Bones Never Lie

Bones Never Lie

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by Kathy Reichs

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Temperance “Tempe” Brennan faces down the demons of her past in the seventeenth thriller in Kathy Reichs’s phenomenally successful Bones series.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction.


Temperance “Tempe” Brennan faces down the demons of her past in the seventeenth thriller in Kathy Reichs’s phenomenally successful Bones series.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs once again satisfies readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.

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Praise for the novels of Kathy Reichs
“A genius at building suspense.”—New York Daily News
“Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, makes her crime novels intriguingly realistic.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Tempe Brennan is the lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”—USA Today
“Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”The New York Times Book Review
“Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
In forensic anthropologist Temperance "Tempe" Brennan's 17th outing, our heroine moves in a new, undisclosed direction, but we do get to meet her much-referenced mother. Look for the splashy acetate cover over a preprinted case.

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Meet the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her character Dr. Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and currently for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale for the province of Quebec. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, she is one of only ninety-nine forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Reichs’s first book, Déjà Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her latest Temperance Brennan novel, Bones Never Lie, was an instant Canadian bestseller. Her website is

Brief Biography

Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Québec
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A., American University, 1971; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

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Bones Never Lie: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Bones Never Lie is the seventeenth book in the popular Temperance Brennan series by American forensic anthropologist and author, Kathy Reichs. Tempe is summoned to the Cold Case Unit in Charlotte when victim characteristics (pre-pubescent teenaged girls), posed corpses, undetermined cause of death and DNA evidence point to coldblooded serial killer, Anique Pomerleau, a woman suspected of murders that Tempe and Detective Andrew Ryan investigated ten years earlier in Montreal. Ryan’s input is needed, but he has disappeared in reaction to his daughter’s untimely death. The condition of Tempe’s mother, Daisy is another distraction from the case, which itself becomes more urgent with the disappearance of another young teen. Added to this is the friction between Slidell of the CMPD and Agent Tinker of the SBI, involved for political reasons. With assistance from a surprising quarter, Tempe tracks down Ryan and somehow induces him to assist.  The investigation sees Tempe travelling to Montreal, Vermont and back to Charlotte as more previously missing teens are found to fit the description and a pattern emerges. While there is less about bones in this instalment, there are still several interesting items explored: the use of lip prints; preservation of bodies in syrup; carbon monoxide poisoning; and a rare genetic disorder that acts as a red herring in the investigation. Suspects keep turning up dead, leading to more than one anti-climax, and there is an unexpected shooting. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot before the breath-taking climax is reached.  Readers will welcome the return of Detective Ryan with his clever quips: the snappy banter between Ryan and Tempe has always been an enjoyable feature of these novels. The introduction of the smart and sassy Daisy Brennan is a (hopefully not-too-short-lived) delight. Reichs will also please many fans with a surprise in the final pages and once again proves she is at the top of her game with this excellent page-turner.
northeastnurse More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the pace of this book from start to finish. It feels like a well researched, well written and all around fun book to read (or in my case listen to). I enjoy relationships brewing among characters, but I don't like to have that become the primary focus of any mystery novel. I want to see the mystery solved, and I want to feel engaged in that process. I do with Kathy Reichs novels.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Reichs that I've read. I received a complimentary advance copy from the Random House Reader’s  Circle program and decided what the heck, I’d go ahead and read it even though it was book 17 in the series. I’ve watched “Bones” for years but had held off reading the book series until the TV series was a done deal. I have, however, listened to two audio books in this series recently so had a picture of Tempe, Slidell, and Ryan in my head. After reading “Bones Never Lie”, I’m setting out to read the first 16 books in this series as it was freaking awesome. These two different formats of the character Tempe Brennan are so totally different that I really hate that I did not pick up these books earlier. Other than at a very basic level are they similar, though I do think they complement each other very nicely.       I generally don’t like to read a series  of books  while watching the TV show or movies. Neither will I normally read them out of order but these two are different enough that one will not ruin the other and this book was so entertaining that the order simply didn’t matter. Yeah, you would know the back-story with Ryan but it’s really not necessary as Ryan has only a minor role in most of this book.       