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Break No Bones

(Temperance Brennan #9)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  27,122 ratings  ·  1,013 reviews
From bestselling author Kathy Reichs a book set in Charleston, South Carolina, the center of a lucrative, clandestine, sophisticated trade in body parts, the kind that leaves the donor dead.

Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Cha
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published (first published July 11th 2006)
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Jocelynne Broderick
I don't know if maybe I'm getting over this style, maybe too much Law and Order watching, but this was a little boring for me.

Yeah, it had all the classic KR stuff...bones, mystery, more bones, more mystery.

But it was so predictable! I think that's the main reason I was bored with it. Tempe's in trouble again, but now she has Ryan AND Pete to help her out, which is just annoying as hell. And throw in some 'colleague' never mentioned before, and there you go, another KRs book.

I hate when authors
Tiffany PSquared
Friends ask how I can bear to do the work that I do. It is simple. I am committed to demolishing the maniacs before they demolish more innocents.

Tempe is back, this time battling a possible serial killer on Dewees Island, SC. An unlikely place for multiple homicides, but the bodies keep turning up. But she's also battling a crisis of the heart because she's shacking up with two handsome men - her ex-husband, Pete, and her current lover, Andrew Ryan. Hashtag: Awkward!

What I Liked
-As usual,

This was definitely not my favorite out of the series. WHY? Well, it definitely didn't hold my attention, like at all. Also, I just didn't care one bit about what was happening. Whether it was Ryan or Pete related. It was just meh all around. I hated that little "love triangle" because it was just so freaking boring to deal with. Then on top of all that nonsense, everything was very predictable.

Temperance is always in trouble. She's also always annoying or upset with Ryan. It's just frustrat
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found out that this series is the inspiration for the TV show Bones so I thought that it might be a fun read. I am not a huge Bones fanatic, but I do find it entertaining every now and then. The book, to be honest, bored me. What I like about the Bones TV show is that Dr. Brennan has this antisocial way about her - she doesn't really know how to interact with living people, and yet she still has empathy and she does care. That's the most endearing part about that character. In the book she's j ...more

A standard Bones book that ticks all the boxes. It's always a comfort reading these books with familiar characters following familiar plot set ups. When I want to relax with an easy read, I know I can pick one of these up. Plus as an archaeologist I love the actual archaeology behind her forensics work.

I liked the new setting this book was in as well and her descriptions made the NC coast seem like a really magical place- aside from all the murder.

That was the good, now for the bad. I'm use
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs.

This could have been just another mystery using a familiar set of circumstances but it was so much more. Tempe is filling in for a colleague during an archaeological dig. The site ia an American Indian burial ground in Charleston. Not too much exciting for the students or Tempe and then something among the old bones catches Tempe's eye. A fresh skeleton is unearthed.

A chain of events/murders soon follows and this story takes off. Packed with non-stop excitement, c
Cristina Tomi
Well, it’s never a good idea to watch The movie or TV series before reading the book... I got my hands on this book, and was very excited about it, because I just loved watching Dr. Brennan on TV. So, I ended up feeling a bit disappointed with the book... although it’s an entertaining read, I found it to be quite monotonous, and the twist at the end .. not worth it.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
Another awesome book in the series!

I adore Tempe. I love her attitude, her personality. She's not without flaws, just like any human being, and I love reading about her - her feelings, her emotions. The novel is smooth with her thought process, and it wouldn't be the same without it.

Reading about her troubles between Pete and Ryan, it feels natural and completely real. Anyone in her situation would be questioning herself. I love how Reichs brings Tempe to life, like an everyday person that you c
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tempe is again examining skeletons in Charleston for a the coroner who is a friend. Emma is ill and can't handle the job. The first body was found at a archeology dig; it is a fresh body. The next body was found hanging from a tree in a forest glade. The last body is in a barrel floating in the ocean. Temple's link the bodies together. Pete arrives to stay in the same home as Tempe is staying. He is looking for a missing girl and a PI. The different plots are nicely brought together to form one ...more
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs books are either easy to read or hard to follow as they can be very heavy on the forensic science. This one was not over the top in that area and I found the story easy to follow and very enjoyable. I particularly liked the banter between Pete and Ryan (Tempes ex and current love interest). Although nothing like the popular tv series "Bones" which is based on these books, they are still great books to read, professionally written and with great characters. I would happily recommend ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Okay I accidentally skipped #8 whoops.

I love these little murder mysteries, while they're not the same as the tv show, I still really enjoy them. In Break No Bones, Tempy is investigating suspicious murders that might be linked to a medical center for homeless/poor people.

There's quite a lot going on in her life between Ryan, Pete and Emma. I loved seeing Emma again even if it took me a while to remember her. I really enjoy seeing Ryan and Tempy together. I love that in every book they end up
Toni Osborne
Dr Temperance Brennans work brings her and her archaeological students to an ancient Native American burial ground near Charleston. While there they uncover a decomposing body in a shallow grave.

Why was this body buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual hairline fracture and condition of the sixth vertebrae signify? What began as a simple project turns into a heated homicide investigation when three more bodies are found. While investigating, Tempe crosses paths with her estrange
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
My lastest audio book in the car was Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs. The main character was the inspiration for the Fox tv show Bones. I love the show, so I was prepared to love the books.

I hate the book. The only thing it has in common with the show is the character name and field of occupation.

The book has a lot of extraneous, rambling information that contributes nothing to the story. It starts out very slow, and doesn't get into the story very quickly. I listened to several chapters while tr
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
Requires great suspension of disbelief to swallow the idea of Tempe (a forensic anthropologist from Charlotte), Ryan (her detective boyfriend from Quebec), and Pete (her estranged husband, a lawyer) solving murders in Charleston. Hello, jurisdiction?

