A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

226. Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs (Canada) - (USA)
Temperance Brennan, #13
Pages: 306
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 26, 2010
First Published: Aug. 24, 2010
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: mystery, thriller, forensics
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence:

The air smelled of sun-warmed bark and apple buds raring to blossom and get on with life.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Kathy Reichs is in top form with this latest entry in the Tempe Brennan series. The first chapter starts out with an obscure and uncomfortable crime scene and continues on from there with an intricate mystery. One case leads to another, a fresh body leads to skeletal remains and soon Tempe and Ryan are trying to identify and determine the deaths of several bodies which send them to Hawaii. Tempe then finds herself called in by the local ME to help identify some odds & ends of human remains found from shark attacks. The addition of both daughters for the first time, making a foursome, adds some new dynamics to the personal relationships.

A fast paced case, with many trails to follow, and plenty of bodies. What first starts off as a weird death turns into identifying remains of soldiers from Vietnam and takes a turn toward organized drug crime and gangs in Hawaii. A very intricate and detailed case that gets bigger in scope as it goes along leaving the reader hard pressed to figure out. I did have a correct suspect in mind, but just where to place them, whether as a victim or villain of which case I couldn't quite put it all together myself. I found the solution very entertaining and the story more on par with her earlier work than some of the other more recent volumes (excepting 206 Bones, that is) . This was a quick, page turning read for me and for once I wasn't annoyed with Tempe and Ryan's relationship and it feels like the next book will be pivotal for them, and honestly Ms. Reichs I think the next book needs to settle their relationship once and for all. It has gone on long enough, already. Can't wait for the next book!


  1. I made a mistake (for my reading type anyway) with this author by reading a couple of the more recent books and not going back to the beginning for the backstory. I was a bit frustrated not knowing the ins and outs of things. Then, of course, there is the TV show BONES, which I really like.

    Perhaps I need to just resolve to go back to the beginning and slowly read the entire series. This one sounds good and I'd like to read it, but it makes me nuts not to know what came before. Thanks for sharing though.

  2. Hi Kay! Thanks for dropping by!

    I'd definately read these in order for the whole private life side of things to make sense. (And Deja Dead is one of the best ones!) Tempe and Andrew Ryan have a complicated relationship to say the least, then there is her sister, her daughter and her ex that pop up too!

    The TV show has absolutely nothing to do with the books except the main character's name is the same. Other than that they share no storyline or characters, even Tempe is not the same character, they just share a name.

    I love Bones too but I hated it the first season because I had to get used to the idea that it had nothing to do with the books!