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Friday, January 6, 2017

REVIEW: The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs

This collection of four novellas features three previously available titles in the Temperance Brennan series as well as one new story. Please see the links for my previous reviews of:

Bones In Her Pocket

Swamp Bones

Bones on Ice

First Bones is a unique reading experience for series fan as the origin story of how Brennan embarks on her career as a forensic anthropologist in North Carolina.  It all began with a visit from two detectives, an arson, and a body burned beyond recognition; a case so alluring that she's willing to leave academia behind for the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation.

Another interesting aspect to this story is that it is told in differing time periods. The novella is framed at the beginning and end by Brennan holding vigil in the hospital for a beloved character ( I won't divulge who). The rest takes us back to Brennan's first case involving the crew from North Carolina--Detectives Slidell and Rinaldi, Dr. Larabee and Mrs. Flowers.  Overall, it isn't one of my favorite short stories of the series since it lacks some of the intricacies of the others; however, it was insightful and entertaining.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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