The Bone Code, Kathy Reichs

The Bone Code opening lines: The kid was dead. No doubt about that. The 911 caller thought so too. The ER reported her DOA.

My blurb:

Temperance Brennan does not believe in coincidences. And when two dead bodies resemble one from 15 years’ ago, she knows they have to be linked. While trying to get the cold case reopened. a deadly bacteria surfaces. And it might prove the obstacle in her way. But Temperance does what she does best, persevere. And that leads to more than just solving the mystery of her dead bodies.

The Bone Code

A storm has hit South Carolina, dredging up crimes of the past.

En route to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the Charleston coroner. During the storm, a medical waste container has washed up on the beach. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe recognizes many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec fifteen earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she flies to Montreal to gather evidence and convince her boss Pierre LaManch to reopen the cold case. She also seeks the advice—and comfort—of her longtime beau Andrew Ryan.

Meanwhile, a storm of a different type gathers force in South Carolina. The citizens of Charleston are struck by capnocytophaga, a bacterium that, at its worst, can eat human flesh. Thousands panic and test themselves for a rare genetic mutation that may have rendered them vulnerable.

Shockingly, Tempe eventually deduces not only that the victims in both grisly murder cases are related, but that the murders and the disease outbreak also have a common cause…

My verdict:

I have been hooked on the Temperance Brennan novels since the first one published by Kathy Reichs. This is another great novel that I can highly recommend.

Publishing information:
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781471188909
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
On sale: April 2021
Format: Paperback

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime October 10:


Lavender and Lime Signature
Top of Page

4 thoughts on “The Bone Code, Kathy Reichs

I would ♥ to hear from you (comments will be visible when I reply)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.