Innocent In Death by J.D. Robb (‘In Death’ series Book #24)

Berkley Mass Market

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: August 9, 2007 - 400 Pages - ISBN: 042521754X - Published By: Berkley Mass Market

 

Innocent In Death

by J.D. Robb (pseudonym of Nora Roberts)

‘In Death’ series Book #24

Once again, Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she’s “New York City’s top murder cop” in Roberts’s 24th thriller under her Robb pseudonym set half a century into the future (after 2006’s Born in Death). Dallas tries to close a case at the exclusive Sarah Child Academy, where two bright 10-year-old girls discover the body of Craig Foster, a popular history teacher who proves to have been poisoned by ricin-laced cocoa.

Dallas wonders if another staff member or a parent might be involved, but after the prime suspect, a promiscuous teacher who’s been harassing another employee, turns up dead, the investigation takes a shocking turn. Besides a provocative puzzler, Robb provides an intense relationship update on Dallas and Roarke, her Irish power broker hubby, whose dark past – in the form of a crooked ex-girlfriend – returns to cause trouble. This prolific author, a recent Quills romance winner, is still at the top of her game.

Review: Another excellent book in the series!

The plot was well written, and I found it just as difficult to swallow as the characters in the book. I really liked that.

The side plot was excellent as well. A couple needs a fight every now and again, and I’m glad it turned out the way it did, I think, for both, Eve and Roarke.

Peabody and McNabb are their usual selves, and the, um, “struggles” I guess you could say, between Even and Summerset – in this book, Fantastic!

This is definitely a series you need to read from the beginning, or you’ll never understand why Eve and Roarke are the way they are. Trust me – I made that mistake. I started with Book #17, Immitation In Death, not knowing that it was part of a series. You best believe I corrected that right quick and in a hurry. It took 2 months, but I caught up with the entire series and am constantly on pins and needles waiting for the next book.

Yes, this series is set in the future, but the way Robb writes it, you’re not overwhelmed, and everything is believable. The mysteries/cases are intriguing, this novel as well, and the everyday interaction is no different than if it were in the present time.

Another excellent book! Stupid me, I did what I swore I won’t do – I read the excerpt of the next novel at the back of the book. Darnit! The Hardcover is out in November ’07, which means I gotta wait another six months on top of that for the paperback. Aargh, this is gonna drive me crazy, LOL!

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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #9)

Scribner

Format: Trade Paperback - Published: July 11, 2006 - 352 Pages - ISBN: 0743297393 - Published By: Scribner

 

Break No Bones

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #9

It’s the second-to-last day of archaeological field school. Dr. Temperance Brennan’s students are working on a site of prehistoric graves on Dewees, a barrier island north of Charleston, South Carolina, when a decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off a lonely beach… The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue; the remains are encased in rotted fabric and topped by wisps of pale, blond hair – a recent burial, and a case Tempe must take. Dental remains and skeletal gender and race indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged white male – but who was he? Why was he buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual vertical hairline fracture of the sixth cervical vertebrae signify? While Tempe is trying to piece together the evidence, her personal life is thrown into turmoil. When a bullet – intended, perhaps, for her – puts Tempe’s estranged husband Pete in hospital, her unexpectedly emotional response complicates her on-off relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan… But before long, another body is discovered – and Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire view of humanity…

Review: I finished this novel on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. Another awesome book in the series!

I adore Tempe. I love her attitude, her personality. She’s not without flaws, just like any human being, and I love reading about her – her feelings, her emotions. The novel is smooth with her thought process, and it wouldn’t be the same without it.

Reading about her troubles between Pete and Ryan, it feels natural and completely real. Anyone in her situation would be questioning herself. I love how Reichs brings Tempe to life, like an everyday person that you could bump into on the street, no matter where you go.

Again, unbelievable details in both crime scenes and crime solving. I can’t get over how much you’re brought right into the story and you’re stuck there until the end. And knowing (or reading her Author’s Note) that she writes from experience is pretty close to both frightening and wonderment at the same time. The way she describes everything, you could swear that you’re working the case step-by-step with Tempe. And I love it!

 I can’t wait for the next one!

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Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #7)

978-1416514725

Paperback: 464 pages - Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; 1st edition (February 5, 2005) - ISBN-10: 0099441489 - ISBN-13: 978-1416514725

 

Monday Mourning

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #7

Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she’s digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. Ho did they get there? When did they die?

Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further sutdy of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she’s right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.

Detective Andrew Ryan is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.

As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women of disappeared, never to return … Tempe may be next.

Review: Finished August 14th, 2006. Oh, I really liked this one! One case, fast-paced, and I think Claudel might just be losing that chip on his shoulder. He actually cracked a joke! Will wonders never cease, LOL! Ryan was top-dog in this one, with a few surprises of his own, and I like how Tempe really had to dig deep down in this one, not just in her professional world, but in her personal world as well. Solid story that keeps you gripped within it’s pages, the climax had me shouting at the book (LMAO, it did!), a cute twist at the end, it doesn’t get any better than this. But then again, I’ll read Cross Bones to see if I have to take that comment back.

