Good Reading : October 2015
GOOD READING OCTOBER 2015 47 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Here-we-lie-v3-print.pdf 1 9/09/2015 1:13 pm CRIME FICTION WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG Speaking in Bones Kathy Reichs The forensic genre often borders dangerously on cliché, with its intrepid investigators magically solving impossible mysteries while somehow managing to get themselves in the line of fire while juggling complex private lives. Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is drawn into a case by an eccentric amateur detective who believes she has identified remains that Tempe has listed as unidentified. But the investigation uncovers more remains and a string of unanswered questions: what are the religious family of a supposedly missing girl hiding? And why are fragmentary remains turning up at lookouts? Kathy Reichs’s ‘Bones’ series, featuring dogged forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, is long running and has laid many of the foundations for the genre – stubborn female protagonist married to her career and multiple strands that turn out to be related. Reichs herself is a forensic anthropologist, and her insider knowledge brings authenticity to her work. The characters are well rounded and the series hasn’t succumbed to the smugness of long-series-itis. Stubborn and at times less than circumspect in her pursuit of the truth, Brennan is an engaging character. The narrative is far from or iginal, but it’s strong enough to sustain interest right to the end, with plenty of twists and a few surprises. ★★★ Heinemann $32.99 Reviewed by Tessa Chudy Speaking in Bones Kathy Reichs Tits intrepid investigators magically solving impossible mysteries while somehow managing to get themselves in the line of fire while juggling complex private lives. Tempe Brennan is drawn into a case by an eccentric amateur detective who believes she About Kathy Reichs Kathy Reichs is an American crime writer and a forensic anthropologist. She shares many of the same features as her fictional character Dr Temperance Brennan, but she has said that she does not share the alcoholism of the ironically named Temperance.