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Praise for the novels of Kathy Reichs
 
“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as nonfiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross.”—James Patterson
 
“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal.”—David Baldacci
 
“Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legion of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she’ll garner.”—Sandra Brown
 
“Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They’re filled with riveting twists and turns—and no matter how many books she writes, I just can’t get enough!”—Lisa Scottoline
 
“I love Kathy Reichs‎—always scary, always suspenseful, and I always learn something.”—Lee Child

“A genius at building suspense.”—New York Daily News
 
“Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, makes her crime novels intriguingly realistic.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Tempe Brennan is the lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”—USA Today
 
“Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kathy Reichs is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, 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 the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. 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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Product Details

  • Series: Temperance Brennan (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition first Printing edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345544013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345544018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (825 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon E. Cathcart VINE VOICE on July 5, 2014
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I admit it; I'm a long-time fan of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels. However, I skipped a couple; the last one I read was just so humdrum that I thought Reichs was tiring of her characters. It was depressing to me, so I didn't read any for a while.

As a result, I missed some of the events referred to in this title ... but that was all right. I found myself not wanting to put the book down this time, just like in the "good old days."

This time, Tempe is asked to help investigate a series of murders that are being committed by a criminal well known to her. In a previous title, this perpetrator (Anique Pomerleau) tried to kill Tempe as well. So, when a set of crimes with a similar MO come up, Brennan is very much interested. Her long-time colleague Andrew Ryan is off mourning the death of his daughter, Lily, but she needs his additional expertise on the case ... so there is that subplot as well.

There are more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster in this book, and the "whodunnit" took me by surprise ... which is always a plus.

It is always difficult for me to review thrillers without employing spoilers, so I hope it will suffice to say that the forensic science in this book is spot-on, the characters and situations interesting, and that Kathy Reichs is back in fine form with this latest book!
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Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who alternates time between two facilities: one in Montreal and one in North Carolina. I've been a fan of Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brenner books since the first. This is the 17th in the series, and Reichs just gets better and better as a writer.

It is not unusual for Dr. Breenna to be called in on a cold case investigation. Most of the people she deals with have been dead for a good long while. But, in what cannot simply be an eerie coincidence, the case involves murders of young girls in Charlotte and Vermont that bear great similarities to a case in Canada, in which villain Anique Pomerleau was responsible for the torture and murder of a number of young girls. During that investigation, Pomerleau almost killed Tempe, as well.

Back then, Tempe worked the case with Canadian detective Andrew Ryan (with whom she has had an on again/off again relationship), and this investigation calls out for his touch. Unfortunately, Ryan is AWOL; his daughter ODed and he has walked away from civilization.

Now, it seems that the killer is toying with Tempe while torturing and murdering the girls at an alarming rate.
It's up to Tempe to find Ryan, find the killer, and figure out how/if Pomerleau is at work again.

It's fast paced, scary, creepy, and all the elements that make for a book I couldn't put down.

That being said, here are the Top Ten Things Things That Are Great About "Bones Never Lie."

10. We finally meet Tempe's mother, who has mental issues and has been nothing more than a shadow in previous books. She's a great character and has become an internet search wizard who manages to help the investigation (and give us some excellent tips for internet mysteries of our own).
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I have been reading the Temperance Brennan mystery series since the first book, Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan Novels). I really enjoy the character and I like the forensic anthropology aspect of the mystery. (I also enjoy the TV show, even though it does not follow the books and the character of Brennan is quite different in the two.)

This book will not disappoint the fans of the series. I wouldn't really recommend starting with this book is you haven't read any of the series. The story in this book generally stands alone -- though it seems like it involves a character from Monday Mourning: A Tempe Brennan Novel (Temperance Brennan Novels). I'd have to go back to that book to see if those books share some characters to be sure. In any case, this book doesn't include a lot of Brennan's personal and professional history to bring a new reader up to speed so you will miss a lot of the character even if the story could be read on its own.

The mystery in this book involves some recent murders in Vermont and North Carolina where the killer appears to be someone wanted for murders in Quebec that were investigated by Brennan and Andrew Ryan, her on and off lover. Brennan follows the investigation to Quebec and Vermont while she is also dealing with some issues involving her mother. As is usual for these books, the reader learns some interesting information relating to forensic anthropology while Brennan is working with the detectives to catch a murderer.

I was captivated by this book and read it until I fell asleep and then picked it up when I woke. It is a good thing I started it before a long holiday weekend or I wouldn't have gotten anything else done.
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I've read all of Kathy Reich's novels. I'm finding that they're becoming repetitive and predictable. The banter is becoming tedious and unbelievable. I was irritated that amelogenin reared its head yet again so early, indicating a line of investigation that turns out to be wrong. Kathy Reich's has used exactly the same device in a previous novel (I forget which one it was, and I don't want the tedium of checking the previous 16). And as a result, I'd picked the 'surprise' development around 180 pages of tedium before the 'surprise ' revelation.

Only for hardcore fans of Kathy Reichs.

Amended. Actually, the amelogenin plot device was used in 'Bare Bones', the 6th in the series. It wasn't difficult to find on the Internet. A Russian blogger had discussed it.
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