Books by Kathy Reichs

TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Reichs' newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan (Speaking in Bones, 2015, etc.), is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself."
A search for a missing girl resurrects traumatic memories for a woman already struggling with life. Read full book review >
TERMINAL by Kathy Reichs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A worthy coda to a gripping multivolume adventure. (Thriller. 9-12)"
The final installment of mother-and-son Virals series finds Tory and her friends at a turning point: If they don't take action soon, their world will change beyond their control. Read full book review >
BONES OF THE LOST by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Reichs, never one to stint on complications, deals them out mostly seriatim instead of intermingling them, and it'll be a canny reader who sees the thread that runs through all the cases and binds them together."
A three-course banquet of old bones, and some not so old, for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Bones Are Forever, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
CODE by Kathy Reichs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another successful adventure. (Science fiction/thriller. 10 & up)"
In this third Virals thriller, the focus is on Tory Brennan (niece of Temperance Brennan, hero of Reichs' Bones books for adults) and her friends as they continue to explore their special wolf powers, acquired by accident but growing stronger every day. Read full book review >
BONES ARE FOREVER by Kathy Reichs
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Reichs (Flash and Bones, 2011, etc.) delivers solid, albeit grueling, post-mortem work, nonstop complications and enough action for a weekend at the bijou. Even if you can't keep track of all the suspects, you'll be deeply relieved when she brings down the curtain."
A grisly discovery at the home of a suspected baby-killer leads forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and the Sûreté du Québec on a wild chase to the depths of far-off Edmonton and environs. Read full book review >
SEIZURE by Kathy Reichs
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"These characters are keepers. (Thriller. 12 & up) "
Tory Brennan, 14, and her friends are still trying to determine exactly what happened to them following the events of the series opener (Virals, 2010). Read full book review >
FLASH AND BONES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Reichs plots conscientiously but uncompellingly, dialing down the suspense except for the cliffhanger, dare-you-to-stop-now chapter endings she just can't wean herself from."
Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Spider Bones, 2010, etc.) commemorates Race Week in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C., by a close encounter with a barrel filled with asphalt and bones. Read full book review >
VIRALS by Kathy Reichs
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

From the opening sentence to the last word, readers will be absorbed in Tory Brennan's world. Tory (the niece of Temperance Brennan, the star of the author's Bones series for adults) has just moved in with the father she never knew she had. It isn't easy adjusting, but Tory's "sci-phile" friends provide plenty of support. They swim, fish, pal around and explore the islands just off the coast of Charleston, S.C. When Tory finds a dog tag that's been buried for decades, it triggers an adventure that leads to hidden experiments, a stolen wolf-dog hybrid puppy and a long-unsolved murder. But Tory can't give up—not even after she and her friends succumb to a mysterious infection that twists their senses and gives them uncontrollable new talents. When the only doctor who might cure them is murdered, they are on their own. Reichs has found a pitch-perfect voice for Tory that will ring true with today's teens, capturing an entirely new audience. Do we really have to wait until summer of 2011 for the next one? (Science fiction/thriller. 12 & up)Read full book review >
SPIDER BONES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Enough forensic examinations, misidentifications, genetic anomalies and coincidences for a whole season of snappy Tempe's TV adventures. The biggest surprise is that all the corpses are indeed tied together, though only the faithful will care just how."
Temperance Brennan follows the tangled path of a drowning victim who's evidently been dead and buried for over 50 years. Read full book review >
206 BONES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

" Nearly as many plots as there are bones in the body, some to please medical pedants, some to appease ghouls, and some to show off the smart-mouth repartee Tempe (Devil Bones, 2008, etc.) has been indulging in since she got her own TV series on Fox. "
Dr. Temperance Brennan unaccountably begins making mistakes. Read full book review >
DEVIL BONES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Not Reichs's best, but a meticulously laid-out case that offers a deeper look into her heroine's personal life."
Several troubling cases await forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Bones to Ashes, 2007, etc.) back home in Charlotte, N.C. Read full book review >
BONES TO ASHES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A bit of a jumble at the end—Reichs is a committed over-plotter—but Tempe is both deeper and funnier than she's ever been, making this her best outing to date."
In her Montreal office, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan stares down at the old bones on her desk. Are they the bones of an old friend? Read full book review >
MONDAY MOURNING by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2004

