It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?
With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…
A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs is the nineteenth novel in the Temperance Brennan mystery series. A media hungry medical examiner, an unusual death, and Temperance’s insatiable curiosity bring danger.
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 receives a series of unidentified text messages containing pictures of a corpse. She learns the body is at the medical examiners, and despite not being assigned the case, investigates. Her off the book snooping soon places her in danger. The body may be tied to cold cases involving young children.
The romance was closed door, and I didn’t really feel the connection. This may be because of not having read all the books in order.
This was an interesting case, as was the tension between Brennan and the new medical examiner. Brennan is like a dog with a bone, and even at her own risk she pushes to connect dots and make connections. Moments were nail-biting as we gathered clues and found ourselves in dangerous situations. I loved piecing together the clues and chasing down leads.
I felt the threads, suspects and story were tightly woven and plausible. Fans of crime thrillers and mysteries will enjoy this case.
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