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Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan #9)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  20,407 Ratings  ·  786 Reviews
From bestselling author Kathy Reichs a book set in Charleston, South Carolina, the center of a lucrative, clandestine, sophisticated trade in body parts, the kind that leaves the donor dead.

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 Cha
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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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
Feb 28, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
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
May 05, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
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
Jun 24, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Dec 14, 2014 M1ssb3rry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hali Sowle
Sep 16, 2013 Hali Sowle rated it really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2007 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 20, 2014 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Davis
Sep 03, 2012 Donna Davis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
May 10, 2016 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Temperance Brennan is one of those characters that I am always pleased to return to for another adventure, and this novel was no different.

I enjoyed the way that the novel started out--Tempe back to her archaeological roots for a spell in teaching, only to find the arm of a dead body when the trip was almost over. I thoroughly loved the way that Tempe complained, to herself, about it happening because she knew that she would be roped into the investigation if by nothing else but her own need to
Laura Monroe
Jan 10, 2016 Laura Monroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I read Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan series periodically. The books can be uneven in quality, but Break No Bones is definitely one of the stronger entries in the series. Tempe is leading a field school on an island off Charleston when the team discovers a skeleton that is recent. Although this is not her jurisdiction, she becomes involved because her friend, Emma, the county coroner, is quite ill and needs Tempe's help. More recent skeletons are uncovered, and each shows a very odd mark in the exa ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Bethany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 07, 2011 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Miriam Smith
Aug 13, 2016 Miriam Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs books are either easy to read or hard to follow as they can be very heavy on the forensic science. This one was not over the top in that area and I found the story easy to follow and very enjoyable. I particularly liked the banter between Pete and Ryan (Tempes ex and current love interest). Although nothing like the popular tv series "Bones" which is based on these books, they are still great books to read, professionally written and with great characters. I would happily recommend ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
It only took me a few lines to realize I had read this Temperance Brennan forensic mystery before. But I set in to reread it and was not disappointed. Fast moving read with a lot of red herrings and forensic detail. I do love Kathy Reich's writing so much more than the TV series based on her. Tempe is tough as nails, with a lot of emotion, and drive to speak for the dead. She carries some of the same daily problems as you or I. Makes for a great read.
Aug 18, 2016 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Reichs' series. In these books Temperance Brennen is a much more pleasant, human woman than she is in the tv series, "Bones." Of course, she does do one or two foolish things, from which mistakes she is rescued by a man, which is always a bit disappointing when seen in a novel with a female protagonist. None the less, she is otherwise so highly intelligent that we can forgive her a lack of street smarts. This was a good mystery, as well.
Oct 09, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This book was fun and interesting. It wasn't fabulous and the murder mystery was pretty standard fare, but it was a decent enough read. The main character is fiesty and fun, so that's cool. I got this book because I used to like the TV show "Bones," but after reading it, I have no idea (other than the name of the main character and the fact that she is a forensic anthropologist) how that show came from this series.
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.
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
4 1/2 stars

Great read, and although this series has it's ups and downs, this one was definitely one of the ups . Yes, the whole Pete/Ryan thing got annoying (deducted half a star for that) but the plot was top notch; intriguing, unique and suspenseful.

Overall, a great read and I'd say one of the best in the series.
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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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