Kathy Reichs explores another high-profile topic in Break No Bones -- a case that lands forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme. Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.
The body count begins to climb. An unidentified man is found hanging from a tree deep in the woods. Another corpse shows up in a barrel. There are mysterious nicks on bones in several bodies, and signs of strangulation. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened.
Tempe's love life is also complicated. Ryan, her current flame, has come down to visit her from Montreal, and Pete, her former husband, is investigating the disappearance of a local woman -- and he and Tempe are staying in the same borrowed beach house. Ryan and Pete compete for her attentions, and Tempe finds herself more distracted by her feelings for both men than she expected.
Oh, this book was so fantastic! I loved the mystery, it was really complex, and the emotional stuff, with Ryan and Pete, and her friend Emma! There was a number of things going on, and it was just so great to read!
The mystery, wow, it was so great! From the recent bones found in the archaeological dig,to the strangeness of the clinic and their suspicious backers, and a missing staffer, yeah, there was a lot going on! So great to read!
Bah, Pete had to go in and add a wrench in the works! Things were going great with her and Ryan, and yeah, I'm not pleased with this development, but remembering the future books, yeah. Still not happy about it, though!
That climax, there was a lot of tension, because Tempe wasn't sure of who was the bad guy, and who was being set up! I mean, there was evidence that supported either one being the culprit, and that it was kinda time sensitive, yeah. That was a really great ending, though sad about Emma!
I enjoyed reading this book so much, and I can't wait to reread more, I've almost caught up to what I'd read previously!
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #9
Read: April 10th, 2018
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: July 11th 2006