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A Conspiracy of Bones

(Temperance Brennan #19)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,196 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number.

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, N
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Scribner
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reich writes a great addition to her forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan series, set in Charlotte, North Carolina, that has her facing a challenging set of circumstances whilst grieving the loss of her boss, Dr Larabee, the Chief Medical Examiner. The appointment of the self aggrandising Margo 'Dr Morgue' Heavner is a disaster for Tempe, they have clashed before and Heavner's hatred ensures that Tempe is no longer wanted in the department. Tempe has good reasons to be unhappy, He ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
Temperance Brennan is a Forensic Anthropologist. A very busy one at that! Splitting her time between Charlotte South Carolina and Quebec. This latest read takes her to S. Carolina where her current position with the medical examiner is in peril. There’s a new head of the department Dr. Heavner- someone Tempe is quite familiar with. She and her new boss previously had a very public falling out. Now Dr. Heavner is holding a grudge, excluding Tempe from any cases that come across her desk (or shoul ...more
Kylie D
I've been waiting a long time for this book, and I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed. In this book Tempe is on the outer with her new boss, and not being asked to consult on cases. So when she gets sent pictures of a corpse from an anonymous source she immediately is on the case, much to her bosses ire.

The body has been found in the woods, partially eaten by feral hogs, making ID difficult. As Tempe and Slidell start to investigate they are drawn into a world of conspiracies, missing child
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, must work diligently and utilize all of her skills to identify a "faceless" corpse and its connection to a missing child's case from a decade ago. Brennan had been recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, and is still coping with headaches and nightmares, when she receives a text messages - each with pictures of a corpse missing its hands and face.

Intrigued, she is ready to solve the case and must do so rogue. Soon, an identified case sho
3.5 stars

This is a series I’ve dipped in & out of over the years & it’s been a while. But one thing obviously hasn’t changed. Tempe still has a gift for getting in over her head.

This instalment finds her on shaky ground, personally & professionally. She recently had brain surgery & is ready to return to work as a consultant for the medical examiner’s office. Unfortunately there’s a new ME in town & they have some history. Tempe’s made it known she views Dr. Margot Heavner as a glory seeking publ
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs is nineteenth in the Temperance Brennan series but it is a definite departure from the usual. Having been a fan of this series, I was disappointed in this book. Tempe Brennan is a forensic anthropologist in Charlotte, North Carolina and also the subject of the popular tv series “Bones”. Tempe has received photos of a faceless and printless corpse from an anonymous source. Who could this victim be and who sent her the photos? Someone had previously been spott ...more
A CONSPIRACY OF BONES by Kathy Reichs is the nineteenth book in the series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Temperance is facing a lot of personal and professional challenges in this book. She has a new boss that she has had professional conflicts with in the past and on top of that she has been recovering from neurosurgery and is still experiencing severe headaches. The novel is largely set in and around Charlotte, North Carolina. One day she receives text messages containi ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Kathy Reichs, and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

After a long wait, Kathy Reichs is back from her hiatus with a new and exciting novel in the Temperance Brennan series. Fans will be happy to have the forensic anthropologist back, whose grit and gumption are even more heightened. After suffering a brain aneurysm that required surgical intervention, Tempera
Lisa Gardner
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bones is back! I’m a huge fan and loved this almost Hitchcockian addition to the series.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
A better end than story throughout. The subject matter may have something to do about that. 4 of 10 stars
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a Temperance Brennan fan since the first book was published. In fact, if I'm working in forensics nowadays is in part because of her books, so it pains me to say that "A conspiracy of bones" didn't grabbed me as her previous stories. I still think it's a good book, but the main plotline didn't catch my attention as I would have like. Besides, I've always prefered Brennan's cases in Quebec.

It's been a while since I read the last installment in the series, so I didn't remember much about
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Temperance Brennan takes us on a robust and non-stop ride.

Recovering at home from surgery for an aneurysm, Temperance Brennan is suffering from migraines and nightmares and just can’t sleep. At midnight, she glances out the window and catches a flicker of movement in the trees. It’s a silhouette of a man in a trench coat. Why was there a man on her property? A week later, Tempe receives four images of of a faceless mangled corpse. But who sent the pictures and why? To discovered the corp
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan was suffering from the heat and cloying humidity in Charlotte, North Carolina after the unexpected diagnosis of an aneurysm and surgery. She suffered severe migraines and nightmares, but insisted she was “fine” to anyone who asked. Tempe also didn’t get along with her new boss, Dr Heavner, and was blocked out of anything that came into the morgue. But when a body was brought in, badly mutilated, then Tempe received anonymous pictures on her phone, she c ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 19th Temperance Brennan book in the series, and while I haven't read every single one, I've read a great many. This one is really good.

Tempe Brennan is recovering from Neurosurgery and fighting headaches and possible hallucinations. The new Chief Medical Examiner is very self-promoting and doesn't like Temperance, so she isn't consulting with her as the old Chief did before he died. In fact, she doesn't want her help or advice at all. A faceless man shows up at the morgue and Tempe
Lori Lamothe
Like a few other reviewers, I found Kathy Reichs' series after binge watching the first few seasons of Bones. So I confess I read this one with Emily Deschanel's voice in my head, which was actually not bad, though a bit weird because of the differences between Temperance Brennan in the book and the show. Add to that the fact that Reichs is herself a forensic anthropologist who uses her own cases as starting points for her novels and the overlap gets even more complicated—but in a good way. When ...more
Liz Barnsley
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempe Brennan is back with complete surety, like meeting up with an old friend after a couple of years I sank into this new story and was fully immersed throughout.

The forensic detail is ever fascinating and entirely accessible, the case is darkly addictive and Tempe herself is going through a sea change in both a physical and mental sense which adds huge emotional levels to the narrative.

