Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan, #15.5
Narrator: Linda Emond
Published: December 2013, Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes
A new story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan—from #1 New York Times bestselling author and FOX TV’s Bones producer, Kathy Reichs.***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.
When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina’s Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene. Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby?
To Tempe’s surprise, the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult. The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship. Was Blankenship murdered? If so, why?
Blankenship’s body turned up on an artist colony where an eco-radical named Herman Blount has been squatting. Blount has posted online rants threatening to blow up a power station he says is polluting the area. Is Blount capable of violence?
Blankenship was a loner, but she proved a dedicated advocate for birds at UNC–Charlotte and the Carolina Raptor Center. Did Blankenship’s passion lead her into danger? Alongside Detective “Skinny” Slidell, Tempe puts life on hold until she discovers the truth behind Blankenship’s death. But Tempe’s own passion for crime solving will lead her into danger of her own.
Bones in Her Pocket is an exhilarating new installment in the Temperance Brennan series.
My thoughts: I love how Kathy Reichs uses her short stories to raise awareness of issues that are important to her...this is the second one that I feel she did this with - the other one being Bones on Ice. In this case, she brings to light the issue of puppy mills, and being a dog owner, I found this to be quite difficult to listen to, but such a very important topic to take a stand on.
As is typical with Temperance, she puts her life on the line for the sake of a case, though luck is once again on her side. And, Skinny Slidell is back - oh how I do love him, quirks and all!!!
Is this story necessary to read as part of the whole series? Maybe not, but I do feel you get the whole picture when it comes to character development and to me, that's the best part of reading a series - and reading it in order!!! I'm just about caught up in this series and will be sad that I will now have to wait for each book to come out once a year, instead of being able to read them one after another - I guess that's the drawback to being up-to-date with the series...oh well!
Audio thoughts: Linda Emond...I think you just get Temperance - to me, you were made to play her. You have her nuances down perfectly and when I hear you narrate her and all the other characters, it's perfection. I will be sad when you are no longer narrating this series, as I know someone else picks it up.
Books in this series:
- Deja Dead 14. Flash & Bones
- Death du Jour 15. Bones are Forever
- Deadly Decisions 15.5 Bones in Her Pocket
- Fatal Voyage 16. Bones of the Lost
- Grave Secrets 17. Bones Never Lie
- Bare Bones 17.5 Bones on Ice
- Monday Mourning 18. Speaking in Bones
- Cross Bones
- Break No Bones
- Bones to Ashes
- Devil Bones
- 206 Bones
- Spider Bones