The Bone Collection: Four Novellas (Temperance Brennan, #0.5, 15.5, 16.5, & 17.5)by Kathy Reichs Published 01 Nov 2016
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A collection of pulse-pounding tales featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan including the untold story of her first case!
The #1 "New York Times "bestselling author behind the hit Fox series "Bones, "Kathy Reichs is renowned for chilling suspense and fascinating forensic detail. "The Bone Collection" presents her trademark artistry in this collection of thrilling short fiction.
In "First Bones, " a prequel to Reichs s first novel, "DejaDead," she at last reveals the tale of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation. (It all began with a visit from a pair of detectives and a John Doe recovered from an arson scene in a trailer.) The collection is rounded out with three more stories that take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach of an eighteen-foot Burmese python, to the heights of Mount Everest, where a frozen corpse is unearthed. No matter where she goes, Tempe s cases make for the most gripping reading.
Praise for Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan series
Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She s the real deal. David Baldacci
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
Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden. "The New York Times Book Review""
"The Bone Collection: Four Novellas (Temperance Brennan, #0.5, 15.5, 16.5, & 17.5)" Reviews
This is a collection of four short stories, three of which have already been out for publication before. You might have already read them, like I have. So only the fourth one, First Bones, will be new to you and I.
The fourth story was short no sweet, but in a sad way. 3.5 stars.
I enjoyed all 4 of these novellas especially First Bones which tells the story of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist.
Review coming soon!
These 4 novellas are perfect for the reader who wants a quick, easy read and then move onto something else. I had read 2 out of the 4 novellas so it was an even quicker read for me. First Bones broke my heart. It was nice to see Tempe's first case and how she and Skinny traded barbs back then. Both of them appeared to be "newbies" and were each kind of set in their ways even at the beginning of their working relationship. Tempe begins the story sitting bedside in the Surgical Trauma ICU and begins to reflect on how her career began. She was just trying to get her Ph.D. and minding her own business when fate changed her life's direction a bit. Skinny saw the usefulness of her even back then and used her to further his cases along. Tempe and Pete were still married and he was already trying cases. We soon discover how grave the situation is at the present and Tempe is left reeling with the news. Even though she knows what is coming, she is unprepared for it at the end. It was touching and the ending was a bit shocking.
Wow, I really enjoyed reading these 4 novellas, especially First Bones.
I love the Tempe Brennan stories and this collection of four novellas is not exception. Even thought they were short and compact they were still very interesting and kept me reading to find out what had happened to the bodies Tempe was examining. Three of the stories were also used to bring attention to an issue. Puppy Mills, Poaching and the support for the Indigenous People of Everest, especially following the Earthquake of 2015. The final story, First Bones takes us back to when Tempe first started work. There were twists and turns in the stories and of course Tempe put herself in danger while investigating. The usual scientific information dealing with forensics was included with enough information to make the stories real.
I liked that I was able to read each story individually and put the book down to go to bed or do other things without having to interrupt the story. That is not to say that I do not want more full length stories about Tempe, but this was a nice change and each story was complete. The one thing missing was the personal life that is such a part of the full length novels. If you enjoy the Tempe Brennan stories, I recommend you pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. I was fortunate to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway thanks to the publisher.