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Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan #8)

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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  15,470 ratings  ·  666 reviews
"When an Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her it is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, and on ...more
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Kristyn
I would actually give this book 2.5 stars if that was a possibility. Since it's not, I rounded down.

I'm a huge fan of the TV show "Bones." So when I encountered this book by "Bones" creator Kathy Reichs at a second-hand bookstore, I grabbed it, thinking that of course I would like the book too.

I was kind of wrong. I didn't hate the book, but it took me some time to get through it. Reichs's writing style is somewhat staccato - her descriptive prose is written in half-thoughts, like she's checking
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Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist splitting time between Montreal and North Carolina is drawn into a *really* cold case. As in a set of bones that looks to be around 2000 years old. While working on a case involving the murder of a Jewish merchant, a picture of an old skeleton is given to her by an anonymous person who thinks it's the reason the merchant was killed. Digging deeper (no pun intended), she actually ends up in possession of the skeleton in the picture she received (quite ...more
Patricia
I read murder mysteries when my brain needs a rest and I want to escape. I tend to find an author and read all of her/his work beginning with the first book published. That's what I've done with Kathy Reich with the exception of this book. I didn't have the next two in her Temperance Brennan collection, so I skipped ahead to Cross Bones.

Reading this book felt timely as Tempe heads to Israel, so it was trippy to read a story that was taking place at sites I was hearing about on the news daily. It
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Diane
How disappointing! I enjoy mysteries because they make me think, they are usually well researched and can either teach me something or challenge me in some way, or make me laugh. Since this book was written by a former forensic scientist, I thought there would be something here. Instead, Reichs is one of the most condescending writers I've read. Instead of using a plot, she advances the action by having the main character ask herself redundant questions - sometimes eight of them in a row. She is ...more
Matt Schiariti
This is probably the most cohesive and entertaining Tempe Brennan novel since Fatal Voyage. It doesn't suffer from the odd dialogue or sometimes cumbersome or confusing plots. And gone are the quasi-teenaged approach in regards to how Tempe handles her relationship with Ryan.

A murdered orthodox Jew turns up in Montreal, shot execution style. How does this fall into Tempe's lap? A strange man gives her a photo that was supposedly given to him by the deceased. A photo showing an old skeleton that
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Linda
This is one I listened to. I have heard others by her and watch the tv show Bones based on this character. This book was strange because it was about finding bones that might have been Jesus'. It told a lot about christian history and the beliefs about Mary. I was very interested in how the author was going to get out of this story. It helped to have a fiery car crash with a sacred shroud and bones burning up and the other set of maybe Jesus' bones getting stolen by a group of Jews who believe n ...more
Carol
Good book. Mystery surrounding bones that were discovered at Masada and the characters are romping through Israel for this book. I enjoy these books and this plot definitely caught my attention. The end was not as good as the rest of the story but all in all kept me turning the pages. I like these books.
Lorna
“When I first read the blurb on the back of this book I thought "Da Vinci Code". As far as I'm concerned not a positive thing. (I got 60 pages into said book and no farther as I was excruciatingly bored). However because of the main character being a forensic anthropologist I stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised.
Yes there is a slight conspiracy theory theme to do with ancient remains that may or may not be that of Jesus but I wasn't bombarded with heavy religious doctrine and corrupt churc
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Sarah
Honestly, I want to give the book 1.5 stars, but it won't let me. For series, a one star means I definitely won't read the next book, but in this case, I probably will. However, this book was a chore to get through. I feel like Reichs was jumping on the Dan Brown bandwagon with this book. At an autopsy of a Jewish importer in Montreal, Brennan is handled a photo of a skeleton unearthed at Masada, but the skeleton was never included in the official reports. Could this be the skeletal remains of J ...more
David
First the good--

Reichs is a competent enough writer. If nothing else, she knows how to hook the reader in moving to the next chapter with corny cliffhangers...and some of them are really cornball-- a cheap conversational style of writing at times that just weakens the overall impact of the book.

The author has obviously visited the Holy Land and knows the territory fairly well.

The Bad--

Ryan's constant reference to "tap pants" and other sexual innuendo. I know that the author wants us to comprehen
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Heidi
This book starts off in Canada, but takes forensic anthropologust Tempe Brennan on a whirwind tour through the Holy Land in the search of the truth about an unnamed skeleton...

