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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780743571920
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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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/17/2014

    " This is a so so read, for me at least. I was interested to begin with after the skull was found in the cauldron and when Tempe finally sifted through all the dirt and all the other bits and pieces were discovered, I thought it would be a good story. However, I started loosing interest, too many bodies and trying to keep track of was originally thought to be the killer and who the killer really was. I would like to have seen a chapter or two devoted to the downfall of Lingo, after all the verbal diatribe. Also Tempe was fired due to a number of things - starting with her supposedly talking to a reporter, but that turned out not to be the case and the "reporter" was going to set the record straight with her boss. So did Tempe get her job back, put on probation, or do we have to read another book to find out. Maybe I missed it in my declining interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/14/2014

    " A good solid Temperance Brennan book. I wanted to know more about what was happening in Tempe's personal life! I can't wait for the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/9/2014

    " I love BONES on TV and have liked some of Reichs' mysteries with Brennan, but this one is just a tangled web--superfluous characters, research about voodoo-type rituals, shallow relationships with Ryan and Charlie--just a mess. There's NO WAY the guy "who did it" was logical. Doubt if I'll read her again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justene | 2/1/2014

    " It was a fun read, but not as good as the other books in the series. Also, Americans like to live in fear--but I knew that already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pudds Downing | 1/27/2014

    " I always enjoy the Tempe Brennan books and this one was no exception. It was, however, a little heavy on the scientific explanations. "

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

    " Another fascinating forensic mystery from Kathy Reichs. The only thing that bothered me was the ending. Her on again off again boyfriend came in to save the day. A woman like her couldn't save herself? Really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 1/11/2014

    " I am so incapable of being objective about Tempe Brennan. I loved this completely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Boggs | 1/6/2014

    " This book was better than the first book of hers I read. The characters are a little more likable than before. Now I will say that I read the first book and then jumped to this one because the first one was very disappointing to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/4/2014

    " The plot on this one was pretty all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna | 12/25/2013

    " Someone recommended this author to me, because the protagonist works out of Montreal. I've been trying to read books set in Quebec, to get me more of a sense of place before I move. It's creepy, though! I can't read it late at night... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/18/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 12/14/2013

    " Once again I figured out the plot WAY early in the book ... barely 50 pages in. But it is still a great ride. I wonder, though, how much more serious danger the authors can put their characters in without running out of plots ... purt near killed 'em this time out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LuAnn | 11/27/2013

    " unfortunately, not a fan of this book. maybe i'll try a different one in the series.......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zik | 8/19/2013

    " Kathy Reichs is always interesting to read and this book was definitely a page-turner. Sometimes I find the whirl of her main character Temperance's life a little disorienting but it's always an exciting ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 6/30/2013

    " This is my first Temperance Brennan story. Once I got used to her being older than the Tempe in the TV series (less than a chapter), I totally enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 2/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Marner | 1/16/2013

    " it was good, a little here and there. but worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/5/2012

    " This was my first Kathy Reichs book and I really liked it. Good character development, interesting storyline and a "gotcha" ending. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 11/4/2012

    " This Tempe Brennan book is graphic but not as gruesome as some I've read. Reichs always does a lot of research--this time on religions such as voodoo, sanderia, and wicca. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 A | 2/6/2012

    " A very forgettable book, and the "cliffhanger" endings in every single chapter are still extremely annoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coki | 1/16/2012

    " hadn't read a Brennan book in a while. Not much has changed. Perfectly functional as a forensic/science based procedural. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/24/2011

    " Another great Kathy Reichs book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 11/4/2011

    " I love Kathy Reichs's books! This one isn't the best of the Temperance Brennan series, but it is great nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/15/2011

    " These are fun books - like TV, only quieter. "

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

    " This was okay. I skipped some of the more indepth forensic stuff because it was annoying and boring and didn't need to be there. I also skipped the whole storyline about Ryan. Who cares. The mystery was interesting, but I'd pretty much figured it out before the end of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaunna | 6/19/2011

    " Excellent read. Definately not a light book, but very entertaining. "

  • 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 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

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.