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The latest blockbuster suspense novel in the pulse-pounding Temperance Brennan series, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.For every case Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solviThe latest blockbuster suspense novel in the pulse-pounding Temperance Brennan series, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.For every case Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases.One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found. What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead. Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-change proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further....

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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Speaking in Bones Reviews

  • BJ
    2019-03-13 02:16

    I used to love this series and occasionally, I still love it, I guess that is why I keep reading it. When I first started reading the Temperance Brennan series, it was fresh and new and I loved the characters. What I don't like is the character's stupidity. Temperance is a forensic anthropologist, she is not FBI or DEA or CIA or ATF or even local police, yet she continues to go off in a snit and gets herself into situations where she needs to be rescued by one of the above. Because she feels that Ryan or Skinny, or whatever police force she is working with at the time is not moving fast enough for her, she can't take the time for them to get evidence or a warrant, she goes off half cocked, confronts the killer or kidnapper or whatever and gets herself in a situation where she needs to be rescued. To add insult to injury, in the last book, Ryan, her on-again, off-again lover, asked her to marry him. In this episode, he is pressing her a little for an answer. She tells him, "..your overprotectiveness implies that I can't take care of myself. That I can't handle difficult situations on my own....I need my autonomy. I need to know I can rely on myself." Really?? In every book she does need to be rescued by Ryan or someone else, if he's not available!!! In fact, she needs a keeper. There are many things to like about this character, this is not one of them. Right now, I don't want to read any more of this series, but I'm sure I'll change my mind when the next one comes out next year. And that's my rant for today!

  • Phrynne
    2019-02-25 06:32

    This was mostly a good book, fast paced and with an interesting story. I wished she would make up her mind about Ryan though. The dithering is becoming boring and Zeb Romsey looked like an alternative proposition! The whole thing was unfortunately marred by a poor ending. (view spoiler)[As usual Tempe did something foolish and had to be rescued by her male cavalry. (hide spoiler)]. And then there was far too much explaining in the last few chapters. I prefer a book which unfolds the details as it goes along and does not need an info dump right at the end. Nevertheless an entertaining and readable book as we expect from Kathy Reichs

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-02-25 03:19

    Temperance Brennan gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth that spends most of her time trying to solve cold cases and now she thinks that she has found out the identity of a body that Tempe has in her lab. Is it eighteen-year-old Cora Teague that went missing a couple of years ago that the bones belong to?It's been a while since I read a Kathy Reichs book and even though I had no problem whatsoever getting into the story is it quite clear that stuff has happened in the personal life of Temperance, her mother is in a hospital, her daughter Katy is in Afghanistan and Ryan has proposed to her. I really must go back and read all the books in the series that I have missed.The case seemed interesting enough, apparently, there are people who have watched too many episodes of CSI, NCIS, Bones etc., and they get it into their heads that they also can solve unsolved cases. Lucky Strike is one of them and now she thinks that the bones found in Rocky Mountain are that of Cora Teague, the problem is that the family hasn't listed her missing. But Lucky has found a recording of what she thinks is Cora and two men talking and that Cora is being held captive then killed. But she doesn't want to give up the recording to Tempe. Later on, Temperance starts investigating the case.The story actually took a different turn than I thought it would take. The story took its time, there were many puzzling things with the case, more bones were found and Cora's family wasn't very cooperative. And, then we have the church the family belonged to. A very strict version of the Catholic Church.This was a very good book. Temperance trying to solve a case while at the same time contemplating Ryan's proposal. It took a while for the story to really started, not dull in or anything, just a slow pace in the beginning. I liked that nothing was rushed and I liked that Kathy Reichs managed to surprise me in the end.This is probably the best Kathy Reichs I have read so far and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series and also the ones I missed.I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-03-06 01:21

    It’s amazing that this is the 18th novel in Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan Series, which I have been following from the 1st book. I like the author’s writing style and how she has developed her characters throughout the series.Temperance is drawn into a missing person case despite her initial misgivings. This is a case filled with twists and surprises, forensic details, religion, secrets, murder and personal drama. I felt a bit of a letdown when it came to Temperance and Andrew Ryan’s relationship. What is wrong with Tempe??? I adore Andrew Ryan…he’s such an interesting character and to see him being so patient and understand even when Tempe was giving him a hard time….made me like him even more.I loved Daisy, Tempe’s mother. What a fabulous and endearing character! Also liked seeing Sidell, the detective that Tempe has worked with previously….their scenes together were so funny…my favorite has to be when Tempe is on the fone discussing the case and Siddell is busy cleaning his nails with a pen knife!!!! Another aspect I enjoyed about this book was how each chapter ends on a cliffhanger… had me turning the next page as quick as possible so I could find out….what next!!!!Although I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t as good as the first ones in the series. However, I am looking forward to continuing reading more about Temperance Brennan…and some more of Andrew Ryan…please!!!!!

