Saturday, March 26, 2016

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

Title: Swamp Bones
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan, #16.5
Narrator: Katherine Borowitz
Published: August 2014, Penguin Random House Audio
Length: 2 hours 54 minutes 

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling original short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation—but murder follows wherever she goes.

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human. And when Tempe spots the telltale signs of murder by a very different kind of predator, she’s drawn into a case with its roots in the darkest depths of the swamp.
***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: Again, as I've often stated, I really do love this series...I absolutely love Tempe Brennan. She's a force to be reckoned with to say the least and I love that when she's on a case, she is like a dog with a bone - she will do whatever it takes to get that case solved, oftentimes putting herself in danger without thinking through the consequences. I also love that in every book I find I learn tidbits of information - whether it's forensics-related or just general knowledge, but somehow tied to the case Tempe happens to be working on. In this book, we learn about the Everglades and pythons - remind me never to go poking around there!

This book takes place over the course of a few days and Tempe thought she was going on vacation to visit a friend. She ends up doing a non-human autopsy - never heard of that one, and it takes off from there! It's a pretty quick moving, fast-paced story and filled with Tempe's quick wit that we've all come to love. 

This short story actually is a prequel to the next book, Bones Never Lie. While I've actually already read it, it's been a while, so I think I am going to re-listen to it, and the two that come after (see list below), just so that I have the stories, and the character developement straight in my mind. I'm big on character development in series - to me, that's the whole reason why you read series in order. This way, I am completely ready for the new book when it comes out, whenever that might be! 

Audio thoughts: So this is the book where the narrator changes...I think from this point forward, Katherine Borowitz continues on with the narration. Oh well! Nothing against Katherine, as she does a good job with the narration, but I had gotten used to the previous narrator, Linda Emond doing all the voices, and like most people, I'm not big on change. But moving on...I thought Katherine did good with the voices - she brings her own perspective to the series and I'm sure I will grow to enjoy it just the same. 

Books in this series:
  1. Deja Dead                                14.  Flash & Bones
  2. Death du Jour                       15.  Bones are Forever
  3. Deadly Decisions                 15.5  Bones in Her Pocket
  4. Fatal Voyage                         16.  Bones of the Lost
  5. Grave Secrets                        16.5.  Swamp Bones
  6. Bare Bones                              17.  Bones  Never Lie
  7. Monday Mourning              17.5.  Bones on Ice
  8. Cross Bones                            18.  Speaking in Bones                 
  9. Break No Bones                    
  10. Bones to Ashes                    
  11. Devil Bones 
  12. 206 Bones
  13. Spider Bones


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