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‘Bones To Ashes’ by Kathy Reichs

Be warned! My teaser lines this week, are not for anyone of a squeamish nature, however they are a true and realistic representation of forensics work.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story and its author, simply click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

With some effort, I created an opening approximately eight inches square. Using a small flashlight, I held my breath, leaned close, and peered into Genevieve’s abdomen. The internal organs had been reduced to a dark, viscous paste. I spotted not a single maggot, egg or puparial casing.

Observations: Outer tissue dehydration. Skeletal exposure. Visceral breakdown. Absence of fly and beetle activity. Deduction: Death had occurred the previous winter. Long enough back to account for tissue destruction, at a time when insects weren’t out and about. Genevieve Doucet had died months before her mother.

Paperback Edition – Page 40

This book was taken from my own personal library collection and was originally a charity shop purchase.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • Grisly teasers! Enjoy the book and hope it doesn’t get too intense. This is the type of book I cannot eat while I’m reading lol. Stephen King is the one author who really has made me set the book aside to take a breather before continuing on more than one occasion due to the grisly descriptions. Enjoy your week 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I’m not too bad reading this type of intense descriptive writing, but gone are the days when I could watch this genre of programme on TV or in film, which I used to avidly!

      There used to be one series in particular called ‘Silent Witness’, which first aired way back in the 1990s and is still as popular today. I used to love watching the forensic scientists at work, but haven’t been able to tune in for several years now without feeling instantly queasy!


      There was one book a while back (‘Blue Wicked’ by Alan Jones), where even I had to quickly skim over ten pages or so, as it was just too gory to read, even though the book overall was an excellent read!

      Anyway, ‘Bones To Ashes’ is going well and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • One if …. if not my favourite author when it comes to this genre, I love Kathy Reichs.

    On a night that was crisp and clear, the Evan’s family were having a quarryman’s supper of five minute potatoes and discussing the good news of Owen’s scholarship, when Martyn arrived early to meet Jacob for their usual prayer walk.
    – Page 118. Big Men’s Shoes #1: The Way by Emily Barroso.

    • Hi Tracy,

      That’s good to hear, as I have several Kathy Reichs books on my shelves and so far I am thoroughly enjoying ‘Bones To Ashes’

      Taking your teaser lines at face value, I made the assumption that ‘The Way’ was an American book and I was quite taken with the lines themselves … I was most surprised to discover that it was set in the hills and mountains of North Wales, an area I know quite well. However the synopsis didn’t intrigue me as much as the teaser lines did and I don’t think this is going to be a book for me. To date, the author has led such an eventful and interesting life, I am not in the least surprised by the unique storyline this book offers!

      I hope that you enjoy the read and thanks for sharing 🙂

  • You weren’t kidding! Fortunately, I’m not the least bit squeamish. 😉 I really must read something by this author at some point. I’m sure I would find it fascinating.

    I’ve just begun a new book today so I’m not far into it, but I’ve already come across plenty of quotable lines! Fannie Flagg is quite the storyteller. Here’s a random excerpt from her novel The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.

    “Sookie frowned as she hung up. That particular tone in her mother’s voice always made her a little anxious. Had Lenore found out she had spoken to the woman at Westminster Village about assisted living? She had just been inquiring about the price, and it had only been one short call. But if someone had told Lenore she would be furious.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I never used to be at all squeamish, however the older I am getting, the more disturbed I am by things.

      Mind you, I have always had a complete phobia about the doctors surgery and hospitals. Even a mundane blood test turns into something of a drama, as I pass out unless I am led down. Visiting in hospital is always a complete trauma, with me needing to strip off and wash my clothes as soon as I get home and any mention of me actually going into hospital, has me running for the hills! Goodness knows what would happen if I was ever inside an actual operating theatre, or autopsy suite.

      ‘The all-Girl …’ sounds a bit different to anything I have read before and I can totally relate to your chosen lines, about her mother’s tone changing so abruptly. Mind you, I think my tone might change if I knew that relatives were busy contemplating assisted living for me.

      Fannie Flagg is a new to me author, although I have seen her name mentioned a few times before. Some of her books sound better than others and I hope that you enjoy this one 🙂

      • Medicine and everything that goes with it has never bothered me. We (both my husband and I) have a number of doctors, nurses, etc. in our families and I can remember my brother (who is a pathologist) initiating quite interesting conversations at the dinner table occasionally! In fact, when having blood drawn, etc. I like to watch. 😉 (I had a student draw my blood last week and I made her nervous with my comments)

        I haven’t read the reviews or blurbs on my book too closely because I saw one that said not to, that too many reviewers had given away plot twists. She went on to say if one enjoyed Flagg’s earlier work they would like this one. I think I’ve read (and enjoyed) all her books, so felt sure this would would be up to par. So far, it is. While it’s been years since I read it (or saw the movie), Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café is one of her more popular stories.

        • Nooo! Sorry … Doctors and I just don’t mix, in any way shape or form. On the other hand, dentist visits never bother me at all, which makes me a majority of one, with just about everyone I know!

          I must admit that actually writing a comprehensive review is very difficult without giving away the odd spoiler or two and I sometimes wonder whether concentrating more on book promotion posts, might be the way to go for me.

          I must be about one of the only people who has never read ‘Fried Green Tomatoes … ‘, although I have no idea why not. It wasn’t until I checked out the author Fannie Flagg in greater detail, I learned that she suffers with dyslexia, which makes her many books, shows and acting performances, even more remarkable 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Yes, those teaser lines are nothing if not graphic, but I can’t complain that the writing isn’t descriptive, now can I?

      Seriously, watching a forensic autopsy is one thing, but it is always so much more realistic when written, or at least I think so. It always allows for the imagination of the reader to run riot, which in my case it invariably does!

      The book is reaching its conclusion now and I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed Kathy Reichs penmanship and look forward to reading more of her work.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      That sound like a great vote of confidence in Kathy’s writing and story-telling skills!

      I have now finished reading ‘Bones To Ashes’ and I am looking forward to selecting another book from the series, although I definitely won’t be reading them in order, I am not that organised!

      To be honest, there are very few books I read, which I don’t enjoy to some degree and I never give up on a story, that’s for sure!

      Thanks for taking part in the discussion, I always look forward to your visits and comments 🙂

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