"Knowledgeable and brave enough to outgore Patricia Cornwell, Reichs (Bare Bones, 2003, etc.) still can't balance her love of science—think carbon-dating for dummies—with her passion for Grand Guignol. Some sassy repartee, but mostly lots and lots of bodies. "
The freezing Montreal winter turns even colder when blue-eyed cop Andrew Ryan is too busy mounting a sting operation and squiring a fetching youngster around to pay much attention to the forensic anthropologist who's his sometime squeeze. Read full book review >
BARE BONES by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Solid, overplotted work from an author so determined to emerge from Patricia Cornwell's long shadow that she's willing to try every trick in the coroner's book."
Returning from Guatemala (Grave Secrets, 2002) to home turf in North Carolina, globetrotting forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan juggles three cases that will require analyzing a lot more than bare bones. Read full book review >
GRAVE SECRETS by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2002

"The impossibly busy plot, linking every felony in the Western Hemisphere over a generation, clogs Tempe's fifth (Fatal Voyage, 2001, etc.) as badly as that septic tank."
Invited to Guatemala to examine the remains of rural Mayan villagers executed over 20 years ago, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan doesn't know that her reconstruction of the brutal annihilation of Chupan Ya is only the prelude to a series of escalating horrors. First, Tempe's colleague Molly Carraway and her driver are ambushed on an isolated road; then Tempe is asked to analyze a grisly discovery made in the septic tank belonging to a little hotel in Guatemala City. Four young women, including Chantale Specter, the headstrong daughter of the Canadian ambassador, have gone missing from the capital over the past six months, and the corpse in the tank may provide evidence of a possible serial killer or consolation to the ambassador and his wife. But no sooner is Tempe ordered by her boss back in Québec to undertake an examination than she's stonewalled by the very local authorities who'd asked for her participation. Nor does her brief time with the corpse yield any clues to the murderer's identity; the most remarkable findings, in fact, concern a telltale cat hair. A trip back to her home base in Québec will provide some answers at the expense of raising others, and the range of felons and felonies will broaden with every gruesome discovery. Even Tempe's off-again romance with high-handed cop Andrew Ryan will be shaken by a new pursuer, Guatemala City Sgt. Bartolomé Galiano, Ryan's old schoolmate. Read full book review >
FATAL VOYAGE by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2001

When TransSouth Air 228 explodes and crashes 20 minutes into its flight over rural Swain County, North Carolina, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to help identify the remains of the 88 passengers and crewmembers. Preliminary investigation suggests the crash may have been caused by a husband with an eye on his wife's juicy life-insurance policy; or by Sri Lankan terrorists out to make a point; or by mobsters bent on eliminating snitch Pepper Petricelli and Jean Bertrand, the Canadian officer escorting him to prison. When Tempe finds remnants of a foot that predate the plane fallout within sight of the crash, the state's medical examiner, under orders from the lieutenant governor, suddenly insists she has contaminated the scene and bans her from the site. Undeterred, Tempe works with Sheriff Lucy Crowe and Bertrand's partner Andrew Ryan—who just might be Tempe's next lover—to keep finding evidence of more and more suspicious disappearances of locals going back years: disappearances whose center is the cabin headquarters of the sinister H&F Club. Before Tempe's reputation is restored, her friend Primrose is murdered, a politician commits suicide, bone striations indicate cannibal practices, another anthropologist sheepishly confesses to chicanery, and a last-minute plane boarding leads to tragedy. Read full book review >
DEADLY DÉCISIONS by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2000

