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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Spider Bones is the latest Temperance Brennan novel by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. Reichs’ novels seem to get better and better. Some of her early novels are a little too heavy on technical details, even though they have always had some good action sequences. In my opinion Kathy Reichs has gotten better at explaining the technical parts, and her plots are fantastic. Spider Bones takes some real twists and turns that keep you turning pages until the end. 
This book takes Temperance Brennan from Montreal, back to the Carolinas, and eventually to Hawaii. Tempe’s adventure starts out with the discovery of a body in a pond in Montreal. Fingerprints taken from the body lead to a former U.S. soldier, who had supposedly been killed in the Vietnam War. Unraveling this mystery leads Temperance to the Carolinas and then to Hawaii to work with the group that works to identify remains of POWs and MIAs and get them back to their families. 
Temperance is still working through her personal life in this book. She still has to see Canadian police detective Andrew Ryan as a result of her job in Montreal. Even though he hurt her when he decided to try to have a relationship with an ex-girlfriend and mother of his teenage daughter. There is also Charlie Hunt back in the States. I think Temperance is kind of enjoying some time on her own and isn’t in a hurry to rush into any relationship. 
We also see quite a bit of Tempe’s daughter in this book. Katy suffers a tragic blow and ends up traveling to Hawaii with her mom. We also see more of Ryan’s daughter Lily in this book. 
The case in this book is fascinating. It wasn’t too hard to figure out at least part of the twist, but it was a great ride. I would highly recommend this book. Reichs’ Temperance Brennan from the books is very different from the Temperance Brennan from TV’s Bones. The two Temperances don’t really have a lot in common, but they both are enjoyable characters. I had started reading the Kathy Reichs books and then decided I really wanted to try watching the TV show. Now I’m hooked on both Bones series. 
I’m going to give Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs, 2 bookmarks. There are still some parts that get too technical, but they are still hard to put down.