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Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan #9)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  17,522 ratings  ·  671 reviews
Following the tremendous success of Cross Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-profile topic in Break No Bones -- a case that lands forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a
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Jocelynne Broderick
I don't know if maybe I'm getting over this style, maybe too much Law and Order watching, but this was a little boring for me.

Yeah, it had all the classic KR stuff...bones, mystery, more bones, more mystery.

But it was so predictable! I think that's the main reason I was bored with it. Tempe's in trouble again, but now she has Ryan AND Pete to help her out, which is just annoying as hell. And throw in some 'colleague' never mentioned before, and there you go, another KRs book.

I hate when authors
I found out that this series is the inspiration for the TV show Bones so I thought that it might be a fun read. I am not a huge Bones fanatic, but I do find it entertaining every now and then. The book, to be honest, bored me. What I like about the Bones TV show is that Dr. Brennan has this antisocial way about her - she doesn't really know how to interact with living people, and yet she still has empathy and she does care. That's the most endearing part about that character. In the book she's j ...more
Toni Osborne
Dr Temperance Brennans work brings her and her archaeological students to an ancient Native American burial ground near Charleston. While there they uncover a decomposing body in a shallow grave.

Why was this body buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual hairline fracture and condition of the sixth vertebrae signify? What began as a simple project turns into a heated homicide investigation when three more bodies are found. While investigating, Tempe crosses paths with her estrange
Requires great suspension of disbelief to swallow the idea of Tempe (a forensic anthropologist from Charlotte), Ryan (her detective boyfriend from Quebec), and Pete (her estranged husband, a lawyer) solving murders in Charleston. Hello, jurisdiction?

And a shoutout to my librarian friends - you might find it annoying that Tempe searches in vain for a journal article online, and then suddenly her hindbrain reminds her where to find it (conveniently, in a book in her living room). A woman with a Ph
I had avoided Kathy Reichs' books for a while, finding her plots somewhat repetitive and was getting bored with how (to me) unnecessarily complicated Temperance's personal relationships were and yet they were just going in the same circles. So I picked this one up, not sure what to expect. I'm glad I did. Yes, her relationships are still complicated, but I liked the direction this book took them in. Reich's writing can be almost formulaic (she always ends her chapters on a cliffhanger ...more
Another awesome book in the series!

I adore Tempe. I love her attitude, her personality. She's not without flaws, just like any human being, and I love reading about her - her feelings, her emotions. The novel is smooth with her thought process, and it wouldn't be the same without it.

Reading about her troubles between Pete and Ryan, it feels natural and completely real. Anyone in her situation would be questioning herself. I love how Reichs brings Tempe to life, like an everyday person that you c
Oct 12, 2007 Shirley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like CSI and mysteries
If you like mysteries and forenics, then this is the book for you. It's written by a Canadian forensic anthropologist from Montreal. Kathy Reichs works for the Chief Examiner in North Carolina and Laboratoire de sciences et de Medecine Legale in Quebec.

This is her ninth book about a forensic anthropologist who is always getting too emotionally involved in strange murder cases. It's not too heavy on the science and tech language and it is fairly engaging. The story moves along quickly and will k
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
My lastest audio book in the car was Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs. The main character was the inspiration for the Fox tv show Bones. I love the show, so I was prepared to love the books.

I hate the book. The only thing it has in common with the show is the character name and field of occupation.

The book has a lot of extraneous, rambling information that contributes nothing to the story. It starts out very slow, and doesn't get into the story very quickly. I listened to several chapters while tr
Kathleen Dixon
It's a couple of years since I read a Kathy Reichs novel, and the last one was one I didn't enjoy that much, so it was with a little hesitancy that I started this. Well, I needn't have bothered being concerned - she (or me, because it may have been my state of mind that caused the unhappines with that last one) was back to the great kind of story that I'd loved in all the former ones.

What did I like in particular about this? - I enjoyed the sparring between the ex-husband and the boyfriend, I en
I would say that so far this is my favourite one
Tempe is showing a bit more emotion in her love life particularly
I can see why she loved Pete however I really like Ryan
The story itself was great, the villain in this book was extremely smart, making sure from the beginning to cover their tracks so it was even more satisfactory when they were captured
My first Kathy Reichs book - review to follow.

Not bad - but for low maintenance/wise cracking/semi loner female detectives, I really prefer Kinsey Millhone.
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

As much as it pains me to say this; I’m officially finished reading Kathy Reichs. I was a big fan of these books since almost the beginning, but I took some time off reading them and explored what else is out there. I have given this a lot of thought and I think I have figured out why I have grown out of these books. In the last few years I have gone from reading only 3 authors to reading a ton of authors. There are plenty of women authors with female charact
Another audio book, this one read by Barbara Rosenblat.

Halfway through, I was waiting for the story to be more about the bodies found and less about Temperance Brennan and her estranged husband Pete. Pete continued to be a problem for me throughout the story and I found his sub-plot superfluous to the mystery contained in the book. (I found treatment of the aftermath of Pete's -- (SPOILER) incident -- as too terse to make me believe Tempe's emotional progression as far as he was concerned. But t
Tom Croom
To recap my prologue in the review I wrote for Bones to Ashes: I am a fan of the series Bones who has decided to try and read the Temperance Brennan novels and see if I enjoy them as much as the show.

It's just not working out as well as I'd hoped.

This book isn't as bad as the other one I had read (the aforementioned Bones to Ashes). These stories all have the same MacGuffin: a mysterious dead body - more specifically: the bones. The mystery of the deceased is always the good part of the story te
This is the first of this series that I have read and I have to say while it was a decent enough read it had some elements that I despise in books.

