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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 Simon and Schuster Audio; 2005 Kathy Reichs

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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  • Kristi
  • United States
  • 05-24-12

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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Outlander

Just finished the Outlander series. Love the bones books but they can't compare to them.

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starts strong then gets bogged down

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The book started out strong and interesting but mid way through it became like reading Chronicles I (from the bible...all the begats). They kept repeating the lineage and going over mitochondrial DNA specifics. Get back to the darned story!

If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

The narrator was very good and perhaps I would have liked the abridged version better if it left out the repetitive technicalities.

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  • T. Schram
  • Dripping Springs, Texas! United States of America
  • 11-28-16

Not what I am used to

I have promptly dived into Ms Reichs' stories and for the most part have come up for air only occasionally, being totally immersed in her stories. This one was different. There did not seem to be as much technical information and the stories seemed to be much more involved in the political situation.
I am not as absorbed in the socio-political atmosphere and so didn't appreciate this tale as much.
As for the narrator: PLEASE have an accent coach help this person!! She does quite well, and the narrative bubbles along quite well, and then
"SCREECH!" The resultant audible whiplash is most distressing!! Not all of her narration is like that, but enough that it is jarring to the ears.
In all, I have gotten used to this narrator and enjoy her work, but when the jolts come, they grab me by the neck.
I have accessed the list of books and their order; so now it's on to the next one..........tally ho!!!!!!!



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Not my favorite Bones book

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I'm going through the entire series and so far I've liked this book the least, though the historical "mystery" was an interesting concept. I am glad it departed a bit from the predictable formula of "Tempe almost gets killed near the end but is saved by some unlikely miracle at the last minute," like all the preceding 7 books. Cross Bones feels like it was written more as a vessel to float some theories from the writer's real life research. It's a little different than the prior ones in the Bones series, so maybe it foretells a refreshing update to future books, but this one didn't really do a lot of world-building with Tempe's life & character background so it fell a bit flat.

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Made me think...

Really enjoyed this book! I like Kathy's writing in general but found this story keeping me wanting more. I read one comment that it was too much like a scientific lecture, and I can see where some might find that the details of miocondral dna a bit tedious but I found it fascinating. Well worth your time.

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Good book...

The only issue I've had with this book is some chapters have really long pauses between the end and new chapter identification. Not all chapters, but enough and sporadic to where you think something is wrong with your device.

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good but technical

this book is very good and keeps you guessing to the end.. with that said, it is very technical because the average reader needs the background information to understand..

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