Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs was born on 7 July 1948. I was delighted to meet her when she attended the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing bloody scotlandFestival. She is an American writer of incredibly successful and popular crime novels, as well as being a practicing forensic anthropologist  and academic. She is a busy woman dividing her work time between the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec, Canada and her professorship at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA.

bones to ashI borrowed the book Bones to Ashes from my local library. It is the tenth in the series of Temperance Brennan books. Dr Tempe Brennan takes on a case that uncovers horrors she could never have predicted. When Tempe, discovers a young girl’s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, it is more than just another assignment: she is struggling to control her emotions. 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 youth. When Evangeline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her.

Now, thirty years later,Tempe finds the coroner to be evasive. They insist the bones are ancient and of no interest.However, this does not feel right. Tempe is convinced that someone is hiding something and cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. She is also puzzled by the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of this young girl.Kathy-Reichs_

Meanwhile, Tempe’s beau, Andrew Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls are dead and another four missing.  Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past while Ryan hunts down a serial predator.

Reichs books are nothing like the TV show except for the main characters name and profession. The two stand on their own and the books are always great mystery stories. This is a good book in a great series. I highly recommend it. 

Valerie Penny

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