Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Pocket Star
Series: Temperance Brennan #8
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mystery | Suspense


Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Tempe’ Brennan gets caught in mysteries past and present when she’s called in to determine if illegal antiquities dealer Avram Ferris’s gunshot death is murder or suicide. An acquaintance of Avram suggests the former: he hands Tempe a photograph of a skeleton, taken in Israel in 1963, and insists it’s the reason Avram is dead. Tempe’s longtime boyfriend, Quebecois detective Andrew Ryan, is also involved with the case, so the duo head to Israel where they attempt to solve the murder and a mystery revolving around a first-century tomb that may contain the remains of the family of Jesus Christ. This find threatens the worldwide Christian community, the Israeli and Jewish hierarchy and numerous illegal antiquity dealers, any of whom might be out to kill Tempe and Ryan.



Bones are Kathy Reichs trade in stock, as we well know, and this novel is no exception, it’s full of bones and just that. Bear, naked, unadorned bones. There is absolutely no meat, no gristle, nothing whatsoever in any way shape or form for the reader to chew on, nothing to even sink their teeth into in the way of credible characters, nothing to bite and get a hold of in the way of a decent plot…nothing! Nil! Zip! Nada!

We are presented with a skeleton and made to believe it is a full-formed, flesh and blood, living-breathing murder mystery story that will shake the religious world to its very foundations. Really? I must have missed something because, for me at least, this was nothing more than another Tempe travel log with her finding herself in the usual unlikely places, with the usual unlikely people, in the usual unlikely situations, stretching credibility to its limit and beyond.

The DaVinci Code had more going for it, and that’s saying something. I think Cross Bones desperately wants to be something it’s not—a biting murder-mystery.

In fact, try Bram Stoker’s Dracula, that at least has more teeth!

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