Reichs forensic details are not mind numbing and her characters are often witty and human in a way that makes them so credible. The murders takes place in Montreal, Vermont and Charlotte, NC and extend over 14 years. The suspected killer, Pomerleau (the only one who got away) nearly killed Brennan years earlier when she was working this case in Montreal and all signs point to her involvement again though there was a very nice twist that I definitely did not see coming. I get the feeling that you generally do not know who the killer is early on in these stories but with the surprise ending, this so worked. Once starting this book, I read it in one day as I could not stand to put it down. Each chapter just flowed so well into the next one that it was impossible to lay it aside. It was fast paced, scary and twisty enough to keep you reading long after you should have been in bed. I’m so looking forward to starting this series from the beginning so I can enjoy many more hours with Tempe, Ryan, Slidell and Birdie. It’s not often that you get a chance to start an ongoing series with such a fascinating cast and story-lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has all the elements that we all admire in the Temperance Brennan series. Daisy Brennan, mother to Temperance and Harry helps by providing with clues through Internet searches. Andy Ryan is found and made to help solve a cold case from some twenty years ago. Then the forenesic and medical science clues that brings that moment of clarity to solve the murders. It is forensic and medical clues, the biology and physiology of humans that we learn about through this series is one of reasons why I read the books by Kathy Reichs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series except for Cross Bones all the way through, and while I love this series, this book turned out to be something of a disappointment. This novel lacked plausibility in the plot line, with the biggest twist in the novel being pretty unbelievable. Also, Ryan's actions in the novel were completely out of character, and the sudden introduction of Brennan's mother seemed awkward and strange, as she hadn't even been mentioned in the other 15 novels. I loved the quips and fast paced dialogue, but this book is in no way on par with Deja Dead, Grave Secrets or Death Du Jour.
A-Voice More than 1 year ago
Unsure of how to write this review, since I am not a fan of the TV show. The TV series seems to downplay the characters. The book was written more adult mature, unlike the series. Though to be honest I had a difficult time separating the two. So that I am not repetitious of the other reviews, I on the norm enjoy books of the genre, with the exception of dealing with the murder of children. I am a fan of other authors who have written along these lines and it did not sit well with me either. I give the book 3 stars. I was given this book for my honest opinion.
Proudmom508 More than 1 year ago
This is Kathy Reichs' 17th book about Dr. Temperance Brennan. Although it is a part of a series, I think you could read it as your first book as Kathy Reichs did a good job of providing enough backstory. It may make you want to read the other 16 though. I did enjoy the scene where Tempe and her cat, Birdie, were watching Bones (the tv show based on these books with Dr. Brennan being the main character). In this book, Tempe is asked to help on cases involving missing and murdered young girls. The cases lead Tempe and the team with the help of Tempe's mother to see that a serial killer is involved. It appears to be a villain that Tempe and her Montreal detective friend Ryan encountered in a previous book. The book includes plot twists like previous books but I don't want to give anything away. Good book with enough backstory, plot twists, and a logical ending. If you like the tv show Bones, I think you will like these books. If you hope to read about Dr. Brennan's mystery solving with her boyfriend/husband, FBI agent Seely Booth in Washington DC, you will be sadly mistaken.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Another terrific addition to the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. These books are always intelligent suspenseful and mind boggling.  Bones Never Lie continues this tradition.  A case from the past rises to haunt Tempe.  She is pushed to find Andrew Ryan and bring him back to the land of the living so they find the killer or killers before they can strike again. I never fail to learn something new whenever I read this series.  These books are fast paced and addictive and always worth a read.
InspirationalAngel531 11 days ago
Title: Bones Never Lie - Temperance Brennan 17 Author: Kathy Reichs Published: 9-23-2104 Publisher: Randoma House / Bantam Dell Pages: 514 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Supense Sub Genre: Series; Murder; Crime Fiction ISBN: 9780345544018 ASIN: B00IQRN4YS Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . This is one of the few exceptions I make on darker mysteries. Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan is a series I have kept up with over the years because it was one my mother enjoyed and when diabetes made it difficult for her to read I began reading her favorite authors to her. I became so involved in this series that I had to go back and read the series from the beginning. Temperance Brennan is brilliant and rarely fails at whatever she sets out to do. One of her most painful failures when authorities failed to capture serial killer Anique Pomereleau disappeared after a killing spree across Canada. Now Anique is back and continue her work in North Carolina and Vermont. Unless Temperance and her old partner, Andrew Ryan, can finally chase down Anique more girls are going to die. Old Nightmares resurface, and the ghost of old victims haunt Ryan and Brennan. When another child disappears it is a race against the clock to stop a monster and save the latest victim. Fast moving with established characters. You cannot go wrong with a Temperance series book. Each can be read as a stand-alone but this one especially will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart racing. Sadly this book echoes the news today. Lucky for us we have people such as Temperance Brennan, who is based on a true person. Follow closely as Temperance goes over old crime scenes and new to close a chapter in her life. If you have never read a book in this series you are in for a treat. If you have you know you have a few hours of intense escapism. Find a corner, take the phone off the hook and enjoy. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
