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Cold Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs

(Ad) Good Morning! I have a review for the upcoming release of Cold Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs for you today, this is the 21st book in the series.


Sometimes, revisiting the past is the only way to rescue the present . . .

Winter has come to North Carolina and, with it, a drop in crime. For a while, temporarily idle forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe’s place one night for dinner, they find a box on the back porch. Inside: a very fresh human eyeball. 

GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to a Benedictine Monastery where an equally macabre discovery awaits. Soon after, Tempe examines a mummified corpse in a state park, and her anxiety deepens. 

There seems to be no pattern to these random killings, except that each mimics in some way a killing that a younger Tempe witnessed, analysed, or barely escaped. 

Who or what is targeting her, and why? 

Helping Tempe discover the answers is Detective Erskine ‘Skinny’ Slidell, retired but still volunteering with the CMPD cold case unit – and still displaying his gallows humour. But as the two infiltrate a bizarre survivalist’s lair, even Skinny’s mood darkens. 

And then Tempe’s daughter Katy disappears. 

Electrifying, heart-stopping and compulsive, this is Tempe’s most personal and dangerous case yet . . .


I’m going to be honest and say this upfront. I’ve not read all 20 of the previous books, I have read about 10 but the great thing about this series is that while they all do follow a character, each book that I’ve encountered so far could be read as a stand alone. It’s one of the best things about them all.

I really enjoyed this book. The pace was well set, the plot was intriguing and as usual the characters were interesting and compelling.

The story unfolded in a way that gave you tidbits of information that led in many directions and left you wondering which would be the correct one.

Such a great read.

About The Author

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead, published in 1997, won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was an international bestseller. Kathy was also a producer of Fox Television’s longest running scripted drama Bones, which is based on her work and her novels. Kathy uses her own dramatic experiences as a forensic anthropologist to bring her mesmerizing thrillers to life. One of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Kathy divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec. 

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x


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