Bones to Ashes is bestselling author Kathy Reichs’ tenth entry in the Temperance Brennan series. Following on the heels of 2006’s Break No Bones, Reichs delivers another entertaining forensic thriller. For the uninitiated, Reichs’ protagonist is a forensic anthropologist who splits her time between North Carolina and Quebec.
If you think that her life is a monotonous bore of bones and conferences, you are dead (pun intended) wrong. No stranger to conflict, her tumultuous life is just as much a part of the story as the gruesome details. There is the impulsive sister, an ex-husband to deal with, and a rocky relationship with Det. Ryan Andrews.
With all the distractions, Brennan dives into the current case. She gets unindentified skeletal remains from Quebec’s cold case unit that turn out to belong to a young girl. This stimulates memories from Brennan’s childhood of her ten-year-old friend, Evangeline Landry, who disapeared at the age of fifteen. Convinced that the remains are Landry’s, Brennan sets out to find out the cause of death while simultaneously helping Det. Ryan on a series of teenage abduction murders that may or may not be tied to the cold-case bones.
As usual, the audio production is superb. Narrator Linda Emond, who’s done work on other great audio books suchs as Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know and Luanne Rice’s The Secret Hour, among many others, does a fantastic job on this as well. If you backed into reading (or listening) to the books by watching the TV show on Fox, then good for you; you won’t be disappointed - the books are that good, and this one is just as excellent as the previous nine. With the proliferation of forensic shows and books, Bones to Ashes is sure to give you many hours of pleasureable listening.