  • Erin
    2019-03-21 04:05

    When Tempe is approached to look into the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, it leads her on a roller coaster type investigation that involves more than a few creepy characters. But I wasn't as interested in the case as I was in Tempe and Ryan's relationship. Kathy Reichs really had me worried, I was satisfied with the ending.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-03-06 03:19

    3.5 I have always liked the character of Tempe Brennan. She is tough formidable and intelligent, and often after a few wrong turns able to somehow put cases together that others might miss. One thing that always bothers me though is how such an incredibly smart woman always manages to put herself in harms way, sometimes strains credibility. In this one the case was a very interesting one. A radical sect of the Catholic Church and all that this entails and a group of online sleuths that attempt to solve cold cases draw Tempe into a murder and much more. Good storyline and I learned something new. Shall I start on-line sleuthing? No, would rather just read about them but it does sound interesting.ARC from Netgalley.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-02 02:25

    Across the country there were countless missing persons; and there were countless remains in storage that were unable to be matched to a victim. The frustration of people like forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan was intense but they continued to do their best in their positions as identifiers of the dead. When Tempe was approached by a woman whose name was Hazel Strike (“call me Lucky”) she was dismissive of Lucky’s claims that she had identified remains with a victim. Lucky was an amateur detective; a web sleuth; who delved into the workings of the world wide web, finding many and varying sites; some legitimate, some not; which held information. But it was the words on a recording device which caused Tempe to pay attention to the words Lucky was uttering…As Tempe began to investigate the location of the bones with a local Sheriff, Zeb Ramsey, their discoveries started taking on a sinister feeling. With more bones turning up; the inclusion of a nearby church; a seemingly dangerous cult; was there more to Lucky’s claims than Tempe had first realized? When a sudden and shocking death occurred, Tempe knew the danger had closed in around them – this case was proving to be more horrifying; more evil than anyone could possibly imagine. With Tempe struggling with the case; on again, off again boyfriend Ryan wanting an answer; Tempe’s mother with an illness she didn’t want to think about – it seemed Birdie (Tempe’s long suffering cat) was the only one that Tempe could talk to and get some sense out of. Would she find a solution to this horrifying and dangerous situation?I thoroughly enjoyed Speaking in Bones by author Kathy Reichs. She is a writer who knows how to entertain – this gripping thriller is filled with incredible twists throughout the story; an excellent plot; laugh out loud humour mixed with forensic details that don’t bog the reader down and wonderful characters that always leave me wanting more. I have read all this author’s work and as always, can’t wait for her next. I have no hesitation in recommending Speaking in Bones highly.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-03-14 01:13

    Unbelievably it is outing number 18 for Kathy Reichs and Temperance Brennan - a series I have followed right from the start - reading a "Bones" novel for me is the equivalent of sinking into a warm bath at the end of a stressful day, glass of wine to hand. Whilst I have loved some more than others, the author never disappoints me, they are always darn good reads, excellent construction, great mystery elements and intriguing development for our favourite main characters.In "Speaking in Bones" Tempe is drawn into a missing persons case by an enigmatic and rather forceful figure - becoming interested despite herself Tempe gets embroiled in strange family dynamics, religious fervour and some weird and obscure goings on. As ever she is like a dog with a bone (yes yes I know) and will not give in until the truth comes out. One thing I've always loved about this main protagonist is her tendency to run headlong into danger whilst berating herself for doing so. She's a bit like me, suffers from chronic impatience.Anyway, as ever this is scintillating stuff when it comes to the forensics - unsurprisingly given the vast range of knowledge and experience in the hands of the author - and it has a beautiful flow to it which is sometimes annoying (in a good way) as Kathy Reichs has a habit of finishing her snappy chapters with a sentence that means you simply have to read the next. I want to give a nod to one of the recurring characters - Slidell - who I disliked intensely when I met him some books ago and who I now worship with the passion of a true reader. He is so beautifully ironic and a perfect foil for Tempe, their interactions make up some of the best parts of the novels these days. The dark humour the author adds to proceedings lives and breathes in this relationship and due to some developments in this instalment I believe we will see a lot more of him. Yay!Of course the ongoing drama between Tempe and Ryan continues...I'm fond of their partnership, on and off, up and down but very authentic given their circumstances and personalities. Overall then an excellent addition to an already excellent series. I am a loyal fan because I have been given no reason not to be - I loved this one and am already anticipating the next. A beautiful set up here for some great stories to come.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Marianne
    2019-03-16 01:32

