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‘Bones To Ashes’ by Kathy Reichs

Babies die. People vanish. People die. Babies vanish.

I was hammered early by those truths. Sure, I had a kid’s understanding that mortal life ends. At school, the nuns talked of heaven, pugatory, limbo and hell. I knew my elders would “pass.” That’s how my family skirted the subject. People passed. Went to be with God. Rested in peace. So I accepted, in some ill-formed way, that earthly life was temporary. Nevertheless, the deaths of my father and baby brother slammed me hard.

And Evangeline Landry’s disappearance simply had no explanation.

But I jump ahead.

I have quite a few Kathy Reichs books on my shelves, yet somehow I have managed to randomly select one of them and start reading, without doing my homework first.

‘Bones To Ashes’, is the 10th book in the ‘Temperance Brennan’ series, which is about the midway point in terms of books written to date, so I am sincerely hoping that this works well as a stand-alone story.

The trouble is … I just couldn’t close the cover and return this one to the shelves, once I had read those opening lines and all the questions they raised!


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    • Hi Nikki,

      It’s the reverse scenario for me by the sounds of it. I have never watched the TV show, although I do have several of the ‘Bones’ books on my shelves, but not all of them for sure!

      I initially began buying them for my dad to read and he then gave them back to me, which is why I have ended up with so many on the shelves. I am not sure whether I shall bother reading them all, I suspect that they may be a bit ‘samey’, in which case some will end up as a donation back to the charity shop!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying the Easter break 🙂

  • At one point I had read all the Temperance Brennan books, but I stopped a few years ago for some reason. I think they can stand alone, but like the TV show Bones there’s the relationship back stories as well as the murder.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I must admit I was wondering just how deep the relationship backstory goes and whether it is going to be easy enough to pick up midway through the series!

      I can’t see me wanting to read all 18 books in the series somehow, so I shall stick with ‘Bones To Ashes’ for now and see how I get on with it!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always good to have you stop by 🙂

  • I’ve not read any books by this author, though I’ve certainly read many reviews…most full of praise. Maybe someday I’ll add her work to my list.

    As you know, I’m currently reading Steeped in Evil (not Death!) by Laura Childs. These are the opening lines:

    “Theodosia Browning didn’t consider herself a wine connoisseur, since tea was really her forte. Fragrant Darjeelings, malty Assams, and her current favorite, a house-blended orchid plum tea that tickled her fancy as well as her taste buds.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Many of Kathy Reichs books have, as you say, received some excellent reviews and ratings, whilst others have received a lukewarm and mixed reception to say the least. I’m not sure that I would want to read the entire series, or watch the TV series, which seems to be so popular on your side of the Atlantic. ‘Bones To Ashes’ is going okay so far though, quite an intriguing and interesting storyline!

      I must admit to being neither a connoisseur of tea or wine, but tea is more my tipple I have to admit, so maybe Theodosia and I have something in common! I love a good lemon and ginger brew personally, although we ate out this evening and I was introduced to a lime and ginger blend, which I have to say was excellent. When it comes to wine, I only like white, preferably a Chardonnay and served well chilled, just the thing for a lovely summers evening such as we have enjoyed today … more like August than April 🙂

      • There was a time, some twenty years ago, when I tried to develop an interest in wine, but I’m afraid it really holds no interest for me. I’d much rather have a beer! (and I’ve learned there is a wide variety there, too…some of which I enjoy, some not so much)

        When it comes to tea, I prefer black to herbal or otherwise. I’m certainly no authority, but I do like Assam, Nilgiri, and Orange Pekoe varieties, to name a few.

        • I can drink a shandy on a hot sunny day, however beer on its own really isn’t for me, the yeast really doesn’t agree with me!

          In fact, I can’t stand the smell either, so we rarely sit inside a pub. We once lived a few hundred yards away from a brewery and if the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, the stench of the brewing processes used to reach us, one of the reasons we decided to move!

          I can and often do, drink black tea, usually Earl or Lady Grey. However I got so fed up with the staining to our cups and mugs, that I switched to mainly herbal teas and stuck with them for most of the time 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      I know what you mean! You can have enough of a good thing with some authors and I myself have stopped buying any more books by certain authors who I used to read avidly in the past. There is such a wealth of new and undiscovered talent out there, that I enjoy accepting review requests from brand new names, although I will occasionally return to my tried and trusted favourites from time to time!

      Thanks for stopping by and I apologise for the late reply to your comment, however with the extended Easter weekend, I haven’t been around much 🙂

  • Those opening lines definitely attract attention.

    If I ever wrote a book, I would make sure my first two sentences were something that would pull the reader in IMMEDIATELY!!! Something sinister might work. 🙂 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. As always, you always have a great book that you are reading.

    Have a great weekend.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      They do say that the first few lines of a book can be an almost instant decider as to whether you are going to enjoy a book or not, indeed for some it can almost be the make or break as to whether they even read a book! I’m not sure that I would go that far, but I am always interested to see just how much effort has gone in, to capture my interest in a story.

      They also say that those opening lines are also the most difficult to commit to paper, so something sinister sounds good to me, with maybe a few short, punchy sentences to start things off?

      Thanks for visiting, I always look forward to your comments 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      There are some great titles in this series of stories, the only really annoying thing about Kathy’s books, is that they are published under completely different titles, depending on which country they are being published in. Also, I have noticed that the synopses may vary slightly, which means that it can be quite easy to pick up the same book twice, thinking that you have two completely different stories on the shelf!

      All that aside, this does sound like a great read.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I come at this series from what I think is an advantage, in not having seen and therefore been influenced, by the TV show. I think this author should either be read or watched, but possibly not both together, as it sounds as though the overlap is too great for there not to be quite a lot of duplication and ‘spoilers’ for the books.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well for you 🙂

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