Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan, #13)
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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...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Scribner Book Company
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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.

Also, I watched the first two episodes of Bones and hated, hated, hat...more
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...more
Richard
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...more
Sandie
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...more
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
noelle
i thought that this was finally going to be the book where something horrible doesn't happen to temperance brennan, but hahahahah! halfway through she is driven off a cliff into the ocean. THESE THINGS DO NOT HAPPEN TO PEOPLE EVERY YEAR OF THEIR LIVES. your husband doesn't get shot in the face one year and you don't get buried in a sewer tomb the next. bad things do not rain down on people like that. maybe your car breaks down and you can't afford to feed yourself, but you aren't being targeted...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
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...more
Sharon
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...more
Liz
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
Andrew
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.
Laurie
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...more
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
Shy
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...more
Inga
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...more
Thebookmistress
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...more
Kendra
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...more
Mel
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...more
Daniela
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...more
Amy
Jun 24, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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 respect...like Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connely, Patricia Cornwell, and Stephen White. The book Dr. Brennen was not nearly as satisfying as the T...more
Phillipa
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
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.
Dokusha
Es fängt alles recht normal an - eine Leiche wird gefunden und schnell identifiziert. Allerdings ist die betreffende Person angeblich 1968 in Vietnam gestorben. Irgendwas stimmt wohl nicht. Die damals von Vietnam überführte Leiche wird exhumiert und - ist offensichtlich jemand anders als damals angegeben. Die Untersuchungen gehen weiter und werden immer undurchsichtiger. Schließlich hat man es mit drei Leichen zu tun, und drei Namen, aber alles will nicht so recht zusammen passen. Hinzu kommt, d...more
Melanie
Definitely not my favorite Temperance Brennan to date - a little short on the plot, heavy on the acronyms, and full of coincidences. And, too, I thought that Paretsky's _Body Work_ (which I just finished) worked much better as an oh-the-stupidity-and-horrors-of-war novel - I would have been much more satisfied if _Spider Bones_ had stuck with Vietnam rather than overtly calling attention to parallels with present-day Afghanistan.
Michelle
Anther fun read from Kathy Reichs in the Temperance Brennan series. Tempe is once again in Montreal working for the coroner’s office helping to identify the remains of a man found drowned in a lake. When his fingerprints identify him as a soldier long thought dead and buried during the Vietnam War, Tempe is off to her second home, North Carolina, to identify who was buried in the grave 40 years before. Tempe believes her job is done but when the remains travel to Hawaii to the military base task...more
Mizuki
Jan 14, 2014 Mizuki marked it as to-read
DNF at page 40. I didn't read long enough to decide whether this book is good or bad, but I'm bored and I'm not willing to continue.
Heather
Boring. During the first half of the book I kept asking myself, "WHY am I reading this?" The set-up is way too long, we need the story to start sooner, we need to be pulled in and CARE. FINALLY, about 3/4 into the book, something exciting happened and I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages. But still, too little, too late.
Ian
I found this latest entry in the usually excellent Tempe Brennan series a little dissappointing. A set of bodies are misidentified (or are they) in both a confusing and convoluted scenario. However the characterisation and humour is still there and this is what (for me) sets the series apart from similiar formulaic 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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