Saturday, 21 September 2013

Review of Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

Bones of  the Lost  (Temperance Brennan #16)Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author, Kathy Reichs is, like her protagonist, Temperance Brennan, a forensic Anthropologist. Bones of the Lost could not have been written by anyone not thoroughly versed in that field. The story takes the reader on a wild ride from the death of a teenager on a lonely North Carolina road to Afghanistan, and back. The middle of the book, concerning the court-marshal of a marine stationed in Afghanistan, where Temperance is called in as an expert witness, seemed to me initially as an intrusion into the story. But the author tied all the loose ends up neatly and expertly at the end.

The book is too gritty for my tastes, and is written in first person, which I usually hate. In fact I rarely finish a book written in first person. It is a testament to the quality of Reichs’ writing that I could not put the book down. The reader is made to feel sympathy for this highly competent professional woman whose personal life is a shambles.
Reichs writes compelling and believable characters.

For any fan of medical mysteries, this book should be high on the list of “must-reads”.


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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

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 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality

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 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews


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 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews

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 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?





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