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Speaking in Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan) Hardcover – July 21, 2015

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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

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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 18)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (July 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345544048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345544049
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read every one of the Temperance Brennan books with decreasing satisfaction but despite my vow to cut the cord, did give "Speaking in Bones a whirl. The story held plenty of twists, forensics and personal side-drama and while it was engaging enough, it is an easy to put down book. The main characters provide a predictable consistency in the midst of a murder mystery that is pushes the limits of credulity without completely going over the edge. There is a lot of what feels like “filler” conversation and overly detailed historical/scientific information that could have been eliminated without compromising the core of the story. Not as good as her earlier offerings, this is an entertaining book that demands little from the reader beyond showing up.
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Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is at it again. Kathy Reich's latest book starts off in its usual intriguing opening - a recording of a girl imprisoned, frightened, in danger. It's brought to her by "Lucky" Strike, a self-appointed cyber-sleuth on the trail of a girl who no one ever declared as missing. Lucky wants Tempe's help to find the remains of young Cora Teague, daughter of religious fanatics, who has not been seen or heard from for 3-1/2 years. How can Tempe resist? She wades right in.

Meanwhile, her on-again-off-again relationship with Montreal Police Detective Andrew Ryan is on again... or is it. In earlier books in the now-18 book series, Ryan went hermit after the death of his daughter, re-emerged to help Tempe solve a case, and finally proposed... only now Tempe is having second (and third) thoughts about the wisdom of such as move.

Meanwhile daughter Katy is still off in Afghanistan, Mama is still in her high-end asylum refusing chemo, and cat Birdie is still sharing Tempe's meals.

If you've never read the series, you could start here and, if you like it, go back to the beginning because there are major character arcs for everyone. But for the main part, I suspect this is a book for the fans and followers of Dr. Temperance Brennan.

Why have I read all 18? Top ten reasons:

10. Tempe has a sense of humor. No matter how dark the subject matter, she brings wit, whimsy and insight to any situation. I used to read all the Patricia Cornwall books, too, but at a certain point I had to stop because medical examiner Kay Scarpetta was always angry, humorless, and no fun to read. Tempe, even at her worst, is a burst of sunshine in the midst of forensics.

9. The Ryan-Tempe relationship.
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I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs efforts for their science and the interesting array of characters with which she surrounds Temperance. Not this time. The science takes a back seat to a quiet yet persistent anti-religion bias and disdain for most things Southern. It plays to stereotypes that are beneath a facile mind such as Dr. Brennan. The array of characters have become single dimension foils for Tempe as frozen in their characters as the finger in amber. I have stopped reading Patricia Cronwell as her characters have shrunk to caricatures as well. Perhaps I am expecting too much of Reichs but she is selling herself short in this effort.
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I've been waiting for this book for a year it seems like, though if I checked the release dates I bet it hasn't been that long. I was ready for it as soon as I read the last words of the previous book, in fact. So to say that I was disappointed by the lack of Mr. Andrew Ryan throughout the book, you could see where I'm coming from. Not that he was completely missing, he just happened to be in Canada and Tempe was in Charlotte. But this series has never really been about romance, it's just there to help tell the story in places. It's about the mystery, the crimes, and of course, the bones. Maybe it was just me but it seemed the bones even took a step back for the mystery and crime this time out. And beyond the addition of a new tech trying to explain how she got results from some trace evidence, there wasn't much other science involved. There was a bit of medical information that was very interesting, and when that comes into the stories of this series, it raises the bar just a little more for the quality Dr Reichs is going to be held to in her next book.

I really enjoyed that the TV show "Bones" got two or three mentions in this book. Cracks me up, just like the TV Tempe writing crime novels under the pen name of Kathy Reichs. That the real Dr Reichs does or has done pretty much all of the jobs the book and tv Tempe do just impresses me all the more. She has been one busy woman throughout her life, and raised a family to go along with it all.

Somewhere I read a mention of Deputy Zeb Ramsey, and it read as if he was going to be a new point on a love triangle, but other than asking Tempe to dinner, after their case was done, he didn't really seem like he was getting in the way of anything.
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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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