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Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan #13)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  13,040 ratings  ·  955 reviews
Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.

John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the sc
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Scribner Book Company
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Bree T
I quite like the Temperance Brennan novels. I've read all of them and so far there's only been 1 that I really didn't enjoy at all, which I think is a pretty good strike rate when there's been 12 of them. Well unfortunately, my toll now stands at 2/13. I didn't get into this book either.

Like Brennan, Reichs herself is a forensic anthropologist and she always claims that she never writes a novel and puts Temperance in a medical situation that she herself hasn't been in personally. She's obviously
I've been a longtime fan of this series (and the show) but I must admit, this newest effort was such a wank job. Uninteresting story with a resolution that was so confusing, I didn't understand what was going on even as it was explained to me.

Reichs strains mightily to get Tempe out of the office and into the line of fire and shoehorns into the narrative 2-3 action scenes that feel forced and are unbelievable. The end, when both Tempe and Ryan's daughters are put in danger, is a series' lowpoint
Recently took a short trip and decided to take along Kathy Reichs SPIDER BONES on CD to help alleviate the boredom of a ride across the desert. I came away from the experience vowing never to read or listen to another offering in this series. My dissatisfaction stems from many sources. I will attempt to enumerate just a few.

1. Her relationship with Ryan. The green-eyed monster rears its ugly head every time another woman comes on the scene, in this case Honolulu medical examiner Hadley Perry. Te
Why read: Love the series

What impressed me: I loved Tempe in Hawaii. I loved her vacationing with her daughter and I loved seeing her work in a new place with a different group of people. I absolutely loved Tempe and Ryan spending time together, with their respective kids, and not having everything be sort of overwhelmed by work as it usually is. The mystery was completely unforeseeable. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but was always proven wrong.

What disappointed me: I'm sort
Lyn Battersby
Being a huge fan of the TV series, I really really really want to love the books.

I don't.

I try and I try and I try, but at some point I have to shake my head and move on to something else.

I'm a student at uni and like to read crime novels for light relief between study, assignments and exams. I want something that pushes me to think, but that entertains me at the same time. Somewhere along the line, Reichs fails to achieve this.

I've tried to work out what I don't like and I think it comes down
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
To keep this short -

Tempe is back for her thirteenth book and I haven't been so intrigued about the victims for a very long time. It's a good thing to because this book is not full of Tempe's indecision about Ryan "leaving her" (although in my opinion, he gave her a chance to fight in the book before they break it off it is about the victims and their weaknesses that led to a chain reaction 40 years after Vietnam.

Soldiers dead in Vietnam, a body found in Canada and a drug ring in Hawaii all come
I'm a big fan of Kathy Reichs' books, of which Spider Bones is the most recent. In this outing, protagonist Temperance Brennan is asked to bring her forensic anthropology skills to bear when three different sets of remains are identified as belonging to the same man.

Clearly, this is impossible.

Brennan is whisked off to the military's Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Command (JPAC), because the man in question, John Lowery, is cited as having died during the Vietnam war.

Along the way, Bre
The Queen of Unbelievable Coincidences strikes again. Seriously, why has no one with any influence over Kathy Reichs ever sat her down and explained that she can't keep forcing connections between cases that have no business being related? It takes away from an otherwise great series.

In this one, Tempe starts out with a body in Canada, but heads back to the States (NC, of course) when the body is identified as a man who reportedly died during the Vietnam war. Then it's off to Hawaii for some Lin
I have to admit, I've never read a Kathy Reichs book before this one. I'm a devout fan of the TV show "Bones", but once I learned there weren't too many similarities between the two, I just kinda forgot about them. Oh, I was so wrong! I absolutely devoured this in under 24 hours. The case was totally intriguing, and it was such an easy read. I really didn't fee lost at any moment, regardless of what I've missed in previous books. I think I may have to start making her a regular author of mine. F ...more
Ok I will admit its been some time since I have read a Kathy Reichs book and I had forgotten how twisted and interwound the plot can be - maybe a few years away from her work allowed me to forget this and enjoy the story style all over again - No it is not Bone its something wholly different and to me far more enjoyable for it. I wont comment on the book - if you want to know about it read the blurb as any more and I will give the plot away and that is for people far more eloquent and creative t ...more
Holly McIntyre
This book reminds me of the old carny game of putting a pea under a cup and then moving the cups around while maintaining a distracting chatter. I spotted the "pea" early in the book and spent much of the rest of it wondering why the characters hadn't noticed it, too. Still, it's a good, exciting mystery well-worth a weekend read.
Anne Wright
Oct 25, 2014 Anne Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime, mystery Kathy Reichs readers
Spider Bones By Kathy Reichs

