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I received the message first thing Monday morning. Honor Barrow needed me at an unscheduled meeting.

Not what I wanted, with cold germs rolling up their sleeves in my head.

Nevertheless, coming off a weekend of Sudafed, Afrin, and lemon-­honey tea, instead of finishing a report on a putrefied biker, I joined a billion others slogging uptown in rush-­hour traffic.

By seven-­forty-­five, I was parked at the back of the Law Enforcement Center. The air was cool and smelled of sun-­dried leaves—­I assumed. My nose was so clogged, I couldn’t sniff out the difference between a tulip and a trash can.

The Democrats had held their quadrennial soirée in Charlotte in 2012. Tens of thousands came to praise or protest and to nominate a candidate. The city had spent $50 million on security, and as a result, the ground floor of the Law Enforcement Center, once an open lobby, now looked like the bridge of the starship Enterprise. Circular wooden barrier. Bulletproof glass. Monitors displaying the building’s every scar and pimple, inside and out.

After signing the register, I swiped my security card and rode to the second floor.

Barrow was passing as the elevator hummed to a stop and opened. Beyond him, through the door he was entering, arrows on a green background directed Crimes Against Property to the left, Crimes Against Persons to the right. Above the arrows, the hornets’-­nest symbol of the Charlotte-­Mecklenburg Police Department.

“Thanks for coming in.” Barrow barely broke stride.

“No problem.” Except for the kettledrums in my head and the fire in my throat.

I followed Barrow through the door, and we both turned right.

Detectives crowded the corridor in both directions, most in shirtsleeves and ties, one in khaki pants and a navy golf shirt featuring the intrepid wasp logo. Each carried coffee and a whole lot of firepower.

Barrow disappeared into a room on the left marked by a second green sign: 2220: Violent Crimes Division. Homicide and assault with a deadly.

I continued straight, past a trio of interview rooms. From the nearest, a baritone bellowed indignation in strikingly inharmonious terms.

Ten yards down I entered a room identified as 2101: Homicide Cold Case Unit.

A gray table and six chairs took up most of the square footage. A copy machine. File cabinets. White erasable board and brown corkboards on the walls. In the rear, a low-­rise divider set off a desk holding the usual phone, mug, withered plant, and overfilled in-­ and out-­baskets. A window threw rectangles of sunlight across the blotter.

Not a soul in sight. I glanced at the wall clock. 7:58.

Seriously? Only I had arrived on time?

Head pounding and slightly peeved, I dropped into a chair and placed my shoulder bag at my feet.

On the table were a laptop, a cardboard carton, and a plastic tub. Both containers bore numbers on their covers. The ones on the tub were in a format familiar to me: 090430070901. The file dated to April 30, 2009. A single call had come in at 7:09 a.m.

The numbering system on the carton was different. I assumed the case was from another jurisdiction.

A bit of background.

The Charlotte-­Mecklenburg Police Department had roughly five hundred unsolved murders dating back to 1970. Recognizing that this was lot of bodies and a lot of folks waiting for justice, in 2003 the CMPD established a cold case unit.

Honor Barrow, twenty years at the murder table, had run the CCU since its inception. The other full-­timers included a police sergeant and an FBI agent. A volunteer review team composed of three retired FBI agents, a retired NYPD cop, a civilian academic, and a civilian engineer provided support in the form of pre-­investigation triage and analysis. The cold case unit regulars gathered monthly.

As a forensic anthropologist, I work with the not so recently dead. No secret why I was sometimes invited to the dance. But I usually got a heads-­up about why my presence was being requested. A query concerning a set of remains. A question about bones, trauma, or decomposition.

Not this time.

Impatient, and curious why I’d been summoned, I drew the tub to me and pried off the lid. Inside were hundreds of pages separated by dividers. I knew the headings on each of the tabs. Victimology. Summary of the Crime. Crime Scene Report. Evidence/Property Collected/Analyzed. Medical Examiner’s Report. Witnesses. Related Investigation. Potential Suspects. Recommended Follow-­up.

Lying across the files was a case review summary written by Claire Melani, a criminologist and colleague at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I flipped to the first section of her report. And felt my neck muscles tense.

Before I could read further, voices sounded in the hall. Moments later, Barrow appeared with a guy looking like something off the cover of a survivalist manual. Washed-­out jeans. Faded army jacket over long-­sleeved red tee. Dark hair curling from below a neon-orange cap.

