Published in: 2016
Edition read: E-book
Series: Temperance Brennan series, books 0.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5
In First Bones, a prequel to Reichs’s first novel, Déjà Dead, she at last reveals the tale of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation. (It all began with a visit from a pair of detectives—and a John Doe recovered from an arson scene in a trailer.) The collection is rounded out with three more stories that take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach of an eighteen-foot Burmese python, to the heights of Mount Everest, where a frozen corpse is unearthed.
This collection of novellas was pretty good, though it was written in a different tense to the rest of the series, which kinda annoyed me.
There are 4 stories that fit in between the main novels of the Temperance Brennan series, and they were all pretty entertaining. One shows a young Tempe and her first case, in a time before Katie, before the divorce with Pete, and before her alcoholism. Another involves big snakes, the wetlands, and a snake hunting competition, which was pretty entertaining. A third involves a body dump in a canvas bag, enviro-nuts, bird fanatics, and a puppy farm. The fourth, and my favourite of the stories, involves a death on Everest and a straight-forward identification of frozen remains that turns out to be anything but. That was the most entertaining, and the most unique- who would even think to murder someone on Everest, when a wrong footstep will do the work for you?
These books previously existed only as separate, downloadable books, but thankfully Kathy Reichs has released them all in a handy paperback collection, so anyone can access them regardless of whether they have a computer (which is great for the older readers!)
The Bone Collection rating: 7/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes!
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series who may have read the other books but not had a chance to get to the novellas, this is straight-up for you! Otherwise, anyone who may have an interest in this series/author but isn’t sure if they will like it, these handy short stories are a great starting point for you to test the waters!
Author’s website: http://kathyreichs.com/bone-collection-11-1-16/