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Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Bones to Ashes (2007)

by Kathy Reichs

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Series: Temperance Brennan (10)

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Very exciting.

I couldn't wait to see how things worked out. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Review: Bones To Ashes by Kathy Reichs.

This is one of Kathy Reichs books featuring Tempe Brennen the forensic anthropologist. I thought this book didn’t have much forensic details as some of her others. The author has given the reader a mixed bag of problems which kept me reading to get answers. Reichs did seem to jump around in this book which sometimes it works out quite well but in this case her maneuvering around seemed a bit unsettled and I found some of the story hard to follow. However, I still like reading a book when there are real forensic details involved throughout the story. Warning: there are a few graphic scenes and dialogue in this story that may offend some readers.

In this story Brennen is drawn into a case of skeletal identification that takes her back to early childhood remembrance about a friend named Evangeline Landry who disappeared one year with no explanation as to what happened to her. As a young child Brennen tried to find out what happened to her and was silenced and got warnings to just forget about Evangeline. Thirty years later Brennen did not forget about her friend… Brennen was just asked to identify an old skeleton of a young girl where the timeline and location is similar and closed to where she last talked to her missing friend thirty years ago. Could the skeleton on her table be Evangeline…?

Brennen’s off and on boyfriend Ryan who is a cop and works for a Montreal police is investigating a few cold cases where young girls went missing and were never found and unknown child skeletons with no identity. The odds are one in a million, that the skeleton could be her friend but some information is narrowing down the odds as she works with Ryan digging into the past. Even though people once again have told her the past is done and to leave it there.

Brennen is starting to get warnings and red flags are cautioning for her to back off. Could there be a person who was involved in the disappearance of her friend so many years ago still be around…? Ryan’s cold case efforts started intersecting with Brennen’s work that the action angle started to unfold more and more information as the story goes on. Will Brennen ever discover answers to her childhood questions…?
  Juan-banjo | Oct 22, 2016 |
Love the TV show, don't so much love the books. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Sadly, the copy of Bones to Ashes I checked out was abridged. The Acadian history was interesting. The story of the missing girls was horrifying. I'm glad that Tempe berated herself for not thinking of the disease found in some bones because it wasn't that hard to guess. Nor was the revelation about her long-ago friend.

On the other hand, I was not expecting one of the things learned about the main villain of the book. Glad to see the change in Tempe's relationship with her husband, Pete. Ryan was annoying. Harry, Tempe's younger sister, had me worried.

So, when is Tempe going to show signs of brain damage from all those blows to the head? She's knocked out again in this book. Honestly, she should start wearing a hard hat or a football helmet whenever she's investigating a case.

Nice that both Tempe's cat and bird got to have bit parts. ( )
  JalenV | Mar 7, 2015 |
The plot begins with Brennan receiving a box of old bones, and brings up an unsolved mystery from her childhood when one of her friends vanished; the case involves child pornography and the pursuit of a killer. The opening two chapters provide details of Brennan's childhood and her holiday friendship on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, with an Acadian girl, Evangeline Landry, who mysteriously disappeared in her early teens.

Years later, while working at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale in Montreal, Canada, Brennan hears from Sergent-enqueteur Hippolyte "Hippo" Gallant about a box of human bones that she begins to suspect could be Evangeline's remains, and investigates them alongside her routine forensic work. Lieutenant-Detective Andrew Ryan, Brennan's regular co-worker and sometime lover, is involved in a case with three missing and two dead girls, and calls on her to help.

Meanwhile Brennan's husband Pete, from whom she has long been separated, decides to divorce her for a woman 20 years younger than he is, and her sister Harry comes to visit and becomes involved in the search for Evangeline.

As Brennan, Harry, Ryan and Hippo follow the leads they find links to a child pornography ring, and visit Tracadie on the Acadian Peninsula and Quebec City before the plot climaxes on the outskirts of Montreal. ( )
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Emond, LindaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Hara, PatCover photo of wooded pathsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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. Evangeline, Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Evangeline was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old world. When Evangeline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."
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Under the microscope, the outer bone surface is a moonscape of craters...'Preliminary diagnosis?'. 'Deformity of the bone. Maybe. Cortical destruction on a metacarpal. Maybe. Localised infection? Systemic disease process? Postmortem destruction, either purposeful or natural? A combination of the above? I don't have a diagnosis...'. The skeleton is that of a young girl, no more than fourteen years old - and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan is struggling to keep her emotions in check. Coroner Yves Bradette is being evasive, insisting the bones are ancient and of no interest. But it doesn't quite add up, and a frustrated Tempe is convinced that Bradette is hiding something...It's not Tempe's case; she's overwhelmed with more urgent work in the lab...But the nagging in her subconscious won't let up. A memory triggered, deep in her hindbrain - the disappearance of a childhood friend; no warning, no explanation...Working on instinct, Tempe takes matters into her own hands. But she couldn't have predicted where this case would lead, or the horrors it would eventually uncover...Can Tempe maintain a professional distance as the past catches up with her in this, her most deeply personal case yet?

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Discovering the skeleton of a young girl in the neighborhood of a childhood best friend who had gone missing thirty years earlier, Temperance Brennan investigates suspicions that the victim and her friend are one and the same.

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