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Kathy Reichs Books In Order For The Forensic Series

Updated on August 23, 2017

Should I Read The Temperance Brennan Books In Order Of How They Were Written?

For many newcomers to the Temperance Brennan series, reading or not the Kathy Reichs books in order is one of the first questions they ask. Even if you've never read a single book by this author, I'm pretty sure you're familiar with the now famous Bones series on TV. For many, this very TV show has prompted to check out the books written by her.

Kathy Reichs is not only a novelist, but a real forensic anthropologist, a real CSI. No wonder that her books and the TV series Bones have become so popular, since the CSI themed books and shows on TV are dominating the minds and hearts of so many of us.

What you might not know, though, is that she has also written a couple of non-fiction academic books, and she has started a new series for YA (young adults) involving Tempe Brennan's niece, which is a bit of departure from Temperance Brennan, but it's a really fun one, worth trying.

So let's see how to read the Kathy Reichs book list in order of publishing, starting from the Temperance Brennan series, aka the Bones books in order, including her very latest book with a publishing date of July 2015 called Speaking In Bones.

New Book Alert: Speaking in Bones (Tempe Brennan #18)

September brings with it a new Tempe Brennan book, the 18th in the series with Speaking In Bones. I've already bought it in Kindle format, and it's one of my next TBR (to be read) books.

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Kathy Reichs Books In Order For The Tempe Brennan Series

Kathy Reichs Books In Order - Temperance Brennan Series

Here is a quick overview of the Kathy Reichs novels in order of publication as well as in chronological order for those who want to know which book to read first, both regarding her Tempe Brennan series as well as her niece Tory Brennan. You can check out all the Katy Reichs books here in one place.

  1. Deja Dead - The first in the Tempe Brennan series - off to a great start. Published in 1997
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  2. Death du Jour - The second book in the Temperance Brennan series, this book was published in 1999.

  3. Deadly Decisions - Her first book was published in 2000.

  4. Fatal Voyage - This was her 4th book in the series, published in 2001.

  5. Grave Secrets - #5 in the Tempe Brennan series, this book was first published in 2002.

  6. Bare Bones - Her 6th in the Temperance Brennan series, published in 2003.

  7. Monday Mourning - #7 in the Temperance Brennan series was published in 2004.

  8. Cross Bones - #8 was published in 2005.

  9. Break No Bones - Her 9th Temperance Brennan book, was first published in 2006.

  10. Bones to Ashes - #10 in the Tempe Brennan series, this book was published in 2007.

  11. Devil Bones - This book was published in 2008, and it's her 11th book in the famous series.

  12. 206 Bones - This is her 12th book, published in 2009.

  13. Spider Bones - It was published in 2010 as her 13th novel involving Tempe Brennan

  14. Flash and Bones - So far her latest published novel about Temperance Brennan, it was published in 2011.

  15. Bones Are Forever - Her book #15 in the Tempe Brennan series, this was published August 2012.

  16. Bones In Her Pocket - Book #15.5, a novella, published in 2012

  17. Bones of the Lost - The 16th book (so far the latest one) in the Tempe Brennan series

  18. Swamp Bones - Book #16.5, a novella, published in 2012

  19. Bones Never Lie - Temperance Brennan book #17, published in 2014.

  20. Speaking In Bones - Currently her latest book #18, published 2015

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If I Really Love A Book - I'll Get The Hardcover Version

Devil Bones - my hardcover copy
Devil Bones - my hardcover copy | Source

Yep, that's my hand right there with the Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs, the 11th book in the series. I love this series so much, I can't part with the books :)

Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan #1)

Deja Dead is the first of the Kathy Reichs books in order. In fact it's her first novel ever, which won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. This is the book that also got me acquainted with Temperance Brennan and I got hooked every since.

Previously I used to read the Kay Scarpetta novels, but I must admit, I somehow like Temperance Brennan much more.

This first story follows Temperance Brennan who leaves behind a shaky marriage and moves to Quebec to be the Director of Forensic Anthropology. Her first case is an unidentified female corpse dismembered and stashed in plastic trash bags. It's a gripping story, one that I couldn't stop reading.

Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2)

Written in 1999, the second book in the Temperance Brennan series, Death du Jour follow her to her second case, quite a gory one as well. If you want to learn some weird new things about maggots, then this book is for you.

