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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Michele Pawk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780743551618
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Cross Bones

Read by Michele Pawk

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. 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. Have they made a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • As good as Cornwell at her best."
    -- Detroit Free Press
  • “The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden."
    -- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Such bloody good beach reading.”  

    USA Today

  • “Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm.” 

    People

  • “There’s nothing like a morgue mystery to brighten up a summer day.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “As good as Cornwell at her best.”  

    Detroit Free Press

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " Kathy Reichs takes current archaeological findings, as well as the heated debate about the implications about these findings, and weaves them into another adventure for Temperance Brennan. Much of this book is set in Israel, and involves skeletal remains that some claim belong to Christ, as well as other findings which suggest a burial site for Jesus' family. I really enjoyed her use of these current issues, as well as the characters explorations that of course lead them into mortal danger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Daniel | 1/8/2014

    " Five stars because it's my absolute favorite of the Tempe books thus far...all because it's religious history and mystery which is my fave. Because I'm a nerd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbd | 1/4/2014

    " Not exactly like her other books. Reichs has you thinking a bit deeper on this one, while doing a bit of archeology and learning along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gill | 12/30/2013

    " I read this book to the end but I found it rather boring. The endless recapping of detail and the cardboard cutout characters made completing the book a triumph of perseverance over enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Cole | 12/24/2013

    " This is my favorite Reichs novel so far. I loved the addition of an ancient mystery to Temperance's sleuthing, and I'm really pleased with the way the characters are developing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylynn Berrios | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting story line. Pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/18/2013

    " ok reading...interesting storyline aka who dunnit but found the CSI like terms a bit hard to follow at times... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Rushing | 12/4/2013

    " I love murder mysteries and Reichs's Temperance Brennan series are very good examples of this genre. I enjoy the perspective Dr. Brennan brings to this genre as a forensic anthropologist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calli | 11/29/2013

    " Liked it, but not as much as some of her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie Ennis | 11/23/2013

    " Ms Reichs at her best. There is nothing I love more than a crime novel with history in it. This look on how Jesus may have lived till he was eighty and that his bones ended up in Canada is gripping and with a bit of Ryan chucked in for good measure keeps the reader wanting more. =] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purlewe | 11/15/2013

    " My sister loves these and she gave it to me to read. I can see why she does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ros | 11/5/2013

    " This was a bit dan brown for my liking. Mystery bones, history of Jews and Jesus "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 11/4/2013

    " My least favourite of the Brennan books - while the Israel stuff was interesting, it was just so far from the normal background of these books and required too much shoehorning to make it all work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald | 6/15/2013

    " Set in the Middle east the plot weaves fascinating detail from a range of cultures with interesting observations on ancient and contemporary Jewish / Israeli history providing riveting glimpses into the orthodox and secular Jewish worlds. A really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/27/2012

    " Different from her usual style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Amies | 10/13/2012

    " Is this Kathy Reichs trying to get in on the 'Da Vinci Cods'? It's better than that for a start. Far-fetched ideas and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Thompson | 9/5/2012

    " I'm a sucker for easy read mysteries, and these (which are the basis for my favorite television show "Bones") are just the thing...similar to Patricia Cornwell, but much better than her latest. This one is particularly interesting because she integrates some biblical archaeology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/9/2012

    " This was another ok book. i was hoping more for the love story to come out of it but that didnt happen so. I felt like the plan could have been good but it didn't end up that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylene Nickerson | 7/8/2012

    " I liked this book for the most part. The theories were interesting though the book was a bit difficult to follow at times. Could that be cuz I had been up 24 hours? I don't know. It was my first book read by Reichs. I would probably read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jannene | 6/7/2012

    " I enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I was intrigued and just sucked in. I had been saddened by the ending and hoped everything would have been tied up completely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Downing | 4/3/2012

    " I couldnt get into this book from the start. I'm sure it is better as you get further into it, but I didnt get past page 22. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal McDonald | 11/27/2011

    " Loved it. Best yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 10/9/2011

    " Cross Bones an unbelievably good book. Couldn't put it down, Kathy Reichs gets better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/20/2011

    " Good mystery. Lots of characters and some unexpected twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmilee | 5/13/2011

    " This book was awesome, I had to google Masada to read people's theories on this subject. Awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/3/2011

    " This wasn't her best book, in my opinion. I think it had to do with two things - she spent very little time in North America and there wasn't my suspense. It was an OK story line, but I wasn't blown away at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana | 5/1/2011

    " Brennan and Ryan head to Israel and learn about Jesus' history. Interesting and fast paced, another good read from Kathy Reichs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/20/2011

    " I finished "Cross Bones" and felt it not to be one of Reichs' best efforts. However, as all of her books, some interesting facts to learn by reading it, and I'm not sorry to have done so. Will put off reading more of her books for a bit, however, and move to other authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/25/2011

    " A watered down verizon of the DaVinci Code. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curlyhair | 3/24/2011

    " Another well written and all round good read with Tempe and friends solving another mystery of bones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/18/2011

    " I really love Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series, and this one DID NOT DISAPPOINT! It was thrilling, and kept me on the edge of my seat for quite a few sections of the book. What a fun ride! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 2/12/2011

    " I love the Tempe Brennan series in general, but this storyline was just "eh" for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily-Jane | 2/6/2011

    " I think this is Reichs best book yet. She combines history, archeology, anthropology and a good mystery to create a real page-turner. Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/31/2011

    " So far, my least favorite in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/31/2011

    " good book, but not one of my favs...am still gonna read the next ones until i finish them all... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " So I like the show Bones and thought I would try the books. I didn't really care of this book. I thought the plot was contrived and not convincing at all. If this was the only Tempe Brennan book I read I would never go back. "

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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.