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Cross Bones

(Temperance Brennan #8)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  23,138 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
The key to a modern murder lies in the sands of history.

Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site,
Paperback, 453 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published 2005)
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Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
In book 8, Dr. Temperance Brennan finds herself traveling from Montreal to Israel to track down a killer and the mystery behind ancient skeletal remains that could turn the lives of the religious faithful upside down.

I'm going to put aside the fact that there's a lot of Dan Brown comparisons in the book. However, it didn't take away any enjoyment I had in seeing our main protagonist return to her roots in archeology. Also, the story takes place in one of my favorite countries, Israel(spent three
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
I would actually give this book 2.5 stars if that was a possibility. Since it's not, I rounded down.

I'm a huge fan of the TV show "Bones." So when I encountered this book by "Bones" creator Kathy Reichs at a second-hand bookstore, I grabbed it, thinking that of course I would like the book too.

I was kind of wrong. I didn't hate the book, but it took me some time to get through it. Reichs's writing style is somewhat staccato - her descriptive prose is written in half-thoughts, like she's checking
Good.. but not my favorite?

Cross Bones is the 8th installment for the Temperance Brennan series. In it, Temperance is travelling from Montreal to Israel. Why? Well, it's to track down some mysterious killer and solve a slightly religious murder. In this book, it seems that the skeletal remains may or may not be the bones of Jesus's family.

Interesting.. but I didn't really care for the religious take this time around. I am catholic and all.. but it was just boring to listen to. The only thing
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read murder mysteries when my brain needs a rest and I want to escape. I tend to find an author and read all of her/his work beginning with the first book published. That's what I've done with Kathy Reich with the exception of this book. I didn't have the next two in her Temperance Brennan collection, so I skipped ahead to Cross Bones.

Reading this book felt timely as Tempe heads to Israel, so it was trippy to read a story that was taking place at sites I was hearing about on the news daily.
An average forensic procedural mystery. In this one Tempy is called to examine centuries old bones supposedly retrieved from the Massada massacre site of biblical times. People have already paid with their lives in trying to acquire this skeleton, which she calls Massada Max. A couple of archeologists are of the view that the skeleton is of Christ himself. Theories abound that Christ died as a ripe old man after having progeny of his own, and amidst an extended family. Tempy is drawn to Israel, ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I want to give the book 1.5 stars, but it won't let me. For series, a one star means I definitely won't read the next book, but in this case, I probably will. However, this book was a chore to get through. I feel like Reichs was jumping on the Dan Brown bandwagon with this book. At an autopsy of a Jewish importer in Montreal, Brennan is handled a photo of a skeleton unearthed at Masada, but the skeleton was never included in the official reports. Could this be the skeletal remains of ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck
How disappointing! I enjoy mysteries because they make me think, they are usually well researched and can either teach me something or challenge me in some way, or make me laugh. Since this book was written by a former forensic scientist, I thought there would be something here. Instead, Reichs is one of the most condescending writers I've read. Instead of using a plot, she advances the action by having the main character ask herself redundant questions - sometimes eight of them in a row. She is ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most cohesive and entertaining Tempe Brennan novel since Fatal Voyage. It doesn't suffer from the odd dialogue or sometimes cumbersome or confusing plots. And gone are the quasi-teenaged approach in regards to how Tempe handles her relationship with Ryan.

A murdered orthodox Jew turns up in Montreal, shot execution style. How does this fall into Tempe's lap? A strange man gives her a photo that was supposedly given to him by the deceased. A photo showing an old skeleton that
Cross Bones is the 8th book in Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan forensic mystery series. I found it to be one of the more interesting ones so far.

Temperance is working at her 2nd job as forensic anthropologist assisting the Montreal coroner. (For those not familiar with the books, Temperance works in South Carolina most of the time, but spends time also in Montreal as part of an arrangement.) This story starts off with Temperance assisting with two bodies, one who is found in a chimney and
Started to read this and realised I have in fact already read it years ago, it wasn't my favourite of the series so far, I am no longer a fan of 'Da Vinci Code' and conspiracy theory plot lines but I will continue with the series and hope they return to more familiar themes.
Joseph Benjamin
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hmmm, well my feelings about this book are mixed. Yes, it was largely based on archaeological and anthropological facts and recent (within the last 60 years) expeditions and discoveries. Yes, in that regard it was better than the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. However, the book gave a great buildup with the main storyline, but was a huge let down when it came time to wrap it up and connect all the dots. It's as if she got to the end and decided she was just as tired of writing it as I was of reading ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
First the good--

Reichs is a competent enough writer. If nothing else, she knows how to hook the reader in moving to the next chapter with corny cliffhangers...and some of them are really cornball-- a cheap conversational style of writing at times that just weakens the overall impact of the book.

The author has obviously visited the Holy Land and knows the territory fairly well.

