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Bones to Ashes: A Novel (A Temperance Brennan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2008
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One of Tempe's coworkers in Québec wants her to look at a skeleton uncovered in New Brunswick, and Tempe starts to put together pieces that point to Évangéline. She is consumed with uncovering the truth behind her friend's disappearance at her own personal risk. As with previous novels, Reichs does her homework well. Acadia was an area of Eastern Canada originally settled by the French, who were later forcefully evicted by the British. Many exiled Acadians fled to Louisiana, where the name "Acadian" shortened to "Cajun." Next to Québec, New Brunswick has the largest percentage of Francophones in Canada (35% of the province is French-speaking).
Tempe's quest takes her to the small town of Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick.Read more ›
That is, Tempe hasn't forgotten. From time to time she remembers and speculates. Memories float to the surface again when an old skeleton lands on her desk. She is asked to find out about it from cold case investigator Hippo, and pretty soon she suspects that the skeleton could be the skeleton of her long lost friend Evangeline. The skeleton comes from the same area as Evangeline, and Tempe gets more and more convinced, that it is the skeleton of her friend.
But Tempe, Hippo and on again/off again boyfriend Ryan has other, more pressing matters at hand, even though some of these cases are cold cases. In between speculating about Evangeline,the skeleton, the cold cases and her relationship with Ryan, Tempe's sister, the flamboyant Harry, announces her arrival. She is soon entangled in the mystery of the old skeleton, and soon some of the cold cases can be linked with Evangeline's disapperance.
Bones to Ashes is good, easy reading and a must for Tempe Brennan-fans, but this one was not as exciting as the last one. Still lightyears better than Cross Bones, which has to be Kathy Reich's worst Tempe Brennan book to date.
Now Temperance is investigating human remains in Montreal, and her investigations turn up the skeleton of an unidentifed teenaged girl from the area where her friend had lived. Could it be the remains of her childhood friend?
The investigations reveal both family secrets and a very bad criminal activity. There are suspects, but some very surprising revelations. There are some young women injured by their families either deliberately or through negligence, and predators prowling in the dark. There is some discussion of social phobias, distrust of authorities, etc., especially in insulated communities that have suffered wrongs in the past.
Some readers have noted that scenes in the novel can be a little gruesome. It does give somewhat detailed descriptions of autopsies in the morgue. The author is a forensic anthropologist, as is the main character in the novel.
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I love Kathy Reichs. The books, not wild about the tv show. I especially like the way she builds the characters and then gets into the science so seamlessly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tully
Imagine my surprise when I got to page 116 and the next page is 181. Then the pages continue in sequence to page 212 and next comes page 149. Read morePublished 16 days ago by WV2thFary
Kathy Reichs in this novel plays around with so many French names that the reader gets a headache trying to remember who is doing what to who and where. Read morePublished 27 days ago by jkobi2011
I was disappointed with this book. I expected more. For me the book is boring. It took me 2 weeks to read it because I simply fell asleep while reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by denize cerqueira
I have read her entire Temperance Brennan series and love that they are a fairly quick read as I do not have a lot of spare time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amiee Gibson