Speaking In Bones (Temperance Brennan #18) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description:

Published: July 21, 2015

For every case Temperance 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-changing  proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.

Review –

Although I enjoyed the book, I was expecting better.

I thought Ryan’s proposal would have more importance in the story than it did. I know Tempe loves him and yes, he has hurt her more than once, but I still believe she wants a life with him. Maybe marriage is not the answer, right now, and that’s exactly what happens at the end of the book. Tempe and Ryan are looking at condos in Quebec and moving in together at Tempe’s suggestion. To see how it goes. I think she’s afraid of giving up her independence by marrying  or even moving in with him. She’s not happy about having to sell her condo and I think in future books we’ll find her content to continue status quo.

The hunt for the identity of the bones in the story was good and with the several twists turns made for enjoyable reading, but it wasn’t the kind that you couldn’t put down and sometimes was a bit on the dry side.

But I’m glad I read/listened to it and look forward to the next one.

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Bones In Ice: A Novella (Temperance Brennan #17.5) by Kathy Reichs

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Published: August 4, 2015

Featuring a preview of the highly anticipated new thriller Speaking in Bones, this eBook original novella showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs at the peak of her powers. In Bones on Ice, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan gets wrapped up in the ultimate cold case: a death on Mount Everest.
 
It is called the “death zone”: the point on Everest, nearly five miles high, above which a climber cannot be rescued. More than 250 souls have lost their lives there. Most of the bodies remain, abandoned, frozen in place. When an earthquake leads to a miraculous recovery, Dr. Temperance Brennan is hired to identify the frozen mummified human corpse. The victim is the daughter of a wealthy Charlotte couple who never got the chance to say goodbye. But far from offering solace and closure, Tempe’s findings only provoke more questions. What happened on Mount Everest? Was the young woman’s death an accident? Why aren’t the other climbers talking? And how far will those hiding the truth go to make sure the past stays buried?

Review –

Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

Fantastic story line with murders, mysteries and a giant twist at the end plus a narrator who did a marvelous job made this novella a five-star production.

I’ve been looking forward to reading/listening to Speaking In Bones  and now I am doubly pumped and can’t wait.

If you are a Kathy Reichs/Temperance Brennan fan, you need to check this book out right away.

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Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17) by Kathy Reichs

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Published: September 23, 2014

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.

Review –

This book follows Swamp Bones, which I read  in April of this year, even though in respect to time, it is ten plus years between the two.

Again there are multiple murders of young girls which  follow the MO of the killer in Swamp Bones and Tempe gets called in because of her earlier involvement. Since Swamp Bones, Andrew Ryan, a homicide detective for the Montreal police has been MIA, because of the death of his daughter. Tempe has to track him down with the help of her computer savvy mother, and convince him to help in this investigation.  He finally agrees and they, along with other police personnel from various regions, hunt for the killer. There is a big twist and a surprise that you really don’t see coming, BUT, to me, the best part of the whole book was when Andrew Ryan, who had been treating Tempe very badly, asks her to marry him at the very end.   I was,WHAT? The book ends here? No way.  Get cracking Ms. Reichs and hurry with the next installment of the Temperance Brennan Series.

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Swamp Bones (Temperance Brennan #16.5) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description

August 12, 2014
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling eBook original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation—but murder follows wherever she goes.

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human. And when Tempe spots the telltale signs of murder by a very different kind of predator, she’s drawn into a case with its roots in the darkest depths of the swamp.

Review –
I had the audio version of this novella and I didn’t care for the narrator but I loved the storyline. I’m a big fan of this series and I’m looking forward  to reading Bones Never Lie.
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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs

Book Description

Publication Date: August 21, 2007
Series: Temperance Brennan Novels

To some, the dead are a commodity. For Tempe Brennan, they hold the key to cracking a horrific crime ring.

Among the ancient remains in a Native American burial ground, Tempe discovers a fresh skeleton — and what began as an ordinary teaching stint at an archeology field school in Charleston, South Carolina, fast becomes a heated investigation into an alarming pattern of homicides. The clues hidden in the bones lead to a street clinic where a monstrous discovery awaits, and Tempe — whose personal life is in upheaval, with two men competing for her — can’t afford any distractions as she pieces together a shattering and terrifying puzzle.

Review –

This was  another excellent book in the Temperance Brennan series and I have added them to my “favorite series” list.

It has some violence, but it happens off stage and twists and turns  that make for a wonderful read.  The storyline is fast paced and will keep your interest all the way through.  There is a lot of medical jargon and French language, though not as much French as I have seen in the other books.  This was an audiobook so the French names and pronunciation was not a problem.  If you haven’t tried a book by Kathy Reichs give this one a try.