The Bone Collection, Kathy Reichs

The Bone Collection opening lines:

  • Bones In Her Pocket I clung to an upright as the Mule bounced and lurched, engine churning, parts rattling like a junker from the Korean War.
  • Swamp Bones March.
  • Bones On Ice The transport van backed into the receiving bay, dark and silent.
  • First Bones I sat with my chair drawn close to him, an icy heat hovering below my sternum.
The Bone Collection
The Bone Collection
The Bone Collection

A collection of chilling tales featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan – including the untold story of her first case. The No.1 New York Times best selling author Kathy Reichs is renowned for suspense and fascinating forensic detail. Now she brings that same artistry to her first volume of collected short stories.

In First Bones, a prequel to Reichs’ very first novel, Deja Dead, she at last reveals how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation. Three more stories take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach of an eighteen-foot Burmese python, to the heights of Mount Everest, where a frozen corpse is unearthed. No matter where she goes, Tempe’s cases make for the most gripping reading.

My blurb:

This is a collection of four short stories. The first three appear to be a continuance of Tempe Brennan’s life picking up from the last novel. The fourth continues from there, but is also the prequel to the first book and tells us how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist.

My verdict:

It’s been years since I’ve read a Kathy Reichs’ book and so I’m not up to date with Tempe’s personal life. Each short story is interesting and informative. I would have preferred one set of acknowledgements at the very end instead of the repetitive nature after each story. I learnt something new from this read which made it doubly enjoyable.

Publishing Information:
ISBN 978-1-78515-096-8
Format Trade Paperback
Published October 2016

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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8 thoughts on “The Bone Collection, Kathy Reichs

  1. I have never read a Kathy Reichs novel. I don’t know why I haven’t as I would absolutely love the content. Too many books in the world, not enough time.
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    1. the story of my life …

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  2. i have not read one one of her books in a long time, sounds very interesting.
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    1. They were all good reads 🙂

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  3. A nice review of this book, Tandy. I wish I had time to read all the marvellous books out there.

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    1. me too!

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  4. Ooh I picked this up at the airport yesterday! I didn’t end up buying it though. But I might have to buy it as an ebook 😀
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    1. It is perfect for reading while travelling 🙂

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