An author that does not disappoint. A melding of fact and fiction - Kathy Reichs uses her own experience with the USA's JPAC. An agency that go out and look for missing USA military from wars as far back as WW11.

A body is found in Canada in very strange circumstance's and when the DNA is taken it comes back as a shock for a father who was under the impression his son was buried in the USA. On digging up the body buried in the USA it turns out that this is a completely
I love crimes and thrillers. This was definately a crime, but i felt no thrill! This was the most boring crimes i have ever read. To give current readers or past readers an idea of the predictability, i guessed the outcome of the main plot by the time they were finished at the morgue....

My friend adores Kathy Reichs, but judging by this i cannot see why?

I will give Kathy the benefit of the doubt on this one however and try another book. Judging by the other reviews by her usual readers, this is
I have enjoyed past Reichs books for their setting in Canada and North Carolina which is exotic to someone living in Hawaii. Since this one is partially set in Hawaii, it loses its thrill. Except for the military forensic lab, the picture of Hawaii is fairly superficial, with Temperence giving tourist guide-style lectures about Hawaiian history. The take away for me was a new fact about dna. I like the authenticity of the forensic procedures, though I do skip over some of the lectures. Perhaps R ...more
Angela Risner
I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs since before she was known to most people as the creative force behind the TV series, Bones. Way before, in fact.

I actually don't watch the show, because I experienced the books first and my idea of Temperance Brennan does not match what they have on the show. Yes, I know that they are using a "younger" version of Tempe on the show, but it's just not what I am looking for when I already know the character one way.

I always look forward to new offerings from Reich
Neil Mudde
I normally like Kathy Reich's book, this one is a bit too self indulgent, she lives a good life being a coroner/medical examiner, or whatever her title is, the traveling between PQ and North Carolina, are a bit hard to believe," Until they are Home" is admirable, however it does not take away from the fact that many of these young men were brainwashed by their Loyalty to America to wage war with people who did not want Americans on their land, the story continues today, her daughter Katy appears ...more
1) Why must the publisher change the title in other countries? Can't they just give readers a bit more credit for not being dumb?

2) Well, it's another entertaining novel, good for a relaxing read. The moral of the story is as ever: if you're invited to accompany Dr. Brennan while she travels somewhere as part of an investigation, DON'T. You will be put in danger, kidnapped, shot at, threatened with violence, etc. I'm amazed she hasn't run out of variants yet. The plot itself is nicely varied fro
Spider Bones ist der 13. Roman von Kathy Reichs mit Temperance Brennan und Andrew Ryan. Obwohl ich auch die Fernsehserie Bones sehr mag, sind mir die Originalcharaktere der Bücher doch deutlich lieber.
Der Plot von Spider Bones: Aus einem See in Quebec wird ein Toter gefischt, der sich offensichtlich beim Ausleben autoerotischer Praktiken selbst getötet hat. Über die Fingerabdrücke ergibt sich schnell eine Identizierung, der Tote ist John Lowery, auch Spider genannt (siehe Titel). Problem: John L
What I like about the series is the Montreal setting, where applicable, and the police procedural/forensic stuff. What I thoroughly disliked, enough to stop reading the series, was the way Temperance was always the center of any mystery, going alone into every lair of evildoers, being the motivation behind every nutcase's decision to start killing people...