    “You have no positive ID on any of the Brown Mountain remains. You have no DNA…..You have no known victim, no primary scene, no weapon, no motive, no witnesses, no legit suspect. You don’t know for sure if Cora Teague is dead. Or even missing”Speaking in Bones is the eighteenth full-length novel in the Tempe Brennan series by American forensic anthropologist and author, Kathy Reichs. Tempe finds herself intrigued and horrified by the somewhat dubious evidence that Hazel Strike (aka Lucky) presents to convince her that a set of her unidentified remains (UIDs) could belong to a victim of torture. Cora Teague has not been seen since 2011, but her family don’t consider her missing: that claim comes from a poster on the CLUES website going by the handle of OMG; the post attracted Lucky Strike, a dedicated Websleuther with a successful ID attributed to her work. Against the considered advice of her own colleagues, of Ryan and of the Deputy initially involved in the case, and even against her own better judgement, Tempe heads for the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Multiple visits there uncover further clues to the identity of the UID, but also put Tempe’s life in danger. More bones, some religious fanatics, a well-trained sniffer dog and a few interesting artefacts are encountered. At the same time, Tempe is distracted by her mother, Daisy’s behaviour, and careful consideration of Ryan’s unexpected proposal. In this instalment, Reichs explores the preserving properties of pine sap, the reason a corpse might be devoid of fingerprints, exorcism, the inadequacies of systems for dealing with Missing Persons and Unidentified remains, and the growing phenomenon of Websleuthing. A fundamentalist splinter group of mainstream religion, a certain rare disease state and mental illness also feature.If Reichs could just dispense with two minor irritations that seem to be de rigeur for every Tempe Brennan novel, then these books would be pretty much perfect. 1. It’s really not necessary to end so many chapters with a cliff-hanger sentence: these books are page-turners already so there is no need to resort to this sort of gimmick. 2. Just once it would be nice to see Tempe restrain her impatience and not rush headlong into a dangerous situation without backup. After all, she’s an intelligent woman: would she really be this stupid time after time? Nonetheless, this is an excellent read.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-04 04:20

    I think this series has finally played out for me. Tempe has brilliant technical skills but I don't seem to like her very much. She takes stupid chances to move the plot along. Her personality seems to have stagnated and I guess I'm just bored with her. The supporting characters seem far more interesting.

  • Jean
    2019-02-24 01:16

    Web sleuthing? Television shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, and Bones are endemic these days, but web sleuthing? Hazel “Lucky” Strike appears in forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan’s office with a recording of a desperate sounding young woman, whom she believes is Cora Teague. Ms. Teague was reported missing on a web sleuth site frequented by Lucky. Brennan is astounded – she has never heard of these types of determined, self-appointed lay detectives who cruise the Internet attempting to match descriptions of missing persons with police and forensics reports of unidentified remains. Some of these folks are very dedicated; some are crackpots. Which of these is Mrs. Strike?First of all, I love the humor. There is seriousness aplenty, naturally, but Lucky Strike – well, it struck a funny bone. Also, Ms. Reichs shamelessly tosses in a few references to the Bones television show, which is based on her books. As usual, “Tempe” frequently displays her wry wit and sarcasm as well.What about the missing person, Cora Teague? Can Tempe find her? Is she dead or alive? When bone fragments are found scattered off a mountain overlook near the location where Lucky found the recorder, Tempe begins to think that Cora has been killed.The plot takes on some bizarre turns. There is an extreme right-wing Catholic sect that is surely suspicious. There is another missing person with an unusual genetic defect. There is the pressure of the taxman looming over Tempe’s head, which really adds nothing other than a dose of reality, I suppose, to the day-to-day life of a busy investigator. Then, as Bones readers have come to expect, there is on-and-off love interest Ryan, visits to Mama, and feeding Birdie, the cat. The familiarity is partly what I love about these books, after all. So, what happens to Lucky Strike? Was she right all along? And Tempe? Does she manage to stay out of trouble this time? Can she solve the case? And what about Ryan? On the whole, it kept me entertained, and I while I thought I had a pretty good handle on what was going on, I didn’t anticipate the finale.I do have one small bone to pick with the author. At one point, Tempe looks for something to put between the teeth of a person who is in the throes of an epileptic seizure. No! It is not possible for someone to “swallow” his tongue, and while the tongue can be bitten, it is more dangerous to try to force something into the mouth during the seizure. It is best to just try to make the person comfortable. Okay. I’m done picking. I learned some things while reading this book, and I found it interesting and engaging. Despite the rather unconventional storyline, I found this to be one of the better Temperance Brennan mysteries of recent years.4 stars