I replaced the report in its tub. “Everyone stuck in traffic?”

“I didn’t invite the volunteer team.”

Though that surprised me, I said nothing.

Barrow noticed my gaze shift to the survivalist, and introduced him. “Detective Rodas is down from Vermont.”

“Umparo. Umpie to my friends.” Self-­deprecating smile. “Both of them.”

Rodas extended a hand. I took it. Umpie’s grip matched his appearance, rough and strong.

As Barrow and Rodas took seats, a familiar figure framed up in the doorway. Erskine “Skinny” Slidell, cop legend in his own mind.

Can’t say Slidell’s presence thrilled me. Since Skinny works homicide, and I work the morgue, we are often thrown together. Over the years our relationship has had more ups and downs than a polygraph chart. His manner is often grating, but the man clears cases.

Slidell stretched both hands in a “What gives?” gesture and drew in one wrist to look at his watch. Subtle.

“Glad you could pry yourself free from the computer porn.” Smiling, Barrow hooked a chair free from the table with one foot.

“That sister of yours does love a camera.” Cushions hoofed as Slidell deposited his substantial derrière.

Barrow partnered with Slidell back in the eighties and, unlike most, claimed to have enjoyed the experience. Probably their shared concept of witty repartee.

Barrow had just introduced Rodas and Slidell to each other when the door swung out. A man I didn’t recognize entered the room. He had a weak chin and a too-­long nose and, standing ramrod, matched me in height. His polyester shirt, tie, and off-­the-­rack suit suggested midlevel management. His demeanor screamed cop. The four of us watched as polyester man took a place at the table.

“Agent Tinker is SBI.” Barrow’s reference to the State Bureau of Investigation conveyed zero warmth.

I’d heard of Beau Tinker. Intel had him as a narrow thinker with a mile-­wide ego. And a player with the ladies.

“Don’t seem like such a long drive was warranted.” Slidell spoke without looking up from the fingers laced on his belly.

Tinker regarded Slidell with eyes as gray and bland as unpolished pewter. “I’m right up the road at the Harrisburg field office.”

Slidell’s jaw muscles bulged, but he said nothing.

Like everywhere else on the planet, North Carolina has its share of interagency rivalries. Sheriff’s, campus, airport, and port police versus local PD’s. The state versus the city boys. The feds versus the world.

Except for some offenses in which it’s required—­such as drug trafficking, arson, gambling, and election fraud—­SBI involvement in criminal investigations was usually at the request of local departments. The chill coming from Barrow and Slidell suggested no such invite had been issued.

Was Rodas the draw? If so, why the interest in Raleigh about a case from Vermont?

Slidell considers himself a hot property in the homicide squad. Too hot to gasbag around a table, as he’d once put it. I also wondered why he was here.

I remembered the file in the plastic tub.

I glanced over at Slidell. His gaze was up now, aimed at Tinker with the kind of expression normally reserved for pedophiles and mold.

Did the hostility go beyond turf issues? Did Slidell share history with Tinker? Or was Skinny just being Skinny?

Barrow’s voice cut into my thoughts. “I’m going to let Detective Rodas start off.”

Barrow leaned back and repositioned the neck chain holding his badge. He often reminded me of a large leathery turtle. Skin dark and crinkled as that on a shrunken head, eyes wide-­set and bulgy above a pointed little nose.

Rodas opened the carton, withdrew a stack of reports, and slid one to each of us. “Sorry if my style’s less formal than yours.” His voice was deep and gruff, the kind you associate with white cheddar and the Green Mountain Boys. “I’ll give you the rundown, then take questions on anything that’s unclear.”

I started flipping through pages. Heard Tinker and Slidell doing the same.

“Between two-­thirty and three p.m., on October 18, 2007, a twelve-­year-­old white female named Nellie Gower disappeared while riding her bicycle home from school. Six hours later, the bike was found on a rural two-­lane a quarter mile from the Gower farm.”

A nuance in tone caused me to look up. Rodas’s Adam’s apple made a round-trip before he continued. “Nellie’s body was discovered eight days later at a granite quarry four miles outside town.”

I noted that Rodas was using the child’s name, not depersonalizing, as cops often do—­the kid, the vic. It didn’t take Freud to recognize that Rodas was emotionally invested in the case.

“The ME found no signs of trauma or sexual assault. The child was fully clothed. Manner of death went down as homicide, cause as unknown. The scene yielded nothing. Ditto the body. No tire tracks, no trace, no blood or saliva, no forensics at all.

