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The Bone Collection: Four Novellas

(Temperance Brennan 0.5, 15.5, 16.5, & 17.5)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,499 ratings  ·  282 reviews
A collection of chilling tales featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan – including the untold story of her first case.

No matter where she goes, Tempe’s cases make for the most gripping reading.

Dr Temperance Brennan thought she’d seen it all until she came across Bones in Her Pocket in the foothills of North Carolina.

Down in the Everglades Tempe investigates
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Cornerstone Digital (first published November 1st 2016)
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Angelyn Krout If you prefer to read them in order, I would get the novella first because 0.5 is supposed to take place before 1 did. That's what I would do anyway.…moreIf you prefer to read them in order, I would get the novella first because 0.5 is supposed to take place before 1 did. That's what I would do anyway. Then as each subsequent # comes up, read that short story. (less)
Nettie There are four short stories in this book: Bones in her pocket, Swamp bones, Bones on ice, and First bones.

They fall in-between books but are not…more
There are four short stories in this book: Bones in her pocket, Swamp bones, Bones on ice, and First bones.

They fall in-between books but are not novels in themselves.(less)
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Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this collection of short stories based on the highly popular Temperance Brennan series, Reichs allows readers to enjoy four pieces in a single collection. While three have been on the market before, Reichs includes one that speaks of how Tempe found forensic anthropology, surely of greatest interest to series fans. As I have read three of these before, I will paste my previous reviews on the date they were posted to GoodReads, and then expound on the never before published piece.

Bones in her
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Debbie Laurie
Having read eleven of Kathy Reichs ' "Bones" series, I was really interested in reading this novella collection. Featuring four stories starring her main protagonist, Dr. Temperance Brennan, a hardworking forensic anthropologist, Reichs stories are all about the cases. As each of her author's notes reveals, the author also showcases contemporary issues in her works. In the case of this collection, the topics surround puppy mills, invasive species in the Everglades, the plight of Nepalese guides ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Bone Collection: Four Novellas by Kathy Reichs

As the title suggests, The Bone Collection is an anthology of four novellas by “Bones” series author Kathy Reichs. Each has a purpose behind it, an issue near and dear to the writer’s heart.

The first, Bones in Her Pocket, begins with Dr. Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist whom many of us have come to know well if we’ve read most, if not all, of the books in the series, working a case in North Carolina. She normally deals in bones, v
Liz Barnsley
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**

Now I’m a huge fan of Kathy Reichs, not just of her writing either, so a collection of novella’s featuring the ever durable Tempe Brennan was a dream read for me.

And they were GREAT too especially First Bones which takes us back to the start of it all – these were all new to me although I believe they are not all newly published here. Each one was a mini thriller, with the usual forensic fascination (I love how compelling all the detail is in the cases Tempe takes on I always go goo
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really enjoyed reading these 4 novellas, especially First Bones.
Laura Rash
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed all 4 of these novellas especially First Bones which tells the story of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I love the Tempe Brennan stories and this collection of four novellas is not exception. Even thought they were short and compact they were still very interesting and kept me reading to find out what had happened to the bodies Tempe was examining. Three of the stories were also used to bring attention to an issue. Puppy Mills, Poaching and the support for the Indigenous People of Everest, especially following the Earthquake of 2015. The final story, First Bones takes us back to when Tempe first s ...more
Alex Cantone
I slid into the booth, directly assessing the pair. Reynolds was big and muscular, probably used to being told he was good-looking. Dark brown eyes. Walnut hair carefully arranged to look carelessly disarranged. Toned forearms bulging from rolled chambray cuffs. Steele looked like a colorless scarecrow burrowing into his leftover air.

With her background as a forensic anthropologist, each of Kathy Reich's four novellas packs a punch, and the reader is spared no detail in the forensic examinations
Jeff Dickison
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four good novellas make one good book. If you have enjoyed the full book entries of Temperance Brennan you should like these shorter stories. Well done, fun, imaginative. Recommended to Bones fans.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bone Collection: Four Novellas is an omnibus of novellas in the Temperance Brennan series by forensic anthropologist and popular American author, Kathy Reichs. Three of the novellas have been published in electronic form earlier; First Bones is a new story.

Bones in her Pocket: Tempe is called out to an Artists Colony at Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina, where a bag of bones has washed up. Tempe assumed that this is part of the corpse belonging to some leg bones she has examined, until
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
The reason I pick up a new "bones" book is because I know what to expect. I like that! There are times when all I want to do is read for enjoyment. I want something that I am not forced to delve into the book in great depth but it still paints a full story. Kathy Reichs always delivers with the Tempe Brennan series. I'm ok with the main character's stupidity and the over-the-top police work if the forensics is spot on and believable! Undoubtedly the best part of these books is the believable f ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every crime fan has heard of Kathy Reichs and her forensic crime series featuring Temperance Brennan. The Bone Collection is her first collection of short stories.

