Swamp Bones: A Novella

Swamp Bones: A Novella

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by Kathy Reichs
     
 
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling eBook original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation—but murder follows wherever she goes.
 
Although a trip to Florida is supposed to

Overview

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling eBook original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation—but murder follows wherever she goes.
 
Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human. And when Tempe spots the telltale signs of murder by a very different kind of predator, she’s drawn into a case with its roots in the darkest depths of the swamp.
 
Features a preview of the highly anticipated new Temperance Brennan novel, Bones Never Lie!
 
Praise for the novels of Kathy Reichs
 
“[Reichs is] 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553395181
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Temperance Brennan Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
75
Sales rank:
12,858
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Kathy Reichs is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, and four young adult Tory Brennan novels. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Québec
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., American University, 1971; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
Website:
http://kathyreichs.com/

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Swamp Bones: A Novella 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Kathy Reichs teaches all about the wonderful world of snakes in this tale.  It made my skin crawl at parts.  I have decided the Everglades in Florida are off of my list of possible sites to see after her depiction of the creates that inhabit there.  I was entertained and, as usual, given a lot of factual knowledge that helped to explain why Tempe reached the conclusions that she did.  It was a fairly quick read and overall well done. 
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Swamp Bones is a novella in the Temperance Brennan series by forensic anthropologist and popular American author, Kathy Reichs and is presented in electronic format only. In Florida’s Everglades for a break at the invitation of Dr Lisa Robbins, forensic ornithologist, Tempe finds that March is already hot and sticky.  Before she even gets a chance to cool down and relax, she manages to get drawn into a murder investigation as she idly rummages through the stomach contents of a Burmese python (as you do). Her incidental finds draw the attention of the local sheriff, a wildlife biologist and a National Parks Law Enforcement officer. The investigation into the identity of the likely victim leads to an encounter with a live alligator, the Miccosukee Indian community and some swamp rednecks. Tempe’s propensity to tackle a situation without support lands her in dangerous waters. Reichs has obviously done quite a bit of research of an ornithological and herpetological nature: this short offering contains plenty of facts about birds and snakes. Who even knew that there was a word for a non-human autopsy? This excellent Tempe taster also includes the opening chapter of the next Temperance Brennan novel, Bones Never Lie. 
the-reap More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story. The action is nonstop and percievable. Cannot give 5-stars because in was too short, I was really engrossed in the story then it was over. I will read more from this author, good writing style, just hope they are longer.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite authors and this novella did not disappoint.  I ALWAYS learn several things in her books.  This time more than I wanted to know about snacks but I was fascinated by the  unusual tatoos of the Indian community in the book.   As one reviewer stated - I know I never want to vacation in the Everglades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every page of this short story. Everything we expect from Kathy Reichs. Can't wait for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More, more, more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and stand alone! There isn't a ton of action, but it was an interesting short story that kept my interest. Normally I don't bother with novellas, but I'm very happy I read this one. This is the first Tempe Brennan book I've read, & if I was looking forward to starting the main series before I really am now. I can't wait to see what Kathy Reichs has done with the character!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there was more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual catches you and doesn't let go until the end. Very informative but never boring. Love all her books!
Melissa11 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to installment 16.5 of the Tempe Brennan series and Reich's second novella. In Swamp Bones, Forensic Anthropologist Tempe Brennan heads to the Florida Everglades where she meets up with her Ornithologist friend Dr. Lisa Robbins. Invariably work seems to follow Tempe so it is not surprising when human remains are recovered from the belly of a python. Having read many of the Tempe books - including the Bones on Ice novella - I thought I would pick up a copy from Audible as it was inexpensive. After listening to the book I can state that while this was a satisfactory story I felt that the writing wasn't up to Reich's usual snuff. I felt that the plot itself was set-up for a full-length book, yet it was condensed into a 98 page novella/3 hour audio book; it lost some finesse along the way. Nevertheless, I still appreciated this novella. As usual I felt that I walked away from this story having learned a few new tidbits of information. In this case, readers learned a bit about Pythons and the Everglades. Ultimately, its purpose was served which was to whet the appetite for the next full-length novel. Moreover, this short story was great in the sense that it provided a quick and entertaining read/listen for a 'one-afternoon' reading session. I would likely recommend this book to fans of the series. However, one must be aware that this is a novella; henceforth the quality is not the same as the novels.
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This is a great story, written in the same style we have come to love from Kathy. Even though it is shorter than a regular novel no less thrilling. Set in Florida everglades.
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun novella.  How can she always find trouble wherever she goes.  I would have given this a five star except I think it ended a little too abruptly.
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Reichs is in good form on this one. Novellas are usually too short for much character development but this one did a fair job. In addition, the plot was more fleshed out than the typical novella. Glad I read it. Stephanie Clanahan
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