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Bones to Ashes | [Kathy Reichs]

Bones to Ashes

When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".
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Publisher's Summary

When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then, suddenly, she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

Though Tempe tries to be rational, she is flooded by memories of her best friend, and wonders whether this skeleton, clearly of a girl who's been dead for decades, could possibly be Evangelina's. At the same time, Tempe's love interest, Ryan, is investigating the deaths of two young girls and the disappearance of another three. Are the cases related? Tempe uses the most recent advances in forensic linguistics to identify the old skeleton, while Ryan investigates the possibility of some kind of serial predator at work now.

Flesh and bone: investigate more of Tempe Brennan's forensic cases.

©2007 Temperance Brennan, LP; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science, nail-biting suspense and characters that pop off the page, Reichs, who's vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and the producer of Fox's Bones, has produced another winner in one of the genre's most satisfying series." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bobbie Hindsboro, IL, United States 07-30-12
    Bobbie Hindsboro, IL, United States 07-30-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was very disappointed in this book. I have read Fatal Voyage and enjoyed it so much, so was anxious to read Bones to Ashes. The setting was Canada and there was too much
    French in the reading which was very hard to understand.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was expected.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was very hard to understand.


    Do you think Bones to Ashes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't read a follow up book


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed. Doubt if I will read any more of her books.

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    Kristi United States 05-24-12
    Kristi United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, very creative."
    If you could sum up Bones to Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, emotional and well done. I know Kathy draws off personal experiences and that is why truth is stranger than fiction and thankfully she gives us both. Always keeps you thinking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bones to Ashes?

    The emotional ending. Yes, I cried again. I found myself excited to find time to listen. I love that!


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Tempe. She did great.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration and a great book - what can be better?

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    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 09-07-11
    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "It was OK."

    Normally when I listen to books I get captivated and don't want to stop listening. This was not the case with this book. It was just OK.
    I like real suspense writers like Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsenn, J.D. Robb, Lisa Gardner, but unfortunately I have listened to all their books and thought I would give this one a try.
    If you like mystery/thrillers/suspense and like to be kept on your toes, you would probably be disappointed in this book.

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    Amazon Customer SoCal, USA 06-14-11
    Amazon Customer SoCal, USA 06-14-11
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    "Great Listen!"

    Fast paced, as her books usually are. The mystery plus the historical information about the Acadians and their trials with the government - which experimented on them - adds to the fascination. Very entertaining!!!

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    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
    Susan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-13-08
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    "Great"

    Sent me back to Audible to get more of her books. Great story, got an education and good charaters. Good reader too.

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    Susana Ojai, CA, United States 01-24-08
    Susana Ojai, CA, United States 01-24-08 Member Since 2005

    I like edgy, offbeat books. All of my audiobooks are mysteries because I listen in the car. I prefer to read more literary works.

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    "Disappointing"

    I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs' books in the past, but this was way too technical, very boring, and it never seemed to produce the expected and desired excitement. There were too many loose ends and when the mystery was solved I didn't care anymore.

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    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 07-15-08
    Ron Fox Island, WA, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Forensic anthropologist mystery"

    Hard to understand French accent - especially at first

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Clarke Chicago 'burbs 10-08-07
    Diana Clarke Chicago 'burbs 10-08-07 Member Since 2005
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    "First Reichs, will try more!"

    This is the first Reichs novel I've read/listened to. I thought it was well paced, a good story, had nice twists and interesting characters. While it wasn't deep, it was entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 09-16-07
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 09-16-07 Member Since 2006
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    "beautiful dames"

    Doesn't Tempe have any friends or sisters that are not knock-out beautiful and very rich? Great read and I enjoy her wealth of knowledge but why does she have to temper her brains by being surrounded by super model type women? Having said that, I would love a movie from any of Kathy Reich's books; this one is no exception.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 05-08-08
    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 05-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "bones to ashes"

    It started out good, and then kind of petered out. Not much of a story line.

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