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3.12682926829268 out of 53.12682926829268 out of 53.12682926829268 out of 53.12682926829268 out of 53.12682926829268 out of 5 3.13 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Dorothée Berryman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743564601
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TEMPERENCE BRENNAN RETURNS...IN A SMART, TAUT THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CROSS BONES

The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines-in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching at a lackluster archeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades Tempe to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.

The body count begins to climb. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant novel in the tradition of the best Southern gothic writing!…Reichs’ seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make Break No Bones a must-read.” 

    Jeffery Deaver

  • A brilliant novel in the tradition of the best Southern gothic writing! What a pleasure it is to watch Tempe Brennan on the job once again, this time in the perfectly realized world of South Carolina. Reichs's seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make Break No Bones a must read."

    -- Jeffery Deaver, author of The Cold Moon and The Twelfth Card
  • A rare treat indeed for the discerning mystery reader! Kathy Reichs is a working forensic anthropologist who can also write! She combines her brilliance in both arts in her mesmerizing novels, and Break No Bones is the best yet! I am awed by its power and her ability to demonstrate what I call 'the silent secrets in the bones.' Once again, I am so impressed with the wealth of knowledge Reichs draws on, her suspenseful plotting, and her marvelous ear for dialogue and sense of place. Temperance Brennan rides again in this compelling tale of a suspenseful murder probe. Reichs' fans will be delighted; I predict an overnight bestseller! Reading Break No Bones kept pulling me away from my own deadlines, but I loved it!"

    -- Ann Rule, author of Green River, Running Red; Worth More Dead and the forthcoming Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • “A rare treat…mesmerizing…Reading Break No Bones kept pulling me away from my own deadlines, but I loved it!” 

    Ann Rule, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This novel confirms the series’ place in the front rank of the ever-expanding forensic thriller subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers…will appreciate the forensic detail here, and more character-oriented readers will respond to Reichs’ likable and well-developed cast…An engrossing entry in a widely read series.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/18/2014

    " I love all of Kathy Reichs' books. I like the imperfection of the characters and the settings because I love the Carolinas. Keeps you reading through the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda O | 2/15/2014

    " 2006. 445 pgs. This is my second run through this book, but I still found it enjoyable reading. Reichs work is always able to engage my interest, and she often weaves around her plot a current 'hot-topic' to add some depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 2/14/2014

    " This is another book that my reaction to is: Eh. The plot is good, but Reichs is such a crappy writer that it's hard to enjoy the story. Her characters are barely recognizable as human beings; they are merely there to move the plot forward. Conversations don't really reflect the way people talk. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2014

    " There was just too much coincidence in this book. This is the 3rd book that I have read by this author and the other books were about the same. I think that I am done reading Reichs books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 2/10/2014

    " I could not get into this book even though I've enjoyed all of Reichs previous works. I found it too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Boyer | 2/4/2014

    " We listened to "Devil Bones" on a road trip, so I thought I'd step away (briefly) from non-fiction and give this a try. So far, so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty good stuff once again from Reichs. Keeps you guessing until practically the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed the book once I got past the connection to the TV show, Bones. They really have nothing in common even though Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for the TV show. I would separate them in my mind & then be jolted back when someone used the heroine's name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/22/2014

    " I'm still enjoying this series, but I am getting a little tired of Brennan's inability to decide between the two men in her life. It's getting a little irritating - just make a decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pilvi | 1/15/2014

    " This wasn't as good as other Reichs' books because in this I guessed the plot quite early in the book. I cannot understand how it wasn't so obvious what had cause the fine lines in the abdominal parts of the vertebrae. Otherwise this was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/3/2014

    " Reading these books really gave me an insight into the "Bones" character. Fast paced and well written, these are a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/2/2013

    " It took me a while to get used to the idea that it was a different Temperance Brennan, but once I got past that, I thought the story was interesting and had some funny parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayda | 12/2/2013

    " I think I'm going to give up on Kathy Reichs for a while. Her style of writing is really a drag at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Gugino | 11/28/2013

    " I'm hooked! I don't usually like to read several books about the same characters or anything that has been made into TV/movies, but Reichs is good. I read both "Bones to Ashes" and "Break No Bones' within two weeks - I couldn't put either one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 11/27/2013