“The usual persons were interviewed—­registered sex offenders, parents and relatives, friends, friends’ families, neighbors, babysitters, a Girl Scout leader, those working at the school, the church, the community center. Anyone with even the remotest link to the victim.”

Rodas dug spirals of bound three-­by-­fives from the tub and winged them around the table croupier-­style. Went silent as each of us viewed the grim cards we’d been dealt.

The first several prints showed the quarry. A leaden sky overhung an expanse of rock and soil bereft of trees. On the left, a gravel road climbed from the foreground toward a ragged horizon.

Temporary barricades had been set up along the road. Parked behind them were cars, pickups, and media vans. Drivers and passengers stood in twos and threes. Some conversing, others staring across the sawhorses or looking at the ground. A number wore T-­shirts printed with the words Find Nellie above the face of a smiling adolescent.

I knew the players. Samaritans who’d devoted hours to searching and to answering phones. Gawkers eager for a glimpse of a body bag. Journalists seeking the best slant on another human tragedy.

Inside the barrier were cruisers, a crime scene truck, a coroner’s van, and a pair of unmarked cars, each angled as though suddenly frozen in flight. I recognized the usual responders. Evidence and coroner’s techs. A woman in a windbreaker with Medical Examiner printed in yellow block letters on the back. Cops in uniform, one with his head cocked to speak into a shoulder radio.

A canopy had been erected at center stage. Below the blue plastic, yellow tape stretched from pole to pole, forming a rough rectangle. Enclosed in the rectangle was a painfully small mound. Rodas squatted beside it, face grim, notepad in hand.

The next series focused on the child. Nellie Gower lay on her back, legs straight, arms tight to her torso. Her red wool jacket was zipped to her chin. Her sneaker laces were looped in symmetrical bows. The bottom of a polka-­dot blouse was neatly tucked into bright pink jeans.

Several photos framed the face printed on the tees. No smile now.

Nellie’s hair covered her shoulders in long chocolate waves. I noted that it was parted down the center of her scalp and evenly draped, as though combed and arranged.

Eight days of exposure had wrought the inevitable. The child’s features were bloated, her skin mottled purple and green. A maggot mass filled her mouth and each of her nostrils.

The last three shots were close-­ups of the child’s right hand. Dotting the palm were traces of a filmy white substance.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“CSS bagged both hands. The ME swabbed her skin and scraped under her nails. The trace guys thought it might have been remnants of a tissue.”

I nodded, still staring at the photos. Synapses were firing in my brain. I remembered another child. Another set of heartbreaking photos.

I knew why I’d been called. Why Skinny was here.


Rodas ignored Slidell’s outburst. “We got a few leads, phone tips, a witness saying a teacher showed unusual interest in Nellie, a neighbor claiming he saw her in a truck with a bearded man. Nothing panned out. Eventually, the case went cold. We’re a small department. I had to move on. You know how it is.”

Rodas looked at Slidell, then Barrow. Met eyes that knew only too well. “But it ate at me. Kid like that. Whenever I had spare time, I’d pull the file, hoping to spot something I missed.”

Again, the Adam’s-­apple bob. “According to all accounts, Nellie was timid. Careful. Not likely to go with a stranger. We all believed the perp was local. Someone she knew. I guess we got channeled on that.

“Last year I figured what the hell. Think outside the box. I tried VICAP.”

Rodas was referring to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, a national database maintained to collect and analyze information about homicides, sexual assaults, missing persons, and other violent crimes. The repository contains approximately 150,000 open and closed investigations submitted by some 3,800 state and local agencies, and includes cold cases dating as far back as the 1950s.

“I entered what we had, MO, signature aspects, crime scene descriptors and photos, victim details. Took weeks to get a response. Then damned if our profile didn’t match an unsolved here in Charlotte.”

“The Nance kid.” Slidell spoke through barely parted lips.

“Never got a collar on that one.” Tinker’s first words since telling Slidell he was posted locally.

Slidell opened his mouth to reply. Apparently reconsidered and closed it.

I glanced at the tub. 090417091201. Lizzie Nance. Skinny’s own gut-­eating failure.

On April 17, 2009, Elizabeth Ellen “Lizzie” Nance left a ballet class, heading for her mother’s apartment three blocks away. She never made it home. Media coverage was massive. Hundreds turned out to answer tip lines, post flyers, and search the woods and ponds near Lizzie’s complex. To no avail.