Kathy Reichs is of course a brilliant plotter and a beautiful writer, twisting and turning events in unpredi
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs’ Temperence Brennan “Bones” series for quite a while. After taking a hiatus to deal with a medical issue, Ms Reichs published her 19th book of the series, A Conspiracy of Bones I listened to the audio version, which is skillfully narrated by Linda Emond.

I learned in the afterword that much of the inspiration for the plot came from real events, including the aneurysm experienced by our heroine. Yes, the author had experienced the same; hence, the migraines, confusion,
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Conspiracy of Bones is the nineteenth instalment in the forensic anthropologist Doctor Temperance Brennan series, set in Charlotte, North Carolina, yet despite so many books, it doesn't show any signs of losing steam or petering out as of now. It also isn't necessary to have read any of the previous instalments in order to enjoy this one as plenty of background is provided. When Tempe is sent a number of anonymous text messages with photographs of a badly mutilated corpse attached to them she ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I’ve been following Kathy Reichs’ gripping forensic anthropologist novels featuring Temperance (Tempe) Brennan for many years now and always found her stories to be intelligent, clever and highly entertaining. “A Conspiracy of Bones” is the nineteenth in the series and sees Tempe returning with some physical and mental changes in her life, that have left her with some emotional and paranoia issues. This doesn’t stop her still being at the top of her game and is determined to find out who the fac ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Reichs’ favorite forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, is suffering personal traumas in this 19th offering in the series. She is recovering from neurosurgery for an aneurysm that has resulted in disturbing nightmares and migraines. [Of note, this story-line was borrowed from Reichs’ own experience over the past year or so.] Tempe’s health has made her reticent to bulldoze her way through a case like she normally would. The discovery of a dead man missing a face due to feral pigs is just t ...more
Julie Griffith Buckley
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
Kathy Reichs, A Conspiricy of Bones, Simon & Schuster, May 17, 2020.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in this rollercoaster ride of a. novel. Coming back from neurosurgery to stabilize an aneurysm, Tempe is faced with a new boss who can't stand her (the fee!ing is mutual) and won't work with her. A colleague anonymously texts her pictures of a man's body, ravaged by wild pigs and missing it's head and hands. She is also supplied with a copy of the Medical Examiner's report. Forc
Kelsie Maxwell
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs is book nineteen in her Temperance Brennan series. I haven’t previously read an of this author’s novels, so why not start with number nineteen in a series. Though I haven’t read any of the novels in this series, I am familiar with the main character, Temperance Brennan, as this series was adapted into the television show, Bones, which I watched religiously.

Temperance “Tempe” Brennan is a forensic anthropologist dividing her time between Montreal, Canada and
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist

A Conspiracy of Bones is the nineteenth book in the Temperance Brennan series by best-selling American anthropologist and author, Kathy Reichs. Life has turned upside down on anthropologist Tempe Brennan: apart from distracting family dramas and her own medical diagnosis, Ryan and Slidell have abandoned their police force jobs to start up a PI business. But most disturbing of all is that the new boss at MCME has a sizeable grudge against Tempe and is freezing her out of her usual consultanc
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Kathy Reichs comes out with a new novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, I feel a little sort of electric happiness that I carry with me as I await the novel's release and then as I read it. As with any long-running series, the characters continue to grow, becoming more themselves and building their relationships with one another. Temperance, Ryan, Slidel—with each new novel, I enjoy my time with them more.

In this novel Brennan faces a pair of overlapping challenges. Fi
Elaine Tomasso
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster UK for an advance copy of A Conspiracy of Bones, the nineteenth novel to feature forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan.

Tempe isn’t getting on with the new medical examiner in Charlotte and is slowly being frozen out of the department, so when she receives pictures of a mutilated dead body she decides to identify the victim and salvage her work life. Working off the books with help from her partner former Montreal detective, Andrew Ry
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
3.5/5. It was good, but Brennan's recklessness in placing herself in danger repeatedly made me want to slap her hard enough to dislodge the coil in her cerebral aneurysm. Just because she has cheated death once, does not make her invincible and she is no spring chicken. Slidell's character on the other hand is just superb. ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the television show Bones and have read a few of Kathy Reichs novels. While some details are different, Brennan’s personality and the cases give a feeling of familarity. I have not read the books in order and easily enjoyed this case and characters. Reich did an excellent job of connecting characters and bringing me up to speed without making it feel like information dumps.

The tale takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance is home recovering from neurosurgery. She receiv
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to a new release in this series but this one just didn’t engage me. The plot moved slowly and was complex and confusing at times. I usually find the details of Tempe’s work as an anthropologist really interesting but that aspect was lacking in this story as she acted more as a sidekick for the police. Ryan made only one brief appearance so the usual banter between him and Tempe was sadly missing as well. Disappointed!
Tempe Brennan gets a text showing a faceless corpse that at the morgue, where she worked for many years. It is now run by a self-promotional coroner, Margo Heavner (a/k/a Dr. Morgue.) Tempe is convinced that Margo is wrong, and starts her own investigation, assisted by retired detective, “Skinny” Slidell, who works cold cases for CMPD. The victim has been ravaged by feral hogs, leaving him with a face or fingers for identification: even his clothes have no labels, making it difficult to discern ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Temperance was back and in spades. This time the office politics pulled her apart along with a anonymous corpse which piqued her curiosity.

My first book in this series, I was quite happily comforted by the brilliant doc. The book worked well as a standalone as I found myself cheering Tempe's determination even when stressed by events in the office.

The characters were interesting, my eyes were stuck to Temperance and her intelligence. Winding subplots with twists made this a thrilling read.
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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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