I am glad I picked up this one. The Hawaii setting was interesting. There was still a lot of her personal life, but, for once, there was some
Megan Baxter
This is the first Kathy Reichs I've read, and, well, I didn't hate it. (Unlike the Patricia Cornwell I read last year.) But neither am I really grabbed by it. Will I read more? Only time will tell, and whether or not one of my lists coughs up one for me to read. I certainly won't avoid it, but I know there's at least one mystery writer writing forensic anthropology mysteries that my mother likes more. Maybe I'll search him out.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes i
Linda Rowland
Learning to read with television on. Well, with college football on. Could my concentration be getting better as I am within spitting distance of 70? Likely it is just hearing getting worse.
Reaad the vast majority of this book in one sitting today. I love Kathy Reichs' way of writing. She makes us belive that Tempe is just another person, someone we can relate to. Too often writers turn their main characters into "super heros"

Tempe in the books is a person with worries and feelings of inadequacies in some areas of her life, but with a good working knowledge and histlry of experience in her field of endeavour. Reichs' makes us feel that we could all be the Tempe of our chosen field
A few of Kathy Reichs books between this one and her first novels gave the impression as if they were hastily put together. She more than redeemed herself though with Cross Bones and this book, Spider Bones, definitely delivers as well.
It's about a mix up of bodies and identities. To describe more would already be a spoiler as the action is packed so condensed that you cannot write about it without giving something away. The story grabs you from the first page and moves fastwith lots of twists a
Jun 24, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
If you like to read voraciously, and/or you like Patricia Cornwell, and/or you like forensic crime stories, you will probably like this series. For some of my lighter reading, I like to read series books...sometimes I'm a lazy reader, and if I'm reading a series, I'm not learning as many new characters. I was very satisfied with Kathy Reichs in this Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connely, Patricia Cornwell, and Stephen White. The book Dr. Brennen was not nearly as satisfying as the T ...more
I picked this book up in my favorite cafe where you could exchange books. (You know what I mean. People put books in a basket and you change a book of your own for one from the basket) I didn't really read the back, but it was an English book and looked kind of interesting. I had never read a forensic thriller before so I did not know what to expect going in.

I'm not going into a summary of the book as I'm sure you can find one yourself (and I am just too lazy). Not ever read anything like this,
I do love a good Kathy Reichs novel. Clearly evident by the fact that I read this one in about 3 or 4 days? And I did enjoy this one ... although some things fell flat for me. Perhaps it's because I haven't read one of hers in a while, but I didn't remember her having a daughter. I think it's probably because I watch more Bones than read Kathy Reichs. And that left me feeling a different sort of disappointment. I like the Bones character of Temperance Brennan better than the one in the novels no ...more
I am a fan of Temperence Brennan, the charismatic forensic anthropologist. I follow her life, romance and works, diligently though haphazardly. The title of this book , 13th of the series was very catchy. But it failed to live up to my expectations.
The circumstances of this book deal with a drowned body which is discovered to be that of a long dead Vietnam war soldier victim. This causes confusion, Tempy steps in and things boil up. The work takes her to Hawai, her recently bereaved daughter an
Teresa in Ohio
This. Used. To. Be. A. Must. Read. Series. But. It. Took. Three. Attempts. To. Finish. This. Book. It. Starts. In. Quebues. With. A. Discovery. Of. A body. Whose. Identity. Was decleared. Dead. Years. Ago. In. Vietnam. This. Ttakes. Us. There. With. That. Body. Being. Dug. Up. And. Then we. End up in Hawaii. Confusedk??? There. Is. More. Tempe. Is. Forced. To. Consult. On. Local. Case. That. Somehow. Involves. Gangs Ithink. After. Closing. This. Book. I. Am lost as to. What. I read.
I picked up this book because I like the TV show (Bones) and I knew Kathy Reichs was involved in it. It's not something I watch often, but I'll watch (enjoy) the odd episode if it's on.

I really wanted to like this book.

I didn't.

Part of the problem was that I expected Brennan to be similar to the TV character. Not the same, just similar. I didn't find that at all, which threw me for a bit of a loop first thing. I can get past that, so I kept reading.

While it held promise, I found the story just f
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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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