Two weeks after Lizzie’s disappearance, a decomposed body was found at a nature preserve northwest of Charlotte. The corpse lay supine with feet together, arms tucked to its sides. A black leotard, tights, and pink cotton underwear still wrapped the putrefied flesh. Bright blue Crocs still covered the feet. Residue found under a thumbnail was identified later as common facial tissue.

Slidell led the homicide investigation. I analyzed the bones.

Though I spent days bending over a scope, I spotted not a single nick, cut, or fracture anywhere on the skeleton. Tim Larabee, the Mecklenburg County medical examiner, was unable to establish definitively whether sexual assault had occurred. Manner of death went down as homicide, cause as unknown.

Lizzie Nance died when she was eleven years old.

“Fortunately, Honor had also entered his unsolved. The system picked up the similarities.” Rodas raised both hands. “So here I am.”

A moment of silence filled the room. Tinker broke it. “That’s it? Two girls roughly the same age? Still wearing their clothes?”

No one responded.

“Wasn’t the Nance kid too far gone to exclude rape?”

Palming the table, Slidell leaned toward Tinker. I cut him off.

“The autopsy report noted complicating factors. But the child’s clothing was in place, and Dr. Larabee was confident in concluding there’d been no rape.”

Tinker shrugged, not realizing or not caring that his cavalier attitude was offending everyone. “Seems weak.”

“It’s not just the VICAP profile that brings me to Charlotte,” Rodas continued. “By the time we found Nellie, her body had been rained on for a day and a half. Her clothes were saturated with a mixture of water and decomp runoff. Though not optimistic, I submitted everything to our forensics lab up in Waterbury for testing. To my surprise, some DNA had survived.”

“All hers,” Slidell guessed.

“Yes.” Rodas placed his forearms on the table and leaned in. “Eighteen months ago, I went over the file yet again. This time I caught something I thought could be a break. The residue from Nellie’s hand hadn’t been submitted with her clothing. I phoned the ME; she found the scrapings taken at autopsy by her predecessor. Knowing it was a long shot, I had her send them up to Waterbury.”

Rodas looked straight at me.

I looked straight back.

“The material contained DNA not belonging to Nellie.”

“You sent the profile through the system?” Tinker asked the unnecessary question.

Rodas chin-­cocked the report in my hands. “Take a look at the section marked ‘Updated DNA Results,’ Dr. Brennan.”

Curious why I’d been singled out, I did as instructed.

Read a name.

Felt the flutter of adrenaline hitting my gut.

Revue de presse

Praise for the novels of Kathy Reichs
“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as nonfiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross.”—James Patterson
“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal.”—David Baldacci
“Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legion of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she’ll garner.”—Sandra Brown
“Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They’re filled with riveting twists and turns—and no matter how many books she writes, I just can’t get enough!”—Lisa Scottoline
“I love Kathy Reichs‎—always scary, always suspenseful, and I always learn something.”—Lee Child

“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

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Née à Chicago, Kathy Reichs est anthropologue judiciaire à Montréal et professeur d'anthropologie judiciaire à l'université de Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord. Elle travaille fréquemment de concert avec le FBI et le Pentagone. Les aventures de son héroïne, Temperance Brennan, sont adaptées à la télévision dans la série à succès de M6, Bones. Aux Éditions Robert Laffont, elle a publié, entre autres, Déjà Dead, Meurtres à la carte et, plus récemment, Autopsies.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reichs is back in fine form! 5 juillet 2014
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I admit it; I'm a long-time fan of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels. However, I skipped a couple; the last one I read was just so humdrum that I thought Reichs was tiring of her characters. It was depressing to me, so I didn't read any for a while.

As a result, I missed some of the events referred to in this title ... but that was all right. I found myself not wanting to put the book down this time, just like in the "good old days."

This time, Tempe is asked to help investigate a series of murders that are being committed by a criminal well known to her. In a previous title, this perpetrator (Anique Pomerleau) tried to kill Tempe as well. So, when a set of crimes with a similar MO come up, Brennan is very much interested. Her long-time colleague Andrew Ryan is off mourning the death of his daughter, Lily, but she needs his additional expertise on the case ... so there is that subplot as well.

There are more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster in this book, and the "whodunnit" took me by surprise ... which is always a plus.

