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A Conspiracy of Bones

Paperback edition released 22/10/2020

by Kathy Reichs

Part of the A Temperance Brennan Novel Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of A Conspiracy of Bones

Forthright, sharp and smart, this story of an investigation by a forensic anthropologist in North Carolina is one twisty and fascinating read.

Fast and furious yet complex and intricate, discover a faceless, handless corpse, and a missing child case in this twisty and fascinating investigation. It’s always good to find a new series isn’t it, but if you weren’t aware, this is actually the 19th Temperance Brennan novel. And yet, and yet… I truly do think you can start here, I was completely comfortable stepping in without the back story, and while you may choose to read it as a standalone, believe me, you will probably want to go and hunt down the first 18 after you’ve finished! Author Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist, the TV series Bones is based on her work and novels. She obviously knows her stuff, and that comes through in spades, this feels like a proper investigation, with all the leg work that involves. Temperance is fabulous, thoughts spill from her, fast, yet to the point. The plot spins from intrigue to conspiracy, it’s oh so smart and I simply revelled in the story. A Conspiracy of Bones whips into thoughts, forthright and sharp, this is an entertaining and rewarding read.

Liz Robinson

A Conspiracy of Bones Synopsis

Number One New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her nineteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and the reason the dead man had her phone number.

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 ...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781471188879
Publication date: 22nd October 2020
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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A Conspiracy of Bones Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

I’ve been following Kathy Reichs’ gripping forensic anthropologist novels featuring Temperance (Tempe) Brennan for many years now and always found her stories to be intelligent, clever and highly entertaining.

I’ve been following Kathy Reichs’ gripping forensic anthropologist novels featuring Temperance (Tempe) Brennan for many years now and always found her stories to be intelligent, clever and highly entertaining. A Conspiracy of Bones is the nineteenth in the series and sees Tempe returning with some physical and mental changes in her life, that has left her with some emotional and paranoia issues. This doesn’t stop her still being at the top of her game and is determined to find out who the faceless corpse is, that has been brought into the morgue and photos of him forwarded to her anonymously.
Although the subject matter of missing and murdered children is at times distressing, I did find the story very addictive and as is normal with Kathy’s books the attention to detail is second to none. I do have to admit to a lot of the technological detail going over my head but that’s just me, the author always ensures readers have the full details to her plots and premises and thus makes for very informative and interesting thrillers. I was particularly interested in all the conspiracy theories mentioned on the dark web, a lot of which I can say for myself, that I’ve considered to be questionable.
Personally, I would say you do need to have followed Tempe in some of the earlier novels to connect properly with this wonderful character, though you probably could easily read this book as a stand-alone too. Tempe Brennan is an outstanding character, sharp, witty, intelligent and a pleasure to read about and I hope she’s still helping to catch criminals for many more years to come.

Miriam Smith

Enjoyed this book - a new author for me, will now be hunting out more :-)

I had not come across Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs and I feel I have been missing out. It was gripping from start to finish. A torso turns up and Temperance fights against the odds to identify it. I would imagine that there is a theme about Temperance Brennan's life that must run through the books, so now I intend to go back and read the earlier ones. Thank you for introducing me to a new author.

Alison Bisping

Told in a distinctive staccato style with a succession of cliffhangers which kept me reading on long into the night.

This book, nineteenth in a series, is about Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist known as Tempe, who divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Quebec. This story is set in North Carolina and commences as Tempe is recovering from an aneurysm, mourning the death of her boss, Dr Larabee, the Chief Medical Examiner, and realising that the appointment of Margo “Dr Morgue” Heavner who Tempe regards as grossly unprofessional, is probably going to be disastrous to her career. At this point, someone anonymously sends Tempe some photos of a faceless and handless corpse which appears to have been half-eaten by feral hogs. Dr Heavner makes it clear she does not want Tempe’s help. Curiosity piqued, especially after she notices a man in a trenchcoat apparently lurking outside her property, Tempe decides to “go rogue” and, together with Erskine “Skinny” Slidell, as well as some help from her boyfriend Andrew Ryan, she begins to try and identify this corpse and thus begins an authentic contemporary criminal thriller which plunges her into the darkness of the deep web. It’s told in a distinctive staccato style with a succession of cliffhangers which kept me reading on long into the night. As a forensic anthropologist herself, Reichs is clearly an authority on the subject matter although her protagonist appears to indulge in some risky and ill-thought-out behaviour on occasions. It was an entertaining and interesting read.

Pamela Mykytowych

Kathy Reichs Press Reviews

Praise for A Conspiracy of Bones and Kathy Reichs:

'A Conspiracy of Bones shows off Kathy Reichs' dazzling new level of plotting mastery. A thrilling read from one of my favorite writers' KARIN SLAUGHTER, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Last Widow and The Good Daughter

'One of the absolute best thrillers of the year! Both Temperance Brennan and Kathy Reichs are at the top of their games in this brilliant rollercoaster of a tale. I can't recall when this many twists have been so masterfully woven into a novel. But, of course, it's not all about plot. The characters, too-good, bad and in between-come breathtakingly alive with heart-gripping effect. A great series has just gotten greater' JEFFERY DEAVER, #1 internationally bestseller author of The Bone Collector and The Never Game

'Don't miss this one! The corpse is ghastly. The investigation is intense. So many pulse-pounding twists and surprises-it kept me guessing till the end!' R.L. STINE, bestselling author Goosebumps and Fear Street

'Tempe Brennan is back, dealing with health issues, career setbacks, and the nagging-and driving-fear of inadequacy that is the flipside of her talent. Reich's fast-paced, tightly-constructed, and very contemporary story dives underground here, both literally and virtually, as she follows the thinnest of threads deeper and deeper into a shocking conspiracy. You will find it hard to put down' MARK BOWDEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Stone and Black Hawk Down

'No face, no hands, and a ton of breathtaking questions. I dare you to figure out all the red herrings. So utterly good! This is Kathy Reichs doing what she does best: sorting through the bones until the shocking end' BRAD MELTZER, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist

'Kathy Reichs writes smart-no, make that brilliant-mysteries that are as realistic as non-fiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher or Alex Cross' JAMES PATTERSON

'Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She's the real deal' DAVID BALDACCI

'Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legions of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she'll garner' SANDRA BROWN

'Each book in Kathy Reichs's fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They're filled with riveting twists andturns. No matter how many novels she writes, I just can't get enough!' LISA SCOTTOLINE

'Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden' THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

'Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs' DAILY NEWS

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About Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of seventy-five anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Dr Reichs serves as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is a member of the National Police Advisory Council (RCMP/GRC) in Canada. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal ...

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