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Break No Bones is the 9th book in Kathy Reichs bestselling Temperance Brennan series.  I've read all the previous ones and believe I liked this one the best.  Ms. Reichs' early books included extensive detail on forensic sciences to the point where I think she almost buried the actual storyline.  I know several people who started one of her early books and set it aside part-way with the comment "too much detail, not enough story."

In Break No Bones, Ms. Reichs seems to have reached a happy medium between the two areas.  There's still plenty of forensic detail, but the story takes precedence.

The TV hit series BONES is loosely based on the Temperance Brennan character, with "loosely" being the key word.  About the only thing the same between the books and the show is the fact that Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist in both. 

In the books, she splits her time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Canada.  She has a "sort-of" ex-husband, except she never actually filed for divorce, a college-age daughter and a hot boyfriend who's also a police detective in Montreal.  Boyfriend, ex-husband and Temperance find themselves sharing the same house in Break No Bones with often humorous results.

The story is classic Reichs - dead bodies with little or no obvious clues to cause of death, threats against Temperance as she works to unravel the mystery, and a host of interesting secondary characters, some new and some from previous books.

Whether or not you enjoy the TV series, the books are well worth reading. While I, personally, prefer to read a series of books in the order they were written, Ms. Reichs' books stand alone quite admirably, so don't be afraid to start with Break No Bones, even if you haven't read any of the others.

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review by . September 19, 2006
Since I'm currently recovering from some surgery, I decided to treat myself to a little Tempe Brennan action with Kathy Reichs latest, Break No Bones. There's a lot of stuff going on in this novel, and the surgery pain may have prevented me from enjoying it quite as much as I normally would.    Brennan is down in South Carolina teaching an archeological class complete with dig, and she discovers a body that isn't nearly as old as the surrounding area. She contacts her friend …
review by . September 18, 2006
I enjoy this author's work and am sure I will continue to do so. I enjoyed this work also, but did feel it was a bit flat (for lack of a better discription) than some of her previous novels. I certainly will not go into the story here, there are plenty of other reviews that have done that as well ans Publisher's Weekly, but I did find the story interesting, if not the characters. This was a rather easy read with few wasted words. I personally like this sort of style but can well see where others …
review by . July 31, 2006
I picked up this book out of desperation at the local library. I have, frankly, never quite understood the fascination with Kathy Reichs and her books. The only reason I picked this one up is because I live in Montreal and its fun to read about my own city through the eyes of Americans. Unfortunately, that backfired here as this book is not based in Montreal.    The storyline is basic enough with Tempe being yet again "at the wrong place at the wrong time". What I have a huge …
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The success of the Fox TV showBones, based on bestseller Reichs's series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Cross Bones, etc.), bodes well for this latest installment, in which Brennan once again stumbles on a modern-day mystery inadvertently. While supervising a dig of Native American burial grounds in Charleston, S.C., Brennan finds more recent remains. Soon, her ex-husband, who's a lawyer, appears in town, pursuing leads in a missing persons case connected with a local church. Bodies start piling up at an alarming rate, and Brennan begins to suspect that the deaths are linked to each other—and her ex-husband's inquiry. Reichs's down-to-earth heroine is an appealing creation, who deftly juggles personal problems with professional challenges. Despite the somewhat obvious solution, this novel confirms the series' place in the front rank of the ever-expanding forensic thriller subgenre.(July)
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ISBN-10: 0743233492
ISBN-13: 978-0743233491
Author: Kathy Reichs
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Scribner
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