Normally, I tend to avoid books that are compared with other favourite authors or books, particularly ones that say "better than so-and-so". Mainly, because I am cynical of hype and suspect I will be disappointed. Also because I'm probably quite contrary and don't like being told what I "should" like.

So I have managed to g
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Lisa
Jun 11, 2009 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crime Thrillers
Recommended to Lisa by: No One
At this point I believe I'm completely caught up on the Temperance Brennan novels. This one is probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite of all of them. Maybe because it's primarily set in Israel, rich in history, art, and culture. Maybe because I understand the humor, the religious references, among other things, without a guide-book that others WILL require when reading it if they are non-initiated as far as Judaism is concerned, but basically this one book just puts so many other crime ...more
Hali Sowle
An Orthodox Jewish man is found dead, supposedly by his own hand in a closet in Quebec and it falls to Tempe Brennan to determine was this a suicide or not. To muddy things further she is handed a picture by a man who only calls himself "Kaplan" that shows a complete skeleton that seems to be an impossiblity. The story takes us from the morgue in Quebec to the ruins of Masada in Israel and touches on some of the most central tenants of Christianity and Judaic history.

The facts are stated in a pr
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Genie
An Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal. The condition of the body leaves more questions than answers for the investigators so Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body. As she is leaving the ME office, a stranger gives her a photograph of a skeleton and tells her it is the reason for the victim's death. Its obvious that the skeleton is very old so she takes it back to her office to examine it. When she tracks down the actual skeleton, Tempe calls her friend Jake Dru ...more
Brigitte Thomas
Kathy Reichs really knows her stuff. While I’m a big fan of the television show “Bones”, I’m a bigger fan of Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan books. Temperance is a top notch forensic anthropologist who splits her time between her home teaching at a college in North Carolina and working for the medical examiner in Montreal, Quebec. Unlike the Temperance in the show, the book Temperance is more relatable. She’s at the middle to far end of her forties with a divorce and a daughter in colleg ...more
Joseph Benjamin
Hmmm, well my feelings about this book are mixed. Yes, it was largely based on archaeological and anthropological facts and recent (within the last 60 years) expeditions and discoveries. Yes, in that regard it was better than the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. However, the book gave a great buildup with the main storyline, but was a huge let down when it came time to wrap it up and connect all the dots. It's as if she got to the end and decided she was just as tired of writing it as I was of reading ...more
Penny
I've always enjoyed reading Kathy Reichs books. However I found this one a little off. Too many questions going to be asked but never finished. Too much running around with no results. Jakes telling her not to contact anyone about the pictures and then the bones that are found, but keeps putting her when she asks questions. Instead he is flying here there and back and still no forthcoming answers to her partially formed questions.
It seems the bones might be those of Jesus and then theories revol
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Beka
Though the mystery was as good we expect from Ms. Reichs, I had many issues with this book. On the plus side, there were no overt threats to Dr. Brennan's life or those of her friends. Plus 1 for Ms. Reichs. On the down side, Dr. Brennan again put herself in a dangerous situation without backup. On the I-almost-didn't-finish-this side, the whole atmosphere/side story of religious intrigue among the Catholic church and the Jews. I think it's safe to say that Ms. Reichs is not a Christian and so p ...more
Molly
Feb 13, 2008 Molly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the crime novel
Recommended to Molly by: Lucky find!
This is the first Reich's book I have read. Seeing the blurb about her being involved in the TV show BONES almost made me put it back and move on down the isle.

Luckily for me that other voice in my head prevailed.

I really enjoyed this book! It had some of the same conspiracy theory elements that made The DaVinci Code famous and Reich did have Tempe reading it as research-for me the similarities end there. This book presents itself as a forensic crime novel and woo doggie, does it deliver.

I wil
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Joy
I didnt like this book. I like the story, but I found it incredibly difficult to understand. It was overly technical and really jumped around. Turns out that the "mystery" is never solved, which I do not like in an ending. You read the whole book wanting to know what exactly everything meant and there was no resolution other than the whodunit. It also had a weird jokey tone to the book, which I found to be weird and out of place. Also, there was one major "coincedence" in the book that I just co ...more
Margaret
This was an interesting book... I really enjoy the situation research that goes into it.
It is full of forensics and all the scientific jargon is broken down to layman's terms or high-school science level without sounding condescending.

