Cross Bones

A Novel
Narrated by: Michele Pawk
Series: Temperance Brennan, Book 8
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (418 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history.

Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that might have fronted for the trade of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found.

They make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?

©2005 Kathy Reichs; 2005 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Such bloody good beach reading." ( USA Today)
"There's nothing like a morgue mystery to brighten up a summer day." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm." ( People)

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struggling to keep listening

If you could sum up Cross Bones in three words, what would they be?

Lots and lots and lots of education and research went into this book. You have to hand it to Kathy - she is indeed a smart cookie and will teach you something new with each book

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is, unfortunately, a must better read than a listen. I have been at it for awhile and have to keep going back because I tune out.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michele Pawk?

Probably not. She sounds angry or perhaps very confused about the characters she is mimicking. She has difficulty giving the characters depth or personality even. I found her attempt to sound like a certain ethnicity just terrible and confusing.

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Shades of Dan Brown

I loved the background info woven into the plot. The conspiracy theories were fascinating. But the ending was firmly grounded in reality and plausibility.

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A case of biblical proportion!

In Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan takes on a case of biblical proportions. A murder in Montreal leads to the discovery of a skeleton nicknamed Max which may prove to be the bones of Jesus. Tempe travels to Israel with Andrew Ryan where the trail leads to a mysterious tomb. A brilliant read and great listen Michele Pawk delivers a polished performance.

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better than the reviews

I liked this one. like her other books for me, they take awhile to get good.

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Intriguing story

Good god woman—learn how to pronounce Musée de l’Homme!!!
The narrator of a book with a lot of French in it really should have strong French skills. As an actress her characterization of Temperance is fine, but the mispronunciations were just too frequent in this book.
The story line set in Israel for a change was quite intriguing.

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pretty good

most predictable of this series but still a great book. love the details as always.

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always an interesting read or listen in the case - makes you think, question what is going on...

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You can skip this one

I am usually a giant fan of the bones books. However this one fell flat. Between the poor pronunciation and in accurate facts (like no extradition from Israel to the US) this book is disappointing.

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A great read!

So much historical information! I appreciate the research that g has gone into her books!

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great book

This is one of the best I've listened to so far. I am really glad I have found this author. She never disappoints!!