It is always difficult for me to review thrillers without employing spoilers, so I hope it will suffice to say that the forensic science in this book is spot-on, the characters and situations interesting, and that Kathy Reichs is back in fine form with this latest book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Hot Cold Case: the Top ten List of Things That Are Great About "Bones Never Lie" 28 juillet 2014
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Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who alternates time between two facilities: one in Montreal and one in North Carolina. I've been a fan of Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brenner books since the first. This is the 17th in the series, and Reichs just gets better and better as a writer.

It is not unusual for Dr. Breenna to be called in on a cold case investigation. Most of the people she deals with have been dead for a good long while. But, in what cannot simply be an eerie coincidence, the case involves murders of young girls in Charlotte and Vermont that bear great similarities to a case in Canada, in which villain Anique Pomerleau was responsible for the torture and murder of a number of young girls. During that investigation, Pomerleau almost killed Tempe, as well.

Back then, Tempe worked the case with Canadian detective Andrew Ryan (with whom she has had an on again/off again relationship), and this investigation calls out for his touch. Unfortunately, Ryan is AWOL; his daughter ODed and he has walked away from civilization.

Now, it seems that the killer is toying with Tempe while torturing and murdering the girls at an alarming rate.
It's up to Tempe to find Ryan, find the killer, and figure out how/if Pomerleau is at work again.

It's fast paced, scary, creepy, and all the elements that make for a book I couldn't put down.

That being said, here are the Top Ten Things Things That Are Great About "Bones Never Lie."

10. We finally meet Tempe's mother, who has mental issues and has been nothing more than a shadow in previous books. She's a great character and has become an internet search wizard who manages to help the investigation (and give us some excellent tips for internet mysteries of our own).

9. Finding Detective Ryan. That's an adventure in itself, and we get to continue with him on his journey of despair and healing,

8. Snappy dialog. Reichs has a great ear for dialog. It sounds natural, and each character's dialog is unique to the character.

7. Intense as the books are, there is a sense of humor. I gave up on the Kay Scarpetta novels a few years back when the characters' humorlessness (and Cornwall's meanderings into stranger and stranger places) made them too oppressive. Reichs can conjure up humorous descriptions and observations that keep the story bearable, even in its darkest moments.

6. The character of Det. Slidell is no longer just an unappealing irritant; he has become a full-blown useful part of the story, with plenty of quirks (and insights and firepower) of his own.

5. The ever-evolving relationship between Tempe and Det. Ryan. You'll like how this one evolves.

4. You'll always learn new science. Not only will you learn new bits and pieces of forensic anthropology; you'll pick up other intriguing data, as well.

3. Action, action, action. All Reichs' books are fast-paced, fraught with danger, cliff-hangers, jeopardy... everything you can ask for in a mystery/crime thriller.

2. Tempe is a great strong female character, smart, tough, with a sense of humor and a soft side.

1. Character, character, character. You'll meet psychos, victims, eccentrics, brilliant minds, the walking wounded, and more and they are, after all, what makes the world an intriguing place.

While the Temperance Brennan books are best if read in order, that's a large time commitment if you're just starting. Reichs gives enough background so that you can jump in here, but you will probably want to go back and understand the evolution of Temperance Brennan, her friends, her family, and dead for whom she speaks.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great Temperance Brennan mystery! 6 juillet 2014
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I have been reading the Temperance Brennan mystery series since the first book, Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan Novels). I really enjoy the character and I like the forensic anthropology aspect of the mystery. (I also enjoy the TV show, even though it does not follow the books and the character of Brennan is quite different in the two.)

This book will not disappoint the fans of the series. I wouldn't really recommend starting with this book is you haven't read any of the series. The story in this book generally stands alone -- though it seems like it involves a character from Monday Mourning: A Tempe Brennan Novel (Temperance Brennan Novels). I'd have to go back to that book to see if those books share some characters to be sure. In any case, this book doesn't include a lot of Brennan's personal and professional history to bring a new reader up to speed so you will miss a lot of the character even if the story could be read on its own.

The mystery in this book involves some recent murders in Vermont and North Carolina where the killer appears to be someone wanted for murders in Quebec that were investigated by Brennan and Andrew Ryan, her on and off lover. Brennan follows the investigation to Quebec and Vermont while she is also dealing with some issues involving her mother. As is usual for these books, the reader learns some interesting information relating to forensic anthropology while Brennan is working with the detectives to catch a murderer.

