Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs

‘Bare Bones’ is the 6th Tempe Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs and after 5 novels of building up Tempe’s relationship with the gorgeous Andrew Ryan, it finally looks like we are going to see some real action.

Tempe and Ryan have planned a beach holiday (involving Victoria’s Secret underwear). But just as they’re about to leave, a number of cases require Tempe’s urgent attention.

The charred bones of a newborn have been found in a woodstove and the mother has gone missing. Tempe knows the family and is not sure how to tell Mr Banks that his daughter has murdered her own baby.

Then a small plane on a drugs run flies into a rock face. Tempe’s skills are required to identify the pilot and the passenger.

Meanwhile, Tempe is still analysing some bones dug up by her unofficial Cadaver mutt – Boyd. The bones appear to be bear and bird until Tempe discovers part of a human hand.

As Tempe’s investigations continue, assisted by Detective ‘Skinny’ Slidell, links start to appear between the cases. And, as Tempe starts to dig deeper, one of her associates is attacked and threats are made against her and her daughter Katy. The description of the attacker bears a striking resemblance to Katy’s new boyfriend to whom Tempe has taken an instant dislike.

Threats have never stopped Tempe before, so as expected she works even harder, placing herself in danger once again. And with her life in danger, the full story finally comes to light.


This was another entertaining addition to the series and I was glad that Tempe and Ryan final got to the beach.

Some of the links between the cases were a bit unbelievable and the book may have read better with less thrown into it, but it was interesting reading about some of the side issues raised.

I’m looking forward to continuing the series with ‘Monday Mourning’.


Date Published 2003


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