Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan, #11)
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Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan #11)

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Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs -- international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit "Bones" -- returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santeria, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.In a house under renovatio...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Scribner Book Company
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i feel an obligation to read all of her books because i started with the first one when it came out a million years ago. i recall the first ones to be pretty good. this is the 11th brennan novel, and it annoyed me to no end. primarily the foreshadowing she uses at the end of each short chapter, usually reading "And things were going to get worse. Much worse." EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER. ugh. mostly her writing just got worse. i can't even recall the plot, something to do with bones in a cauldron.
The books in Kathy Reichs' Bones series are either really, really good or merely decent, and this newest installment fell into the latter category. I think my level of enjoyment depends on how interested I am in the murder mystery.

I was annoyed with the level of "catch up" Reichs did - I can understand wanting a new reader to be able to pick up any Bones book and understand the players, but by the 11th book in the series, I really don't need to spend pages on what Tempe's job is, who her co-work...more
Kathy Reichs joins the ranks of so many writers who feel compelled to produce a book every year and end up producing crap. I used to so enjoy her books -- but she has gone downhill fast and this might be the last one that I read.

Devil Bones' only saving grace was that it was quick to read .. but only because of the # of pages, not because of the content. There were too many peripheral characters that added nothing to the plot except to make it confusing. I also prefer the books that are set in Q...more
So, I haven't had much time for reading this summer, and that makes this book that much more of a disappointment. I picked this book up in the airport after finishing my last book, which was fantastic. I wish I hadn't wasted my precious reading minutes on this book. Harsh, I know. But (and I realize this is a book in a series of books) there is very, very little character development. I would expect a little bit more character and storyline development, even in a book that is part of a series of...more
This was my first Kathy Reichs novel and I have just one thing to say: I'm hooked. The plot was engaging; it kept me turning pages and made it very hard for me to put the book down. Temperance Brennan is a very fascinating character; I look forward to reading more about her. A highly recommended read!
This was actually a pretty good book. The premise has been done to death, but Reichs manages to put a nice twist on the story and give us an ending that, while somewhat cliche, more than satisfies.

I managed to read this in less than 48 hours, unlike Reichs' last outing, which took me over a week to read.

Devil Bones is well-paced with a gripping storyline. And just when she had me thinking that the villian was one person, she pulled a switcheroo that I didn't see coming.

A note of caution. If you'...more
Jun 07, 2010 Fuglsang rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery-lovers or huge fans of dr. Brennan
Recommended to Fuglsang by: The internet, or probably the credits in Bones
I'm a huge fan of the tv-show, Bones, and when I found out the show was (very loosely) based on novels, I had to give them a go. And I can't say I'm disappointed.

What's important to understand is that the books and the show are two different things - they're different medias. Of course that's not an excuse for making somewhat shallow characters (of which Reichs is guilty) - the characters of the novels pale a little compared to the charming, witty and - if I must say it - sexy characters of the...more
Kaitlin Bevis
Okay, so I'm officially moving on from free books picked up at book exchanges and sticking with books in genres I know I like. But the thing is, I thought I would like this one. I like mysteries, I like medical thrillers. This book seemed like it would be an awesome combination of both. It's not that it's not enough like the show Bones, it may not be, but I don't watch that show so the disappointment couldn't stem from that.

I just didn't like the writing style. Entire conversations passed like t...more
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Melissa Norton
Breathlessly paced and trickily plotted, DEVIL BONES features Dr Temperance Brennan in her North Carolina setting, solving a case that begins with a grisly discovery in a basement. An altar suggesting the practice of Santeria is uncovered during a home renovation, and soon a body with ritualistic markings is found at a nearby lake. As Tempe tries to connect the two cases, a local conservative media pundit latches on to the crimes as evidence of Satanic practices in the area, which does not meld...more
Devil Bones is an interesting mystery novel on several levels.

First, it is well researched. Reichs does an excellent job describing several minority religions (Santeria, Voodoo, Wicca, and others) as opposed to out and out Satanism. She obviously did her work and weaves the discussion of these pagan religions into the novel almost seamlessly.

Second, She dangled the right red herrings under my nose and I fell for them, hook, line, and sinker. And you know what? I'm glad she did. I love it when a...more
Why am I compelled to continue reading this series? There was absolutely nothing interesting or different about this book--yes, Ms. Brennan's panties had their own scene, she rolled her eyes a lot, and her relationship (so-called) continues to go nowhere. The whole heroin-addicted long-lost daughter plot thread just turns my stomach, by the way, but that's a whole 'nother story. The lecture topics in this novel (you ever get the feeling that it's all filler for an otherwise pretty skimpy tale? m...more
I hadn't read a Kathy Reichs' novel in a couple years so it was fresh and exciting to me. I missed Tempe and her issues. This book isn't one of the best of the series but it is definitely better than Cross Bones was. I enjoyed the topics it explored. I didn't know much about the Santeria or Wiccan religions, so it was interesting to read about them. The book uses a local politician on TV to explore whether someone from those religions should be allowed to practice free from constraints especiall...more
I much prefer Reichs to Cornwell because Reichs really is a forensic anthropologist and her content and facts are most interesting. This time around we learn a fair amount about syncretic religions, and the reaction of some mainline religion fundamentalists to them, and our heroine's reaction to that. There are almost too many threads to follow, even though there's really only one case.