I was captivated by this book and read it until I fell asleep and then picked it up when I woke. It is a good thing I started it before a long holiday weekend or I wouldn't have gotten anything else done.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An intriguing and enjoyable convoluted maze of twists, turns, and blind alleys 22 juillet 2014
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As an Amazon Top Reviewer, I always have a huge stack of books waiting to be read and reviewed, but I saved this particular book to take along on the vacation I just completed. From experience, I knew that I could trust Kathy Reichs to deliver a forensic thriller with impeccable science, authentic and complex characters, and expert plotting. For me that’s the perfect type of book to help get me through all the intolerable hassles that come with air travel in this modern age. My hunch turned out to be a very good choice! “Bones Never Lie” was perfect; it gripped my attention on so many levels: it was full of suspense, humor, believable characters, snappy dialog, and tons of intellectually satisfying forensic and criminal science. Reading one of Reichs’ novels is like negotiating a magnificent convoluted labyrinth—a maze built to enjoy and confound—a maze full of unexpected twists, intriguing turns, and frustrating blind alleys. Why it was perfect for travel is that whenever I’m inside a Kathy Reichs novel, time disappears.

The story within this specific thriller has Reichs’ signature forensic anthropologist, Temperance (Tempe) Brennan, trying to find a serial killer who is targeting, kidnapping, torturing, and killing young girls, all around 14 years old, and all with long dark brown hair parted in the middle. The crimes take place over a number of years in both Montreal and North Carolina. Right from the beginning telltale patterns start to reveal themselves and help propel the investigation forward. There’s one early shocking pattern: with each kill, the murderer seems to be personally taunting Tempe Brennan. All signs point to a monster of a woman named Antique Pomerleau, a sociopath who almost killed Tempe many years earlier on a similar case involving the disappearance and murder of young teenagers.

I had a great time trying to negotiate my way through the complex maze of forensic clues in this book. With a Tempe Brennan mystery, you can always count on bucketloads of details and clues. Readers are expected to make their way through that avalanche of information to find the patterns that lead to the truth. In this case, I got lucky; I spotted a subtle clue about a two-thirds of the way through the novel and it panned out in the end. Yup, I guessed the culprit. That doesn’t happen too often, but I am very good at puzzles and it is easy for me to manage a lot of detail. Despite the fact that I’d figured out the identity of the killer, there was still a whopper of a nice surprise at the end of this novel. I never saw that one coming and I doubt any of you will either.

Some reviewers suggest that any reader unfamiliar with Kathy Reichs and her Temperance Brennan forensic thrillers should start reading these books at the beginning with “Déjà Dead.” I disagree. In real life we find out about all our new friends in bits and pieces here and there over the years as we discover more and more about their lives. We don’t need to hear their life stories in any particular order. It’s the same with these books featuring Tempe Brennan. If you read them in order, it might make it easier to follow the chronology of her life, love, and detective work, but it is certainly not necessary. You can just as well start with this book and read all the others in whatever order you want.

For Kathy Reichs fans, I’ll add that in this novel we learn more about the deep depression that Tempe’s sometime lover, Montreal Detective Andrew Ryan, goes into following the death of his daughter and we also lean more about Tempe’s eccentric, smart, and effective mother—a chronically ill woman living in an assisted care facility but still capable of doing outstanding clandestine online detective work on her laptop computer to assist her daughter.

“Bones Never Lie” rewarded me with many hours of white-knuckled, page-turning pleasure. As far as I am concerned, Kathy Reichs is one of the very best writers out there writing in this specialized, thrilling and suspenseful, forensic mystery genre. I always look forward to her books and this one comes highly recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Another reliable effort featuring Temperance "Bones" Brennan. 26 juillet 2014
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The always reliable Kathy Reichs returns again with her protagonist --- Forensic specialist Dr. Temperance Brennan. Keep in mind, this Brennan is far more interesting (and less goofy) than the one depicted in the tepid FOX television series, "Bones".

BONES NEVER LIE pits Brennan and her team in both North Carolina and Montreal against a serial killer of young girls. It seems once a year a young girl with similar background has been abducted and later discovered dead. The question is who and why is continuing this deadly anniversary of death. When clues begin to point towards the only killer Brennan and co. failed to collar they all begin to feel that things are going to get personal very quickly.

Not better than her most recent efforts but highly readable with far less soap opera melodrama like her major competitor in this sub-genre, Patricia Cornwell.
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