  • Elaine
    2019-02-27 01:18

    When Temperence Brennan received a visit from self proclaimed “web sleuth” Hazel “Lucky” Strike, she doesn’t realise that, against her initial scepticism, she is going to find herself irresistibly drawn into the case of Cora Teague. Never officially reported missing, Hazel is convinced that Tempe has Cora’s bones in her lab and is determined to get them officially identified and to get to the bottom of how and why Cora died. For her part, Tempe just cannot help herself, she has to look into it.It is a story that draws you in quickly and what soon seems like a clear cut case very quickly starts to twist and turn. What you get at the end is definitely not what you expect to find when you start the read.Although this is the 18th book in the series, this is a new author to me. But, and its testament to her writing, I didn’t feel lost and confused by all the character’s back story. Anything I needed to know about Tempe was told, and very lightly – not as “info dumping”. It is a book that can still be read as a standalone. As well as work, we also see her navigate her way through a long distance relationship as well as watching over her mother in a nursing home.I liked the author’s style of writing, short and sharp chapters that are witty and easy to read. I also loved the way she kept me turning the page after each chapter with her little cliffhangers.I wasn’t quite so keen on the finale – it did feel a little rushed, but on the whole I really enjoyed the read. Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

  • Stacee
    2019-03-21 01:13

    I've read all of the Tempe books and after the ending of the last one, I was so eager to get into the new one. As always, the cases are intriguing and this one was no exception. There were some really good twists and I didn't see the ending happening the way it did. My main reason for not rating it higher is I was irritated by Tempe's actions. The constant second guessing with all things Ryan and how she would incessantly mention that what she was doing was reckless/dangerous, yet run off alone to do it. Yes, her impulsiveness has always been a trait, but for some reason it really bugged me in this book. Overall, it was a good book and I did like it {especially the end}. The subject matter is always fresh and I always enjoy getting a slice of Tempe's life. **Huge thanks to Bantam Books and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2019-03-20 01:18

    My View:I surrender! I admit I was wrong! The last book I read by Kathy Reichs – Bones Never Lie falsely cocooned me in comfortable blanket where I thought this wonderful series had all but wrapped up; plenty of loose ends tied off, happy resolutions on the horizon. I thought number seventeen in the series was just about the final- how wrong could I be! Kathy Reichs you must have read my review of Bones Never Lie with a great big smile on your face. Well done! You had me fooled.This book, the eighteenth in the series is compelling, intense and full of surprises. The main story line is combustive reading - the discovery of body parts distributed over several locations, the whiff of exorcism and the hint of the involvement of a hard core religious cult like community, missing persons…so much mystery enticing Tempe to make impulsive decisions makes for great drama and captivating reading.Then we have the back stories regarding Tempe's family and personal relationships; there is just so much happening here I think this series will be continuing for a long time. Dare I put up my hand and again declare this is the best book in the Temperance Brennan series? Maybe I’ll just add the caveat - best in this series to date. 

  • Monnie
    2019-03-05 06:35

    While I admit to growing a bit tired of the popular Bones TV show after 10 seasons, I certainly haven't given up; it's a sure bet I'll be watching the Season 11 debut on Oct. 1. For those who might not know, the show is inspired by the books by Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist like her TV and book counterpart Temperance Brennan.The books have been around even longer; this is the 18th in the series, and I've read almost all of them. Without question, I enjoy the books far more than the TV show; the primary similarity between the two is that they both center around a somewhat emotionally challenged Brennan. Other than that, the twain rarely meets.Here, she's struggling (still) with her feelings for police detective Andrew Ryan, who has proposed marriage. Not wanting to compromise her independence and still reeling after the betrayal by her ex-husband and father of her now-grown daughter, she keeps putting off a decision, making her the perfect poster child for avoidance behavior. In the midst of the waffling, she gets a visit from a strange woman named Hazel "Lucky" Strike, an amateur Internet sleuth who tries to solve cold cases. The woman brings a frightening tape recording she believes is the voice of an 18-year-old girl who disappeared a few years earlier and whose remains are anonymously stashed in Brennan's lab. The problem? The girl's parents - members of a radical and secretive religious group that's rooted in Catholicism - insist she's not missing; rather, she just ran off with a no-good boyfriend who also can't be found.Given the lack of hard evidence, Brennan reluctantly does some sleuthing of her own, ending in the backwoods discovery of a few bones that may belong to the missing girl. More sleuthing turns up more bones - and questions of to whom they belong. Brennan gets lots of help from a local law enforcement guy (who's also pretty good in the eye candy department) and some from her own lab colleagues. But mostly, as usual, her headstrong personality demands that she follow the evidence - even if it leads to dangerous places and people and puts her own life in jeopardy.I enjoyed this book, and, at just 320 pages, breezed through it in no time. I like the somewhat larger role given to Brennan's mother, and as usual, Brennan's sense of humor popped out here and there. And, I definitely didn't foresee the ending. Still, the whole thing seemed a bit on the "lightweight" side, with not quite as much emphasis on the forensics that never fails to grab and hold my attention.