    " book 9 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 10/17/2013

    " I'm about half way through. I don't know if I'll finish. It is so boring. I just keep hoping it will pick up speed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Honor | 8/25/2013

    " I love the Tempe Brennan books... Even if she does need to be rescued by the Big Strong Man du jour a bit too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2013

    " I was bummed that I could not get into this one as much as her other works. I'm a big Tempe Brennan fan and felt that this plot was a little dry. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 1/1/2013

    " Fast paced and exciting. Kathy Reichs has a different style, but quickly got used to it. Couldn't wait to find out "whodunit". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Knox Bodenstein | 11/8/2012

    " This was a better book than Devil Bones and Bones to Ashes. The story flowed better and didn't seem forced. You still need to skim over the technical bits that she repeats in EVERY book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/7/2012

    " This book was okay. I can't really explain why it wasn't great and why it wasn't bad, it was just middle ground for me. Not enough Ryan, that's for sure! lol Think it might have been just a bit too long and had a little too much in there to 'throw us off', that just didn't work for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anatolia | 9/23/2012

    " I enjoyed the books even more than her TV show. The books often have a Montreal setting and if not a Canadian perspective, at least the perspective of an American who has spent considerable time in Montreal and has a feel for the culture. Very refreashing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Mosey | 8/17/2012

    " All her books are good,I have not read them in order,but thet are easy to follow per Temperance/characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 6/6/2012

    " Great book in the Temperance Brennan series. I loved the Charleston setting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Sparreboom | 2/27/2012

    " Een leuk ontspannend vakantieboek "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/6/2011

    " Not up to her best - just average. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 suzi | 10/3/2011

    " I like Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series, but this one was predictable and over-written. I found the same sort of decline in the Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta series; maybe they are just running out of fresh ideas? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 9/14/2011

    " Another good mystery by Kathy Reichs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 8/29/2011

    " Sloppy writing; half as good as TV show based on her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Woolwine | 8/21/2011

    " Wow. I really was able to get into this book! It takes place in Charleston, SC.... One of my favorite places in the world that I visit often. As I read this book, I could imagine the scenes perfectly. I was really surprised with the real reason behind all of the murders. Good twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 5/7/2011

    " This book had me wondering who did who and the ending was great! The background city is so fascinating. I'm not sure if I read for the story or just to find more out about the city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/15/2011

    " This was a great start to the Temperence Brennan series. If you're a fan of BONES, you're gonna love this novel. The story will keep you reading till the end. If you're looking for a Booth, you DEFINITELY got him as Ryan :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/21/2011

    " Ticked all then boxes for me as a quick but satisfying crime thriller - I like the forensic detail in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 3/7/2011

    " Bad enough that it's the last one I'll read, but intriguing enough to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayda | 3/3/2011

    " I think I'm going to give up on Kathy Reichs for a while. Her style of writing is really a drag at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amberwytch | 2/22/2011

    " Thoroughly interesting and intriguing. Great characters and twist


    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/10/2011

    " This book was just OK for me. The characters were a bit shallow and sarcastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 2/7/2011

    " Listening on audio tape I barely followed the story and didn't care enough to rewind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/3/2011

    " Good "who done it" written in the same mold as the Patridia Cromwell forensic novels. I liked the story and the author is excellent at keeping your interest and moving you to the next chapter. If you like forensic pathology/anthropology stories, you should give this one a look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " This is the first book of this series I read and I picked it up because I like the tv show. It was interesting, but I wasn't always sure about the relationships (can't be helped since I came into the middle of the series). Interesting case though. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She was vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Her debut novel, Déjà Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her work is the inspiration for the highly successful television drama Bones. Dr. Reichs divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal.

About the Narrator

Dorothée Berryman is a singer, actress, and narrator. Besides her roles in television, she is known most for her film roles in The Red Violin and The Barbarian Invasions. She was nominated for a Genie Award in 1987 and then in 2011 won the Jutra Award, the annual Canadian cinema award, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the comedy Cabotins. Born in Quebec City, Quebec, she is also a jazz singer who has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, released two albums, and hosted a jazz program on the Espace musique radio network.