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Bones Are Forever: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 15) [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Reichs
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Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Crackling with sexual tension, whip-smart dialogue, and the startling plot twists Reichs delivers so well, Bones Are Forever is the fifteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the FOX series Bones in its eighth season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.

Editorial Reviews


"Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her character Dr. Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and currently for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale for the province of Quebec. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, she is one of only ninety-nine forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Reichs’s first book, Déjà Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her latest Temperance Brennan novel, Bones of the Lost, was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her website is

Product Details

  • File Size: 2604 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061PEAUY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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190 of 200 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know that I can read any Kathy Reichs again... September 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved her first books. I really did. And then after she started working on the TV show, her books started to suck. Yup, I'm saying it. They started to suck. And even though her last book showed a hint of the old novels, this one is probably one of the worst I've read.

This is from my review of her last book, Flash and Bones:

"My only issue is that Tempe always ends up in danger at the end of each book and has to be rescued. After awhile, you would think that the police would insert a tracking device under her skin, because they know if she is working on a case, she will end up kidnapped."

Hey, guess what happens in this book? No, you'll never guess. Nope, I'm just going to tell you. It ends like every other Tempe Brennan novel: She gets kidnapped at the end and has to be rescued. And NO, I did not just ruin it for you because THAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF EVERY KATHY REICHS BOOK.

We're back in Canada for this one. It starts out promising, as Tempe has just found three dead babies in an apartment. I'm intrigued, I'm ready to go. Andrew Ryan is along for the ride. Yup, getting excited to solve this mystery with them. And then, it all falls apart. Characters are added, but you don't care about them. They're bad guys who you never actually talk to - they're spoken to off of the page. The new detective with whom Tempe has a past is a jerk and there are no redeeming qualities, even though Reichs tries to point them out.

We do learn a little about diamond mining and the native population of Canada. But all it made me feel was sad and cold. I don't feel like learning more about either subject, which is sad because I'm sure that they're both fascinating when they're not presented as the backdrop to a crappy story.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed August 29, 2012
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Although I'm a fan of the Tempe Brennan books, I was disappointed with "Bones Are Forever". There was less of the forensic and police procedural details that I enjoy, and too much (for me) uninteresting facts on diamond formation and mining. The plot seemed contrived and unrealistic. The investigation was chaotic and jumped all over the place, both in locality and facts. In most of the prior books of this series, the author provided rich detail - historical facts, investigative techniques and progress on the case, but this time, the long and overly-detailed info on diamonds was overkill.

Detective Andrew Ryan was involved in the investigation of the deaths of four infants, along with a Royal Canadian Mountie that Tempe had a brief affair with when they were both at the FBI training facility, Quantico. But, there was no real connection between Tempe and Dr. Ryan, and very few words of a personal nature between them. Additionally, Tempe barely acted in a civil manner toward Mountie Ollie Hasty.

I was waiting for Ms. Reichs' usual lush plot to lure me into the mystery, but it never happened for me. There was a Keystone Cops feel to Ryan and Brennan's behavior and too many supporting characters and convoluted theories crowding the story.

There was no advance of a personal relationship between Dr. Brennan and anyone, except for a few sentences spoken between Tempe and Detective Ryan, signifying nothing.

So, I was disappointed ...... and bored.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standards. August 31, 2012
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This book misses the mark. Like other reviewers I found myself wondering if this was Reichs' work. The story bounces between hard to read (four dead infants) and boring (tedious descriptions of diamond mining). Reichs usually builds a 'can't put down plot' with forensic details and surrounds it with an interesting mystery. These elements are missing here, as are the elements of Brennan's personal life that make this a cohesive series. Even long time fans of the series can skip this and miss nothing. Not recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Temperance Brennan has become Template Brennan September 7, 2012
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having read all of Reichs books I must say she has fallen into the trap of formula writing. You know early on she is going to have a dream that leaves her wondering how everything fits together, you also know near the end she will get caught by the bad guys and that one of her male "partners/lovers" will rescue her. This one also had too many characters in and out of the story so by the time you find out who is the villain you have to stop and think now who was this guy.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting Temperance Brennan novel August 29, 2012
Reichs again strikes gold, or diamonds, with her latest Temerance Brennan novel. Back again in Montreal, the discovery of three dead babies hidden in secret alcoves of an apartment send Brennan and her partner, Lieutenant-dètective Andrew Ryan on the search for their missing mother. Seeking a prostitute is not as easy as one might think, and their search leads them from Montreal to Edmonton where they pair up with Brennan's one time ex-lover, Sergeant Oliver Hasty.
The discovery of another body, a drug dealing violent pimp, and a still missing mother lead the group from Edmonton to Yellowknife, deep in the Far North of Canada. Once the center of a gold rush, Yellowknife now is home to diamond mines, and controversy over the environmental concerns of the caribou. To make matters worse, old murders come to life, family scandal muddles the investigation and war wages over drug control, leaving more death and mystery for Brennan, Ryan, and Ollie.
Reichs expertly fills the pages with fast moving action, solid forensics, and a wide assortment of colorful characters, as a vivid plot unfolds leading to a dramatic climax. Fans of Brennan will enjoy the history, scenery, and the mystery weaved into Bones are Forever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 17 days ago by M.J. Mielke
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns
Another excellent detailed story! Just when you think you've got it figured out the story takes a sharp turn in a whole new direction.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen S. Mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice read
Published 1 month ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Novel
An interesting addition to the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.
Published 1 month ago by Jean R. Sparkes
4.0 out of 5 stars bones yet not Bones
I went in expecting the tv show Bones. I got something better!!
Plot, characters, storyline everything just flowed together for a great read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Culture clashes, diamonds, and greed
The series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has had fine, long run and I have enjoyed reading several of the stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter swan author of Past Due and Unnatural Causes
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always
Always a good read. I hope she keeps writing for years to come. One of my favorite authors before Bones the show even existed
Published 1 month ago by wendi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly enjoy her books. Intelligent suspenseful writing.
Published 1 month ago by PAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Real and compelling
Reichs' science is as compelling as her story. She spins a tale that is intriguing, entertaining, and even educational! A very enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Hall
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More 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


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when is this available?
I would love to know when I can get this on Kindle as well (also in NZ) I have never had this issue before, trying to get a Kathy Reichs, its available in the Asia Pacific kindle store but when you try to buy you cant with a New Zealand account. Its available at but not at... Read More
Aug 31, 2012 by char lacey |  See all 2 posts
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