  • Sean Peters
    2019-03-26 04:10

    The compelling new Dr Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs.Thank you to Net Galley, publishers and the author for an advance copy for a honest review.When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel ‘Lucky’ Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman’s claims that she’s matched a previously unidentified set of remains with a name. But as the words of a terrified young woman echo round her office from an audio recorder found near where the bones were discovered, something about the story won’t let Tempe go. We are introduced to the wonderful world of "web sleuthing" amateur detectives use on-line resources to "assist" the authorities in all sorts of cases. In this book, we concentrate on identification of missing persons. Tempe is visited by one such sleuth who believes that she has evidence in one of Tempe's unidentified cases. What follows then takes us cross-jurisdiction to a small town and leads us down a convoluted path, full of dead ends and sharp turns until eventually we discover the shocking truth.Although mumber eight in the series, my first by this author, as a Net Galley book, and a Pick It For Me Book, with my group " A Good Thriller".As an honest review I have to give my opinion on this author, what I really like about these books is the way we are privy to Brennan's internal dialogue and thought processes. I also like the drip-fed forensic methods that are explained within it.But also the character herself, a great personality, great supporting characters and story.But lacks the excitment of many books I have read recently, no great build up, no great shocks and twists, not that much tension.But a great respect for her knowledge and depth on the main characters.A three star book for me.

  • Skip
    2019-03-05 06:33

    A web sleuth, Hazel “Lucky” Strike, thinks she has identified remains Tempe Brennan’s lab to a missing person, eighteen year-old Cora Teague, who has not been seen in years. Based on a limited sample, Tempe cannot rule out a match and starts her own investigation, despite other autopsies, a nagging request to provide expenses to her accountant, and her fractured relationship with Quebec cop, Andrew Ryan. Working with a local cop in a remote town, two more sets of bones are discovered, and Tempe ends blundering into yet another life-threatening situation. Won't she ever learn some common sense??

  • Julie
    2019-03-04 00:23

    Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs is a 2015 Bantam publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher as a part to of the LibraryThing early review program. This is the eighteen installment of the popular Temperance Brennan series and it shows no signs of slowing down or fading out. Temperance is approached by a feisty websleuth nicknamed Lucky who is convinced Temperance can help her solve a missing persons case. Reluctant at first and not entirely sure she really has a case, Temperance puts out a few feelers and enlist the help of Slidell and Ramsey to look into the situation. What she uncovers is stunning and blows the lid off a cold case surrounding a group of religious zealots. Meanwhile, in her personal life, Temperance is dealing with her cancer ridden and mentally ill mother, and the pressure from Ryan to get married, or at least move in together, and she is being dogged by the tax auditor insisting she turn over information she can never quite find the time to send over. This is an outstanding series and I am always happy to touch base with Tempe. This one really peaked my interest because it dealt with a missing person and a cold case, two of my favorite mystery tropes. Occasionally, in past installments, the forensic explanations got a little long winded at times, but in this story the writing flowed very smoothly and evenly, weaving the forensics into the story in a realistic manner.The dialogue in this one is crisp , and there was even a few comical remarks peppered in here and there.The author has a habit of dropping little incentives at the end of each chapter that entices you to continue reading, daring you to put the book down, which of course is nearly impossible, and pretty soon you will give up any thought of getting to bed early. If I had to voice a complaint, it would be that the story moved along at too quick of a pace, which prevented the suspense level from reaching a peak. Having said that, there were a few truly creepy moments that literally gave me the shivers. I can relate to Temperance because she has some of the same tendencies I do, which is to postpone, or avoid something I just do no want to do. But, I do get frustrated with her waffling about Ryan, but as always I keep holding out hope she will come to her senses. Overall this was another solid installment in the series, one of the few that has managed to maintain it's high level of quality over time. 4 stars

  • Barbara ★
    2019-03-05 23:30

    I think this is finally the last Temperance Brennan novel I will read. I find that I just can't stand Tempe anymore. She's a real emotional mess. She hasn't grown or matured any since the first book. In fact, she's taken quite a few steps backwards and it's very annoying. I find myself rolling my eyes at all the stupid shit she does to move the plot along faster than her police counterparts. And the whole thing with Ryan is beyond ridiculous. She's loves him, she loves him not...again and again and again. Make up your freaking mind already and stop dithering. If you're checking out other men, obviously your not ready for marriage. Don't get me wrong, I love Ryan but I've come to hate the idea of him and Tempe together. She's such a nutcase and honestly can't see them making it work since Tempe doesn't know what the hell she wants anyway. And WTH is up with her mama? Where did this plot line come from? Tempe has had nothing to do with her mother for years and years and suddenly her mom moves into a home close to where Tempe lives and Tempe spends quality time with her. Seriously? It seems to me to be a plot device to provide clues that can't be logically found by real detective work. And lastly, I hate how everything is solved behind the scenes and revealed in the last chapter. I prefer to see things unfold as they should not as an info dump to provide closer.Yeah I'm definitely done with this series.

