Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Short & Sweet Review: Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (audio)

Title: Cross Bones   
Author: Kathy Reichs    
Series: Temperance Bones, #8      
Narrator: Michele Pawk   
Published: June 2005, Simon & Schuster Audio  
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes  
Source:  Library  

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.

Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that might have fronted for the trade of black market antiquities. 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.

They make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This was a very interesting installment of the Temperance Brennan series. As I slowly make my way through, I find that with each book, I pick up a new fact or interesting tidbit that I never knew and I love that. This book, though, really had me intrigued. It involves a finding that has the potential to rewrite Christian history.

Taking us from Montreal to Israel, I felt there was much more archaeology in this book than in the previous books. I also loved the romance that continues to build between Tempe and Ryan - the "tap pants" refrain had me chuckling a few times. I also could totally relate to the description Tempe gives of her cooking versus Ryan cooking - she's all basic and he can create masterpieces - this is exactly how it is in my house with me and my husband!

What I love about this series is that each book seems so very different from the others. I haven't yet felt that same oldness that I occasionally feel from other series. I still have a way to go, but I really hope that I don't get that feeling with this one.

Audio thoughts: Yay - the same narrator for two books in a row!!! Can you tell I like consistency when it comes to narrating a series? If you've been following along, you know that I'm trying to catch up with this series and am annoyed that the narrator seems to switch with every book...but there is finally some consistency with books 7 & 8. Dare I hope book 9 follows suit? 

I did enjoy Michele Pawk's narration - I like her Tempe voice and enjoy her French accents and pronunciation. I would be very happy if she would continue narrating the rest of the series.

Books in this series:
  1. Deja Dead                                12.  206 Bones
  2. Death du Jour                       13.  Spider Bones
  3. Deadly Decisions                 14.  Flash & Bones
  4. Fatal Voyage                         15.  Bones are Forever
  5. Grave Secrets                        15.5  Bones in Her Pocket
  6. Bare Bones                              16.  Bones of the Lost
  7. Monday Mourning              16.5  Swamp Bones
  8. Cross Bones                            17.  Bones Never Lie
  9. Break No Bones                    18.  Speaking in Bones - due out Jul 2015
  10. Bones to Ashes
  11. Devil Bones


  1. I like the idea of more archaeology! Sounds like another good read.

  2. The next one is one of my favorites in the series. I did love Cross Bones too :)


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