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Bones on Ice

(Temperance Brennan #17.5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,254 ratings  ·  302 reviews
Featuring a preview of the highly anticipated new thriller Speaking in Bones, this eBook original novella showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs at the peak of her powers. In Bones on Ice, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan gets wrapped up in the ultimate cold case: a murder on Mount Everest.
It is called the “death zone”: the point on Everest
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Bantam
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Katie I think because it is only a 'novella' not technically long enough to be considered a full novel. She has had a couple others as well. I haven't read…moreI think because it is only a 'novella' not technically long enough to be considered a full novel. She has had a couple others as well. I haven't read this one yet, it is on my to-do list for today, but in the past ones I would consider them good stand alone stories. There is no underlying plot development such as updates on Katy, Ryan or Pete, just Tempe doing her thing.(less)

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Alex is The Romance Fox
This was not too bad...but I am getting a bit tired of the novellas that authors put out between their books....
So, we have Temperance Brennan discovering that a woman who had been thought died whilst climb Mt Everest was actually murdered!!

I liked the way the investigation is done even though I felt at times it was pretty rushed......and let me just add....that I had an idea of what actually happened to the victim.

Hell, when are you going to see Ryan again??? Tempe must get a life away from all
When forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan was called in by her boss to examine and identify a body retrieved from the “death zone” on Mount Everest, she had no idea the simple task would turn into a complicated and complex one. A recent earthquake and avalanche had sent bodies tumbling down and into an area which was safe for retrieval. The area called the “death zone” at the top of Mount Everest meant any unfortunate persons who passed away had to be left there as the danger was immens ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bones on Ice is a novella in the Temperance Brennan series by popular American author, Kathy Reichs. The well-connected Hallis family matriarch insists that Tempe conduct the post mortem on her daughter, whose remains are uncovered after the Nepal earthquake. Brighton Hallis died whilst scaling Mt Everest some three years previously, and her remains were unrecoverable at the time. Tempe finds many things she would expect after three years of exposure to freezing temperatures. But she also finds ...more
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I really enjoy Kathy Reichs Bones series. This is one of the newer novellas in the series. It is a very quick and enjoyable reads. I listened to the audiobook version and found the narrator did a great job. I was drawn into this story right from the beginning. Temperance Brennan brings us on one of her many interesting cases, this one is about a frozen body. The girl was climbing Mt Everest when she died three years ago. They were only now able to bring her body off the mountain. We learn about ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Reichs uses all her skills in this unique novella, which sees forensic anthropologist Temperance (Tempe) Brennan involved in a cold case like no other, foul play atop Mount Everest. When Tempe is called in to work on a weekend, she's less than impressed. Once she learns that she's personally been requested to handle the identification of a frozen, mummified corpse, things get a little more interesting. While trekking up Mount Everest, Brighton Hallis perished amongst the elements, the rest ...more
I enjoy watching the hit show Bones staring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan so I decided to jump in at book 17.5 and accepted an audio of Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs. This novella features a preview of the next book Speaking in Bones. Brennan was personally requested to handle the identification of a frozen mummified human corpse believed to be Brighton Hallis, a young American girl who died from a fall while attempting to climb Everest. This was an engaging thriller despite its shor ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A frozen mummified human corpse frozen in the death zone of Everest for three years is finally returned to Charlotte at the behest of the victim's mother, a wealthy, influential socialite. As the body defrosts, Tempe Brennan has to confirm the identity, which is hard because the teeth are smashed and the finger tips terribly frozen. I figured out the plot before she did. I was disappointed that Reichs completely ignored what happened with Detective Ryan at the end of the last novel although as s ...more
Angela Verdenius
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this novella. Seeing how Brennan puts all the clues together and works things out - just love it. Also gave me some insight into the dangers of mountain climbing and what can happen that I never thought of - quite chilling (if you'll pardon the pun). There's also the intriguing hint of Ryan's proposal from the previous book, which she is still mulling over, making Brennan such a human character - her life isn't without its bumps! Can't wait to start the next book!
Edward Davies
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
In spite of being barely a novella, this was one of the better Tempe stories I've read in a while. It's a shame Reichs didn't flesh this out into a full novel as I think it could have done well.
Steven R. McEvoy
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Bones on Ice

This story was the one that provided the least surprise for me. But all the information about getting bodies off Mount Everest, international transportation of a body, and other factors make it a really interesting read. The main focus of the story is the identification of cause of death for a rich kid whose body had been recovered from Everest after a few years frozen atop the mountain. A very wealthy patron is insistent that her daughters' case be a priority, and this patron has th
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read novellas so wasn't sure what to expect from this. 120 pages was just enough to get some individual story plot, some character detail relating to the long-running series plot line and a lot of extra knowledge about Everest! The thing I always love about murder mysteries is the detail that the authors go into about the particular theme/setting of the murder; in this case, hiking to Everest summit. I feel like I've come away with tons of extra interesting knowledge about the subj ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kathy Reichs is one of my favourite authors and she did a bang up job on this very short novella. With an apology and a dedication to the people, and in particular the Sherpas, this novella was written before the April 2015 earthquake and not to capitalize from a disaster.

