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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780743571906
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In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery -- a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans and begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan -- "five-five, feisty, and forty-plus" -- is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this deadly mix of voodoo, Santería, and devil worship.

With a popular series on Fox -- now in its third season and in full syndication -- Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones, her eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery features Reichs's signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her a number one bestselling author in the United States and around the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Loved it! I'm amazed by how seamlessly Reichs makes the transition from forensic jargon to snappy, funny dialogue—scientist to great storyteller. What's not to admire and envy?”

    Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Loved it! I'm amazed by how seamlessly Reichs makes the transition from forensic jargon to snappy, funny dialogue -- scientist to great storyteller. What's not to admire and envy? Sandra Brown, author of Play Dirty
  • Reichs is a standout...[with] a formidable way of incorporating science with character and plot.... Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered. Booklist
  • “Reichs keeps the roller coaster on track and speeding along, page after page.”

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta.”

    USA Today

  • Devil Bones is her best yet.” 

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Linda Emond’s crisp and dry vocal interpretation of Reichs’ Temperance Brennan, crime fiction’s second most popular forensic expert, is on target.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reichs is a standout…[with] a formidable way of incorporating science with character and plot…Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Klein | 2/14/2014

    " An excellent story that keeps you reading all night. "

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

    " A Temperance Brennan novel, starting with a contractor who discovers a hidden cellar in a house he is remodeling, filled with voodoo items and a human skull. A few days later a body of a boy is found by a river, also with satanic overtones, and another murder follows. Linking the murders and sorting through suspects fills the rest of the book. I did not like it as well as most of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiira Bayman | 2/5/2014

    " Very similar to an episode of Bones, but I felt like it dragged on longer than necesssary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Rothwell | 2/4/2014

    " A darker Kathy Reichs but not as dark as Patricia Cornwell. Tempe (our hero) is going through a bad time in her life but I really felt for her. It's that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/30/2014

    " Another good one in the series, but not the best one. I had a hard time getting into the story for some reason. The plot seemed to drag on. In these kinds of books, I prefer a faster pace of action in the story. However, I am looking forward to the next one in the series. I recommend all of the books in this series. And I love the TV show Bones that is based on the Temperance Brennan series of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AnnaMarie | 1/24/2014

    " I read this because I love the TV show Bones. Not even close. The characters weren't as engaging as the TV ones. :) It was mediocre, but as I read it on vacation, at least it was easy to keep track of the storyline! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/22/2014

    " Enjoyed listening to this one much better than others because I finally figured out I do not like Barbara Rosenblat's reading style. She portrays Tempe as humorless and stiff and that was turning me off to the series. Hopefully Linda Emond narrates the rest of the series! Story pretty good too but I thought it kind of went off in a few too many tangents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Oberheim | 1/21/2014

    " Always good reads, this one was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 1/13/2014

    " For some reason I couldn't get into this one as much as usual and kept forgetting character names. Kathy Reichs is still one of my favourite authors, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book on CD. However, I found it so interesting that I want to read the book now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athornton | 1/7/2014

    " Since I picked up this book this morning and have already finished it, I would say it was a decent read! I am engaged by Kathy Reichs' books and like the tv series that loosely accompanies it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Cook | 12/30/2013

    " Really good & fast read. Hard to put down!! Nice twist in the end. Can't wait to read more from same author!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Sue | 12/11/2013

    " Less disgusting, more amusing that the last one I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/7/2013

    " Again, she keeps you going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/15/2013

    " This was great with the different religious aspects and the intolerance that exists in our country when someone practices a different type of religion. Ryan manages to show up back in the U.S. again! (2010) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 10/29/2013

    " Interesting topic to include, little known religions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 9/24/2013

    " I didn't love this book - and I wanted to. There were too many different characters and too many plot twists. I got tired of the "Ryan or not Ryan" debate. I love Tempe, but geez louise girl, fish or cut bait. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnniej | 6/8/2013

    " Bad. If you like "random" coincidenses instead of logic and reason, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/11/2013

    " Kathy Reichs is so amazing! Her books always hook me in really quickly. The mystery is meaty and satisfying. I always love the supporting characters whether Tempe is in Charlotte or Montreal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 11/18/2012

    " This series continues to be excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 8/12/2012

    " Eh, not the best Bones book. I guess everyone has to do a Voodoo/Santeria themed book. I do like Brennan, though, as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 7/5/2012

    " If you like Kathy Reichs other Temperance Brennan Books, you'll love this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 2/1/2012

    " As good as Patricia Cornwell's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kona | 1/21/2012

    " Glad to see Ryan is back in the picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa K | 11/13/2011

    " pretty entertaining, i may check some other ones out of the library but this is not something i'd buy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/14/2011

    " not one of my favorites in this series, but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 8/20/2011

    " I absolutely love all of her books!! I own the whole 14 book series of Temperance Brennan & can't wait to own the newest one!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 7/20/2011

    " Slow start but got better as it went on. Usual formula but a good story line so enjoyable but light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Destinie | 5/16/2011

    " So far I'm intrigued by this story. I love the tv show bones and since this is the book version of that show, I love it as well :) "

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

    " This book had me wondering, and I guessed wrong, twice! Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the background city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 4/30/2011

    " A darker Kathy Reichs but not as dark as Patricia Cornwell. Tempe (our hero) is going through a bad time in her life but I really felt for her. It's that good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/22/2011

    " Not too impressed by this one - found it tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos | 4/16/2011

    " Not as good as the TV series and surely She is not as beautiful as in the series. I am not sure I want to keep reading the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/10/2011

    " Pretty good...not my favorite of the series. I felt like the plot went in circles...and once you find out who the killer is you will not be satisified. I will definitely read the next in the series. My favorites so far have been Fatal Voyage and Bones to Ashes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Pat | 4/9/2011

    " Listened to this as an audio book while sewing. Even as an audio book it was a little tedious. Hard to believe this book was made into the series "Bones". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dian | 3/31/2011

    " this 11th book was amazing, i loved every aspect about it. loved the character description, and enjoyed every chapter. it was 100 times better than i had expected. a page turner you won't be able to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Politico exploits "demonic" deaths and causes one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 3/17/2011

    " Listened to the book on tape. It got better by the end but started slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 2/25/2011

    " I have read most of her books and they are really good story lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 2/15/2011

    " Enjoyed and will now start series at the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 2/11/2011

    " If Charlaine Harris books are candy, Kathy Reichs is the well-prepared meat and potatoes after not eating all day...so so good. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, including her most recent The Bone Collection. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.
About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.