Bones to Ashes


Temperance Brennan is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl’s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Évangéline, Tempe’s childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe’s eight-year-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was “dangerous.”

Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe’s beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I was disappointed. As an avid fan of Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan series, I expected more. The overview left me awaiting an exiting adventure with some interesting facts woven in.  The majority of the book was spent on giving what felt like random facts, giving lots of background information about Évangéline and their childhood while also making sure to continue the pull-and-play between Tempe and Ryan.

The adventure finally happened in the last quarter of the book. The story gave an interesting twist at the end, but even that did not seem very realistic and understandable. When I finished reading it, I felt as though I had to go find another book in the series to read just to make sure I could continue my love for the Temperance Brennan series.

Would I add it to the Library?

Maybe.  As a fan of the Temperance Brennan series and an OCD book collector, I would have purchased/read the book no matter what because it is #10 in the series and I want to have read them all.  If you have never read the series, I would not recommend it.  Each book in the series can stand alone and there are others that are far more entertaining than this one.


Genre: Fiction – Detective, Anthropology
ISBN: 9781416525653
Rating:  meh

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