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Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan #10)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  21,654 Ratings  ·  1,053 Reviews
Blair Mallory is in the middle of planning her wedding and coping with the trials of the holiday season, when she once again narrowly escapes a murderous hit-and-run "accident" and launches a personal campaign to uncover the person who wants her dead.
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Published August 28th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2007)
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Nov 05, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't know why I read these books. I mean, I love the forensics, but, like Patricia Cornwell, Reichs has created a character who is just dumb dumb dumb and, in my opinion, extremely unlikable. She's tough - okay, whatever. To illustrate that she's tough must she be pigheaded, irrational, totally ruled by her passions, putting EVERYONE's life in danger because OMG what she wants is WAY more important than anything else? Ego, much?

Why anyone takes her anywhere is beyond me. Ryan - the COP - tell
Sep 03, 2007 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I am a fan of both the tv show Bones, which is inspired by this series; and of the early Kay Scarpetta novels, which these often get favorably compared to. First, the show is much funnier and more tightly written, and the tv Temperence Bones is much more interesting then the character by the same name in the books, who is flat. Second, the early Kay S., a strong mix of both a classic crime novel and forensic anthropology,are of absolutely no comparison to this book - whi ...more
Oct 23, 2007 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th book in the Tempe Brennan series.

How to explain my rating? I love this series. I do. I'm always eager to get my hands on the next one, and I always plow through them quickly. But Kathy Reichs has a big, big flaw that has persisted throughout the series: she gets an idea in her head and is determined to write about it, even if it means tying together cases that shouldn't be related and creating completely unplausible coincidences that make me want to stab myself in the eye.

Oct 08, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have to admit that this wasn't the strongest book in the series, it was nice to read a book that focuses on forgotten history from my Canadian home province-New Brunswick. Specifically, the way in which people who contracted leprosy were dealt with in the 19th and early 20th century. The disappearance of young women, coupled with the finding of a female skeleton, and the added attraction of learning something from Brennan's past was a huge draw for me. Once again, the story begins in ...more
Jun 17, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: forensics/csi buffs.
A new mystery excellently solved!

Oh, do I ever adore Reichs’s novels. Her novels show proof that there are no limits to one’s imagination - especially when the author knows what she/he is talking about.

Reichs sucks you in with the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the very last word. The mystery and forensic descriptions keep you just as glued to the pages as the characters do. Again, Tempe lands herself in trouble when she does something someone asked her not to do. But she can’t let go o
Aug 22, 2007 A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, 2007
Devoured this in a day; since this novel and Margaret Maron's Hard Row are two of the books I've most looked forward to this year, it's unsurprising. And I honestly think that this could have been Reichs' best Bones novel -- aside from my growing irritation at her reluctance to finish Tempe's relationship with Andrew Ryan one way or the other once and for all, this book has a first rate, complex mystery, an ongoing appearance by Tempe's sister Harry (who I adore), and LEPROSY. Leprosy, people! L ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Lorraine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Reichs fans
Shelves: listened-to, mystery
I'm not sure if I've become more critical since the last Kathy Reichs book I read, or if this book is simply less stellar. I certainly enjoyed many parts of it, and overall it was an interesting forensic investigation, but it has a few significant weaknesses.

My main complaint is that Reichs is inconsistent with her target audience. There's enough science in the book to suggest the reader is intelligent and interested in the scientific details and explanations -- a fair assumption, given the gen
Jan 22, 2008 Celia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don't know why I keep picking up Kathy Reichs' books - I'm am always disappointed with them. While the mystery in this one was fairly engaging (forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan believes that an anonymous skeleton of a young girl belongs to a missing childhood friend), it's almost too convoluted, with its twists and turns neatly confined by chapter, and almost every chapter ending in a, "He turned towards me with a look of horror," moment. I really hate that little writing habit of Re ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Starling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This is the second book in this series that I've read. I'm reading them out of order. Just picking one off the shelf at the library.

The first book I read was set in South Carolina, this one is set in Canada. The back-story is set in the US, but the current mystery takes place totally in Canada. There is a mystery about the disappearance of Temperance's childhood friend, and that mystery gets tangled in a mystery about young teenaged girls who have been going missing, or turning up as bodies in l
Oct 10, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-gave-away
This book never pulled me into it. Couldn't seem to get to that point where I had a desire to know who did it. Sometimes I had to keep reminding myself what the actual crime was because it all got so lost in a bunch of writing that never really seems to work together for a story.

I didn't care for the main character, she would be mad that the guys jumped to conclusions on something then she zeroed in on Bastarache decided he was guilty and acted childish and pouty anytime she was told something t
Susan Burpee
I like Kathie Reichs books as a rule. Bones to Ashes is a fun read as far as plot is concerned. The scientific stuff is interesting and the detail on leprosy is fascinating especially since I have heard about the leprosy hospital in New Brunswick from my mum. Reichs needs to make sure that all her detail is accurate, though, not just the scientific stuff. She has a character making reference to the city of Miramichi long before it existed..the river and the region have long held that name but th ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Mich fasziniert das Thema der Knochenrecherche wirklich sehr. Es ist aufregend, was in der heutigen Zeit möglich ist, und zusammen mit ungelösten Fällen, die Ryan bearbeitet, zu ungeahnten Ergebnissen führen kann. Wiederum war es sehr spannend, den Ermittlern über die Schulter zu schauen. Einiges hat mich allerdings ziemlich aufgewühlt.

