I presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life.
Story started as the straightforward Tempe Brennan yarn...... And it got more complicated every two or three pages. At one point I was tempted to do what she did at one time: Make a list of all the names and try to figure out who connected with whom and which one or ones connected with what incident or crime. Face it, if Dr Brennan has to do that, I would certainly be allowed to!
To the reader: the story is convoluted; if you are good with names, go for it! If not, like me, I suggest a method of recording names and relationships and events.... Your eyes might cross, and your brain might crash otherwise!!
Good story, even though it was a bit tedious. The narrators were excellent but I found the author's excessive use of profanity unnecessary.
Tempe investigates when a body of a baby is found in a stove, but whilst on a trip with her daughter, her dog Boyd discovers bear bones. This leads to an investigation of illegal animal poaching and trafficking. Well narrated by Michele Pawk, Bare Bones is a great listen and just so darn, bear bones terrific. Kathy Reichs never lets her readers down.
Caroline E Langdon
I'm a fan of the Reichs books - I'm glad to see Ryan worked into the story again!
I almost skipped this one because I red a few bad reviews. I am so glad I didn't!
To say why without spoilers is difficult. Let it go as this book has key character developement points that you do not want to miss.
As I write this I have yet to read the next book, but I expect that if I had skipped this installment I would be exchaiming an old military term, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and going back to read this anyway.
Of course the style is very technical and somewhat over explanitory, but that is the style of the series.
Overall I give an overall rating higher than either the writing or performance alone because this is one book in the series that youshould not miss.
Purrs by the Bay
Kathy Reichs reminds me very much of Patricia Cornwell's mysteries. I've been through all of the Cornwell books and this is my first novel by Reichs. It's entertaining and easy listening and I enjoy the narration by Michele Pawk. I'm looking forward to reading more of Reich's mysteries in the future. I'm giving this 4 stars, not because it's one of the best books ever but, because it's easy, guilty entertainment. If you enjoy Patricia Cornwell, I think you'll also enjoy this mystery. I'll be reviewing more of Reich's novels in the near future. Mystery, murder, a little romance, interesting characters... check it out.
I also enjoy that Reich's has chosen a storyline involving protected species of animals. She clearly wants to do her part in educating people as well as entertaining them. Thank you Kathy Reichs!
I often listen to audible books when I'm suffering from insomnia. They're like bedtime stories for adults.
I really enjoyed Grave Secrets and Deja Dead. This one is not up the the previous standards. I was constantly confused and the ending I felt was anti-climactic. I felt that much of the storyline was contrived and boring. I hope the future books of hers are better.
There is an over abundance of insignificant details, such as an endless description of a room and its contents, before you find out what the protagonist is about to do there. Frankly the plot is rift with so many boring details that I get lost sorting out who is who and who has done what to whom and when they did it. There is little if any tension in the plot because of the lengthy descriptions of nearly every thing. I did not get curious about "who done it" - I became frustrated waiting for the story to move forward with logical revelations and plot building it never did. I wanted to fast forward to the end and get it over with. I fail to see where the author left any "clues" laying around to hint who the murderer(s) might be. Too many crimes being commited - drug Smuggling, murder, exotic animals poached, bears being poached for body parts - far too many characters to follow. I am not interested in the details of the CITES agreement but I would rather see action taking place to "get our man.". I would not recommend reading this book its just not exciting and interesting enough.