I like these books because they're written by a real forensic anthropologist who knows her stuff, and the writing and descriptions show it. If you like mystery, action, suspense and a dash of romance (with gory details in between), that's a recipe for you right there.

Deadly Decisions Temperance Brennan #3)

This books starts with a 9 year old girl being accidentally killed during a motorcycle gang killing. Tempe Brennan has to figure out how the skull of the teen is next to two skeletons of bikers and what is the connection here.

Again, the story is told in first person and the details are gruesome enough to make one squeamish flinch. But if you like CSI, you won't put this book down until you finish the last page.

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Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan #4)

The fourth book was written in 2001, and this is just as great as the previous ones in the series. The scene in this case is a horrible plane crash in North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan has to solve the case with her forensic skills.

If you're squeamish, you might flinch a bit at the naked and brutal descriptions of the victim's remains. For example during her examinations, she finds a leg that does not belong at the site.

The book offers again suspense and mystery, along with a great story telling that is so characteristic of Kathy Reichs. Loved this one!

Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan #5)

Grave Secrets is book number 4 in the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, and it's just as engaging as the previous books. Written in 2002, this book follows Tempe as she examines the gruesome remains of a woman left in a septic tank.

She is now working in Guatemala trying to sort the body parts of a massacre left behind during a previous bloody civil war in the country. This is when she finds the remains in the septic tank that intrigue her to search for answer. And she usually finds them, along with a lot of things that we can privy to as well.

This is the first book that is set in another country and the change of scenery is a good thing to keep the story going in the right direction. A great read.

Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan #6)

Next comes Bare Bones, written in 2003, following again Tempe Brennan in one of her new adventures. I found this so far this book has the most action happening, it's faster paced, and that's a good thing, as you never really get bored here.

While "trying" to have some vacation time with her boyfriend, Andrew Ryan, she finds the remains of a child, which invariably pull her back to work. A really great and fast read.

pic from Bare Bones
pic from Bare Bones | Source

Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7)

Next comes Monday Mourning, a book written in 2004.

This time Tempe is back in Montreal, where she tackles the discovery of 3 skeletons in the cellar of a pizza parlor. The plot is again great, engaging and suspenseful enough to keep you going till you finish the last page.

I love all the forensic details that are given in the book (something that the Kay Scarpetta books seems to lose with every new book written).

Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan #8)

Cross Bones is the 8th book in the Temperance Brennan series. I found this novel to be so far the weakest 'link'. Not quite sure why, but it didn't engage me as much as the previous books did.

Tempe is thrown into historical times (apparently doing forensic work on the bones of Jesus Christ), and as some other reviewers also mentioned, this book somehow reminds me of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Except Da Vinci Code was better.

Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan #9)

Finally the real Temperance Brennan is back in this 9th book in the series. This time Tempe has to teach a boring field class South Carolina at a burial site. The problems start, of course, when the bones of a much newer body is discovered in a place that should only hold old bones.

I really enjoyed this book, a refreshing return to the 'old' Tempe that was let down in the previous one in the series. This one goes again full force ahead with gore, suspense, mystery and .. .did I say gore? Loved it!

Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan #10)

Book 10 was written in 2007. In this book her case gets a bit more personal. Tempe Brennan has to find an old friend of hers, Landry, who vanished some time ago.

When she finds the skeletons of an adolescent girl in Acadia, she can't but wonder whether these remains are of her old, lost friend.

Thrilling, exciting, and a great study in forensic anthropology, as usual with all her Tempe Brennan series.

Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan #11)

When reading the Kathy Reichs books in order, you'll find that Devil Bones is #11. Quite a few things happened since the beginning of the series, and now Tempe Brennan's latest case calls her to examine a "chamber of horrors", which includes skeleton remains of animals and people all thrown together.

While I like my books a bit faster in pace, this one was a bit of a letdown because I found it a tad slower. It had a lot of historical background, touching on paganism, which I found distracted a little from the actual plot.

However I still enjoyed this novel, and I found it rewarding in the end.

206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12)

Finally a book that starts with a bang. Tempe Brennan finds herself cuffed and injured in an underground crypt. If that isn't creepy, I don't know what is.

And that's exactly how the book starts, full with a punch.

206 Bones is a truly fast paced thriller with great characters. This book will keep you reading to the end probably in one sitting. It was again one of my favorites in the series.

