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Skin and Bone (Dr. Anya Crichton #3)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  575 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Homicide detective Kate Farrer took a four-month leave from the force when the stress of the job threatened to crush her. Now she's back, at a crime scene as brutal as any she's ever witnessed. The charred corpse of a young woman, burned beyond recognition, smolders on a bed near a bag full of baby items. An autopsy reveals that the victim had recently given birth. Yet no ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Harper (first published 2007)
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Skin and Bone by Kathryn Fox
#3 in the Anya Crichton series.
Read from July 13 to 15, 2014

I was wondering if this book had been erroneously recorded as being a part of the Anya Crichton series, because she is not in it at all and isn't even referred to except for a bit at the start noting her connection to Kate Farrer. Although it does go into Kate's abduction and her being held captive in the previous [Anya Crichton] novel, and also mentions her relationship to Anya and her young son, so... After
Jul 18, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Kate Farrar is back at work as a detective in the police force following her harrowing experience in the first book in this series, Malicious Intent. Her first case involves a house fire where the body of an unknown woman is found. A bag containing baby paraphernalia suggests that the woman may have had a baby but there is no sign of one at the house.

The novel contains several parallel investigations with Kate and her new partner Oliver also looking for a missing girl and investigating a persona
I forgot to post this review at the time I wrote it...

This was a different Kathryn Fox as it didn’t involve Anya Crichton apart from a brief reference. I missed Anya. I really enjoyed this book (although I did keep mixing Detective Kate Farrer up with Detective Ella Marconi from Katherine Howell’s series), but I did miss Anya.
Kathleen Dixon
Jan 18, 2010 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
The protagonist of this 3rd novel by Kathryn Fox was one of the characters in the first novel. As the first and second were about Anya Crichton, I expected her to reappear in the 2nd or 3rd chapter of this, but finally realised that Fox had switched. I quite like that. Kate Farrar (this novel's protagonist) was mentioned in the second novel (Without Consent), and Anya was mentioned in this - both very plausibly. And as they were friends in the first (Malicious Intent: A Novel), it seems likely t ...more
Jennifer Jowsey
Oct 10, 2011 Jennifer Jowsey rated it it was ok
yawn. this was pretty dull, no suspense, kind of muddled writing (like it tried to point you one way, then another, but in a clumsy way and trying too hard). dull characters (did i miss a book before this? there were references to the main character's prior trauma, but nothing in detail), run of the mill mystery, tried for a twist at the end but was just kind of 'huh.' wouldn't seek out another book by this author. would have given it 1.5 if i could give half stars; i've read worse, so it was a ...more
Paula Clark
I was a little disappointed at the beginning to find that Anya wasn't the main character focus of this book. As the story progressed I found I was enjoying getting behind the character of Kate more and more and it was great to see her character elaborated on, and followed-up from the previous books in the series.

An enjoyable mystery/crime read, although I found quite a few things predictable, others had a few twists and turns. I didn't pick the final twist myself until shortly before it was reve
Nicole Benney
Jul 04, 2016 Nicole Benney rated it really liked it
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Dec 18, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
This would be a great book to read on an airplane.

A nice brisk police procedural set in Australia. (I knew we'd gone overseas once they started talking about nappies and car boots) It moves along nicely and always keeps you interested in the plot. A fast read that would be great entertainment where intense concentration or overly complex concepts might get in the way.

Keeping this in the 'good' column and not the 'great' column for me was its lack of much of an overarching theme or compelling ide
May 23, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
SETTING: Couldn't tell, think it's Australia
SERIES: #3 - minor character in the first 2

Although lots of people like to bash the police and paint them as authority figures gone amok, their level of professionalism is actually quite amazing when you stop to think about it. Consider the kinds of things that they deal with every day—abusive people, horrible deaths, threats to their lives, a career that doesn't lead to forming good personal relationships. Homicide d
Mar 19, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it
This book is set in the previous world of the authors other books and has many common characters, but is focused on Kate, who we met in the first book. I really liked Kate and the first time around she really went through the wringer. This time around she is trying to see if she can come back to the job that so defines her life.

Back at work after a 12 week leave she is partnered with a new guy. They get called out to a fire where a body is discovered. While investigating this crime they are pul
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 12, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, thriller
Tot op het bot is het eerste boek van de Australische Kathryn Fox dat in Nederlandse vertaling verschijnt. Het is het derde boek dat ze geschreven heeft. Ze is arts, met bijzondere belangstelling voor forensisch onderzoek. Ze woont in Sydney.

Brigadier Kate Farrer is negenentwintig en vrijgezel. Ze is nog steeds single, omdat ze na het overlijden van haar vriend negen jaar geleden nog niemand is tegengekomen, waar het mee klikt. Na een traumatische gijzeling komt ze na drie maanden verplicht verl
Feb 06, 2015 Vivien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-fiction
Kathryn Fox has certainly written another exciting detective story in 2007, which contains much more police / detective work than the other Kathryn Fox book, which I have read recently - Cold Grave. Detective Kate Farrer returns to work from extended sick leave following a work related trauma to work with new homicide partner Oliver Parke.

Twists and turns and amazing story lines collide throughout the book including 2 house fires resulting in 2 distinct deaths of Candice Penfold, burnt after pre
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
So this would have been a one day book had I waited to start it. Although I figured out the link between the cases very early, I enjoyed seeing how the back story developed. I also liked that this one focused on Kate while Anya was working with SVU in NYC.

