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Bare Bones – Kathy Reichs

Finally, a new series I can get my teeth or eyes into.

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Dust jacket summary: It’s a summer of record-breaking heat in Charlotte and Dr Temperance Brennan is looking forward to her first vacation in years. She’s almost out the door when the bones start appearing. First there’s the little skeleton of a newborn found in a wood stove. Who put her there? The mother, hardly more than a child herself, has disappeared.

Next, a Cessna plane flies into a rock face on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition, their bodies covered with a strange black substance. What could it be? There’s evidence that they may have had criminal purposes for the flight.

Most puzzling, though, is a cache of bones found in a remote corner of the country. Some animal, some human, the bones are enough the keep Tempe busy for a long time to come. All the pieces of the mystery seem to lead back to an isolated farm. But what happened there and who will be the next victim? The answers lie hidden deep within the bones – if only Tempe can decipher them in time…

First published: 2003

Rating: 5/5

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Deadly Decisions – Kathy Reichs

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I’m currently watching the TV series BonesĀ and I have to say I’m digging it (no pun intended!). The series is based on Kathy Reichs’s books with the same main protagonist: Temperance Brennan. Or like Booth likes to say: Bones.

Dust jacket description:
A nine-year-old girl dies on her way to ballet class, caught in outlaw biker crossfire. Violence is spilling on to the streets of Montreal and Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the state, has to pick up the pieces.

She knows she shouldn’t let emotion get in the way of her role as scientist, but when nine-year-old Emily’s body is wheeled into the morgue she cannot help but react. Tempe’s nephew, Kit, is mesmerized by motorcycles. Does he understand the dangers posed by the outlaw gangs?

An exhumation uncovers the bones of another innocent, hidden in a clandestine grave close to a biker headquarters. With her boss in the hospital and her sparring partner Andrew Ryan disturbingly unavailable, Tempe begins a perilous investigation into a lawless underworld of organised crime.

First published: 2000

Rating: 5/5

Bold statement: “Better than Patricia Cornwall” – Express on Sunday
Hmmm, not sure if it was better but definitely in the same league.