A Canadian case Kathy Reichs was consulted in as a forensic anthopologist. The case is still ongoing.
A Canadian case Kathy Reichs was consulted in as a forensic anthopologist. The case is still ongoing. | Source

Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan #13)

I've read this book very recently to catch up with the series, so I have it still clearly in mind. It's the 13th book and if you've read the Kathy Reichs books in order, then you know that you're off to a great read again.

The plot in this novel goes from Montreal to North Carolina, all the way to Hawaii, and it's quite complex, as usual. One thing I found a bit strange in this book is that there was not one clear plot - there were many parallel ones. Some people might find this off-putting, but Kathy Reichs pulled it off quite nicely, however.

It's full of twists and turns, mystery, thrill and gore, and it's fast paced as well. What more could you want for? Oh yes, a newer book in the series!

Note: in the UK this book is called Mortal Remains (I think also in Australia).

Flash and Bones (Temperance Brennan #14)

This is the 14th in the well known and well loved series. I read #13 and #14 in one go, within 2 days, to catch up. Now I have to wait a few more months, until book #15 called Bones are Forever will be published (I think in August).

Flash and Bones is all about NASCAR, and it's a 'fast and furious' read. As a corpse is found in a barrel of asphalt, the Race Week festivities are put on hold until the situation is examined - by dr. Tempe Brennan herself.

I really enjoyed this book and while I found a few of her earlier ones a bit slow going, this book simply can't be put down, it's all fast paced action, especially if you're a NASCAR fan.

Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15)

Her 15th book in the Temperance Brennan series didn't disappoint. This is one book that moms might be quite - bodies of babies are found in an apartment, and Temperance has to solve the mysterious and quite horrific crimes.

Personally I found myself engrossed in the book, even though some reviewers say that it wasn't up to the standards.

I do like all Kathy Reichs novels and I didn't find this one to disappoint. The crime, mystery and thrill is all there, and you never really get bogged down into all that forensic science, even though there are lots of descriptions of it. All in all, a great read.

The Author Speaks About Her Book Bones are Forever

Bones Of The Lost (Temperance Brennan #16)

The 16th book in the famous Tempe Brennan series, it was an awesome read.

This one is dealing with human trafficking (kids and not only) and the way Tempe Brennan manages to solve the case of the hit and run victim, a teenage girl who was found along a sad empty highway road on the outskirts of Charlotte. An outstanding read, maybe one of the best in the series so far.

Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan Book #17)

Bones Never Lie is currently the latest book by Kathy Reichs involving Tempe Brennan and as the book has only recently been released, I haven't got a chance to read it yet. I will post my review as soon as it left my TBR (to be read) pile.

Speaking In Bones Temperance Brennan Book #18)

Speaking In Bones Temperance Brennan Book #18)

This latest case takes Tempe Brennan to a case which initially seems quiet simple, while later on it turns out to be everything but that.

The case is spurred by a telephone call which she gets from an amateur sleuth who thinks that one of Tempe's cases found its match. She claims to know who the unidentified body belongs to.

The problem is that the one body is not the only one around...

Should We Read The Kathy Reichs Novels In Order?

Personally I'm a stickler for reading books in order, including the Kathy Reichs novel series. But what do you think, should they be read in order, or it's not necessary?

Kathy Reichs Books In Order For The Tory Brennan Series

Currently The Tory Brennan series consists of 5 published books. Here is the order of publication and reading order for the newer series.

  1. Virals - The first in the new Tory Brennan series, this book was published in 2010.

  2. Seizure - So far her second Tory Brennan book, it was published in 2011.

  3. Shift - Book #2.5, this is a short novella, published in 2013.

  4. Code - Code is the 3rd Tory Brennan book, it was release in March 2013.

  5. Swipe - this is a short novella in the series, book #3.5. Published in 2013

  6. Exposure - book #4, Exposure was published in 2014

  7. Terminal - the 5th book in the series is expected to be released in 2015

Tory Brennan Series Reviews

The Tory Brennan series by Kathy Reichs includes currently 4 books.

The Virals books by Kathy Reichs
The Virals books by Kathy Reichs

* Virals (Tory Brennan #1)

Virals is the first book in the same named series, with a publication date of 2010. The book follows Tory Brennan, Tempe's niece in her own story. While Tory appeared from time to time in the Tempe Brennan books, now she has her own story to tell, with her own group of friends who helper solve quite the interesting cases.