  • Matt
    2019-03-05 06:13

    In her latest Temperance Brennan novel, Reichs pulls on new angles to keep the reader curious and involved. When Dr. Temperence (Tempe) Brennan received a visit from an amateur web-sleuth, she's convinced that Hazel "Lucky" Strike is nothing more than a woman trying to busy herself playing internet crime fighter. However, Strike possesses an interesting recording, purported to be of Cora Teague, whose description matches some unidentified remains in the possession of the Medical Examiner. As Brennan becomes more interested, she opens her mind to the world of web-sleuthing and how there are many people who dedicate hours to searching for answers based on the ever-growing list of missing persons across America and around the world.Brennan returns to the scene of where the original remains were found, discovering more bones and learning of the significance of the area. A local religious cult professes belief in transformative happenings related to a flashing light phenomena. The case turns from a missing person to a cultish murder and Brennan in involved up to her neck. While working through the clues, she is plagued by her ailing mother who enjoys playing the role of amateur sleuth, as well as her on-again/off-again flame up in Montreal. Brennan's investigation leads her down many a rabbit hole, which is derailed when Hazel Strike turns up dead as well. What happened to Cora Teague, Hazel Strike and the people tied to these other bones? And can Brennan work with the authorities before more bodies turn up? Reichs offers an excellent addition to the series that will keep the reader wondering until the very end.Reichs is a master of her art, finding new and exciting ways to present what might seem like a repetitive genre. Reichs takes Tempe Brennan through cases that both push the limits and branch off into a variety of forensic and social issues, which keeps them fresh and exciting for all those involved. The reader is treated to a number of wonderful characters, many of whom have evolved over time, with new and interesting ones who make their single-novel presence known. With a decently paced narrative and enough backstory and personal character development, Reichs weaves a long-standing series that offers fresh approaches in the domain of forensic anthropology. Perhaps a focus back in in Montreal is in order, though, as the Carolinas have been receiving much attention in the latter part of the series.Kudos, Dr. Reichs for this wonderfully crafted story and on-going development of the Tempe Brennan character.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-08 00:34

    The Good: Speaking in Bones is a really wonderful mystery, covering some things Tempe hasn't previously faced. She finds herself looking into a cold case at the request of a web sleuth. Of course, she has no idea what a web sleuth actually is, which introduces the reader to an entire corner of the internet that most are unaware of. Given Tempe's ignorance on the subject, the ins and outs are described in a very elementary fashion that readers will understand regardless of age or tech savvy. What I really enjoyed here was how the characters are finally growing out of their original molds. Most obviously, the huge changes in Slidell. If he can change, it damn near proves anyone can.The Bad: The problem with long running series is that they generally don't follow real time. Fans of this series have been reading about Tempe and Ryan for a good 18 years. How much time has passed in the series? Maybe a couple of years. So when Tempe has doubts about Ryan's proposal, it's hard to understand. To us, they've been together longer than most married couples, even with their constant on-again, off-again. You have to take yourself out of the story to understand her hesitance, which completely removes any tension that may have built while awaiting her final answer.

  • Diane
    2019-03-17 07:30

    I'm kind of torn about this book, I thought a decision was already made - guess I was wrong. Plenty of twists, forensics, and personal side-drama/angst. 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. Although not as good as her earlier novels, it was entertaining and delves into the realm of "speaking in tongues" religion. I was really hoping for a more fulfilling book, like her recent short novella "Bones on Ice" or even her previous novel from last year "Bones Never Lie".So 2 thumbs up (because I like forensics) and 4 stars

  • Carrie
    2019-03-19 00:31

    This series about a forensic anthropologist remains among my favorites, and I particularly liked this book. A nice mix of forensic science and story telling, as well as some personal turmoil for Tempe as she contemplates her future with Andrew Ryan and her struggles with her mentally ill mother.