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Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #8)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Trade Paperback - Published: May 2006 - 496 Pages - ISBN: 0743453026 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Cross Bones

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #8

The key to a modern murder lies in the sands of history.

Examing a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed a tan archeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling there with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discover of Christ’s tomb. Has a mastermind lured her into an elaborate hoax? If not, Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history – if she can survive the foes dead set on burying her.

Review: Finished August 16th, 2006. Oh, now this was a good book! I mean, really good! The story starts in Montreal and ends in Israel. Different, but excellent! The suspense kept me flipping pages well after I should have been in bed sleeping, the mystery in the story keeps you guessing and at one point, I thought the same thing Tempe did. LOL,  glad we were both wrong! The climax is perfect, Reichs’s descriptions make you feel like you’re there, experiencing the same sights and feelings, plus, her (Tempe’s) relationship with Ryan heats up, and I like it! If you haven’t started the series, get cracking! You will not be disapp0inted! My mistake was reading the excerpt for Break No Bones… dammit, now I really want that book!

Quote: (let’s see if I can remember this correctly. Darn it, I should have wrote it down!) Brennan: “I know I’m a pain in the ass.” Ryan: “Yeah. But you’re my pain in the ass.” (This one made me sigh with a smile.)

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Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #6)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: May 25, 2004 - 416 Pages - ISBN: 074345300X - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Bare Bones

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #6

It’s a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She’s almost out the door when the bones start appearing.

A newborn’s charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies? Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.

With help from a special dectective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?

Everything must wait on the bones. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answer? Someone is following her and Katy. That someone must be stopped before it’s too late.

Review: Finished August 10th, 2006. Better! Much better than Grave Secrets. The plot was a little better, and her relationship with Ryan blossoms. I liked that. I can’t stand Slidell as much as I can’t stand Claudel … last syllables rhyme. Wonder if that was planned, especially with both of them S.O.B.’s… LOL, something to think about. The action was back, Tempe’s thought process right on track, but what I didn’t like was at the climax. Having not a clue that that one character (won’t name names so as not to blow it for those who have yet to read it) wasn’t even suspected until right then. Or did I miss something? And of course, after the climax, you find out how all the pieces fit together, but I couldn’t do so on my own, which I have a habit of doing mentally when reading a suspense/mystery novel. I still prefer Reichs’s first four novels, and I’ll have to wait and see if Monday Mourning tops them all off.

Rating: .5

Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #5)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: July 1, 2003 - 400 Pages - ISBN: 0671028383 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Grave Secrets

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #5

They are “the disappeared,” twenty-three massacre victims buried in a well in the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya two decades ago. Leading a team of experts on a meticulous, heartbreaking dig, Tempe Brennan pieces together the violence of the past. But a fresh wave of terror befins when the horrific sounds of a fatal attack on two colleagues come in on a blood-chilling satellite call. Teaming up with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolome Galiano and Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe quickly becomes enmeshed in the cases of four prifileged young women who have vanished from Guatemala City – and finds herself caught in deadly territory where power, money, greed and science converge.

Review: Finished August 9th, 2006. Um… What the hell happened? This is most definitely not one of the Reichs’s better books. I found this one lacking, almost to the extreme. By the end of the book it was like “And I read this because?” It lacked the suspense, action and mystery that I got used to in the four previous novels. Even though the little sub-plots were tied in at the end, there were too many of them and the book became confusing, turning to almost obnoxious. The only thing that had me jumping for the next novel in the series is what happens in the last chatper, and I won’t divulge that info so as not to spoil it. I do hope Bare Bones is better than this one. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book (hell, I’ve read worse, trust me) but because I found it severely lacking, it’s not the greatest read.

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Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #4)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: April 26, 2005 - 448 Pages - ISBN: 1416510567 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Fatal Voyage

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #4

Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it eighty-eight passengers and crew. As a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. Tempe has seen death many times, working with the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, but never has tragedy struck with such devastation. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is Tempe’s daughter, Katy, among them? Frantic with worry, Tempe joins colleagues from the FBI, the NTSB, and other agencies to search for explanations. Was the plane brought down by a bomb, an insurance plot, a political assassination, or simple mechanical failure?And what about the prisoner on the plane who was being extradited to Canada? Did someone want him silenced forever? Even more puzzling for Tempe is a disembodied foot found near the debris field. Tempe’s microscopic analysis suggests it could not have belonged to any passenger. Whose foot is it, and where is the rest of the body? And what about the disturbing evidence Tempe discovers in the soil outside a remote mountain enclave? What secrets lie hidden there, and why are certain people eager to stop Tempe’s investigation? Is she learning too much? Coming too close? With help from Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who has his own sad reason for being at the crash, and from a very special dog named Boyd, Tempe calls upon deep reserves of courage and upon her forensic skill to uncover a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit and depravity.

