Review of Kathy Reichs’ Latest Novel, A Conspiracy of Bones

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  Kathy Reichs has recently released book #19, A Conspiracy of Bones, to the Temperance Brennan series.


After a short hiatus, Kathy Reichs has released the latest in the Temp Brennan series, A Conspiracy of Bones. In this addition to the series, Temp joins up with Skinny Slidell, who has now become a private detective, to investigate what appears to be a potential murder, when Brennan receives some photos of a corpse on her cell phone from an anonymous sender. It turns out that the body had been recently delivered to the morgue, and Brennan assumed she would be involved in the case. Oh, how she couldn’t have been more wrong. A new medical examiner, Margot Heavner, had been hired to replace Temp’s previous boss and it turns out that she is the boss from Hell. Brennan had once publicly chastised Heavner about a discussion that she had on a podcast with right-wing conspirator, Nick Body, which involved an autopsy she performed on a murdered child in order to promote her book that she had just released. Needless to say, Heavner isn’t too happy with Brennan and now being in the position of being Brennan’s boss, it is payback time. So Brennan is not allowed access to the new case, but, of course that doesn’t stop her from investigating.

Once again Reichs has written an exciting and intriguing story. For fans of the series, Brennan once again gets physically attacked multiple times, it just wouldn’t be a Temp Brennan novel if she didn’t. As she has done many times before, she gets back on her feet, brushes off the dirt, and saves the day.  If I behaved like Temp, I would be in bed for a week. Nonetheless, A Conspiracy of Bones is a fun read.

To learn more about the Temperance Brennan series click here.

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