This book is for young adults, and it's quite different from the previous series.

Tory is 14 and right from the start she jumps into action with her friends on the island where she lives with her father.

While the style is indeed different, it's a great read: it has suspense, mystery, a great plot, tension and drama. A great recipe for a great new YA novel start.

The only thing I hope is that she also continues her Tempe Brennan books, which made her popular in the first place.

* Seizure (Tory Brennan #2)

Seizure is the second book written by Kathy Reichs in the Tory Brennan series.

This time pirates and treasures are the highlight of the day.

Full of puzzles, mystery and suspense, it's a great, fast paced read, which you will love especially if you care about YA genre, which seems to be all the rage these days.

* Code (Tory Brennan #3)

Code is the third Tory Brennan book. So far Code was my favorite Virals books.

It all starts as a geocache game. The gang finds a geocache with quite the fancy puzzle box. Once they solve that, they are directed by someone called The Gamemaster towards a second box. Except, as it turns out, this second box is not a game, but a bomb, and the time is ticking...

A rather chilling and terrifying plot line, less romance and more adventure, this book had everything I wanted from the Virals team. Loved it!

* Exposure (Tory Brennan #4)

Exposure is the 4th book in the Tory Brennan series. It was published in January 2014 and so far it's the latest published book, with Terminal waiting release in 2015.

In Exposure the friends (Virals team) investigate a twin classmate abduction. The twins - Lucy and Peter - were quite the popular and studious folk and their disappearance creates quite the uproar, especially when a rather grisly video showing them bloodied and scared (but alive) kids.

Now Tory and the Virals team have to find the twins before it's too late.

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      Ilivetoread 3 years ago

      I have read all the Bones books - never seen the show as I have a picture of the characters and I don't want that to change and I've found too often that tv ruins books - just read Stephen King and try watching one of the movies they attempt to make . . .

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      Lena_Kovadlo 4 years ago

      I love Bones TV series though I didn't watch it until midway into its airing on television. Been watching ever since though. It was only recent that I found out that there are books about Bones (Temperance Brennan) and it seems that the show is based on the books... I've not ready any books but thinking I should check them out. Wonder though if I can get my hands on the first books at the library since I prefer to read a series from the first book to the last in order of publication...

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Never miss a Kathy Reichs release!

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      i Love the Bones TV series, but wondered if I would be disappointed in the books, do they have the character development in them as well? I'm not big into reading mysteries, but love good characters.

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      Sunflower2423 4 years ago

      I love watching the show and will have to get the books to read. I enjoy reading mystery books.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I love both the books and the show. I am currently reading the third in the series and I try not to miss the show. Great synopsis of the books. I look forward to reading each one, in order, of course. Now I know what's coming up.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I live under a rock - never heard of this author nor Bones but I'm interested now.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I haven't read any of these books, but I've seen Bones (a few episodes). I love a good character in a compelling book series like this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Virals books are AMAZING!!!!!

      Just started the series 4 days ago all ready reading Code! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just started reading her books in Feb and today finished the 15th and loved all of them. Looking forward to the next coming soon I hope.

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      Close2Art LM 4 years ago

      Love these books and your lens, BLESSED

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just started reading Reichsbooks on my 3rd never tried books of this kind now am hooked

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      Great lens. I am a Bones fan, but have never read any of the books. I like to start in order. This will be great spring break reading!

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      geoffhoff 4 years ago

      The TV show Bones is one of my guilty pleasures. I was doing a search for Kathy Reichs and found your lens. I'm intrigued by how different the books seem from the show, and will have to get at least one to check it out. I will, of course, start at the beginning.

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      Othercatt 4 years ago

      OMG! I love watching Bones but I had no idea there were Temperance Brennan books to read too! Thank you so much for this. Now I know what I'll be reading for the next few months!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've read most of the Temperance Brennan series. Nice lens!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never realized the TV series was based on books

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      martycarlton lm 5 years ago

      Love the books. Was disappointed in the series. Couldn't watch it.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I have not tried reading a Kathy Reichs book - yet! But I will try to do that now. I like your lens a lot. ::::blessed::::

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      sunlightseer 5 years ago

      I love "Bones" and reading about Temperance. I've missed a couple of books, have to go back and catch up. Thanks for sharing.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I love the Temperance Brennan series! My son's a big fan of the TV version. It took me a long time to get over hating the show for being so different from the in-my-head version of the books, but I do enjoy it now. The books, though, as usual, trump the TV show by a long shot. There's just only so much you can cram into 45 minutes.