I've always found the heroine's actions unrealistic. It's just not plausible that the scientist goes along with...more
Mar 21, 2009 Lorraine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one but hard-core Reichs fans
Shelves: mystery, listened-to
If this was the first Reichs book I read, I don't know that I'd read any more. Nothing about it was memorable or unique enough to set it apart from other mystery books. There was a bit less of the smart/stupid Brennan than the last book, less of textbook explanation of various sciences, fewer rhetorical questions, but still too many for me. The other annoying bit about the writing was the "telling" not "showing" of action and emotion. The only example that comes to mind at the moment is "radiate...more
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in on a case that might involve devil worshippers, or Wiccans, or practicers of Santeria ... actually, she and her fellow investigators are having difficulty deciding just what happened to the victim found in the crawl space of a North Carolina home.
This was one of the better offerings in this series. It's been a little while since I read the last few, but I seem to remember being somewhat disappointed - though that sometimes happens when I r...more
I really enjoy the forensic anthropology details in these books by Kathy Reichs. I find the contrast between these much more realistic and darker novels with the lightweight and kind of silly TV series Bones intriguing. I think the TV series has developed a life of its own and is departing from the original inspiration. There is a conversation with Kathy Reichs at the end of this novel that was interesting in which she is asked about her real life forensic job, the genesis for many of her books,...more
✿ Deni
It wasn't the best, I'm starting to think that Reichs is not even making an effort any more, but I feel I have to finish the series having read this far, mainly because I want to know how the Brennan-Ryan relationship will end up!.

I found this story really confusing and I still don't know who the killer was, and I mean: there are so many characters, so many corpses and so many of everything that I have lost count, so I have NO IDEA who the killer is in the characters list!; for the last 2-3 book...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Though this mystery is a good one and Reichs keeps the reader wondering who the killer(s) are, the story disturbs at times, especially when dealing with the occult. Through Brennan, Reichs studies cults such as Wicca, Santeria, voodoo, and others. She paints others who don’t accept these groups as valid forms of religion as intolerant. The “Christian” in the book is a fanatical jerk who misrepresents his faith.

Reichs made some very misleading statements in this novel, claiming Wiccans are not Sa...more
Neika Merveill
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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
Juliet Davis
Really, what can I say - Kathy Reichs is the queen of forensic mysteries. Reichs works as a forensic anthropologist in the US and Canada. She knows what she writing about. Her character Tempe Brennan is also a forensic anthropologist. The television show Bones is also based on this character. Devil Bones finds Tempe called in to consult on bones found in a cauldron in a hidden cellar. They seem to be part of a religious ceremony. Another body is found and the two may be connected. A local politi...more
I've read all of Kathy Reichs' books and they are pretty formulaic. I love them because they keep me engaged. I thought this one was a bit more shallow than previous books and there was no real surprise twist at the end, though she tried to create one.

However, I had a difficult time putting the book down when I had to go to work on Thurs.
From Cross Bones to now Devil Bones... Starting rolling my eyes early in Devil Bones. Goofy cliff hangers at the end of chapters which are stilted attempts at suspense and have a campy old TV-style feel, continued simile stumble (a term I've coined to describe the effect on the reader when reading bad similes), and foreshadowing statements that take away suspense that might improve the story.

And Reichs writing on the topic of preachers and religion continues to fall flat. This is at least the fo...more
This was my first Kathy Reichs book. I'm glad I read it. I usually read Gerritsen or Cornwell and comparing them would be like comparing apples to oranges. They are all good. They are all unique. They are all similar. Of course Temperance Brennan gives us a different view into the crime scene investigation than that of an ME (that are in the other books). In the deaths she investigates the victims are in the advanced stages of decomposition and that is where her expertise (forensic anthropology)...more
Feb 15, 2009 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mom, Kathy, Debbie
Shelves: tv-made-me-do-it
This series if filled with scientific goodness and wit. I thought this one ended too quickly.
yes, i read this. i was at the beach and it was on the shelf. sue me.
Niki Costantini
I libri di Kathy Reichs mi piace leggerli quando ho bisogno di staccare o, ancora meglio, quando sono libera di poter leggere senza guardare all'orologio e agli impegni. È pura e onesta lettura di evasione, ben fatta e piuttosto avvincente.
Può succedere, però, che le avventure di Tempe Brennan non siano sempre all'altezza della sua consolidata tradizione, cosa successa con questo romanzo: un po' meno brillante, un po' meno appassionante, un po' più lento di tutti quelli che l'hanno preceduto. N...more
Tempe Brennan is called in when what looks like a voodoo altar is discovered hidden in a sub-basement. An altar containing skeletal remains. Days later, a fresher corpse is found on the nearby lake shore, headless with occult carvings in his chest. Someone is desperate to make it look like satanists are responsible for both events but is someone just trying to cover their own tracks?

Fast paced as always, the bodies do seem to pile up around Tempe Brennan at a ridiculous pace but the story is qui...more
Libri Mammaeditori
Le ossa del diavolo (Anobii non ha la scheda del libro italiano)

Allora non male la velocità dell'incedere, per una volta, e il romanzo si fa leggere. Carino il personaggio del detective disordinato... Lei è insopportabile: se voglio una petulante rompicoglioni mi basta schiarirmi la voce e darmi un buffetto per essere certa di esistere.
Con tutto il rispetto per i canali di Havers, il mistero del cadavere poco putrefatto un medio lettore lo risolve cento pagine prima di Tempe Brennan... Pedante.
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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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