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Devil Bones

(Temperance Brennan #11)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  24,097 ratings  ·  1,155 reviews
In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery — a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Scribner Book Company
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Kristen Lewendon All of the Brennan series stand alone fairly well. The mystery itself will be just fine without having read any of the others. It's going to be in the…moreAll of the Brennan series stand alone fairly well. The mystery itself will be just fine without having read any of the others. It's going to be in the personal relationships where you might be missing some of the details. Though, the story does do a pretty good job of providing an overview so you shouldn't feel as if you're missing very much.(less)

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Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
i feel an obligation to read all of her books because i started with the first one when it came out a million years ago. i recall the first ones to be pretty good. this is the 11th brennan novel, and it annoyed me to no end. primarily the foreshadowing she uses at the end of each short chapter, usually reading "And things were going to get worse. Much worse." EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER. ugh. mostly her writing just got worse. i can't even recall the plot, something to do with bones in a cauldron.
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, mystery
The books in Kathy Reichs' Bones series are either really, really good or merely decent, and this newest installment fell into the latter category. I think my level of enjoyment depends on how interested I am in the murder mystery.

I was annoyed with the level of "catch up" Reichs did - I can understand wanting a new reader to be able to pick up any Bones book and understand the players, but by the 11th book in the series, I really don't need to spend pages on what Tempe's job is, who her co-work
Nov 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Kathy Reichs joins the ranks of so many writers who feel compelled to produce a book every year and end up producing crap. I used to so enjoy her books -- but she has gone downhill fast and this might be the last one that I read.

Devil Bones' only saving grace was that it was quick to read .. but only because of the # of pages, not because of the content. There were too many peripheral characters that added nothing to the plot except to make it confusing. I also prefer the books that are set in Q
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There has been some ups and downs with this series for me but overall, I look forward to every book I pick up. Not all long-standing book series are able to hold my interest but this one certainly does. Also, I convinced my mum to try out the series because I believe she would love it.
Reichs as an author might not be for everyone but I enjoy her businesslike writing when it comes to the forensic part of the story. Always a great contrast to Tempe's personal life.

The case this time isn't that sp
Aug 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
So, I haven't had much time for reading this summer, and that makes this book that much more of a disappointment. I picked this book up in the airport after finishing my last book, which was fantastic. I wish I hadn't wasted my precious reading minutes on this book. Harsh, I know. But (and I realize this is a book in a series of books) there is very, very little character development. I would expect a little bit more character and storyline development, even in a book that is part of a series of ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first book by this author and my first book in the Temperance Brennan series. So why I started with book 11, I don't know. The MC is a forensic scientist and I'm not sure how I feel about all the little details that go along with the science part of that job. It was a little too much for me. I will read a few more in this series to get a better feel for the MC and her job.

The author described her characters in good detail. I liked the MC and some of the other characters. But they felt
Kaitlin Bevis
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Okay, so I'm officially moving on from free books picked up at book exchanges and sticking with books in genres I know I like. But the thing is, I thought I would like this one. I like mysteries, I like medical thrillers. This book seemed like it would be an awesome combination of both. It's not that it's not enough like the show Bones, it may not be, but I don't watch that show so the disappointment couldn't stem from that.

I just didn't like the writing style. Entire conversations passed like t
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Kathy Reichs novel and I have just one thing to say: I'm hooked. The plot was engaging; it kept me turning pages and made it very hard for me to put the book down. Temperance Brennan is a very fascinating character; I look forward to reading more about her. A highly recommended read!
Katie Fitzgerald
This is the weakest book of this series so far. I was not at all interested in the case itself, and a lot of the personal details of Tempe's life that usually keep me interested when I'm not hooked by the mystery were lacking in the first part of the book. I also felt that Tempe behaved out of character quite a bit. Though she frequently deals with difficult and sad situations, her reactions are usually not as extreme as what she does in this book.

Things got a bit more exciting in the last quar
David McCaleb
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy Kathy's novels. Lots of twists and mystery in this one. Well written as always. My only criticism on this one is that so many people died during the investigation it became a bit cliché.
debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a big fan of the TV show Bones. The books differ some but I love the character of Temperance Brennan. I’m certain we would be good friends. I’ll add more to my TBR of this series. Fascinating.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Why am I compelled to continue reading this series? There was absolutely nothing interesting or different about this book--yes, Ms. Brennan's panties had their own scene, she rolled her eyes a lot, and her relationship (so-called) continues to go nowhere. The whole heroin-addicted long-lost daughter plot thread just turns my stomach, by the way, but that's a whole 'nother story. The lecture topics in this novel (you ever get the feeling that it's all filler for an otherwise pretty skimpy tale? m ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery-lovers or huge fans of dr. Brennan
Recommended to Fuglsang by: The internet, or probably the credits in Bones
I'm a huge fan of the tv-show, Bones, and when I found out the show was (very loosely) based on novels, I had to give them a go. And I can't say I'm disappointed.