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      joanne-white-7564 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for creating this list. I have been wanting to read the Temperance Brennan series for so long now but wanted very much to start from the beginning, cannot thank you enough. Can't wait to get started!

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Bones is on tv now in my country and it's one of my favorites.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Haven't read any of her books yet but heard they were good.

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      RichLeighHD 5 years ago

      Will definitely have to give her books a read some time I reckon!

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      publicdomain lm 5 years ago

      I like the Temperance Brennan series, though there are some that I didn't enjoy as much as others. I really don't like the Tory Brennan series, though. I think they're awful, and I tend to like YA fiction.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I became a big fan of author Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan Series long before the TV show 'Bones' began. I own all her books except the latest two and when I reread them, I read them 'in order'. :) I'm also a fan of Patricia Cornwell's 'Kay Scarpetta' books as before Patricia Cornwell began writing, she worked for the Office of the Virginia Medical Examiner. My love of forensic mysteries probably comes from the fact that I once worked for a forensic Medical Examiner and typed autopsy reports. True life and fiction - interesting stories!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      My favorite "Bones" book is Bones to Ashes because it is set up in Canada. I prefer the books over the TV series, books are much deeper.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks for the guide. I've been tempted to read these because we love the TV show so much. I hear the books are quite different but they still sound like something I'd be interested in reading.

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      clayva 5 years ago

      I just loved Kathy Reichs books, all of them, but I had to move on. I picked up on the series by Janet Evanovich and read all of those too! Both authors are so great. I just love to sneak away with a good book!

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I love Bones but have never read any of the books. Thanks for a great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @TravelingRae: have you read the Three Pines Mysteries by Penny? They are good to the last page and from near Canada

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      @MarcoG: LOL!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I always wondered what Kathy Reich looked like - to be honest, in my head, I had her down as Kathy Bates :(

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I read Devil Bones and was glad that she didn't jump to the conclusion that the deaths were related to Wicca. Although interesting it didn't grab me enough to read the rest of the series.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      How cool - I enjoyed the times I got to watch Bones, but I have not yet read any of the Kathy Reichs books. This is going to be a great resource for me, as I like to read a series in order, and now I really want to read all of these books. Nicely done! Thank you!!!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the first few books the most.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have read all but 4 . 2 i have and the others i will get. I have never enjoyed reading this much. hope Kathy will write many many more.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      I am wondering if the new characters can work as a spinoff from Bones. Thanks!

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      SpicyCabbage 5 years ago

      The only book of Kathy Reichs's books that I have read is 206 Bones. I enjoyed it very much, but I didn't realize that there were more. I'm going to have to start with the first one and read my way through them all.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for the introduction to this author. Your reviews are enticing enough to have me want to start reading these books. ~~Blessed~~

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I've read a few of the Kathy Reichs books. This is such a unique and interesting genre. Thanks for providing this complete list.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I like Kathy Reichs better than Patricia Cornwell because is is not as graphic. I don't need to be told in minute detail what is happening on an autopsy table. Yuck. But her books are good and worth reading. Blessed.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      Loved all the books, every time I read them I just couldn't put them down. I lent out the first two,lol now I have to re-buy them, they are worth it. Great reads! Great lens!

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I liked the 1st 10 Kathy Reichs books, but The Devil Bones was really disappointing and I stopped reading after that one. I like that the books take place partly in Quebec, where I'm from. Who would have thought that a major U.S. author would have a book with a climatic ending taking place in St Lambert?!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      @KarenHC: Yes, looks like Kathy Reichs also got the 'YA' craze bug (young adult). Most of the new fictional stories are geared towards the YA generation. The Tory books are great too, albeit a bit different in style.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      I've read a number of Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan books, and have seen many episodes of Bones, and I enjoy them all. I didn't know that there are books out now about Temp's niece, Tory. It sounds like it's geared toward a younger generation of readers, but I'm going to check it out too!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great book guide.