And a shoutout to my librarian friends - you might find it annoying that Tempe searches in vain for a journal article online, and then suddenly her hindbrain reminds her where to find it (conveniently, in a book in her living room). A woman with a Ph
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I had avoided Kathy Reichs' books for a while, finding her plots somewhat repetitive and was getting bored with how (to me) unnecessarily complicated Temperance's personal relationships were and yet they were just going in the same circles. So I picked this one up, not sure what to expect. I'm glad I did. Yes, her relationships are still complicated, but I liked the direction this book took them in. Reich's writing can be almost formulaic (she always ends her chapters on a cliffhanger ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that so far this is my favourite one
Tempe is showing a bit more emotion in her love life particularly
I can see why she loved Pete however I really like Ryan
The story itself was great, the villain in this book was extremely smart, making sure from the beginning to cover their tracks so it was even more satisfactory when they were captured
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
titular sentence:
p263: "I break no bones...."

p152: A puddle spread across the cement as we worked, carrying with it the smell of decay.

p188: After creating a folder, I uploaded Cruikshank's pictures to my hard drive.

A despicable foe. I miss Luc.

Oh, by the way, this is where Tempe's (view spoiler) is revealed.
Hali Sowle
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes Tempe just doesn't know how to say no and when she doesn't she usually finds herself in the midst of something dark and dangerous. Break No Bones exemplifies this problem of Tempe's and throws in the personal issue of both ex-husband Pete and current boyfriend Ryan having to get along to help her out.

The book starts in South Carolina. Tempe has been "roped" into teaching the field class in anthropology for the University because the woman who has taught the class for years and made it
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Break No Bones brings Tempe back to her native Carolina. She's working a teaching dig in the lowlands when she digs up an unexpected surprise. A dead body. And not an ancient burial either, this one is quite recent. The local coroner and an old friend of Tempe's has fallen ill recently so as a favor, Tempe takes on the job of trying to identify the remains she uncovered at the dig.

Enter Pete, the estranged husband. Hired by a client to see if an clinic they donate to is cooking the books, he als
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like CSI and mysteries
If you like mysteries and forenics, then this is the book for you. It's written by a Canadian forensic anthropologist from Montreal. Kathy Reichs works for the Chief Examiner in North Carolina and Laboratoire de sciences et de Medecine Legale in Quebec.

This is her ninth book about a forensic anthropologist who is always getting too emotionally involved in strange murder cases. It's not too heavy on the science and tech language and it is fairly engaging. The story moves along quickly and will k
Briar's Reviews
Kathy Reichs did it again! She made a fantastic forensic novel, but this time with a splash of romance!

What will Tempe do when Ryan and Pete are in the same room? What will happen when the adrenaline and testosterone get pumping? And what happens when bodies are found in areas they were definitely not killed at?

This novel had an amazing twist at the end, that I will not spoil, that had me hooked. I did find the beginning of the book to be boring, and the storyline with Pete and Ryan rather sta
Where is the ten star button? I don't know why I stopped reading this series. I love this author, I love this series and I love the forensics. I adore the characters each and every one of them including new people that enter Tempe's circle of discovering the truth for the dead bodies she is asked to help identify. Sheriff Gullet was cantankerous in the beginning and warmed up to Tempe's style of dealing with skeleton remains plus her side kick, Pete the ex, was also pushing her to find the truth ...more
Kathleen Dixon
It's a couple of years since I read a Kathy Reichs novel, and the last one was one I didn't enjoy that much, so it was with a little hesitancy that I started this. Well, I needn't have bothered being concerned - she (or me, because it may have been my state of mind that caused the unhappines with that last one) was back to the great kind of story that I'd loved in all the former ones.

What did I like in particular about this? - I enjoyed the sparring between the ex-husband and the boyfriend, I en
Catherine  Mustread
Set in Charleston, South Carolina, this book almost doubles as a guide to places to eat, even some I was familiar with after a trip last year. Tempe, the forensic anthropologist, is filling in for her terminally ill friend, the County Coroner, when three bodies with similar injuries are discovered. Ex-husband, Pete, is a secondary character as is current boyfriend, Ryan who comes to SC on vacation.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Kathy Reichs book - review to follow.

Not bad - but for low maintenance/wise cracking/semi loner female detectives, I really prefer Kinsey Millhone.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
With this being my third Reichs novel and with its location as my hometown, I listened to the audiobook and it was a good decision!

I loved hearing of the places (MUSC, Charleston County v. Berkeley County, and all the various burroughs/islands, with Reichs herself favoring Isle of Palms) and the things (I-26, the humid heat, the FOOD) I grew up with. I write this in September, finally and officially experiencing my first summer in Montana; but it was heartwarming to hear of Charleston's late spr
Well, it's official. I LOATHE Temperance Brennan in the books. This one just downgraded her from adolescent to infantile. Unfortunately, I still like the stories a lot so I'll have to put up with her for a while.
How is it that the writers for the TV show made her likeable? There she is nerdy, introverted and socially inept, but still interesting and sane enough that you don't want to slap her silly every 5 minutes like I do when I'm reading the books. Reichs has made her such a whack-a-doodle an
Pamela Mclaren
Its another Temperance Brennan story but one of the early works and she's overly emotional — connected to both her estranged husband, Pete, and her Canadian police officer Andrew Ryan and all three end up in the same beach house in Charleston, South Carolina. Tempe has been leading a summer class at an ancient burial ground when she discovers a fresh skeleton.

Pete comes down to investigate a church organization and the disappearance of a young woman connected to the scene. Ryan, who has discover
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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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