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
Having read eleven of Kathy Reichs ' "Bones" series, I was really interested in reading this novella collection. Featuring four stories starring her main protagonist, Dr. Temperance Brennan, a hardworking forensic anthropologist, Reichs stories are all about the cases. As each of her author's notes reveals, the author also showcases contemporary issues in her works. In the case of this collection, the topics surround puppy mills, invasive species in the Everglades, the plight of Nepalese guides on Mount Everest, and the AIDS epidemic. As is my policy, I shall review each of these stories and give them an individual rating. The above rating is for the collection overall.
Bones In Her pocket 4 stars Trigger Warning as this story includes cruelty to animals.
Written in 2013, our story opens with Tempe on her way to collect some bones. She's hoping they will help give her the information that she needs to identify a recent John Doe presently in her lab. Soon, however, it becomes clear that she has stumbled upon another body which soon leads her to a passionate set of environmentalists who may have something deeper and sinister taking place. The pace right away set the tone for this chilling tale.
Swamp Bones 3.5 stars
Originally published in 2014, Tempe's planned vacation to the Florida Everglades takes a hiatus when human remains are found in a Burmese python. I felt a mixture of fascination and horror over this tale. Tempe did better with snakes and gators than I could have. Shudder
Bones on Ice 3.5 stars
Published in 2015, Tempe is asked to do a favour for the friend of the mayor and look over the body of a young woman uncovered at Mount Everest. But will Tempe be able to signal the authorities before being consumed by a dangerous coverup?
Although I had a clear understanding of where this was headed, I certainly enjoyed the science and background research of this story.
First Bones 4.5 stars.
The original story in this 2016 collection, as Tempe sits by the hospital bed of a close friend and colleague, she reminisces about the first case that brought many of our favorite characters in the series together.
Fascinating case but heartbreaking ARC four main protagonist.
A must read for fans of the series.
Now I’m a huge fan of Kathy Reichs, not just of her writing either, so a collection of novella’s featuring the ever durable Tempe Brennan was a dream read for me.
And they were GREAT too especially First Bones which takes us back to the start of it all – these were all new to me although I believe they are not all newly published here. Each one was a mini thriller, with the usual forensic fascination (I love how compelling all the detail is in the cases Tempe takes on I always go google mad after reading anything from this author) and twisty turns in the plot that keep you on your toes.
I never like to put this series down so it was great to be able to start and finish a story in one sitting, although to be fair I did want to read the next immediately but then you know. Thats how it goes. The writing is immersive as ever, the authenticity shines for obvious reasons and each one was as gripping as any of the full length novels.
Talking of which I can’t wait for more. This series for me has only grown stronger, I can’t imagine that I will ever get bored of it. Hope we get a good few more yet.
I enjoyed all 4 of these novellas especially First Bones which tells the story of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist.
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.
I slid into the booth, directly assessing the pair. Reynolds was big and muscular, probably used to being told he was good-looking. Dark brown eyes. Walnut hair carefully arranged to look carelessly disarranged. Toned forearms bulging from rolled chambray cuffs. Steele looked like a colorless scarecrow burrowing into his leftover air.
With her background as a forensic anthropologist, each of Kathy Reich's four novellas packs a punch, and the reader is spared no detail in the forensic examinations. Yet it is the incisive wit as she observes the living while investigating the circumstances of death that had me riveted.
We learn so much. In "Bones in Her Pocket" there are two victims in the same small area outside Charlotte, NC, where Tempe Brennan is confronted by environmental activists. In "Swamp Bones" her vacation in Florida is curtailed by the discovery of human remains inside a Turkey Vulture, which in turn is being slowly ingested by a Burmese Python, endangered in SE Asia but flourishing in the Everglades where it has no natural predator. In "Bones on Ice" the body of an Everest climber trapped in ice for over 3 years is repatriated to Charlotte-Mecklenburg, with no expense spared by the wealthy parent, and has to be slowly thawed to establish identity and cause of death. And finally, "First Bones" has Tempe witnessing the death of a dear friend (no spoilers!)
Well researched, well written and definitely addictive.