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206 Bones: (Temperance Brennan #12)

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'You have an enemy, Dr Brennan. It is in your interest to learn who placed that call.' A routine case turns sinister when Dr Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress. Someone has made an incriminating accusation that she missed or concealed crucial evidence. Before Tempe can get to the one man with information, he turns up dead. The hei ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Random House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nadine Jones
Kathy Reichs used to be my favorite author, and I don't know if she's gotten into a rut, or if I'm just no longer enamored with her style, but either way, this book didn't do it for me. It was too self-aware, too precious, too bogged down in details. I used to enjoy the technical/medical details that Reichs includes, but this time I found myself skimming entire paragraphs. I was also annoyed w/ the excessively complicated plot line - as in past books, many seemingly unrelated deaths turn out to ...more
Elisabeth Pound
I am the type of reader who hooks into a series that is already established and reads each book in order, one after the other - I started the Temperance Brennan novels a few months back, and have read each book in succession.

Maybe I have read too many in too short a period of time, but the formula is wearing thin, and Tempe is becoming annoyingly arrogant. This book especially focuses on board certification, and while I'm sure Ms. Reichs can attest to its importance, I found the repeated messag
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Wanda
Blech! I think Reichs may be losing it. I have been a past fan of hers for many years and have read everything she wrote but I think she may be resting on her laurels. Temperence Brennan has turned into a misanthropic curmudgeon who is pretty unlikeable. This story was disjointed with subplots plopped in willy nilly. Unrealistically Tempe stays with Pete's extended family -- her ex in laws with whom she has a wonderful relationship. How realistic is that? Could be, but unlikely. She goes on and ...more
Brooke
With her 12th Bones book, Kathy Reichs decided to mix it up a little bit. Instead of saving Tempe's inevitable abduction for the very end, she opens the book with it and then takes us back to the beginning of the case so we could see how Tempe ended up in peril.

Nice try, Reichs, but the real way to mix it up would be to stop having your heroine get kidnapped at all. Its ridiculousness is right up there with how many times Chloe and Lois have each been knocked out on Smallville. I'd make a drinki
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Sarah
At 20 pages in, I was already annoyed by the author's habit of taking paragraphs of description, slapping quotation marks around it, and calling it dialogue. And yet, I carried on to the bitter end. Which I saw coming a mile away.

This isn't one of Tempe's greatest hits. The crimes are unremarkable (for the genre, anyway) and the twists are... less than twisty. Plus the Brennan-Ryan romance is back in its tedious "will they (again) or won't they (again)" mode.

My biggest beef is that Reichs is cle
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Heather
I love me some David Boreanaz. Way before there was Team Edward, there was Angel, the tortured vampire with a soul from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What does David Boreanaz have to do with a Kathy Reichs novel, you ask? Nothing-except that he now plays a characters on Bones, a television show VERY loosely based on Kathy Reichs character Temperance Brennan. I give you this background on DB as an explanation for my love of said show, despite the fact that the only things that the show and Kathy Reic ...more
Elizabeth Means
Was up all night read because of the rain storm we had so I was able to finish it.just like the rest of the ones of this series its a must read.if you haven't read the series yet then you need to.
Naomi
Probably my favorite Tempe Brennan book thus far...It just flowed incredibly smooth and I thought the storyline was the best out of all of them. She is still just a really, really comfortable read for me.
Rachel Lightwood
I am the biggest fan of the television show Bones. I'm not even kidding! Ever since I was twelve I have devoured the series. I have every season on DVD and have literally watched every single episode a minimum of ten times. I can quote it off by heart. I can look at a single still and probably tell you the season and episode it was taken from. I love it beyond anything I have ever loved before - well, accept maybe Harry Potter. How have I not read the books yet then? I honestly don't know. I did ...more
Tammy
In 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan, is handcuffed and buried in some place underground. She does not remember how she got there, she is injured, and terrified, but attempts to save herself. Then Ms. Reichs shows us the series of events that led up to the abduction.

