Kathy Reichs newest book, A Conspiracy of Bones is the 19th book in the Temperance Brennan series, and it is a fantastic read! Temperance Brennan is currently staying in Charlotte, North Carolina and recovering from her neurosurgery to address an aneurysm. She is having nightmares and terrible migraines, and sometimes she doesn’t understand if what she is experiencing is truth or a possible hallucination. To add to things, her boss Larabee was recently murdered and she isn’t dealing well with that either.
So when she sees a stranger walking the grounds, wearing a trench coat despite the unbearable heat of a Charlotte summer, she has to see what is going on. However she if off her game and she didn’t remember to even bring her phone with her as she goes to investigate.
Next she receives texts that are pictures of a horribly mutilated corpse. The face is barely a face anymore, arms that didn’t really have hands anymore and the last picture of the midsection of the body where nothing is positioned where it ought to be. Then a new case comes in, and Dr Margot Heavner is doing everything to make sure that Brennan isn’t going to work on this case…at all! Dr Heavner and Brennan have a history and that six year feud is going to end up having ties into this current case.
Brennan works closely with ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell and of course she has time to work with her beau Andrew Ryan on certain sections of the case. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the book is when Ryan encourages her to start her own case file when she is completely lost when she looses all of her research in an incident in her home. She has a brand new computer and he tells her to enter everything that is in her head. She resists at first, but then the facts start coming and she types everything out. Why I love this part, is because if you are a fan of the Temperance Brennan series you know that the clues come at you FAST. Brennan builds a timeline that lays out all the evidence presented so far in a series of days. It was a great refresh of so much information that was critical to solving the case. Or I should say cases. One of Slidell’s past cases is making a come back in this investigation, and he is taking it personally.
There is little sleep for the characters in this story, and I think the readers will be glued to this book as well. A Conspiracy of Bones is a fast paced mystery that will have your thoughts jutting off into different directions as new info comes in to play. A must read for Kethy Reichs fans. And if you aren’t a fan yet, grab this book and you will be a fan soon!
Disclosure: Thank you to Scribner for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.