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Bones in Her Pocket

(Temperance Brennan #15.5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,592 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Dr Temperance Brennan is in unfamiliar territory as she races to learn the truth from the bones - before it's too late. A new, exclusive straight-to-digital short story from Kathy Reichs, world leading forensic anthropologist and No.1 bestselling author of Deja Dead, Bones Are Forever and Bones of the Lost.

Dr. Tempe Brennan has seen it all. Human bones. Animal bones. Old b
ebook, 64 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by Cornerstone Digital (first published July 1st 2013)
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Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I think that Kathy Reichs work on the TV series, Bones, has given her some insight into writing novellas. Usually, I feel cheated, but in this short book, Tempe Brennan is called to a remote area near Charlotte where she finds a dead body in a canvas bag. Using her forensic skills, she is able to identify sex, race, and approximate age and by searching missing persons, determine the identity of the victim. Reichs manages to create some likely suspects, and her persistence uncovers the perpetrato ...more
Amelia Strydom
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't read many novellas, they are just too damn short and I enjoy getting lost in a novel. Bones in her Pocket was a fabulous read, though, packing an amazing punch for such a short story. Tempe is a great character: witty, compassionate, and able to impart complicated information in a warm and down to earth way. The side characters - suspects, mainly - were well-developed too; Reichs managed to sculpt unique and lifelike characters with a few choice details. The mystery itself is compelling. ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fans of the Reichs series starring Tempe Brennan will love this short story as a teaser before the next major literary release. Reichs offers up a teaser of the upcoming novel Bones of the Lost (which I left untouched) to lure her most ardent fans into devouring this quick read. When few bones turn up in a lake, Brennan must use all her forensic anthropological skills to solve this whodunit. What looks to be a simple case of ‘identify those bones’ turns into a much larger mystery, which is more ...more
Nicole Alycia
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was almost like reading an episode of Bones! It was quick, action packed, and exciting! I definitely need to start reading more short stories!
Steven R. McEvoy
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This is an interesting story. You have environmental activists, a bird sanctuary, an ecoterrorist, a grad student who loves raptors and owls, and a puppy mill. There is a lot of possible suspects as the story progresses. And the culprit was a complete surprise. It was interesting watching Temperance piece together the clues and make some mistakes along the way. But get the bad guy in the end.

Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Kathy Reichs. Note this st
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title - Bones In Her Pocket

Author - Kathy Reichs

Summary -

A canvas bag floats to the top of Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to investigate. Inside is the decomposed body of a young adult female that fits the profile of missing graduate student Edith Blankenship.

What startles Temperance even more is the small cache of bones that are located in Edith's hip and groin area. As if someone had shoved an animal inside of her. Or as Temp
Her Saturday off, ruined by an early morning call to investigate a bag, odorous and bulging and discovered at Mountain Island Lake in the foothills of North Carolina, meant Dr Temperance Brennan was now on her way with a silent local policeman, plus the owner of the property, to pick up said bag. A few weeks prior, unidentifiable human bones had been found in the same area, and Tempe needed to see if there was a connection.

But when she began her investigation on the contents at her lab, she was
This was Ms. Reich's first foray into the e-reader short story world. I wasn't sure what this story was about, since it is very new, but I love Ms. Reich's genre, so I figured it would be about forensic science. This story had a little bit of that, but I think Ms. Reichs was trying to write a story with a message, but her message came at the end of the story, and really had absolutely nothing to do with the beginning part. Her message was about Puppy Mills and how horrible they are. The focus on ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Bizarre forensic details, vivid setting, deft use of dialogue, powerful social commentary. Bones in Her Pocket packs as much literary power as any of Kathy Reichs' full-length novels. Reichs fans who need their fix before the next volume in the series should be satisfied.

I have just one little quibble, however: This e-story ends at the 74% mark, the rest being reserved for a two-chapter preview of the author's next novel. It's understood that Kindle "shorts" by major authors often function as ad
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that I like the Bones series by Kathy Reichs. This was her first all digital book. It was short and uncomplicated. I think if it had been a printed book, the second set of bones would have yielded another story. As it was, the second set alluded to a story that was not investigated. The murder mystery was pretty uneventful as Bones mysteries go, but it had a couple twists and turns. The message of the book came at the end, which seemed a bit contrived. The message was a good one, ...more
James L Pagano
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good but not as intense as most of her books in my estimation. I will continue to read her books .
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, short-stories
I listened to this novella on audio and it was a nice introduction for me to Temperance "Bones" Brennan, a character in popular author Kathy Reichs' books and the television show Bones. I have never read the series or watched the show, but this appealing short story might lead me to start at the beginning of the series and read more about her adventures.