Ich gebe 08/10 Punkte -
Julia Katic
Dec 31, 2015 Julia Katic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series and author on which one of my favourite TV series "Bones" is based .... just as is most often the case, the book is far more enjoyable than the screen production. Looking forward to reading more in the series. Easy read and a good escape. Love the cliff hangers at the end of each chapter that 'forces' one onto the next chapter!
Dec 01, 2008 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: noone
This is a BORING Canadian French novel. LOOOOOONG, BOOOORING, FRENCH book. About porn, love, disease, a coroner, and terrible writing. If you like foriegn books you MIGHT like this one. About a Canadian coroner that is caught up in looking for exploited children in the porn business. Terrible characters with no character. Did not like it at all.
Das Verhalten der Personen ging mir hier sehr auf die Nerven. Kommunikation wäre schon ein Anfang. Werde den nächsten Fall noch lesen und dann erst mal wieder etwas pausieren. Vielleicht war es jetzt einfach zu viel hintereinander.
May 19, 2016 JBooks rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wollte erst 2,5 Sterne geben aber ich gebe doch nur 2 :/

Es hat mir nicht so sehr gefallen. Am Anfang war es spannend aber dann gab es zu viel Durcheinander....
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Odlična!Totalno me zaokupila i bacila u svijet forenzike. Napeta do samoga kraja!
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
“Babies die. People vanish. People die. Babies Vanish.”

As this was the first Temperance Brennan mystery I had read, it was good to find that the series didn’t obviously appear to need to be read in any chronological order and I found that this book stood alone as a great ‘one off’ story.

The plot, although sometimes disturbing, was racy and fast moving, with plenty of new twists and turns being thrown into the equation periodically, yet still not losing sight of the core storyline.

The tie-in betw
Matt Schiariti
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book is finally getting a more in depth look at Tempe's past. This novel delves into her childhood and family while she was growing up than pretty much all of the other novels combined.

When Tempe was a young girl, her family would vacation in NC. One summer there she met an exotic french girl several years older than she and they became the best of friends. Then, all of a sudden, three years later she just vanishes without so much as a good bye. The re
Review: Bones To Ashes by Kathy Reichs.

This is one of Kathy Reichs books featuring Tempe Brennen the forensic anthropologist. I thought this book didn’t have much forensic details as some of her others. The author has given the reader a mixed bag of problems which kept me reading to get answers. Reichs did seem to jump around in this book which sometimes it works out quite well but in this case her maneuvering around seemed a bit unsettled and I found some of the story hard to follow. However, I
Jul 23, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, crime
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This 10th novel in her Temperance Brennan series is much better than the last one, Break no Bones. Unlike Bones the TV show, the original Brennan is more integrated in the world, has an ex, a daughter, a sister, an off and on beau. This novel delves into Brennan's childhood and the disappearance of her best friend Évangéline when Brennan was 12. One of the major pecks for me reading Reichs is that her stories take place where I live. I know these locations, I can see the characters, hear the sou ...more
Hayley Lamb
I've read all of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels, and this is definitely one of her better ones for a while now. The last few have seemed strained and a little repetitive. However, I found this book very compelling, and as such, had finished within two days. I enjoyed the story and the development of Brennan's character, getting more of an insight into her past. I've always liked the sexual chemistry between Brennan and Ryan and wasn't disappointed here. IMHO this was still not as good a ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Tempe - the bully, this time it's personal... (eh, or something...)

After a re-read I had to edit my rating. This book made me question why I ever liked this character. Tempe is just an intolerable bully here. I felt like the only reason the kiddie porn aspects were added to this case, was so that we would tolerate her bulldozering, obnoxious attitude toward Evangeline and Obeline.

Seriously, Tempe, girlfriend... the fact that you knew someone for like two years as a kid and that they then "disapp
This review contains spoilers. The story was OK, but I felt the author rambled a bit too much about nothing-- and some of it was way too far-fetched-- in fact just plain bizarre, like the character who mysteriously ended her words in o's -- some sort of 'code' Temperance couldn't crack. It seemed as if Reichs wanted this character to be strange, but wasn't quite sure how to depict it, so made up a really unbelievable quirk to catch your attention **ALERT! WEIRD CHARACTER!!!** Next, I had a probl ...more
Ivy - Hearts Books
Bones to Ashes has to be my second favorite after Reich's debut Dejá Dead. The plot keeps the pages in motion. One of my best friends does not like her books as she finds the science a tad bit heavy for her reading palate; but, I love her books for the very same reason. Her forensic detailing is flawless and in this book she dives into linguistic forensics though she lays it on more heavily than any of her works I have read so far.
The poetry touch, the childhood best friend, journey to history a
Mar 15, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Temperance Brennan of both the books and the TV show has been losing her luster with me. The books are getting repetitive and have you noticed how in almost every single book, someone she is close to or works with dies and it doesn't seem to bother her for more than the book they die in? She's a bad luck penny if I ever saw one. And really, the love interest issues are getting old. I don't care about it. I want to forensics and the murders getting caught, not the love drama of a 40+ year old.
Jan 04, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
There is so much set up and not quite enough action in this one. They seem to take me forever to read, mainly because of the French slowing me down. Once again I didn't love the 'wrap up' in the last 4 pages where she just says what she's learned, instead of us finding out through investigation, etc. I dunno, I liked the general idea, just something about the way she forms her books gets on my nerves sometimes. Not one of my favorite, but not one of her worst.
Oct 28, 2008 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reichs has researched her topics thoroughly and I learned a lot about the French in North American and leprosy. The characters are appealing...a cat named Bird and a "little" sister named Harry?? The plot is satisfyingly complex, the pacing is professional and the end ties up loose ends. I look forward to the next one...oh, and I did like reading about a mature woman, not a twenties-something.
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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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Other Books in the Series

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)
  • Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan, #7)
  • Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, #8)
  • Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan, #9)
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