First, I hate the "Murder, She Wrote" syndrome that is rampant in many television programs today. What do I mean by that? I mean that a hero or heroine ends up in an investigation that the police would never permit, much less cooperate with. For example, when you watch an episode of CSI where the technicians participate in the interrogations-- you've
Hali Sowle
Sometimes Tempe just doesn't know how to say no and when she doesn't she usually finds herself in the midst of something dark and dangerous. Break No Bones exemplifies this problem of Tempe's and throws in the personal issue of both ex-husband Pete and current boyfriend Ryan having to get along to help her out.

The book starts in South Carolina. Tempe has been "roped" into teaching the field class in anthropology for the University because the woman who has taught the class for years and made it
Matt Schiariti
Break No Bones brings Tempe back to her native Carolina. She's working a teaching dig in the lowlands when she digs up an unexpected surprise. A dead body. And not an ancient burial either, this one is quite recent. The local coroner and an old friend of Tempe's has fallen ill recently so as a favor, Tempe takes on the job of trying to identify the remains she uncovered at the dig.

Enter Pete, the estranged husband. Hired by a client to see if an clinic they donate to is cooking the books, he als
Jenny Hilborne
Break No Bones is a mystery set in Charleston, South Carolina.

Forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, is teaching a group of students and finds a fresh corpse among ancient bones during a dig. At the request of the local coroner, Dr. Brennan assists with the investigation and, before long, more bodies turn up. Dr. Brennan must piece together the clues to uncover the mystery, and protect herself from those who wish to stop her uncovering too much.

At the same time, Dr. Brennan must handle a d
I've read two of these books now and I think that's about it for me. The writing is poor to mediocre, full of cliches and awkward phrasing, the characters are mostly walking stereotypes of themselves, and the descriptions are often dripping with unnecessary emotion. Too much telling, not enough showing, as every writing teacher I've ever had would say. I wasn't looking for literature, just something to tide me over in waiting rooms and on planes, but I found myself rolling my eyes and actually c ...more
Donna Davis
Kathy Reichs can spin a good yarn, and sometimes I learn things I didn't know. She is a second tier among my favorite writers, however, (and I am applying this to almost everything she has written, so if I see an exceptional book, I'll write another review; otherwise, this covers them, because a good friend keeps giving them to me, and when they are free, I read them anyway).

Flaw #1: The science lecture. When I read the obvious other writer in this category, P. Cornwell, I feel as if I have inad
Catherine  Mustread
Set in Charleston, South Carolina, this book almost doubles as a guide to places to eat, even some I was familiar with after a trip last year. Tempe, the forensic anthropologist, is filling in for her terminally ill friend, the County Coroner, when three bodies with similar injuries are discovered. Ex-husband, Pete, is a secondary character as is current boyfriend, Ryan who comes to SC on vacation.
I have loved Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan series for years. Great character, intriguing mysteries, and interesting forensic anthropological facts. This time, however, the story fell flat. There were places in which I *gasp* skimmed! What happened to the plot? It just sort of plodded along. The few times it began to twist and turn, I found myself so entangled in medical terminology that I lost the suspense. As for Tempe... almost nothing happened to her. Well, there was the sick friend angle, but ...more
Billy  R.
My first Reichs book, not a fan of the forensics craze and CSI and all the shows that copy that format. Reichs is tied in with the show Bones which I think has terrible acting. The upside is she knows her field and can drum up some interesting stories. I wasn't enthralled in the story but it kept me interested. I felt her writing came off as amateur however her pace was okay, a bit annoying having these mini cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. Tied up the loose ends on the ending well enou ...more
Enjoyable read with a satisfying mix of science, detective work and personal relationships. I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs' work since her first book, Déjà Dead, although, and this will probably surprise no one, I have never watched Bones, the TV series based on the main character, Temperance Brennan.
Another Tempe triumph. She solves crime and fights alligators. Her adventure this book is in South Carolina where she , her not quite ex spouse, Ryan and various others are all involved in exploring a lot of missing people, and various bodies that keep popping up. It is a good adventure, like all the others, and Tempe still is suffering from ambivalence regarding her love life.
Following the tremendous success of "Cross Bones, "Kathy Reichs explores another high-profile topic in Break No Bones -- a case that lands forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme. Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bone ...more
This has been my favorite entry into the Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, mystery series. Brennan is finishing up teaching a summer historical dig for the university when a not-so-historical body appears. Friends with the local coroner, Brennan is soon finding one body after another. Her quiet routine is shot, and it continues to be complicated when her estranged husband and her on-again-off-again paramour, Detective Ryan, both show up at the house where she is staying. Brennan conti ...more
In this book Reichs' central character, Temperance Brennan (the character that the Fox tv character "Bones" is based on, without the forensic sidekicks and more explanation of bones), is on an archaeological dig when a recently decomposed corpse is found. Because of her skills in that area, she's asked to investigate the corpse.

Just when she's finished with the first, two more bodies (in a similar state of disrepair) turn up, so Brennan makes a holiday out of it and stays round to examine the bo
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
George Livingstone
Someone has tried to murder Temperance Brennan in every Bones book that I've read. One would think that after that has happened several times, she may stop hanging around outside after dark when there's a murderer on the prowl, look into a higher quality security system, or carry around something to protect herself. For serious. Buy a can of mace, a billy club, a yo-yo, anything. But no, another day, another car trying to run her over, another attempt at burying her alive, another attempted garr ...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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Other Books in the Series

Temperance Brennan (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)
  • 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)
  • Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan, #10)
  • Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan, #11)
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