SPIDER BONES by Kathy Reichs is 306 pages in hardcover form. This is #13 in Dr. Temperance Brennan Series.

Brief Description:

One man, two deaths — four decades apart. A stunning story of deceit and murder can’t stay buried forever.

When Tempe Brennan is called to the scene of a Quebec drowning, shocking discoveries await: the victim — identified as one John Lowery — was engaged in a bizarre sexual practice when he died; and the same John Lowery was an American soldier declared dead in 1968, after a Huey crash in Vietnam. Who then, Tempe sets off to find out, is buried in the vet’s North Carolina grave? Exhuming the remains and having them analyzed at a military compound in Hawaii gets complicated when Tempe’s ex, Detective Andrew Ryan, appears . . . and when a Honolulu ME consults with her on who or what lethally attacked a young victim — a shark, or a more sinister predator? And when Lowery’s dog tags turn up linked to yet another corpse, Tempe must deconstruct a twisting tale of death that spans years, continents, and too many tragic losses.

My Review:

Every time I read one of the Temperance Brennan books, I learn something new.  I was not aware that if you are bitten by a shark an expert could tell what kind of shark it was.  That is simply amazing!  There is only one thing I don’t like about the books and that is they are filled with acronyms.  I wish there were generic names used or some other descriptor.

This was a very fast paced book and involved Detective Ryan and her daughter.  I certainly like the interaction between Tempe and Detective Ryan.  The eye rolls, the cute nicknames.  It makes Tempe more of a normal person.

I definitely enjoy the books more than the TV show and don’t really see that the show is about the books at all.  I see a forensic anthropologist but it ends there.  The books are filled with a lot more detail and facts as well as the human aspect.

I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars, as I did get lost in the acronyms at times and I kept getting confused about who was who.  I think that was the intent, but I found it to be off putting.

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