The first story ‘Bones in Her Pocket’ introduces Tempe. She describes in gorgeous detail how a body that has been submerged in waters presents. Tempe reads bodies and the clues they give us, after death. She compares her findings to a missing person’s report. Slowly Tempe gets a sense of who the police should be looking for. This is no
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Kathy Reichs how I've missed you and Temperance Brennan. I have to say you know how to write a novella and make it seem like a complete novel, unlike some writers. I learned a lot in these 4 stories dealing with dangers from nature and animals helped by human involvement. I especially enjoyed learning how Temperance Brennan got her start with the ME office.
This is a collection of four short stories, three of which have already been out for publication before. You might have already read them, like I have. So only the fourth one, First Bones, will be new to you and I.
The fourth story was short no sweet, but in a sad way. 3.5 stars.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For novellas, these are pretty good short stories! Must read for Kathy Reichs fans!
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of all the short Temperance Brennan stories written so far including one, which outlines how she became a Forensic Anthropologist.
Cheryl Bellingham
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love Kathy reichs and this book did not disappoint at all. As it's a collection of stories it's easy to settle down and read a whole story at a time Good bedtime reading
Sheila Myers
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I enjoyed these novellas just as much I do Kathy Reichs' longer novels. I think they would act as a good introduction to the Brennan series if you haven't read any of those yet.
Michele A.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
These 4 novellas are perfect for the reader who wants a quick, easy read and then move onto something else. I had read 2 out of the 4 novellas so it was an even quicker read for me. First Bones broke my heart. It was nice to see Tempe's first case and how she and Skinny traded barbs back then. Both of them appeared to be "newbies" and were each kind of set in their ways even at the beginning of their working relationship. Tempe begins the story sitting bedside in the Surgical Trauma ICU and begi ...more
I wasn't going to re-read the first three novellas since I'd already read them when they were released so I skipped to First Bones... and didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It was good, but it wasn't great. It contained wonderful lines like "...we sit in a quiet made up of a hundred small sounds." The end made me cry. But, overall, it just didn't wow me.

I went back and re-read the other three novellas, thinking perhaps I just wasn't in the mood/was misremembering the quality... nope; I loved
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Kathy Reichs but not really a fan of the novella. Still, I enjoyed these stories and, as always, love Ms Reichs' writing style - short sharp sentences and wry observations about the characters Tempe meets along the way. Looking forward to the next full length novel.
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
The Bone Collection was a great way for me to be introduced to a new-to-me author. As a rule, I’m not a huge fan of anthologies. I find that the stories are over before they’ve really had a chance to begin. The Bone Collection contains four stories within its 388 pages. It had a bit more meat and potatoes to the stories.

I’m not going to get into a review of each story, but look at the collection as a whole. What I ended up doing was reading one of the stories between larger books that I was read
M.J. J Mallon
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review:

This isn’t my usual kind of read and at first, I was a little bit skeptical whether or not it would appeal to me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The excellence of Kathy Reich’s writing and her detailed and knowledgeable observations about forensic anthropology kept me entertained throughout all four of these novellas, based on her successful Temperance Brennan series. This is a special treat for Kathy Reich enthusiasts as all four pieces: Bone
Cheryl M-M
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of things I enjoy most about stories written by Reichs is the way she combines fiction with fact. I feel as if I always come away knowing just a little bit more, especially with the short stories. Reichs often uses the shorter format to highlight, educate and inform her readers.

The Bone Collection is, as the title implies, a collection of four short stories. It includes Bones in her Pocket (15.5), The Swamp Bones (16.5), Bones on Ice (17.5) and First Bones (0.5). The numbers represent the re
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, net-galley
Although three of the four stories on this collection have been published in other formats before, this is the first time that they have all been gathered together for Bones fans. I'm not normally a fan of the short story or novella format but these were so engaging that they really draw you in.

"Bones in her Pocket" felt the most like a full length Bones story. When a handful of bones turn up in a lake Temperance Brennan finds herself investigating a missing college student and finds herself sea
Susan Angela Wallace
The bone collection by Kathy Riech is a general fiction (adult) read.
In First Bones, a prequel to Reichs’s very first novel, Déjà Dead, she at last reveals how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation.

Three more stories take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kathy Reichs never fails to intrigue. The four novellas contained in "The Bone Collection" are wonderful stories spanning a range of topics. I liked the fact that two of the stories had a wildlife protection theme, with information at the end of the novella explaining the origin of each story and, if inclined to do so, how to support the wildlife concerned. I loved the story about Temperance Brennan's introduction to forensic anthropology, how this became her chosen field of work and the interes ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reichs
4 1/2 stars. I wasn't sure if I'd like the "novella" type of book, but I loved it! I loved all the stories. It was nice in a way because the suspense of the "mystery" didn't last as long. And as soon as you finished a story, you didn't have to be sad - there was another one waiting for you to read! I also love how I always learn something new! I've been going around telling everyone about the pythons in the Everglades! And the information about Everest was interesting, too. The only negative is ...more
These are generally really good reads. Unfortunately, Tempe still has a tendency to TSTL moments in at least two of the novellas. I wish the author would find other ways to write crucial moments in her stories.
Flyss Williams
3.5 Enjoyable collection of 4 short stories featuring forensics anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. I especially enjoyed the last story about how Tempe was inspired to use her skills to solve crimes and help the police instead of becoming an archaeologist.
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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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