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Books 70-72: Swamp Bones, Bones Never Lie and Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs

Book 70: Swamp Bones (Temperance Brennan #16.5) .
Author: Kathy Reichs, 2014.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Forensic.
Other Details: ebook. 98 pages.

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. - synopsis from author's website.

Pythons and 'gators in the Florida Everglades form an interesting background to this novella from Reichs. It was a fascinating stand-alone story with the attention to scientific detail that marks all of her writings.

Book 71: Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17).
Author: Kathy Reichs, 2014.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Forensic.
Other Details: ebook. 323 pages.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
- synopsis from author's website.

The case here revisits characters and events from 'Monday Mourning', which I read a while back (2008 Book 6). I recalled some of the details though Reichs provided plenty of background of the 2004 case.

This was solidly written as all of Reichs books in terms of the forensic details and had plenty of twists in terms of whodunit. It is interesting that as with 'Pretty Girls' this case involved the abduction of young women, though here the age was younger and motive much different. The ending now makes me keen to read her latest in the series that is just about to be published.

Book 72: Bones on Ice (Temperance Brennan #17.5) .
Author: Kathy Reichs, 2015.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Forensic.
Other Details: ebook. 104 pages.

It is called the “death zone”: the point on Everest, nearly five miles high, above which a climber cannot be rescued. More than 250 souls have lost their lives there. Most of the bodies remain, abandoned, frozen in place. When an earthquake leads to a miraculous recovery, Dr. Temperance Brennan is hired to identify the frozen mummified human corpse. ... But far from offering solace and closure, Tempe’s findings only provoke more questions. What happened on Mount Everest? Was the young woman’s death an accident? Why aren’t the other climbers talking? And how far will those hiding the truth go to make sure the past stays buried? - synopsis from author's website.

This was another satisfying novella in which Tempe investigates am unusual case. I always am struck by the fact that Kathy Reichs is the real deal, like her fictional character she is a working forensic anthropologist so her science is spot on. When she introduces other topics such as the dangers of mountain climbing,I always trust that she has done her research.
Tags: crime fiction, thriller
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