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Book Review: “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #18)

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Title:  Speaking in Bones

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #18

Synopsis (from bn.com): No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.

Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.

Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.

Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.

While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.

 

My thoughts:  The latest offering in the Temperance Brennan series!  I must admit that this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but this series is so good that even a “so so” book is really good!  The overall plot of this novel seemed a bit slower to me than previous books, but oddly I must say one thing I really enjoyed was the setting of the book.  In their search for the answers to the crime they end up searching in a backwoods, mountainous area.  Her writing and description of the scenery, the landscape is so vivid that it truly felt like I was there and added a great deal to the story.

Overall, another good book in the Temperance Brennan series.  Looking forward to the next one!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Bones of the Lost” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #16)

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Title:  Bones of the Lost

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #16

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?

The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquitiesand the trafficking of humans?

As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. “A genius at building suspense” (Daily News, New York), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.

 

My thoughts:  Although this #16 book in this great series was better than the last, it still wasn’t my favorite.  I don’t know if the series and the author’s writing style and character are changing or if I’m just changing as a reader, but the last few in the series have just been ok for me.

This latest installment almost appeared to be two completely different plot lines to me.  Yes, it all finally came together at the end of course, but it left me confused for a bit and shaking my head where we were going.  I slogged through the first part . . .  then all of a sudden Temperance was on a plane on her way to a military base in Afghanistan to provide some consultation work on a case there and I absolutely flew through this middle part as the plot just picked up and the story was fascinating . . . and then she returned home to tie the story together in a third part which was so so at best.

This book had some ups and downs for me . . . boring first part, great second part, so so third part.

I just wish the two almost disparate story lines would have been tied together a bit more throughout the entire book leaving the reader with more satisfaction throughout the whole novel!

There were a couple interesting small plot developments presented at the end about some of the characters which leaves me intrigued where the next book will go . . . hmmmm.

Well #17 in this series just came out, and of course I will be getting it and trying it out.  One can’t leave a series unfinished . . . let’s not be ridiculous . . . 🙂

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review: “Bones are Forever” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #15)

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Title:  Books Are Forever

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #15

Synopsis (from bn.com):

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…

 

My summary:  It has been a while since I have read this series so I decided it was time to catch up with the last two books I had to read before the new release a couple weeks ago.  I have always been a huge fan of this series, but I have to say this installment in the series was just ok for me.   It just didn’t feel as intriguing, as grabbing, and frankly as good as the other ones I have read.  I certainly enjoy all of the forensic anthropology and scientific knowledge she brings to the series and to this book.  The who storyline and plot just felt a little draggy to me on this one.

It is one of those books that I certainly didn’t hate, but I didn’t love either which is uncommon for this series.

I do not watch the TV series, Bones, that is based on this series and never have because the main female lead on the series just seems so off base to me based on the book character.  I just never could get passed it.

Well on to #16 to see what happens with that one.

And remember

Books Are Life

Heather

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