This is a first for me author and so I was not 100% sure of what to expect, because I like the TV series Bones, which I frankly love, but I know that some things don't translate well from book to screen. I think what sur
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David Campton
It's been a while since I've read one of Dr. Reich's Tempe Brennan thrillers, and while her books are better by far than the TV version 'Bones', and Patricia Cornwell's increasingly grim Scarpetta novels, I quickly remembered why I stopped reading them. I had identified the key villain one third of the way in (3 pages after their introduction), was tired of the 'romantic' backstory way before that, and finished up frustrated with her moralising about board-certified forensics in the final chapte ...more
Lain
I love Kathy Reichs, but despite the dramatic beginning (forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan finds herself trapped, bound hand and foot, in what seems to be a crypt), this book was lacking in warmth and emotion.

Reichs hits all the points -- setting up a potentially career-ending threat of mishandling an autopsy -- and there are enemies galore. Ryan and her new beau make appearances, as does daughter Katy and ex Peter (and his extended Latvian clan). But while she might get a "6" from the judge
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Fiona
The first time I read a Kathy Reichs novel, I was about sixteen, and really into my forensic-pathologist-does-crime-fighting-lit. I read it in about two days, decided it was brilliant, swore off Patricia Cornwell and all other substitutes ever again... and promptly forgot about it. Every so often now, I see one, and think yeah, that was great, I must do that again.

So anyway, I've done it again. This time around, I was a bit worried that, now I'm a bit older, they'd have lost their brilliance, bu
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Oceana2602
And yet another Tempe Brennan novel. Wait, what was this one about again?
Oh, right. Tempe is framed for not having done her job properly. Of course, the set-up involves a bit more than just professional jealousy - murder, mayhem, graves and bones... the usual.

Oh, Mrs. Reichs - you know I've read all your Tempe-novels, and I'll continue to do so. But, remember the times when you actually created interesting new characters, and when the relationship between Tempe and Ryan wasn't the only thing tha
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Jennifer
Why read: Love the series

What impressed me: Three dead women, seemingly unconnected, plus Tempe trapped means a whole lot of mystery going on. The details were easy to follow, the solutions always a surprise. And while I've always been a fan of Ryan, all of his scenes with Tempe's former in-laws were hilarious and made me love him even more.

What disappointed me: The back and forth between the past investigations and Tempe being trapped annoyed me. I think it was supposed to heighten the tension,
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Julie
It's been awhile since I read Reich's last book so maybe I don't remember the tone of the previous books being as utterly snippy and sarcastic as this one was.

Tempe was positively bitchy the entire book and not in a funny way. The one-liner's and constant sarcasm came across like nails on a chalkboard.

All the wishy washy crap between her and Ryan that had been so well cleared up in the last book was back again. I just thought, "It's been 12 books. Can you make up your mind?"

The plot itself was
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Ruth
ok. usually like her books but this one seemed a lot of preaching about the need to credential forensic pathologists. Some of the description was like reading a textbook -yawn. In 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan, is handcuffed and buried in some place underground. She does not remember how she got there, she is injured, and terrified, but attempts to save herself. Then Ms. Reichs shows us the series of events that led up to the abduction.
Sandra
It was hard to retain all the character names thrown in at the onset, but it all falls into place about midway through the book. Reichs' description of bones for forensic purposes makes an otherwise technical read easy to understand. Fast-paced.
Jessi
If you are a fan of the TV series, Bones, take heed when reading any of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels. This is not the socially inept Tempe of the show. This Tempe is much older, wiser, and, not unlike the Tempe to whom you may be accustomed, not afraid to get into a few scuffles. I thoroughly enjoy Kathy Reichs' books, though they are not all well written. This isn't literature, this is just good, fun reading - if you are interested in reading about murder investigations and the seedi ...more
Jlaurenmc
206 Bones is the latest book in the Tempe Brennan mystery series by Kathy Reichs. In the novel, Tempe revisits her old stomping grounds of Chicago, with Canadian detective Andrew Ryan in tow. Ostensibly in town to deliver a local body found in Montreal and to discuss the case with the Chicago coroner's office, the two also end up making a holiday visit to Tempe's ex-husband's family. Tempe is actually invited, as she is every year, but Ryan somehow makes his way into the fold and into the family ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I read every new Kathy Reichs book.