" Still, fans will be hooked by those ghoulish stints in the lab, the penny-dreadful chapter endings, and the endless flow of acronyms that prove what a tough cookie Tempe is. (Author tour)"
Beautiful, cosmopolitan Montréal has the distinction of hosting the last active biker war in North America. Consulting forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, brought up once more from North Carolina to help separate the bodies of a pair of identical twin Heathens blown up by their own bomb, is on hand when a Viper informant leads the Sûreté to a field where two much older bodies are buried—together with the skull and leg bones of Savannah Osprey, a hydrocephalic teen who disappeared from North Carolina in 1984, and whose body has long since been laid to rest back home. What are her missing parts doing in Pointe-St-Charles, and how is she connected to the slain bikers? As Tempe (Death du Jour, 1999, etc.) applies her customary expertise to these problems, problems are piling up on the home front as well. Her main squeeze, Lt. Andrew Ryan, has been arrested for dealing drugs, and her visiting nephew, Kit Howard, is infatuated with two equally unsuitable role models: the bikers whose equipment he's fascinated by, and Lyle Crease, the smarmy newscaster who's using him to get to Tempe. By the end, the body count has risen so high that it scarcely registers—replaced by forensic examinations of body parts, blood spatters, and old photos as centers of dramatic interest—and the mystery itself (whodunit, when, how, and why?) is shapeless in all but its broadest contours.Read full book review >
DEATH DU JOUR by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1999

Called from her peaceful exhumation of the century-old bones of Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, whose heroic work during Quebec's 1885 smallpox epidemic may qualify her for sainthood, consulting anthropologist Temperance Brennan finds herself in a charnel house. The two bodies that have been discovered in a burning house in St-Jovite were both murdered, one horribly, before the fire was set, and four more corpses, two of them infants, are found nearby. This tableau, showing Reichs's strength in the gruesome details of forensics, is only Act One of a tale that will involve Tempe with a student missing from McGill University, a threateningly oracular professor of religious studies, and Tempe's own flamboyant sister, Harriet Lamour. When the grisly discoveries Tempe's made in the lab link the dead of St-Jovite to Dominick Owens's commune in sleepy Beaufort, South Carolina, the site of two other killings, the evidence shrieks conspiracy, and the prose shrieks along with it: chapters end with the likes of Tempe's —trepidation escalat[ing] to real fear,— —an icy wind rocketing through my soul,— and —my jaw dropp[ing] in amazement.— Beneath all the hand-wringing, readers with strong stomachs will find an even broader canvas than DÇjÖ Dead (1997), Reichs's striking debut, though one with more mystification than mystery. Reichs plots ambitiously, knows her way around a morgue, isn't afraid to pile on the Grand Guignol, and spins a tale that reads, well, like a house afire. (Author tour) Read full book review >
DêJA DEAD by Kathy Reichs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 1997

Dr. Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist transplanted from North Carolina to Montreal, hopes the bones found at Le Grand SÇminaire are too ancient to fall within her purview. No such luck. Not only has Isabelle Gagnon been recently and horribly killed, but Tempe's memory of another grisly discovery in a bunch of trash bags marks this death as the work of a sadistic serial killer who's far from finished. To catch this monster, Tempe and her colleagues at the Laboratoire de MÇdicine LÇgale take a long look at several sets of teeth, compare the traces left on human bone by different kinds of saws, and consider exactly what it means to find a bathroom plunger, or a statue of the Virgin Mary, inside a rotting rib cage. As a break from her exhaustive lab sessions, Tempe spars with Sgt. Luc Claudel, the homicide cop who has a problem with interfering women, and hangs out with her grad school friend Gabby Macaulay, whose study of the mating habits of prostitutes is bound to be more closely connected to Tempe's case than she realizes. Tempe is an appealing new heroine, and the forensic detail is gripping, but because Reichs—whose rÇsumÇ sounds a lot like her heroine's- -lacks the whiplash control of Patricia Cornwell at her best, the story seems overlong, overpeopled (more lifeless walk-ons than the phone book), and overwrought. (The hysterical scenes between Tempe and Gabby, who keeps babbling about the unspeakable secrets she just can't share with her old friend, are especially annoying.) But readers ravenous for ghoulish detail and hints of unfathomable evil, spruced up by the modishly effective Quebec setting, will gobble this first course greedily and expect better-balanced nutrition next time. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; author tour; radio satellite tour) Read full book review >