  • Jacqueline Oestringer
    2019-03-17 00:28

    Auch dieser neue Fall hat es definitiv wieder in sich!Charakter:Da wir uns mittlerweile bei Band 18 befinden, gibt es an dieser Stelle wohl nicht mehr allzuviel zu sagen ;) Wer Temperance Brennan jedoch noch nicht kennt, sollte dies nicht nur schleunigst nachholen, sondern kann auch meine ausführlichere Charakterbeschreibung in der Rezension zu ihrem 17. Fall nachlesen :DMeinung:Temperance Brennan, geplagt von allzu menschlichen Problemen wie ihrer kranken Mutter, dem Antrag von Ryan -bei dem sie sich einfach zu keiner Entscheidung durchringen kann- und der Angst um ihre Tochter, bekommt keine Verschnaufpause. Ein neuer Fall droht sie komplett zu beanspruchen und verlangt ihre ungeteilte Aufmerksamkeit. Eigentlich beginnt es "nur" mit einem Cold Case. Eine Frau, Hazel "Lucky" Strike, kommt zu ihr mit einer Tonbandaufnahme eines Mädchens, dass eingesperrt wurde, Angst hat und mittlerweile nur noch sterben will! Hazel ist sich sicher, dass es sich bei der Stimme um Cora Teague handelt, die vor Jahren verschwand, und, dass es sich bei unidentifizierten Knochen, die Brennan untersucht hat um ebendiese junge Dame handelt. Obwohl Tempe alles andere als begeistert von dieser Art von Hobbyermittlern ist, entschließt sie sich, der Sache nachzugehen. Nur, wo soll sie bloß anfangen? Alles was sie hat ist ein Torso, der sowohl damals als auch nach erneuter Untersuchung keinerlei Hinweise liefert. Nichts, was auf ein exaktes Alter, Geschlecht oder gar die Todesursache hinweisen würde. So entschließt sie weitere Nachforschungen zu betreiben und merkt zunächst nicht, in was sie da hineinzuschlittern droht. OK, ich als bekennender Fan freue mich natürlich jedes Mal auf das ein oder andere Wiedersehen, z.B. mit Birdie, Andrew oder sogar Slidell, wenn es denn sein muss ;) Aber auch ohne das hat Kathy Reichs mich wieder auf ganzer Linie überzeugt. Nicht nur, dass sie Tempe immer menschlich darstellt und sie sowohl durch ihre allzu "normalen" Schwächen, Probleme aber auch durch die gewählte Ich-Perspektive authentisch werden lässt, auch Brennans bissiger Humor und ihre oftmals schnoddrige Art machen sie mir doch immer wieder sehr sympathisch.Auch der Schreibstil konnte mich erneut überzeugen. Zum einen schafft Kathy Reichs es, durch Minicliffhanger an den Kapitelenden und unvorhergesehene Wendungen der Story die Spannung aufrecht zu erhalten und weiter aufzubauen. Zum anderen sind die auf Grund der Storyline benötigten wissenschaftlichen Vorgänge jederzeit gut erklärt, gut nachvollziehbar und somit angenehm zu lesen. Dieser neue Fall hat es definitiv wieder in sich! Er ist durchgehend spannend und zieht den Leser mit jeder Seite weiter in seinen Bann. Ich hatte sehr viel Spaß beim Lesen und kann diese Reihe nur uneingeschränkt allen empfehlen, die gerne gut durchdachte, fundierte sowie sympathische Krimis lesen.Vielen herzlichen Dank an den Blessing Verlag für dieses Rezensionsexemplar!

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-03-21 06:12

    Well I have read every book in this series and some of them I have enjoyed more then others - this one actually was quite good - I liked that Tempe was less supergirl like in this book then in the last few - also a large amount of dialogue was used to point out why she is such a supergirl at times in her books - I enjoyed that because I completely agreed with her and feel the same way - as a person we need to believe we can take care of ourselves and we do not want to think someone needs to come in and save us from ourselves and from others - Ryan was in this book and I love their relationship and the way they interact with each other - it is a real relationship that is not based on fake anything - it is a long time in coming and everyone - including you - have issues and need to realize that when you set out and start a relationship with another person who you would like to be perfect - but is not quite perfect enough you need to be OK with that since you are not perfect at all - Tempe's mother is in this book and you hear a bit from her sister - Katy is back in the service and out of county - we do not hear from Pete in this book and that is good I thing - we all need a break from Pete - A good mystery with loads of death and body pieces - new characters that you will like and life decisions that will change things in the future - A good read that took me 2 days of free time to get through - I didn't want to put it down and kept picking it up as I had time.This series is recommended for mystery loves -

  • Sharon
    2019-03-26 05:30

    I'm a long-time fan of Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan series, and this book is the latest in a long line of page-turners for me.In this outing, Tempe meets Hazel Strike, a self-professed web sleuth who has been able to identify a number of missing persons using the sources available to her. She has a keyring recording that she says is a young woman named Cora Teague who went missing a few years before. Her family never filed a missing person report because they believe she ran off with a young man.Tempe is also dealing with an unexpected marriage proposal from long-time on-again/off-again beau and colleague Andrew Ryan, which is just one more stressor.As Tempe delves further into the case, she finds herself crossing a Pentacostal congregation as well as ticking off some of the local law enforcement officers ... even as one of them finds her fascinating on a personal level.As always, with Tempe, it's complicated.The procedural/forensics aspect of these books always strike me as realistic; labs are chronically overworked and understaffed. Unlike television, tests take a realistic amount of time to complete. The violence depicted is not gratuitous (this is a forensic science novel, after all), but it is described very clearly. Sensitive sorts may not appreciate that.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-13 07:19

    3.5 starsI'm glad to see the series continuing to strengthen, and Birdie's continued presence to keep Tempe grounded. This one centered around the familiar characters of Tempe, her mother, Ryan and Siddell, while introducing the websleuth angle: average people who help connect missing persons to unidentifiable remains.(view spoiler)[Good twist, though it came so late it was almost an afterthought, allowing little real explanation of something so overdone by Hollywood, though it was less annoying than the way every chapter seemed to end with ominous foreshadowing. (hide spoiler)]