Comments: Tempe wakes up to realize that she is tied up and trapped within a small brick structure within complete darkness. Chapters alternate between her present situation and some relative distant past and a case she's been working where the skeletal remains of an elderly woman are recovered and linked to 2 other violent deaths of elderly women and 1 current missing persons case that fits the same descriptors. Tempe is also experiencing
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Richard
Oct 21, 2009 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Quebec
Recommended to Richard by: I have read all her other books.
We should all be sure our Medical Examiners are Board Certified. This is made clear in the dedication; throughout the story where Ms. Reichs makes clear that non-certified people are screw ups; in the closing pages where she has her Hero, Tempe make an impassioned plea for certified help; and, finally, in case you didn't get it in an afterword explaining how untrained people are not good for the profession.

All that may be, but I have run into lots of people in other professions who are certified
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Matt Schiariti
I've found the past few Tempe Brennan books to be a little lack luster. Things like interchangeable male love interests and some quirky dialogue have marred what were actually very interesting plots. 206 bones seems to have remedied some of that and as a result winds up being pretty consistent and a solid, entertaining read.

Perhaps what kick starts the whole book is the very opening sequence. The book opens up not at a crime scene, not with Tempe in the lab working till all hours or lamenting ab
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Mazola1
206 Bones is a dandy murder mystery thriller. The latest in a series which features forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, it's fast paced and suspenseful. The plot is well crafted, with twists and turns, but not so complicated as to be confusing. Reich skillfully blends forensics and science into the plot. The scientific facts and jargon never seem to be thrown in for effect, thus avoiding a common pitfall of novels with scientists as protagonists. What did seem out of place was the plea a ...more
Kristina
I've been reading Kathy R. since the very first Temperence Brennan book and either her plots and writing have gotten shittier over the years or I've gotten more critical. Probably a combination of both. This is absolutely the last Kathy Reichs book I will ever read. She's just horrible. I'm immediately irritated because Tempe is being held in an underground tomb and she is described as being hogtied. Now, I know what that means, but I googled it just in case because Tempe is then described as mo ...more
Christy
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called to North Carolina, where she is accused of mishandling an autopsy. Brennan is determined to find out who is behind the accusation through an incriminating phone call, but the man who received the call dies shortly after he relays this. Brennan returns to Montreal and, with her former lover Lt. Andrew Ryan, begins investigating the deaths of several older women that may be connected, although she and Ryan are having a hard time finding the one ...more
Kasia S.
I still remember the day I picked up and started the first book in this series. It was when I sat out on the movie hallway theater floor waiting to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D at an am showing on a cold winter Saturday, now here I am on book twelve and it truly does feel like a trip through time with the characters. I read this series mostly because I adore Tempe, and also because the forensic anthropology here is mesmerizing and so informative; I have always been a huge fan of medical thrille ...more
Belinda
Hmmm. Not as good as I hoped it was going to be, considering I'm a huge fan of the TV show "Bones".

The spiel on the front cover states "Three cases face Dr Tempe Brennan. All complex. All conneected. All could get her killed..." sounds promising? Yeah, no. Yes, there is essentially three cases but they're not connected. In fact, it makes the book quite disjointed. You keep wondering how they're going to connect and quite frankly, they don't. She really just needed to focus on one case and make
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Carl Brush
A while back my wife became entranced with the TV series Bones. I was less entranced, but found it bearable so sat through it for the sake of togetherness. I never put much stock in what I judged to be the pseudo-science of forensic anthropology because there were so many slam-bang-gee-whiz episodes based on what seemed to be no more scientific divination of the inner self than went into casting the I Ching. My first hint that there might be something to all this was Michael Ondaa
tje’s Skin of t
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K Baker
It is very timely for me to get through this book now. I am going this next week to encourage city/county managers/administrators to back the fire department accreditation process of Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) with Max. Be so glad to use this excellent professional to add to my introduction process to chat with people as they walk by the booth in the exhibit hall.

Another thing that stood out was how convenient fiction writing is to allow shy/reserved/carefully speaking people to
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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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  • Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan, #3)
  • Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan, #4)
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  • Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan, #6)
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