As a reader, you do not have to read the first book in the series to get a good grip on the character. As someone who habitually must see the first of a series first, this is a bit of a boon. Also, if you as a reader are coming to this series because you enjoy the
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Nic
A photograph of an ancient skeleton slipped to Brennan in Montreal at the autopsy of an Orthodox Jew murdered in such a way as to appear like a suicide leads Tempe to the Holy Land. Is the skeleton, stolen from a museum in the sixties that of Jesus? Are the zealots from Masada actually Christians? Have archeologists discovered the tomb of the family Jesus? What this got to do with the murder in Montreal? Could solving this case end up rocking the biggest boat Tempe has ever rocked? Just in case ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Learned more about the Masada, ancient bones, burial rights, and biblical archaeology than I really cared to know. Plus the extent that "lucky finds" happened to Tempe exceeded my ability to grant literary license. Still, an exciting mystery in the saga of Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist and the first one I had read in which Detective Andrew Ryan is a current intimate part of her life -- those read have been in random order so far -- #17 Bones Never Lie, #15 Bones Are Forever -- ...more
Susanne Leist
Information is presented in this book as fact and is supposedly supported by extensive research done by the author. There isn't any proof that the Israeli government hid any discoveries from the public. It is supposition that is used as fact in the book. Even after a whole story is presented around this information, nothing is further gleamed from the bones and the digs. We are still left with possibilities and suppositions.
What bothered me most about the book was the way the Chevra Kadisha is p
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Mary
This is the my third Kathy Reichs book, the first being, "Grave Secrets" which was quite mediocre and the second, "Deadly Decisions". After reading the latter I had made the conscious decision to abandon reading all material from this author due to her self-indulgant writing style which read like a textbook at times. However after some time, I decided to give this authoress another go as you can't 'crucify' a writer based on two books. However how wrong was I? I have now decided not to adorn any ...more
Jen Lynn
I've just read 6 of Reichs novels over the past 2 months without writing a review for any of them right afterwards. So this will be a generic review of the series so far instead of a specific review of this particular book, especially since they are all so similar in style and all equally as good as each other. With all of Reichs books in this series, it's the forensic details that really draw me in. The mystery is always there, the suspense is always enough to keep me interested, and the person ...more
Aya
Aug 15, 2014 Aya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Knihu jsem dočetla, dávám si za to pět hvězdiček a jednu strhávám za rychlost. Z Asi 260 stran, které má moje vydání, je více než 200 stran plných nudného povídání, asi 30 stran skutečné akce (jak by měla být psána celá kniha) a zhruba 10 stran vysvětlování, o co tam vlastně šlo. Ehm. Tempe opravdu není jako ta ze seriálu (což nevadí) a Booth se jmenuje Ryan. Tolik k podobnosti.
Co mě nejvíce štvalo, je seriálové dělení kapitol. Buď přechází uprostřed akce, nebo končí absoutním nedovysvětlením, t
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Betty
Kathy Reichs does again this story starts as Tempe is asked help with the autopsy of a man that had advance perfection and cats had fed on his face. Surprise to 4 Jewish observers. Leaving the scene Temperance is given a picture of a skeleton. She is told that the skeleton is reason the man is dead. The dead man is a antiquities importer, Ferris. Ryan catches the case.
Investigating Kathy learns that skeleton did come from Israel. As she continues to look into the matter she receives the skeleton
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Jo
whilst I can appreciate everyone has different taste and I rated this book 4* not 5*. I still enjoyed this book and I love all of Kathy Reichs books. yes the TV series bones is loosely based on this series, the books were never going to be the same. I think some reviewers have started reading her books with preconceived ideas. I would suggest you go into her books with an open mind and don't compare. you will find her books an enjoyable read. I am re reading these books in order as I have owned ...more
Michelle
Another great read from Kathy Reichs in the Temperance Brennan series. Well, actually listen for me. I’ve listened to the entire series in audio so far and this was actually my first unabridged. Story wise I don’t think I’ve been missing anything by listening to the abridged, it actually felt like it was the relationship I had been missing out on. This story seemed to have more details about the Tempe/Ryan relationship and since I’m typically a romance reader, I loved that there was more romance ...more
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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A ...more
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Temperance Brennan (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan, #2)
  • Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan, #3)
  • Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan, #4)
  • Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)
  • Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan, #6)
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  • Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan, #9)
  • Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan, #10)
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