It’s been a while since I’ve read a Kathy Reichs book. I enjoy her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan but hadn’t read one of her recent novels, for no reason other than there is so much crime fiction out there. The Bone Collection is an excellent place to return to the series, however, not least because it’s a collection of short stories which can be read over successive evenings as I did.
I find short stories difficult to review. They’re wonderful to read but it’s hard to identify the threads of a short piece of prose without giving too much of the plot away. I can say that this is a high-quality collection featuring Tempe in her professional capacity which will be a great attraction for fans of the series. In First Bones, we see the origins of Tempe’s decision to leave academia and become involved in criminal investigations. The other stories in the collection are set in locations as diverse as the Florida Everglades and Mount Everest. It was the latter setting that produced my favourite story of the book, Bones on Ice, because I love cold climates and the discovery of a frozen corpse is the perfect starting point for a mystery.
As you would expect from a Kathy Reichs book, the writing is accessible and the plots are gripping. For those new to Reichs’ books here would be a good place to start as the stories give a flavour of what to expect from a series that I’ll definitely be returning to.