It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue. With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes …
I have never been more excited for a blog tour than I have been for this one! I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs for years so to be taking part in the tour for her new Tempe Brennan novel, A Conspiracy of Bones, is a massive thrill. Huge thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
Kathy Reich’s books always do what every great book does, they transport me away and immerse me in a world totally removed from my own, which is what we all need more than ever now to provide respite from the stresses of our current situation. That may seem an odd thing to say about a book dealing with murder, but it is true. Kathy’s latest Temperance Brennan novel is no exception, the minute I opened the pages and began to read, I was back in Tempe’s world and the stifling heat of North Carolina.
As an avid, longtime reader of Kathy’s books, being back between the covers with Tempe is like catching up with an old friend that you’ve not seen in a while, but this book will definitely work perfectly as a standalone novel for anyone who is new to the author and the series, but once you’ve read it, I know you’ll be desperate to catch up on all the previous books and, I have to say, I am quite envious of anyone coming new to these books. Just imagine having 18 unread Temperance Brennan novels waiting for you to discover!
As for returning fans, this is Kathy Reichs at her best. The book is the usual page-turning, fast-paced thriller that we all know and love, with all of the fascinating scientific angles to explore that are unique to this character, and enough plot twists and turns to make your breath away and keep you saucer-eyed until late into the night, desperate to find out what was happening. Tempe is dealing with a lot of problems in this book, many of which have little to do with the main case at the heart of the novel. There is her recent diagnosis of a brain aneurysm, her ever-changing relationship with Ryan, the fact that her nemesis is now her boss, and don’t even get me started on what is going on with Boyd. When you’ve come to know Tempe as familiarly as her avid fans have, you will be going through the wringer with her as she deals with all this, and sympathise with how it is affecting her judgement.
However, Tempe is still Tempe. Dedicated, reckless, intelligent, driven and motivated by an unquenchable desire for justice for the people who can’t speak for themselves, she isn’t going to let any of this come in the way of her investigation, even when she is being told not to investigate. Teaming up closely with Slidell in this book, she is thrust into the world of the dark web, extreme conspiracy theorists and right-wing propaganda media. I found the whole plot riveting from start to finish, and neither hell not high water could tear me away from the page. I read the book in a single day (and late night) session, and now wish I could savour it all over again.
Maybe I’ll go back to the beginning of the series and pretend I’m one of you lucky people who is still to discover Kathy Reichs. When you do, come back and, like me, tell Kathy that we want more books please, hopefully with bigger doses of Birdie and Tempe’s mum (my two favourite characters). This is another fantastic addition to the Temperance Brennan series and I loved it. No sign of fatigue for these books yet, please keep them coming, Kathy.
A Conspiracy of Bones is out now and you can get your copy here.
Please make sure you visit the rest of the excellent blogs taking part in the tour to see what my fellow bloggers think of the book:
About the Author
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead was a number one bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. A Conspiracy of Bones is Kathy’s nineteenth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec.
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