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Jul 02, 2008 Sunnie rated it really liked it
SKIN AND BONE has all the elements of a good crime novel. Well-developed characters: a suitably absorbing plot with intertwining threads and enough clues to allow the reader to solve the mystery.

Kathryn Fox’s first two novels (Malicious Intent and Without Consent) featured Dr. Anya Crichton. Farrer was the investigating detective in Malicious Intent. In featuring Farrer as the protagonist in SKIN AND BONE, author has given herself scope to create two separate series. This also firmly establishes
Sep 01, 2015 Nickie rated it really liked it
This novel is not about Anya Crichton as the earlier ones were but about her friend Kate Farrar, a detective who returns to work after months on sick leave (read Malicious Intent for the reason). Kate has a new partner Oliver who seems to good to be true and as you read the novel she questions trust issues. They have a few cases on, one is a suspicious house fire where a women's body is found and the other about a wealthy missing girl. There are lots of twists and turns which keep you guessing t ...more
Terri Wino
Oct 11, 2014 Terri Wino rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2014
This is the third book I've read by Kathryn Fox, and though the first two were good, I have to say I liked this one even more. I was glad to see that Kate was the focus of this book. I won't say more about that because I don't want to spoil the previous two books for anyone reading this review.
Anyway, this author does a great job of juggling more than one mystery in a book. Her characters aren't over the top; they seem "real." I was guessing until the end what exactly the outcome would be. One
Chris Demer
Feb 16, 2013 Chris Demer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman is found dead after a house fire, possibly a murder victim.
Kate Ferrer and her new partner are assigned to the case and just as they seem to be making headway, they are reassigned to a missing persons case. The daughter of a wealthy local man seems to have disappeared and the brass wants the press to be kept out of the investigation.
Although she is disappointed and believes her boss may not think her capable of continuing with the murder investigation, she and her partner start loo
Barbara ★
Mar 26, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it it was amazing
Meet Kate Farrer, a homicide detective with a new partner. And meet her partner, Oliver Parke, a newly made detective - this being only his third case.

The body of a woman who had recently given birth - burned beyond recognition - has been found in building demolished by arson. They team up to solve this murder as well as a suspicious missing teen.

Enter a shady fitness instructor, a swingers' hangout, a wealthy family, a quadriplegic, date rape drugs, corrupt cops and internal affairs agents.

Feb 25, 2016 Kym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jen Juenke
Mar 01, 2015 Jen Juenke rated it liked it
A quick page turner, along the genre of a Patricia Cornwell book, but not as sophisticated.
Jul 23, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
A good fast read - probably liked her first 2 better but still a good book
Jan 12, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
somewhat predictable but not enough to stop enjoying the journey.
Andy Plonka
Feb 02, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Shelves: src
The forensics of fire i.e. arson in this one are quite detailed and interesting.
Nov 03, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery readers
An enjoyable, easy holiday read for the mystery lover. The pace of the narrative is well maintained and the characters are well drawn if stereotypical. I particularly enjoyed reading of murders and arson attacks set in my local area...I'm strange that way! It felt strange to read of the characters driving down and visiting my local shops and streets that I walk through.
I borrowed this novel from the library but I will certainly purchase her other titles...doing my bit to support local writers.
Antonia Jackson
Aug 13, 2015 Antonia Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleared-books
Fresh, no spoilt heroines of independent means, no mention of possible movie scripts, no great explanations of Jewishness. Great to get to an Australia setting and know the landmarks as I live in that geographic area. I found the moat and castle link cheeky. Oliver the side kick was intriguing and I wanted to meet his accommodating wife/lawyer. First of Ms Fox's books and will seek out her other two. Thanks for the prologue. Could not believe it was set in Seven h hills station!!
Wilfred Goodwin
Jan 02, 2015 Wilfred Goodwin rated it really liked it
A real page Turner.
Sep 10, 2009 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
I read this because it had a blurb about being along the lines of Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell, and I've enjoyed their books. This was a good suspense/mystery along those lines. I think I came in late in the series, so I didn't realize it was in Australia or what had happened to the protagonist in the past which may have taken away from my reading, but it was still a good plot on it's own.
Julie scott
Sep 21, 2015 Julie scott rated it it was ok
This novel is the 3rd in the Anya Crichton series although Anya isn't even in this book or even referred to except briefly in the beginning and that's why I only gave it 2 stars I couldn't get into this book @ all it just wasn't the same without Anya.I don't really know why this isn't a stand alone novel separate from the series. I couldn't even read it to the end I guess I missed Anya too much ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying Kathryn Fox's books! She's a great author! I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as her other two that I've read, so didn't give it 4 stars. I just found that I couldn't warm to Kate, the character in this book, in the way I did to Anya Crichton. It still had a good story, and kept me involved - these books are the types of books that you have a really hard time putting down!
Kaaren Matthewson
Jun 17, 2014 Kaaren Matthewson rated it it was amazing
loving this author !!!!
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Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine who currently lives in Sydney, Australia.Her debut novel, MALICIOUS INTENT, received international acclaim, won the 2005 Davitt award for adult fiction and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly best debut novel award. In addition, it toppled The Da Vinci Code to become the no. 1 crime book on Amazon in the UK and German

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Other Books in the Series

Dr. Anya Crichton (7 books)
  • Malicious Intent (Dr. Anya Crichton, #1)
  • Without Consent (Dr. Anya Crichton, #2)
  • Blood Born (Dr. Anya Crichton, #4)
  • Death Mask (Dr. Anya Crichton, #5)
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