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Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan #8)

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The key to a modern murder lies in the sands of history.

Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site, Tem
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Published June 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published 2005)
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Oct 02, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
In book 8, Dr. Temperance Brennan finds herself traveling from Montreal to Israel to track down a killer and the mystery behind ancient skeletal remains that could turn the lives of the religious faithful upside down.

I'm going to put aside the fact that there's a lot of Dan Brown comparisons in the book. However, it didn't take away any enjoyment I had in seeing our main protagonist return to her roots in archeology. Also, the story takes place in one of my favorite countries, Israel(spent three
An average forensic procedural mystery. In this one Tempy is called to examine centuries old bones supposedly retrieved from the Massada massacre site of biblical times. People have already paid with their lives in trying to acquire this skeleton, which she calls Massada Max. A couple of archeologists are of the view that the skeleton is of Christ himself. Theories abound that Christ died as a ripe old man after having progeny of his own, and amidst an extended family. Tempy is drawn to Israel, ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Kristyn rated it it was ok
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
Feb 13, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
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
Jun 20, 2011 Diane rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck
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
Oct 11, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 21, 2014 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
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
Kit Zaballa
Jan 11, 2016 Kit Zaballa rated it really liked it
Cross Bones is my 3rd Kathy Reichs book, and I have to say I reaaly liked it - enjoyed it actually.

I like Reichs' writing style. There were no dull moments in this book, it keeps you glued. Reichs' also uses language that the general public can understand - it's simple but not really dumbed down. There were a lot of technical terms (as can be expected) but most were supplemented with layman explanations. She doesn't try to make Tempe sound poetic/philosophical which I think is a pothole some aut
Brigitte Thomas
Dec 13, 2013 Brigitte Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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 ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 05, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it
“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
May 08, 2016 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Temperance Brennan series never fails to impress. I find it very comforting to be able to pick up any novel in this series and know that I'll find the plot and the science both comprehensive and interesting. Reichs manages to toe the line between the complex science of forensic work especially forensic anthropology and the intriguing detective work of the plot lines expertly. I find myself as interested in the science as I am by the case.

This is one of the more complex Reichs novels I've re
Joseph Benjamin
Jun 04, 2010 Joseph Benjamin rated it it was ok
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
Feb 07, 2013 Penny rated it liked it
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
Apr 10, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
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 ...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
Dec 28, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it
This is the worst Kathy Reichs I have read. Because it was about the alleged bones of Jesus and his family, the plot had to be contrived in such a way that there could be no solution, so that it would remain a mystery and not upset any of the three religions involved. Naturally, the accompanied murders were solved, along with Tempe being in deathly danger several times, but managing miraculously to escape.

The plot was also contrived to get both Tempe and Ryan together in Israel, which seemed to
Apr 26, 2011 Genie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 09, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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
Susanne Leist
Aug 31, 2016 Susanne Leist rated it did not like it
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
Jun 09, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it did not like it
Next in chronological order was Reichs' Cross Bones. This is a Da Vinci Code-esque novel that addresses the sale of religious antiquities in relation to the death of an Orthodox Jewish man who made his living selling such items. Another theme in the novel is the discovery of several different locations anthropologists and religious experts claim as Jesus's tomb. Although the novel didn't appeal to me with its topic, I love Tempe and so I tried it anyway. I abandoned it a third of the way into ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Rhian rated it did not like it
This is the first and last Kathy Reichs book I will be reading. It was recommended for me by a friend who, knowing my interest in early Christian history, thought I might enjoy it. If anything, it is my understanding early Christian history that made this book so painful. I know it's fiction, but it was building up something that would never cause a catastrophe. How many Christians/Jews/Muslims are such on the basis of evidence and archaeological research? The main character Tempe was making a ...more
May 28, 2016 Faith rated it liked it
I just recently discovered this writer and I've never watched the TV series Bones that is based on this series. The female protagonist is loosely based on the author' s own life which gives some authenticity to the novels. This was the second one I've read and what I most enjoy are the unusual plots. This one dealt with the forensic analysis of skeletons that just might be member of the "Jesus Family." Intriguing! Shades of Dan Brown. Both of the titles I've read so far, however, seemed to end ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Molly rated it liked it
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
Aug 28, 2011 Joy rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Beka rated it liked it
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 ...more
MaryJane Rings
Aug 12, 2015 MaryJane Rings rated it really liked it
I have read several of Ms. Reich's books. This one kept me riveted to the story and the solving of the murders.Also the connotation of the biblical connection was also interesting. Reading about the historical Jesus sheds light on Jesus the man. This isn't something well depicted in the Bible. The orthodox Jewish culture and their traditions are another very interesting look at the traditions that date back to the first century. The depictions of the scenes from the Holy land make the characters ...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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