The Bad--

Ryan's constant reference to "tap pants" and other sexual innuendo. I know that the author wants us to
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist splitting time between Montreal and North Carolina is drawn into a *really* cold case. As in a set of bones that looks to be around 2000 years old. While working on a case involving the murder of a Jewish merchant, a picture of an old skeleton is given to her by an anonymous person who thinks it's the reason the merchant was killed. Digging deeper (no pun intended), she actually ends up in possession of the skeleton in the picture she received (quite ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book. Mystery surrounding bones that were discovered at Masada and the characters are romping through Israel for this book. I enjoy these books and this plot definitely caught my attention. The end was not as good as the rest of the story but all in all kept me turning the pages. I like these books.
Miriam Smith
Bought this book as I have bought most of Temperance Brennan and not got round to reading most of them, however i picked this book up to read and just didn't fancy the storyline in this one, so I'm afraid I abandoned it.
Charlotte Smith
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy reading this one from kathy reiches. From France to travelling around. All that happened was down to some bones that was found.
Kit Zaballa
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cross Bones is my 3rd Kathy Reichs book, and I have to say I really liked it - enjoyed it actually.

I like Reichs' writing style. There were no dull moments in this book, it keeps you glued. Reichs' also uses language that the general public can understand - it's simple but not really dumbed down. There were a lot of technical terms (as can be expected) but most were supplemented with layman explanations. She doesn't try to make Tempe sound poetic/philosophical which I think is a pothole some
Brigitte Thomas
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Reichs really knows her stuff. While Im a big fan of the television show Bones, Im a bigger fan of Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan books. Temperance is a top notch forensic anthropologist who splits her time between her home teaching at a college in North Carolina and working for the medical examiner in Montreal, Quebec. Unlike the Temperance in the show, the book Temperance is more relatable. Shes at the middle to far end of her forties with a divorce and a daughter in college. ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Crime Thrillers
Recommended to Lisa by: No One
At this point I believe I'm completely caught up on the Temperance Brennan novels. This one is probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite of all of them. Maybe because it's primarily set in Israel, rich in history, art, and culture. Maybe because I understand the humor, the religious references, among other things, without a guide-book that others WILL require when reading it if they are non-initiated as far as Judaism is concerned, but basically this one book just puts so many other ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb on the back of this book I thought "Da Vinci Code". As far as I'm concerned not a positive thing. (I got 60 pages into said book and no farther as I was excruciatingly bored). However because of the main character being a forensic anthropologist I stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised.
Yes there is a slight conspiracy theory theme to do with ancient remains that may or may not be that of Jesus but I wasn't bombarded with heavy religious doctrine and corrupt church
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Temperance Brennan series never fails to impress. I find it very comforting to be able to pick up any novel in this series and know that I'll find the plot and the science both comprehensive and interesting. Reichs manages to toe the line between the complex science of forensic work especially forensic anthropology and the intriguing detective work of the plot lines expertly. I find myself as interested in the science as I am by the case.

This is one of the more complex Reichs novels I've
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I've always enjoyed reading Kathy Reichs books. However I found this one a little off. Too many questions going to be asked but never finished. Too much running around with no results. Jakes telling her not to contact anyone about the pictures and then the bones that are found, but keeps putting her when she asks questions. Instead he is flying here there and back and still no forthcoming answers to her partially formed questions.
It seems the bones might be those of Jesus and then theories
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
This is one I listened to. I have heard others by her and watch the tv show Bones based on this character. This book was strange because it was about finding bones that might have been Jesus'. It told a lot about christian history and the beliefs about Mary. I was very interested in how the author was going to get out of this story. It helped to have a fiery car crash with a sacred shroud and bones burning up and the other set of maybe Jesus' bones getting stolen by a group of Jews who believe ...more
Megan Broussard
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been following this series of books for many years now and have always enjoyed every reading experience. Recently I have revisited them again as my daughter wanted me to buddy read them with her after discovering the television series and then seeing the books in our bookshelves. Even though I explained that the books and TV show are two different entities, she was still determined to read them. So here I am, many books later and enjoying them just as much as I did the first time. I am ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
If half stars were a thing (sigh!!) I'd give this a 3.5. Good but not her best - glad I stagger the volumes in this series with other reads or I think I'd be really disappointed. Lots of details that never developed into real leads (red herrings, I suppose) but just made everything feel a bit clunky - but hey, would I do any better, gosh no! Will I read the next - heck yeah! Just not right away.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Really interesting, but also really technical.
The number of pages of technical explanation really slowed the book down for those who, like me, aren't really up on the subject and not fanatically interested in a text on it.
However, the story was fascinating, being based on the latest archeological finds and studies by Bible scholars. Always something new - and as in the book, always several people determined to argue about everything due to their own agendas.
The Backlist Book
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I was looking for more pages. I still don't know how Masada Max was. I might have to take my frustrations out by writing something about him.

I am always thrilled by Kathy Reichs work. I have been a fan since I discovered Bones was based on her books. her writing style is scientifically accurate and manages not to make me feel talked down to.

I really hope that some day the truth of Masada Max may be known. I also understand it if it never is. Some things are too sacred.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Finished it. Read this before in Dutch, but don't remember a thing. Story was okay, but I found Ryan irritating and I definitely don't like it that there's a relationship between Temperance and Ryan. It's just not right.
Elizabeth Lapp
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting this book to be so interesting! It has been compared to Dan Brown's writings, and I would have to agree.
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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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