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Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan #6)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  22,802 ratings  ·  591 reviews
World-class forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs explores international endangered species trafficking in this electrifying new thriller that brings Temperance Brennan back to her home base in North Carolina where several sets of bones, both human and animal, lead her on a terrifying hunt for a killer.

It’s a summer of sizzlin
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Scribner (first published 2003)
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This is my 6th Temperance Brennan novel--I am reading them in order. The two main themes--Tempe gets some sort of "back off" warning from the killer and promptly puts herself and/or her friends and family in imminent danger, and she gets knocked in the head A LOT--are tediously repeated here and I have faith that they will continue ad infinitum. To be honest, once I get to the part when she is rendered unconscious and awakens to find herself held prisoner but, strangely, left unshackled and ther ...more
An unconvincing, totally forgettable novel. Like many other readers, I miss the elements that make the Bones TV show so appealing. I made the mistake of thinking that this was the first book in Reichs' series, so I was initially surprised at how phoned-in and convoluted it felt. The only part of the book that seemed passionately written was Tempe's environmental speech featured on the last two pages. Reichs writes in sentence fragments that read like sporadic bursts of machine gun fire, as if sh ...more
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

In the past I have loved Kathy Reichs’s books and I am still a big fan of the show based on her books Bones. My Undergrad degree is Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Forensic Science; with all of that why is it I just didn’t care for this book. This is now two of her books in a row that I was less than thrilled with. I’m starting to worry that I have grown out of Kathy Reichs. I keep wondering if these books have always been this way and when I started rea
Denise Clark
Reichs' books are an easy read (probably why I read them). I've read two of hers so far. This one for me was confusing. Because I couldn't read it straight through (or almost straight through), I couldn't keep up with the cast of thousands. Okay, there were not thousands but you know what I mean. I feel there are too many characters to really get a good grip on the story line. And, in order to close off all the various story lines without making this a HUGE book, some easy endings are opted for. ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Weavre rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weavre by: Samantha
With a background in anthropology, I was intrigued by the idea of a book starring a female anthropologist, written by a female anthropologist. Kathy Reichs, of course, does and writes forensic work, which is far afield from the applied cultural material on which I once focused--but she writes a darned good novel! I liked the characters, and was pleasantly surprised to recognize the author's name when my kids turned on the TV show Bones, which I'd not watched before; Kathy Reichs is associated wi ...more
Jun 01, 2010 (´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to (´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´) by: Anyone that likes a good Mystery
Shelves: own
"Bare Bones" is the sixth novel in the Tempe Brennan series, and as such builds upon previous characters, past events, and past plots, but hey...if the formula works, don't mess with it. Brennan, like author Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist who works between North Carolina and the province of Québec identifying causes of death and IDs remains too badly mangled or maimed for local experts (including the occasional animal).
In "Bare Bones" we find Tempe back from her expedition in Guatema
My mother in law gave me this book at the beach because she knows of my interest in forensics, but, also, because Kathy Reichs attended UNCC (and she teaches there.) The story was good, but, I do not enjoy Kathy Reich's writing style. She uses improper grammar, incomplete sentences, seemingly random punctuation at times, overuses metaphor, and is sometimes hard to follow. Clearly, her style has not hindered her popularity. I had forgotten exactly what it was about this book I didn't like, and, I ...more
I have read better mystery books compared to this one. I was only curious to know the work of Kathy Reichs. It's enough for me now.
I've spent some time away from Kathy Reichs, not for any particular reason, but now I've returned to these books I remember exactly why I love the series as much as I do. Temperance Brennan is a wonderful forensic anthropologist, calm and collected in her science, but with strong emotional interests. One of the aspects of her character that I enjoy is that she can be very self contained and happy within her own space. She doesn't need anyone else at her side necessarily.

There's a point in the st
I am enjoying this story, but the reader makes a noise with her mouth between words, something like smacking. It is driving me nuts. Does she read all of this series?

Also, the author seems to do a strange thing where instead of the saying "So and So said...", the reader reads a quote and then does an aside to atribute it to the speaker. It took me a while to figure out why one person constantly said the name of the other after each quote in the conversation. Kind of strange. I would like to see
Matt Schiariti
A hallmark of the Tempe Brennan series is a plot that seemingly starts as one thing but morphs into something that you couldn't have seen coming as the book progresses. Bare Bones is no exception.

The remains of a dead baby come across the desk of Dr. Brennan as she's working in her native North Carolina. At first glance the book seems like it's going to be a standard who dunnit. Was the baby stillborn? Unwanted? Who would do such a thing? How to identify the murderer if there even is one?

But, a
I adore this series of books and find them very easy going and a pleasure to read. I have enjoyed getting to know the characters over the various different books. I know the books are different to the tv show but i stared reading them before it was released so my view hasnt been tainted by that.
Sometimes I think people tend to take books too seriously of this genre but at the end of the day its a fictional story that gives you an insight into the world of forensics with mystery and intrigue, a
Sarah ( Paris )
يا لها من رواية .
يطارد د. تمبرنس مهووس ( كالعادة ) : متورط بـ تهريب المخدرات والتجارة بها وتهريب الحيوانات وقتلها بطرق وحشية وتصديراعضائها إلى آسيا بطرق غير شرعية ، وإلى جانب ذلك تورطه بجرائم قتل .( كل هذا وأكثر ) .
هذه المرة كانت مهمة اكتشاف القاتل صعبة ولم استطع التفكير بها أو الإقتراب من الحل ..
وهذه النقطة بالذات ترفع مستوى الرواية لأنني تفاجأت بـ شخصية المهووس القاتل .

