I might have a slight obsession with Kathy Reichs.
I started out reading her books and eventually started watching Bones, as well. While my affection for Bones could now be qualified as “unhealthy”, I have by no means turned my back on the books. Although my degree is in Art History, the very best class I took during college was my forensic anthropology class. I was interested before, but it’s really blossomed into a love affair.
For anyone who is a fan only of the show, you have to keep in mind that you are dealing with two very different Temperance Brennans. For those that might find the TV Tempe a little haughty and cold (I, of course, love her anyway), book Tempe is a much more approachable, human person altogether.
One thing I love about Kathy Reichs’ books is the consistency. With 18 novels in the series, she has never failed to entertain me. She knows what she’s talking about, and it shows. I’ve found it rather rare for someone who is an expert on a topic to really tell a gripping fictional story, but she has the knack. Unlike some other series with a forensic bent I could name (but won’t), I’ve never found myself bored or forcing myself to get to the end.
This collection of four novellas was no exception. Three of the stories have previously been published, Bones in Her Pocket, Swamp Bones, and Bones on Ice. I managed to miss all three, so they were new to me. The final novella, First Bones, is exactly what it sounds like, an origin story. It reveals what got Brennan into forensics.
No surprise, I really enjoyed all of these. Bones on Ice was definitely my favorite, but all were very enjoyable. The great thing with novellas is that they are short enough to not be a huge commitment if you are in a hurry, but long enough to to be satisfying (usually). A nice compromise between short stories and full novel.
Tempe gets herself into her usual amount of danger, which I’ve come to expect. For an intelligent person, she does have a real tendency to make poor decisions where criminals are involved. However, that’s just something I’ve come to expect out of her.
Each story draws attention to different issues, in their own way. While all were important, particularly poignant for me was the plea to adopt rescue dogs and help shut down puppy mills. As mom to a rescue dog myself, I have a major soft spot for our four-legged friends.
So, check out The Bone Collection! What are you waiting for?