. However they are always enjoyable in the way that an episode of your favourite crime drama would be. I cannot give 5 stars, as it wouldn''t be fair on Tim Murgatroyd (Medieval China Trilogy), Prue Batten (Chronicles of Eerie) or Leonora Meriel (Unity Games), but although I do like fine dining, sometimes, a good old cheese and pickle sandwich just hits the spot!
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Eli Baba
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Disappointing, irritating, predictable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2016
I have read all Tempe Brennan books and was really looking forward to this one. The Tempe/Ryan plot was becoming very irritable and I found myself wanting to slap her and tell her to make up or develop something with Ramsey. The actual crime story had lots of fillers and...See more
I have read all Tempe Brennan books and was really looking forward to this one. The Tempe/Ryan plot was becoming very irritable and I found myself wanting to slap her and tell her to make up or develop something with Ramsey. The actual crime story had lots of fillers and the usual dashing into a precarious situation without backup just made me say ''oh here we go again''. As her Mama exclaimed in the book at some point ''....Tempe you are so predictable''.
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