Saturday, February 25, 2023

Cold Cold Bones – Book Review

 A Temperance Brennan Novel by Kathy Reichs

A cold winter scene

Kathy Reichs' books in her series about Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist in Charlotte, North Carolina and Quebec Canada, have fascinated me for years. Reichs has written 21 books in the series (The Bone Code #20 was reviewed here on ReviewThisReviews). Cold Cold Bones is her latest (#21) in the series.

Cold Cold Bones Synopsis

Cold Cold Bones is a novel by Kathy Reichs
As the story begins, it is wintertime in North Carolina. Tempe (Temperance Brennan) is enjoying a light work schedule at the Charlotte, NC Medical Examiner's office due to a drop in crime. This gives her time to dote on her daughter, Katy, who has just returned to civilian life from a stint in the army.  Meeting up at Tempe's place for dinner together, Tempe and Katy discover a box on the back porch containing a very fresh human eyeball. 

Enlisting the help of detective Erskins “Skinny” Slidell, retired but still volunteering with the Charlotte Police Department's cold case unit, they follow a lead left with the eyeball to a Benedictine monastery where they then discover the head the eyeball came from. Shortly afterwards, a mummified corpse is discovered in a nearby state park.

Eventually joined by Tempe's Montreal-based boyfriend, Andrew Ryan, who is now working as a private detective, the 3 discover a series of gruesome killings which strangely appear to reenact several of Tempe's prior cases. 

As elaborately staged deaths continue, each mimicking one of her earlier cases, Tempe is at a loss to find a motive for them... and then her daughter disappears! 


Tempe Brennan appears to be targeted, but she cannot figure out who, or why. It seems as though revisiting the past may be the only way to unravel the present. 

Cold Cold Bones is a suspenseful whodunit novel of revenge which will keep you guessing until the last pages. 

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*Book Review of Cold Cold Bones written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. Wow! This sounds like suspense at its finest. I haven't read any of these in this series, your review has me very interested in this series. Thanks Pat for the recommendation and very compelling review.

    1. Thanks, Sam. Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series is the basis of the TV series BONES and the books are based on true stories as the author is actually a forensic anthropologist just like her character Tempe. I've always found them fascinating, and I can particularly relate since I once worked for a Medical Examiner.

    2. Oh, I did not know that. We loved the TV series Bones I believe we watched just about every episode. You learn something new every day.

  2. I couldn't help but think how receiving that box would disrupt dinner plans! As always, you certainly tempt me and other readers to jump in and start reading this mystery thriller series. Like Sam, I loved the Bones series so I'm sure I would also enjoy the book series.

    1. Always fun to read the book series behind a favorite TV series. I've been reading Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan series since Book 1 back in 1997. :)

  3. This sounds like an excellent series for people who enjoy thrillers and can read about the gruesome nature of the killings without too much distress. The verisimilitude of the details, thanks to Reichs’ firsthand experience as a forensic anthropologist, must make this a engrossing read, indeed.

  4. This certainly sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for another great review.

    1. I know you like mysteries as much as I do, Mary Beth. Thanks for your visit.

  5. This certainly sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for another great review.

  6. Sounds like an excellent novel for the fans of whodunit mysteries - It would have made the list for my mom to read - I know she would have enjoyed it

    1. I know your mom would have enjoyed this latest book by Kathy Reichs, Barbara. Mystery fans know a good author that keeps us guessing!

  7. This sounds like a mystery full of suspense and surprises! I imagine that the author having worked as a forensic anthropologist must add a lot of authenticity to the book. A fantastic choice for anyone who likes mystery thrillers! Thankyou for your review and recommendation.


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