Review: Finished August 8th, 2006. This series just keeps getting better and better. Reichs truly knows how to write a novel that keeps you trapped and glued to each page. Tempe is a very down-to-earth character that is relentless at finding out what happened. You literally feel all her emotions. No matter how bad things seem, no matter how much it looks like anyone would give up, Tempe clamps down as hard as a pitbull’s jaws and doesn’t let go. And even though no one can figure out how Tempe “gets herself into these situations,” she always, always, manages to find out what’s going on and getting herself out of it. Too bad she’s a funny character; she’s someone I’d like to aspire to become. She’s smart, funny, loyal to her family, her friends, her co-workers, almost to a fault, and unbelievably tenacious. I adore her.  I was glad to see Ryan was back, I got truly pissed at those who tried to keep her at bay and bash her down… all the little and big things are tied together perfectly at the end, and another breathtaking climax… I couldn’t ask for a better novel!

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Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #3)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: June 26, 2001 - 368 Pages - ISBN: 0671028367 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Deadly Decisions

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #3

Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home and parts of what may be her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. For Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina, the deaths kindle deep emotions that propel her on a harrowing journey into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs. As a scientist, Tempe should remain dispassionate. As a caring individual, she years to take the killers off the streets. Emily Anne was cut down in a biker crossfire. The North Carolina victim, Savannah Osprey, was last seen hitching a ride with a transient biker. Tempe’s nephew, Kit, is intrigued by motorcycles. Does he understand the difference between legitimate riders and gangs, or is he too mesmerized to comprehend that outlaw bikers are big trouble? With her boss Pierre LaManche in the hospital, and her friend Andrew Ryan disturbingly unavailable, Tempe begins a perilous investigation into a culture where evil often wears a mask. From bloot-splatte patters and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis, Deadly Decisions triumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star. This richly nuanced thriller is sure to catapult a uniquely gifted author to even greater heights.

Review: Finished August 5th, 2006. So far, this is my fave Tempe book. Not only did I learn alot about biker gangs, but I was almost proud of myself for knowing things that Reichs either doesn’t know or didn’t put in print. Yes, they are as dangerous as we are made to believe, but not all of them are. And when it’s said that they’d turn over their mothers and grandmothers, that’s not entirely true about all of them.

What I truly love is how all the little things, plots and all, come together and how Tempe is relentless in finding out what’s going on. The climax left me holding my breath and sitting at the edge of my seat. The characters seem as real as life, and I’m glad that at the end, Claudel seemed not to be as big an S.O.B. as before. I got truly pissed at Ryan until Tempe figured out his secret message (lol, got a kick out of that one!) I can only describe the Tempe Brennan series as truly brilliant! Reichs knows how to write a novel that keeps you turning page after page well after the midnight hour. I can’t get enough

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Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #2

Pocket

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: July 31, 2000 - 480 Pages - ISBN: 0671011375 - Published By: Pocket

 

Death du Jour

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #2)

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestselling lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel Deja Dead – and introduced “a brilliant heroine” (Glamour) in league with Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennen, Quebec’s director of forensic anthopology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead.

In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention – and she alone is ideally placed ot make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrigyin showdown – a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

Review: Finished August 3rh, 2006. Above and beyond awesome! There’s a reason why Kathy Reichs is highly praised. She deserves it! Tempe is down-to-eart, and she feels and acts like a real person. The attention to detail, whether the surroundings, the job or thoughts… it brings the entire book to life. The way Reichs’s little plots all popped into one, so smoothly, with that punch for a climax, keeps you holding your breath as you turn the page. Wicked… and can’t wait to read more!

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Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs (‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #1)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: April 26, 2005 - 560 Pages - ISBN: 1416510559 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

Deja Dead

by Kathy Reichs

‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #1

In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebed. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the grisly handiwork – and her professional detachment gives way to a harrowing search for a killer in the city’s winding streets. With little help from the police, Tempe calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of the autopsy suite, to investigate on her own. But her determined chase is about the place those closest to her – her best friend and her daughter – in mortal danger…

Review: Finished July 27th, 2006. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I’m glad I’ve got the series at home. I think I’m beyond hooked. If this series gets better and better, it’ll be right up there on my list of faves, that’s for sure! Crystal said, “Patricia Cornwell, eat your heart out!” I wholeheartedly and completely agree with that.

I loved Tempe’s character; the way she grips on with both hands and doesn’t let go. I wonder if a budding romance is starting between Tempe and Ryan. Bu the sounds of it, he’s really cute, not to mention smart. I think Claudel deserves a swift kick in the arse and then some. I found him to be a really big S.O. B. with an extremely huge chip on his shoulder, and I wonder if he has something against Tempe, or against women in general. Reichs knows how to create her characters; each on is as different as night and day, with personalities that shout at you from each page. The setting, Montreal, is totall awesome! My brother-in-law lives there with his wife and her daughter, and my dad’s from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and I’ve been to Quebec City as a child and remember some of it. It’s awesome to have a setting so greatly described, and in an area I know. There’s nothing like it!

What I really, really enjoyed, was how the jobs were described. Unbelievable in detail, you could swear you’re standing next to Tempe throughout the whole thing; whether she’s examining bones or with someone else in the department examining evidence. Much, much better than Patricia Cornwell, and I can’t remember reading a fictional forensic novel that gives so much in detail. If what I’ve been told and what I’ve read is true, and her novels only get better and better, I know I’m going to thoroughly enjoy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan series.

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