I could follow the story fine, even though this is book 17 in the Bones Series. The mystery was suitably intriguing, and although it kept me guessing for at least 40% of the book, I did pick out the culprit of the crimes from the list of characters introduced in the plot, but I wasn't 100% sure until about 70%. The storyline is steady enough to not become too boring and the procedures are described to help the reader understand the plot without becoming bogged down with technical jargon. But for an author who has written so many books beforehand I found the dialogue quite basic and sometimes the flow was stilted, I actually read this at the same time as another which I was scheduled to review for the blog, and although I kept picking this book up and continuing, I did expect it to grab hold of me and for me to not put it down until I had finished. ( I did do this with the book The Sword of Summer which I bought as a gift for my grandson and thought I best read a few pages to check it was suitable,then ended up buying a copy because I couldn't put it down!) BUT that has not put me off finding book 1 and giving the series read and that is why it has a 4 star from me. OK now onto the differences I found between the Book and TV series. They are Very Different, so if you are thinking you are going to be reading adventures of Booth and Bones - forget it. Although I love the TV version and of course Series Cast with Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan and David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth, and the rest of the supporting cast, the book is completely different, other than having the name of the lead character being the same. In the books Dr. Temperance Brennan is less "Amazingly Smart" about everything, and of course Tempe does not work out of the Smithsonian nor does she have her hip cool team behind her, shes more real I guess is the easiest way of describing the difference, and works with the Law Enforcement agencies in the USA and Canada. Although I have not read any of the previous books and because of this I was not on top of who every character was, that did not impede my enjoyment. In this book Tempe is older, my age I guess with a grown daughter and not with Booth, in fact the character of Booth is not quite the same. In Bones Never lie, there is an ex lover involved who has previously worked with Tempe on a case in the past, and my surmisation from this book is that Detective Andrew Ryan is our "Booth" from the TV series - in a roundabout way. Tempe is called into help with a missing persons investigation, as there are a few similarities to a cold case that both she and Ryan worked on together, 10 years have passed since Anique Pomerleau got away and it seems Tempe has never quite forgotten her and the nightmares still plague Tempe. ( having not read this storyline this is what I have gathered from this book). When the investigating team want input from the other case investigator, our Tempe gets some unexpected help from her mother in finding him, as Ryan is MIA after his daughter died of a drug overdose. This is also a change for me as in the TV series Bone's mother is dead. I liked the 'crazy' Mother character, in fact she is one of the reasons I want to read the first in the series, as there is such a difference in the 'Bones' character from the TV and the Book versions that I want to know more. I guess I will be adding the full "Bones Series" to my TBR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reichs knocks it out of the park.
Yvonne22 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic page turner from my favorite author. Had me at the edge of my seat. Suspected the bad guy but the way she brought it around was fantastic. Ms. Kathy, can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all of Kathy Reichs books. I used to be a die-hard Patricia Cornwell reader, but I honestly think Ms. Reichs is a better story - teller. You have great mysteries without as much drama and complications. Loved the ending on this one too. Can't wait for the next book!
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed how the characters are still being fleshed out.  Kathy Reichs really knows how to tell a good story and keep old characters new.
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Dragon49 More than 1 year ago
Kathy Reichs has done it again with another stuck in your seat story. I love all her books and have read them more than once. She just keeps getting better and better. Especially love the ending of this one...but won't spoil it. If you love her books or even just love the TV series "Bones", you don't want to miss "Bones Never Lie". Of course, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the "Temperance Brennan Series" to get involved with her characters. I guarantee you will soon be as involved with them as you are with the story and the surprising conclusions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. Another winner for Kahy Reichs.
anettaWI More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. One of the best she has written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bones Never Lie is one of Reichs' best.
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kpet More than 1 year ago
Temperance Brennan is unexpectably called in on a new case. or is it? An old enemy has resurfaced, or has she? Temperance must determine if this is true, or not. She must find her ex-partner, keep the local police from killing each other, and of course solve the mystery. Lots of twists, lots of clues, and another great read from Kathy Reichs. Highly Reccommended!