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A new story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan - from #1 New York Times best-selling author and FOX TV’s Bones producer, Kathy Reichs.

When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina’s Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene. Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby?

To Tempe’s surprise, the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult. The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship. Was Blankenship murdered? If so, why?

Blankenship’s body turned up on an artist colony where an eco-radical named Herman Blount has been squatting. Blount has posted online rants threatening to blow up a power station he says is polluting the area. Is Blount capable of violence?

Blankenship was a loner, but she proved a dedicated advocate for birds at UNC–Charlotte and the Carolina Raptor Center. Did Blankenship’s passion lead her into danger? Alongside Detective “Skinny” Slidell, Tempe puts life on hold until she discovers the truth behind Blankenship’s death. But Tempe’s own passion for crime solving will lead her into danger of her own.

Bones in Her Pocket is an exhilarating new installment in the Temperance Brennan series.

©2013 Kathy Reichs (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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A great short story

Bones in Her Pocket is a great short story that leads us up to the events in Bones of the Lost. If you love dogs you might get a bit squeamish. Tempe investigates an illegal puppy mill in North Carolina after the bones she examines leads her there. A murder of an animal rights activist is investigated. Well narrated by Linda Emond.

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  • Esta
  • Germiston, South Africa
  • 06-22-15

Thank you for the highlight of puppy mills

Puppy mills are worldwide and not many people knows how the operate and the very, very sad conditions these animals are kept in. So from me, a big THANK YOU to Ms Reichs for brining this up in her book.

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Where's the beef?

It was over b4 it began. It reads like a TV episode and not a novel. I was disappointed

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Boring

Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

I have read other books of hers and enjoyed most of them. I have been reading the short stories and the first 2 were good.

Has Bones in Her Pocket turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, one poorly plotted, poorly organized short story does not put me off the genre, but the author, again. Does she contract out some of her stories? The writing is uneven from book to book.

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

None of them in this story. They were all cut out of cardboard. And that plot point was too contrived. The smell alone would have alerted people to the location. And forgetting her cell phone? Pul-leese.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bones in Her Pocket?

A good rewriting might be in order to close some of the gaping plot holes. It is not a bad idea, but one murder and two attempted murders? With no indication that that person is as out of touch with reality.

Any additional comments?

I have been wrong lots of times, but when I got to the end I was very disappointed with the story. I must have missed some key paragraphs on the way through.

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  • itzKat
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 10-13-15

Thank You Kathy!

This is a nice, short little story,,, but it has an even greater message at the end.

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  • K.D.
  • Tampa, FL
  • 05-19-15

Thank you for this book

All the furry boys in my life have been adopted from shelters or rescue groups. This novella is a perfect way to get the message across. THANK YOU from them.

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I live in Gastonia!

less than 15 mikes from here. I've never been, but know I'll visit for sure!

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Good for a short story

Would you listen to Bones in Her Pocket again? Why?

No because the mystery has already been solved.

What other book might you compare Bones in Her Pocket to and why?

Any other full length Kathy Riechs story. I felt like I was getting the same format, style, etc as her novels. Even though it was short it was still a great story.

What does Linda Emond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents of the characters

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Did I really waste a credit for a two-hour book?

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This was my mistake... I should have noticed the short length of this audiobook... I won't fall for it again!

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expected better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I've got the entire Reichs series and was disappointed in this short story. First, we have the usual problem of a forensic pathologist playing active investigator. This is usual, but how many times can the heroine act as "i'll just go and physically play the police" before she mucks up a crime scene or gets herself (or someone else killed)? She is NOT "law enforcement". The second problem was the preachy end of the story with the diatribe on "puppy mills". The issue of inhumane treatment of animals (canine or otherwise) was more or less stuck into the story with no real justification other than to provide a motive (which had nothing to do with the rest of the story) and a reason for an evangelistic type plea -- as if all breeders of dogs were inhumane. Dog breeders include groups like the Seeing Eye (who breed their own guide dogs). The "out of thin air" motive and diatribe not only put me off this particular book, it rather poisoned the entire series.

Has Bones in Her Pocket turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

What three words best describe Linda Emond’s performance?

Nothing wrong.

Any additional comments?

no preaching, please. If you are going to investigate, take a trained policeman. Or should the heroine invite her Canadian friend to practice forensics?