Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones
comes Kathy Reichs's most compelling mystery yet, pitting Temperance Brennan against an enigma out of her own past.
Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl's skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Evangeline, Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Evangeline was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old world. When Evangeline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."
Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?
Meanwhile, Tempe's beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.
"In bestseller Reichs's entertaining 10th Temperance Brennan forensic thriller (after Break No Bones), Brennan, her relationship with Det. Andrew Ryan on the rocks, welcomes the distraction of an unidentified New Brunswick skeleton from Qubec's cold case unit. But when the bones are determined to be that of an adolescent girl, Brennan is convinced they belong to her childhood friend, vangline Landry, who disappeared at age 15. Now Brennan must come to terms with vangline's possible death, while trying to ignore her feelings for Ryan as they investigate a series of teenage abduction murders that could be tied to the mysterious bones. With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science, nail-biting suspense and characters that pop off the page, Reichs, who's vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and the producer of Fox's Bones, has produced another winner in one of the genre's most satisfying series. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A deft hand at balancing the emotional light with the dark....And even now, 10 books into the series, Tempe's strung-out affair with Detective-Lieutenant Andrew Ryan still hangs on the tensions that confound lovers in an atmosphere of violent death." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Reichs...nails the scientific mumbo jumbo. She also infuses Bones to Ashes with disturbing descriptions (fingers are 'lumpy and waxy-white, like oatmeal congealed on the bottom of a pot') that chill to the bone. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly
"With crisp prose, well-drawn characters, unflagging attention to detail, and a resonant emotional angle...[Bones to Ashes] finds the forensic anthropologist in top form." Booklist
"With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science, nail-biting suspense and characters that pop off the page, Reichs...has produced another winner in one of the genre's most satisfying series." Library Journal
"Tempe is both deeper and funnier than she's ever been, making this her best outing to date." Kirkus Reviews
In her most riveting thriller yet, Reichs — bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the television hit "Bones," based on her Temperance Brennan books — pits Brennan against an enigma out of her own past.
About the Author
Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation Temperance Brennan, is a board-certified forensic anthropologist for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec, a position she also held at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs received her Ph.D. at Northwestern University. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Her debut novel, Deja Dead, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a #1 international bestseller, and winner of the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. She is also the producer of Fox's hit series Bones. Her website is www.kathyreichs.com.