  • Abbie Hooton
    2019-03-23 07:14

    Well, I loved, loved, loved this book! I think it is very obvious that there is expertise and knowledge behind this story, Kathy Reichs herself. The story is of Tempe Brennan, who receives a call off of 'Lucky' Strike and listens to a bone chilling recording of what would appear to be a girl being tortured. Lucky believes that Tempe has this girls body in the building, an unidentified body to be exact. From here, the story gets very deep and there are plenty of twists and turns throughout. Tempe teams up with the local sheriff, Zeb Ramsey and together they try to work out what is going on. They discover two more sets of bones when they return to the original sight of the bone findings, and this just leads to more mystery in the story. The book gets involved with the church, some extreme Lord supporters and even ones who believe in exorcisms, it gets very dark and it left me wanting to carry on reading. I was very shocked when the reveal came out, I definitely wasn't expecting it to go the way that it did, it was a nice surprise and it was a sadder ending than I was expecting. The only thing that was slightly disappointing was Tempe's relationship with Andrew Ryan. Offered a life changing proposal from him, the way she treats him and the situation isn't great. She seems to think that she doesn't need looking after or saving, even telling him, "..your overprotectiveness implies that I can't take care of myself. That I can't handle difficult situations on my own....I need my autonomy. I need to know I can rely on myself." It is just a bit strange the way she was acting with him, it was almost making me think...just walk away! Overall, a fabulous read and even though I haven't followed the series completely, it definitely proves any of her books are a good read!

  • Cynthia Corral
    2019-03-14 23:19

    This is my first Temperance Brennan book, so I have no previous stories to measure it against. To me it felt like an average, run of the mill murder mystery, though it did have an uncommon twist at the end.I won't discount that the narrator of my Audible version likely lost it a star:The first chapter is read as a play, with spooky music, sound effects, and terrifying voices - all told, something I could have done without, though it had it's intended effect.The rest of the book was the complete opposite... read very slowly, with no feel for natural dialog. Every sentence has a beat in between, the male voices are incredibly uninteresting (the love interest comes across as extremely dull, so having never read a previous TB book, I had no understanding why she'd even consider this boring man), and there were a lot of misreading of the acting needed in conversations. The story itself also has a lot of filler, with detailed descriptions of her bathroom visits, or random conversations with her cat. Coupled with the slow reading of the narrator, my mind often drifted out of the story.I was also taken out of the story quite a few times with the exposition between unlikely characters. If exposition is needed, just direct it to the reader outright, or give a reason for the explanation. Two characters in the same business field should not have to explain the basics of their work activities to each other - this starts sounding unnatural and fake, and brings the reader out of the story.But back to narration, a fantastic job was done with the voices in the twist explanation, and reading the book would not have had the same terrifying effect that the narration gave. A definite thumbs up for that.And then the ending just dragged and dragged, but it's possible I was just completely out of interest in the book by then.From purely my own experience, I might have given this 2 stars, but because I think the narration brought the enjoyment level way down, and I have no previous experience with the characters and their history, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt - it's possibly a 4 star book. But I really don't feel it's out of the ordinary, just a run of the mill summertime beach read.

  • Jen
    2019-03-15 00:09

    Along with many others, I've found Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series a bit hit or miss in the last few years. Speaking in Bones was somewhere in between for me--I enjoyed it, but not as much as many of the earlier books.Most interesting to me in this latest installment is the idea of web sleuths--something I'd never heard of before. Web sleuthing is a fascinating phenomenon, and sure enough, there are plenty of articles on line about these web detectives. From Websleuths: Dozens of experts, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, teachers and prison officers, have joined Websleuths. They can post as such if their credentials are verified by site owner Tricia Griffith, who bought it in 2004 for $US1500. "We're seeing an influx of professionals," she tells Fairfax via Skype.And there is much more online about web sleuthing--articles, podcasts, a Facebook page, and different forums. Even if I find Reichs' novels sometimes more, sometimes less fascinating, I don't think there has been a single one in which I didn't learn something new. Past books have been based on the archaeological excavation on Masada, the leper colony in New Brunswick, endangered wildlife, the importance of board qualifications for forensic pathologists/anthropologists, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, just to name a few interesting and informative themes taken from real life developments. Another reader of the Temperance Brennan series mentioned that she preferred those set in Montreal. I had not thought of it that way, but on consideration, I agree. While I like the fact that the books always have an educational element (even though I have to do some research to find out more), it does seem the best-developed mysteries are set in Canada.A Garden Carried in the Pocketread in April; blog post scheduled for June 29, 2015NetGalley/Random HouseMystery. July 21, 2015. Print length: 320 pages.