4/5 .
حبكة جيدة ، مثيرة ودرامية وعيوب قليلة ، منها كثرة الضحايا وتشعب القضايا .
started reading because this is who bones is based off of - the author, not the character in the books, though temperance is the character on tv. (who writes books featuring forensic anthropologist "kathy" - so meta!) but i couldn't get into the writing, i wasn't interested at all in the characters/plot, and basically took it back to the library before finishing.
I'm glad this book got the word out there about shithead poaches and how just out of control the issue is and the billions of dollars involved. So yay for a wake-the-fuck-up-people message to her readers. Most of the story was fine. A bit different in that it felt like there were so many odds and ends I had no idea where it would end up. But I can live with that. What I can't live with is the same stupid shit she got into a few books back and repeated here again.

She's knocked out, put in a dark
Panthère Rousse
Ce n'est pas le meilleur livre de Kathy Reichs, mais on y apprend des choses sur la contrebande d'organes d'animaux.

Présentation de l'éditeur
Campé dans le milieu du trafic d’organes d’animaux en voie de disparition, LES OS TROUBLES pose d’importantes questions et tient en haleine jusqu’à la fin.

Il fait chaud à mourir cet été à Charlotte et Temperance Brennan, anthropologue judiciaire pour le compte du North Caroline Medical Examiner, ne pense qu’à ses vacances. Pas n’importe quelles vacances pui
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Temperance Brennan is back from Guatemala (Grave Secrets Novel) and planning her vacation which has to be put on hold because of a ‘bunch’ of bones turning up at different locations. First the remains of a new-born baby are discovered. Then bones are found in a wood and at a nearby farmhouse. Then when small plane crashes and bursts into flames, mysterious black substance is found on the bodies of the pilot and passenger and the burnt-out interior. Temperance Brennan finds herself working overti ...more
I was initially interested in reading this book because I really enjoy the TV series based upon Kathy Reichs' life and story, Bones. I was excited about hearing more from the "same author" by reading some of Reichs' novels. I was sadly disappointed in this book. While a fun read and a captivating story at times, the narration style was weak, the dialogue forced, and the forensics sidelined. The characters are shallow with little development. At the end of the story, the main character, Dr. Brenn ...more
I'm loving following the exploits of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan as she helps to put away the bad guys. When I first picked up this series, I was expecting something more like the TV series. These books were a pleasant surprise.

Main differences:
TV series: Brennan works in the states full time at a university with a high tech lab.
Books: Brennan commutes between a police lab in Montreal, Quebec and a university in Colorado (I think, I'm writing this on my first cup of coffee...)

This book was mainly frustrating. There was soooo much potential and it was so wasted. The idea of a forensic anthropologist as the main character was great. However, everything about the book became more and more implausible. The good doctor catches three cases during what SHOULD be her vacation (talk about boundary issues!) and shockingly they all turn out to be related. Apparently all of North Carolina crime is committed by about five people. The repeated over-use of foreshadowing is written ...more
This is the third Temperance Brennan book I have read. I started them out of curiosity because I enjoy the TV show "Bones", which is supposedly inspired by Kathy Reichs' books. The similarity ends with the main character's name and her occupation. Pretty much nothing else is the same. But that's ok, the books get a little more into the nitty-gritty of the profession. In this one, Temperance stays in the southeast (no excursions to Montreal here). She is dealing with several sets of remains, some ...more
Better! Much better than Grave Secrets. The plot was a little better, and her relationship with Ryan blossoms. I liked that. I can't stand Slidell as much as I can't stand Claudel...last syllables rhyme. Wonder if that was planned, especially with both of them SOB's... LOL, something to think about. The action was back, Tempe's thought process right on track, but what I didn't like was at the climax. Having not one clue that that one character (won't name names so as not to blow it for those who ...more
This is the first book I have read by Kathy Reichs but I have heard a bit about this series as well as the television series inspired by the books.

I was comparing the book Tempe to the TV tempe which you can't do.

For starters the TV Tempe is a youngish woman whereas the book Tempe is 40ish with a college aged daughter.

Overall I did enjoy the writing style and the plot of Bare Bones.

People compare the Temperance Brennan series to Patricia Cornwell's earlier books and I'd have to say that they do
Lisa C
I really wish Goodreads had been invented a year or two earlier to better align with the upsurge in reading that came with my library career. This is the second audiobook in a row that I'd already read (and couldn't remember the end of). Or maybe it's a sign to beef up the downloadable collection. I should get on that.
Awesome. Loving K. Reichs. Each of her books are well written and well thought out.
aPriL does feral sometimes
What’s that smell? Someone is maybe frying up a crisp critter for dinner! Could be bacon. Cooking scents travel a long ways in the woods near Charlotte, North Carolina. Hopefully, those pesky black bears won’t show up to investigate, although, no one has really seen a bear around for a loooong time.

No, wait. Doctor Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, is here. It probably isn’t pork that is on the fire. Or, correction, on fire.

Poor Tempe. She actually was going to the beach with her new
its my first time to read a Kathy Reichs book, i really had a good time reading it,its really obvious, it only took me 2 days to finish the book. I like the character of Dr. Tempe. I must admit I am a fan of BONES the TV series, though the character of Dr. Tempe there is slightly different from the book, still i felt the same excitement as I read the bare bones. looking forward to my next book by reichs grave secret... till next then... wahahaha
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Belva Shelor
I love this series. I was screaming on the patio. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a kook or in need of Tempe's services. The ending....just heartstopping. Glad it was Tempe and not me. My worst nightmare. Ms. Reichs, you out did yourself again!
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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)
  • Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan, #7)
  • Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, #8)
  • Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan, #9)
  • Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan, #10)
  • Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan, #11)
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