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Bestselling novelist, powerhouse forensic anthropologist, and now producer of the hit Fox show Bones, derived from her novels, Reichs is hotter than ever. Her riveting tenth novel features a leper colony in Canada and brilliant new forensic science.

Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl’s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Évangéline, Tempe’s childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe’s eight-year-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was “dangerous.”

Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe’s beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.

Topics: Cold Cases, Anthropology, Missing Persons, Pornography, Sexual Abuse, Women Detectives, Child Abuse, Disease, Childhood, Police, Crime, Canada, Montreal, Suspenseful, 2000s, Dark, Gripping, Series, Female Author, 21st Century, and American Author

Published: Scribner on Aug 28, 2007
ISBN: 9781416544913
List price: $7.99
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As usual, I enjoyed this Kathy Reichs novel which is steeped in mystery and old-fashioned values. Tempe is very personally involved in this one as is her sister Harry who adds an interesting dimension. However, I only gave it 31/2 stars as I thought there were too many cases to follow fully and kept getting mixed up with the background stories to each of the bodies and missing persons. Still a good read though.read more
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Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, has lots of bones to study, little time and many personal problems. A skeleton of a young girl with weird lesions, nostalgia and curiosity about a childhood firend who went missing, several missing girls and suspicious photographs once again converge to a single case. And of course, spicing things up is the recurring cast: a boyfriend who seems to on his way to being an ex, an extrovert sister, a separated husband and a few pets.I like the early novels in the series, because the author clearly knows her subject and because the characters were likeable. However, in this book it feels as though she has run out of ideas. I didn't like the missing childhood friend -story, since it had a very forced feeling to it. In fact, I enjoyed the book most when I ignored the plot, which just goes to show that the descriptions of the lab work grip me much more strongly than the plot.In short, not a bad book but doesn't compare to the early ones in the series.read more
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This is the tenth book in the series featuring Temperance Brennan on which that awful TV series 'Bones' is based . Why Reichs has any affiliation with this drivel I will never understand. Anyway these are fast paced and full of interesting forensic detail. In this instalment there are three missing persons, three unidentified bodies , all female , all mid teens and is there a serial killer at work? This time it is very personal as one could be a childhood friend who disappeared long ago without trace. Temperance is a great character so flawed as a human being and after so many books it is like visiting an old friend.read more
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As usual, I enjoyed this Kathy Reichs novel which is steeped in mystery and old-fashioned values. Tempe is very personally involved in this one as is her sister Harry who adds an interesting dimension. However, I only gave it 31/2 stars as I thought there were too many cases to follow fully and kept getting mixed up with the background stories to each of the bodies and missing persons. Still a good read though.
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Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, has lots of bones to study, little time and many personal problems. A skeleton of a young girl with weird lesions, nostalgia and curiosity about a childhood firend who went missing, several missing girls and suspicious photographs once again converge to a single case. And of course, spicing things up is the recurring cast: a boyfriend who seems to on his way to being an ex, an extrovert sister, a separated husband and a few pets.I like the early novels in the series, because the author clearly knows her subject and because the characters were likeable. However, in this book it feels as though she has run out of ideas. I didn't like the missing childhood friend -story, since it had a very forced feeling to it. In fact, I enjoyed the book most when I ignored the plot, which just goes to show that the descriptions of the lab work grip me much more strongly than the plot.In short, not a bad book but doesn't compare to the early ones in the series.
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This is the tenth book in the series featuring Temperance Brennan on which that awful TV series 'Bones' is based . Why Reichs has any affiliation with this drivel I will never understand. Anyway these are fast paced and full of interesting forensic detail. In this instalment there are three missing persons, three unidentified bodies , all female , all mid teens and is there a serial killer at work? This time it is very personal as one could be a childhood friend who disappeared long ago without trace. Temperance is a great character so flawed as a human being and after so many books it is like visiting an old friend.
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I really got stuck into this book, but found it hard going with all the french names. I was enjoying the storey until it turned into a paedophile storey, why oh why did she need to do that, made it all a bit sad I felt. Also not a bit like the series bones, which I expected it to be as the main character shares the same name.
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Not the best in the Temperance Brennan series as the plot felt very contrived, but still an enjoyable read.
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There's not too much you can write about crime fiction in a review without heading into spoiler territory (not something I'm going to do here). I don't expect this kind of book to be 'high art', I aim for well-written story, innovative enough and with enough suspense to keep my interest. Bearing in mind, I've bought and read the rest of the series already, I am a relatively captive audience. Unfortunately, this book falls short on all counts. Without giving anything crucial away, it continues to relate the life and career of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. This time she finds herself drawn into an investigation of the disappearance of a childhood friend by its similarity to a current case. Meanwhile, her stumbling relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan continues stumbling in the background. The plot of this novel was hardly gripping and electric and there was little originality. In fact, I'd worked out what was going on long before Tempe did. As for her relationship with Ryan, god, I've rarely come across such a limp fish! Reichs is in the running for a 'Worst Sex Scene Ever' award and there's no excuse for a character saying things like 'the nookie was good', even if it was addressed to a cat.I think I'll probably buy the next book, they come up cheaply in supermarkets, but I am fast losing patience with this series. Soon, as I did with the Kay Scarpetta novels, I will have to make a conscious decision to drop the series. Already I've just fallen into the buying from habit not excitement trap.
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