In this story Temperance is investigating some bones that washed up on a NC lake, but when a body is discovered in a bag in the same lake, she n
Dotti Elrick
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is a very short story about our favorite forensic anthropologist. Temperance Brennan.

Even though it was short, it still kept up the usual pace and drama of a full length novel. I liked it.

Tempe is called out to an artist colony to recover what she thinks are the rest of the bones of an old skeleton. What she finds instead are the remains of a body stuffed into a bag and thrown into the lake.

The remains are that of a missing college student, Edith Blankenship.

Their main subject is a known e
This novella falls between Bones are Forever and Bones of the Lost. Dr. Tempreance Brennan is called in to identify remains found in the foothills of North Carolina. While the identity of the victim is easily discovered, the circumstances surrounding the death and additional surprising evidence lead the case in an unexpected direction.

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Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
What a joy it was to find a novella featuring my favorite heroine Temperance Brennan. "Bones in her Pocket was as good as any of Reich's full-length novels. Tempe does what she does best, lets the bones speak to her, and finds herself, yet again, in a life or death situation.
Pretty decent for a Kindle Single, despite the weak ending. "Bones" fans will enjoy it, but I doubt the book will do much to enlarge Reichs' readership.
Sue Gale
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Short Story To Engage You

If you are a fan this will help fill the gap until the next novel.An interesting read but finished all too quickly
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great short story - some twists and turns and a "I didn't see that coming".

Well written, and a good lead up to her next novel being released in August. Two thumbs up and 5 stars!

Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
Short story set between books which are a little snack to help keep you sane whilst miss Reichs keeps you waiting for the next book.
Helen Tomlinson
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could not put the book down. Her books are all good. She know how to keep you enthralled in her books.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book should have carried a trigger warning; it's ultimately about puppy mills. I wasn't really a fan of that both because it disturbs me (for some reason more than gruesome murder of a human) and because I'm already a major hater on puppy mills, so the politics felt sanctimonious and kinda johnny-come-lately to me. At one point the esteemed Dr. Brennan literally stumbles on a PILE OF DEAD PUPPIES. Seriously. You're just reading a mystery novel and then suddenly there's a pile of dead puppie ...more
Dec 21, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was planning on reading Temperance Brennan books in order this time. But, here it is, the end of the year, and I haven't much time to finish my challenge to myself to read 60 books by the end of the year. I admit it, I am picking short books in order to finish this challenge on time. I'm even considering reading a bunch of children's books so I can make it. I actually found myself wishing that there was a way to search for books by length. If there is, I haven't found it. But I have found a fe ...more
Sharon Lensky
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short story which seems to have been included in collections but was available in my library as a standalone audiobook. Tempe is called to a remote site to investigate what she believes is a collection of bones but turns out to be an actual corpse. We see her and Detective "Skinny" Slidell unravel a mystery around nature lovers and animal lovers...and, as usual, things are not always what they first seem to be. I found myself wanting a more fleshed out story line, as this had all the e ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant listen, and it is a novella, different than her other works. I liked the way she presented this book, and even though different and shorter, she was still able to get a full/complete story in it. I liked it which surprised me. Good stuff. A canvas bag floats to the top of Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to investigate. Inside is the decomposed body of a young adult female that fits the profile of missing gradu ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A nice mystery crime novella. I can see why there are many fans of this overall series. I can't say that I love her style, but it was entertaining nonetheless, and I could see reading another of her offerings. Kind of a lighter style, something good for the beach or holiday. Or maybe listening to in the car.
Janice Workman
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed her novellas. They are tighter, so more suspence, good research information - I always learned something new, and kept me up ready - It is also set on a very relevant social issue that I care about.
Stacy Luebke
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Encyclopedia Brown for adults. Definitely a well put together if short ride. Compactly fits around the main narrative but you still get enough of each character to solve the crime. And it addresses a social evil dear to my heart.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Kathy Reichs!
Jennifer Powell
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs can do no wrong. It's a short story, but just as good as all her others. I listened to this on audio cd and the reader was very good.
Karen Grikitis
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Masterfully suspenseful novella with a distinctly American tone.
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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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