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Book Review: The Bone Collection – Kathy Reichs ****

Although three of the four stories on this collection have been published in other formats before, this is the first time that they have all been gathered together for Bones fans. I’m not normally a fan of the short story or novella format but these were so engaging that they really draw you in.

“Bones in her Pocket” felt the most like a full length Bones story. When a handful of bones turn up in a lake Temperance Brennan finds herself investigating a missing college student and finds herself searching for the truth in an artist’s colony.

“Swamp Bones” sees Tempe trying to take a long awaited vacation in Florida. Before she has even got to her holiday home on the edge of The Everglades she is being drawn into a mystery. A Burmese python with human bones inside its stomach. Apparently since Hurricane Andrew there has been a fairly large colony of python living in the Everglades. I would have been a whole lot more concerned on my airboat ride at Sawgrass if I’d realised that alligators weren’t the worst thing I had to worry about!

In “Bones on Ice” it is time for Tempe to do a favour for the mayor and investigate the death of a young woman on Mount Everest. Three years later the body is repatriated to the US as a human popsicle and Tempe has to determine what really happened to her.

“First Bones” was the story that I enjoyed the most. Told partly from the present time it explains how Tempe got involved in anthropology in the first place. Lets you put a bit more flesh on the bones of her character.

Supplied by Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication date: Nov 3 2016. 368 pages.

The Bone Collection: Four Novellas

Categories: 4 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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