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DEVIL BONES: A Novel by Kathy Reichs

DEVIL BONES: A Novel by Kathy Reichs



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In a house under renovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, a plumber discovers a forgotten cellar, and some rather grisly remains—the severed head of a teenage girl, several decapitated chickens, and a couple of cauldrons containing beads, feathers, bones, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In a river not far away, an adolescent boy’s torso carved with a pentagram, is found. Are these crimes the work of Satanists and devil worshippers?
In a house under renovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, a plumber discovers a forgotten cellar, and some rather grisly remains—the severed head of a teenage girl, several decapitated chickens, and a couple of cauldrons containing beads, feathers, bones, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In a river not far away, an adolescent boy’s torso carved with a pentagram, is found. Are these crimes the work of Satanists and devil worshippers?

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Publish date: Jun 23, 2009
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Kathy Reichs delivers forensic revelations that “chill to thebone” (
 Entertainment Weekly
) in her acclaimedTemperance Brennan novels!
praise or kathy reichs and her #1
 new york times
“a muu -u       tm’  .”
 ku rv
“i’  gu    v w,  ,  u, - gu   r     m ,   -w.”
wpg F P
“lv ! i’m mz  w m r m  m  jg  , u gu—  g . W’   m  v?”
—s bw, #1
 n y t
g u  
s sc
“r   u m  -g.”
—J dv,
 n y t
g u  
th Bd L Bhd
“t g  u,  u   u ju  ug   um,    u gu v.”
s. Pbug t
“W  gm , gu w ,    m w.”
(nw, nJ)
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) with these novels featuring Dr. TemperanceBrennan, “the real thing” (New York
“W ’ g ug.”
“a  . . . . Mmzg.”
—a ru,
 n y t
g u  
 mal Dag
“a  v 
th Da Vc Cd
. . . . r   m.”
suda t
“t   wg zz,  m  v-u. . . . ”
 Hu Chcl
“[tm’] , g,  w,  m  ug.”
“pwu. . . . a g-u.”
th Had Cua
“t  mv w  . . . . M  v-g.”
Publh wl
“a g-  .”

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ldvoorberg reviewed this
Rated 2/5
If this was the first Reichs book I read, I don't know that I'd read any more. Nothing about it was memorable or unique enough to set it apart from other mystery books. There was a bit less of the smart/stupid Brennan than the last book, less of textbook explanation of various sciences, fewer rhetorical questions, but still too many for me. The other annoying bit about the writing was the "telling" not "showing" of action and emotion. The only example that comes to mind at the moment is "radiated like heat" -- why include the last two words when radiated already implies the heat? And all the telling regarding Tempe's emotions with Andrew Ryan. Made for boring scenes between them. Stop with the recollection of what happened and keep the action in the present! Even the "climactic ending" when, shocker, Tempe is kidnapped and 'almost' dies but Ryan bursts in at the exact right moment -- gee, didn't see that coming.

If the library had more good books on CD, I wouldn't be compelled to read this formulaic stuff.
kcoleman428 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
GOOD book! Another great read by Kathy Reichs!
bsquaredinoz reviewed this
Rated 1/5
I normally start out my reviews with a brief synopsis of events that take place in the first 40-50 pages of a book but in all honesty I can’t think of more than a sentence to say about this one. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, is called in when a skull is found under the flooring of an old house in North Carolina. Nothing else that develops the plot in any meaningful way happens before page 75. There’s a history lesson about the town of Charlotte, a swag of stultifying detail about Brennan’s work life and some snippets about what she has to eat in her fridge but I’m pretty sure none of that is going to make anyone rush out to get this book.

The only word that seems to fit this book is dull. If pressed to expand I would, in Douglas Adams fashion, qualify that description by saying mostly dull. The first third of the book could have been written by anyone with access to Google. It’s almost as if Brennan (or Reichs) is lecturing one of her undergraduate classes as she lists in minute detail the dimensions of the bones she has found, details the major deities of several religions and continues a frightfully uninteresting internal monologue about the object of 11 books worth of sexual tension. Yawn. The plot gets slightly better for the last two thirds but it’s not even close to being gripping. I found myself skim-reading long passages of technical stuff and groaning at the portentous statement at the end of each chapter. The resolution to the mystery element was predictable and the final lecture on America’s culture of fear was patronising.