How long does a body take to thaw? Ms. Reichs certainly did her research on all things frozen.

2 thumbs up and 4 solid stars (I don't like novellas - they are too much of a tease).
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I was impressed with how much information about mountain climbing Reichs was able to stuff into a novella length story. The tales of those left behind in the dead zone of Mt Everest gave the book a chilling reality. I guessed the twist but was entertained throughout.
My only beef would be the use of summit as a verb. Much like medaling in the Olympics, I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see mountain climbers changing this noun to a verb.
This is a short novella, part of the Temperance Brennan series. It was interesting in that it told a bit about climbing Mount Everest. As usual Tempe got herself involved in a homicide, and as usual, she went off by herself with the killer and ended up getting hurt. Will she ever learn to let the police handle it?
Kerry Clair
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Still not clear on why the Medical Examiner is the one going out and interviewing people and solving all these crimes in Reichts books, instead of the police....but ok. This one was a fast read. Entertaining. Rather predictable but something for a quick plane ride read.
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Great novella! Looking forward to reading the next story in Tempe's series!
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good little book, but why does she have to get attacked in every single story??
Christine Keleny
I saw this was available for an e-audio loan from my library system and I grabbed it. Always like Reichs' Temperance Brenner books.

Stats: Published in 2015, the audio book is 3'28" long, narrated by Katheryn Borowitz (spelling?). The print book is 104 pages. It's a novella.

Blurb: It is called the “death zone”: the point on Everest, nearly five miles high, above which a climber cannot be rescued. More than 250 souls have lost their lives there. Most of the bodies remain, abandoned, frozen in plac
Sue Smith
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick read with a familiar character cast, although this time sticking primarily with Temperance Brennan as she is asked to determine cause of death of a child of a prominent southern family. Unusual in the sense that the death occurred three years previously on the top of mount Everest and had only just arrived.

Mayhem occurs when the cause ends up being anything but accidental.

Great read with a quick turnaround!
maria helena
3.5 stars. One of my favourites from the series so far.
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Stories about Everest fascinate me, so I was really enjoying this one until......

Brennan, once again, almost nominates herself for a Darwin award. Seriously, it's a miracle the woman made it through college, cause she is one stupid "genius" sometimes! Come on Kathy Reichs, try a new twist at the end for a change, Tempe in peril is getting old.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very intriguing puzzle with an unexpected ending. I enjoyed trying to guess, but I failed until the very end. That doesn't happen often, so I was hooked til the end.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Excellent story! Would make a terrific episode. Wish it was full length! Perfectly suspenseful. I so miss this series.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
#17.5 in the Tempe Brennan series. Author Reichs' third novella carries on with a quick reading story that introduces the reader to an unfamiliar environment. In this case the meeting of forensic anthropology with the world of mountain climbing. Three years ago, a wealthy Charlotte, NC woman has lost her daughter to a mishap on Mt. Everest. Now an earthquake and avalanche have moved the body to where it can be recovered. As expected, author Reichs details the forensic steps involved in confirmin ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't care for this book as much as the others
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
This novela came as a bonus with my goodreads win of Speaking in Bones. I enjoyed this story a lot more than the main book, probably because much of the focus was on the procedure for dealing with a body that had been frozen for on Mt. Everest years. There was almost no time spent on Temperance Brennan's love life or putting off working on her income taxes. Ms. Reichs did include an obligatory talk with the presumed murder who then tries to kill Temperance in some creative way. Fortunately that ...more
Every Tempe novel I just love. Even short novellas like this one still have that undeniably energetic writing style which is always sharp, snappy and so completely readable. I always love how the books grab me from the first page and even the forensic descriptions are like bullet points in the story, necessary but understandable and not overly monotonous like other crime thrillers I have tried. Tempe as a character is unpredictable and feisty which is what drives the story and keeps me reading. ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
Dr. Temperance Brennan has to be on her game for this case. A body on Mt. Everest has been rescued after three years, and Tempe must identify the body and the cause of death. The corpse is the daughter of a wealthy family who wants closure. But the more Tempe works, the more she becomes convinced that all is not what it first seemed to be. Fans of this series will thoroughly enjoy this novella. An intricate plot that is not at all predictable will keep you reading until the very end.
Kara Bianca
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was really entertaining and fun! Sometimes I almost think I enjoy the novellas more than the full length novels, or at least in different ways. I can feel like I'm really delving into the science and solving the plot without feeling anxious about the drama and build up of the chase, but it just depends what I'm in the mood for! Very much enjoyed this!
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Nah. Not biting. There's nothing wrong with the original idea as such but somehow this just fell flat.

Still looking forward to reading her books. In the future I will give the novellas a miss though.
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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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