What's important to understand is that the books and the show are two different things - they're different medias. Of course that's not an excuse for making somewhat shallow characters (of which Reichs is guilty) - the characters of the novels pale a little compared to the charming, witty and - if I must say it - sexy characters of the
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Breathlessly paced and trickily plotted, DEVIL BONES features Dr Temperance Brennan in her North Carolina setting, solving a case that begins with a grisly discovery in a basement. An altar suggesting the practice of Santeria is uncovered during a home renovation, and soon a body with ritualistic markings is found at a nearby lake. As Tempe tries to connect the two cases, a local conservative media pundit latches on to the crimes as evidence of Satanic practices in the area, which does not meld ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This was actually a pretty good book. The premise has been done to death, but Reichs manages to put a nice twist on the story and give us an ending that, while somewhat cliche, more than satisfies.

I managed to read this in less than 48 hours, unlike Reichs' last outing, which took me over a week to read.

Devil Bones is well-paced with a gripping storyline. And just when she had me thinking that the villian was one person, she pulled a switcheroo that I didn't see coming.

A note of caution. If you'
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one but hard-core Reichs fans
Shelves: mystery, listened-to
If this was the first Reichs book I read, I don't know that I'd read any more. Nothing about it was memorable or unique enough to set it apart from other mystery books. There was a bit less of the smart/stupid Brennan than the last book, less of textbook explanation of various sciences, fewer rhetorical questions, but still too many for me. The other annoying bit about the writing was the "telling" not "showing" of action and emotion. The only example that comes to mind at the moment is "radiate ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This one was not as good as the others with Tempe chasing those involved in devil worship or santeria while battling her own demons with drink and Ryan. The story is stre he'd a bit thin in terms of her behavior and the consequences of her acting out inappropriately. Still I enjoy the forensic aspects of it and since my library has most of the series I will continue to read them. I like to finish series, because the books generally get better as the author hits their stride with the characters.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Not bad. Mildly humorous.
When a workman accidentally breaks into the cellar of a house revealing pagan or possibly demonic symbols and a human skull, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called in to get to the bottom of what’s been happening. Throw in a second body mutilated with devilish symbols which is found soon after which might – or then again might not – be connected. Is this some kind of complex devil worship or something less sinister? Who was the young woman whose skull has been found and how did it get t ...more
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 gl ...more
definitely not my favorite of the series.

Devil Bones was a boring book to listen to. I was constantly annoyed and frustrated with everything that was happening. Everything that happened in this book was a bit repetitive and predictable. I feel like Kathy ends certain chapters with the same damn ending and I'm like.. UGH, WHY?!?!

Another thing that annoyed me was the constant refresher of who the fuck tempe is or what she does. I think I would know by now.. but I guess some people need this annoyi
Book 3: Devil Bones by: Kathy Reichs

This is the eleventh book in the series that inspired one of my favourite TV shows ‘Bones’. I don’t have too much to say about this book except there was a lot of terminology I didn’t understand because I am not a forensic anthropologist nor am I in tune with anything scientific. My favourite character also died, so I now know not to grow more attached to him if I go read the books in order.
Mariska Raeymakers
Hard to read. Missed the flow in the story. Took me too long to finish this book.
Characters are flat with failed attempts to make them more real. Read more stories of her, But this one did nothing for me.
Emily Crow
Reasonably entertaining in a supermarket bestseller kind of way. I liked the forensic bits. The writing was kinda cheesy and I guessed a lot of the ending.
Susannah Carleton
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. A good book, set entirely in North Carolina, with several possibly-related plot threads, a couple of potential bad guys, and some personal problems for Tempe.

A very good addition to the series.
Rhona Crawford
Brennan by numbers - really gripping, then a rushed and glib ending. Everyone is always so clever at the end ... Once again, show us, don't tell us!
Wendi (BrokenBinding)
After a long hiatus from the Temperance series I decided to get caught up, after a re-read of all the previous books. I discovered that I still love the things that kept me reading 12 books into the series; the glimpses into a different cultures, the scientific details, Brennan's snarky sense of humour, and several unique characters. I also liked that she was a flawed heroine. I like a little humanity in the characters I read. I also discovered that there is a great deal I can't stand about the ...more
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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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