In case you’re wondering I have read Reichs before. In fact I’ve read all the books in this series. I rated the last one, Bones to Ashes, a 4 but the two installments prior to that only rated a 2 on my personal scale. The thing is I can’t decide if Reichs’ writing has deteriorated over the years or my reading tastes have altered during that same period. Maybe it’s a little (or a lot) of both. In the past I’ve felt Reichs has had a genuine interest in exploring the topics she’s used as the basis for her plots, such as in Grave Secrets which dealt with human rights abuses and ’the disappeared’ of 1980’s Guatemala. In Devil Bones it felt like she’d drawn voodoo out of a hat filled with random plot elements and threw in a few facts and figures alongside the dead bodies and danger. I’m firmly convinced the only person who had less interest in this book than I did is Reichs herself.

I’m done with this series.

sshadoan_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Someone recommended this author to me, because the protagonist works out of Montreal. I've been trying to read books set in Quebec, to get me more of a sense of place before I move. It's creepy, though! I can't read it late at night...
tymfos reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Tempe has two cases that appear to involve human remains and ritual. A Wicca coven meets near the site where the second set of remains was found. A conservative Christian councilman is mounting a witch hunt and clashing with Tempe, threatening her job. A pushy journalist is making things worse -- stirring the cauldron of emotion, so to speak. A detective is killed (and no, I won't tell you who).This has to be my least favorite Bones novel, but I finished it. It was way too preachy in hammering home its worthwhile message of religious tolerance. While trying to undo stereotypes about practitioners of alternative spiritualities such Wicca, Santeria, etc. (teaching us that they're not Satanists and don't practice human sacrifice, which I already knew) Reichs seemed equally determined to reinforce secular stereotypes about Christians (as a bunch of intolerant, bigoted fools). I suppose it hit home because there are too many Christians who are that way, but it would have been nice if she'd thrown in a reasonable one or two along the way. Oh, the journalist was pretty much a stereotype, too.There was much melodrama on the romance front and the political fronts, plus Temperance has trouble maintaining her temperance (throughout the series, she's been a recovering alcoholic).When you pared it down to the mystery itself, it wasn't a bad read. I just got aggravated with all the melodrama and the stereotypes.The nicest thing about the book was the dedication -- it was dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
delphimo_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This is my second journey into a Temperance Brennan novels set in Charlotte, NC, and Canada. Temperance is a busy woman with all her forensic examinations and college class schedule. Since I live in Charlotte, the setting in Devil Bones is interesting, as well as the many characters loosely based on true characters. My only problem is that Reichs provides too much medical data that goes over my head. Reichs's characters are real people with problems and not the glossy Hollywood images. Reichs does her research and gives a textbook commentary on the various occult religions such as Wicca worship and satanic worship. These are interesting, but detract from the story, at times.
tulstig_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I've always enjoyed Kathy Reichs Tempe Brennan stories, and this was no exception. I really couldn't put it down and finished it within 24 hours. Just when I thought I'd got a handle on the story and indeed I had another twist turned up and baffled me again. An excellent novel questioning tolerance.
raizel_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is my first Temperance Brennan book. I was glad to see that in print she is much more normal and funnier than her television character. This was much more a procedural story than a classic-style mystery with the baddie introduced in the first 50 or so pages.
redheadish reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Read this in 2011 after finding 3 of Reichs books at a thrift and buying then reading outof sequence I relized I had to read them all in order! I just love Kathy reichs books!
bookmagic_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
In Charlotte , NC, DR Temperance Brennan has to mysterious corpses to identify, both who seem to be a result of some Satanic killing. Brennan doesn't think so but the local press and a loud mouth politician seem intent on scaring the public.I have read a few of Reichs' novels and is this is not one of my favorites. Temperance seems off her game and there are too many coincidences. I think I also prefer the ones that take place in Montreal. I did like the discussion between Satanic religions and other religions that are mistaken as Satanic but are not, such as Wicca and Voo-Doo and Santeria. The plot was decent, lots of twists and turns. Normally I like when Brennan works with Andrew Ryan in Montreal and he makes an appearance in this book but it seemed gratuitous. I preferred cranky Slidell for this book.my rating 3.5 stars

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