Bones Of The Lost

by Kathy Re­ichs (Wil­liam Heine­mann) at www.ama­

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

It will come as no sur­prise to fans of Kathy Re­ichs’ con­sid­er­able back cat­a­logue that this – her 16th novel about foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist Tem­per­ance Bren­nan – be­gins with the find­ing of some bones.

Re­ichs’s win­ning for­mula is a cheery mix of foren­sic an­thro­pol­ogy and fast-paced ac­tion, where the afore­men­tioned Bren­nan – per­haps crime fic­tion’s se­cond-best-known hero­ine af­ter Pa­tri­cia Corn­well’s Kay Scar­petta – un­rav­els a cold case while putting her­self in some mor­tal peril.

Pre­dictabil­ity aside (this isn’t a book for the literati), Bones of the Lost is as gritty and pacy as her fans have come to ex­pect. The dis­cov­ery of a teenage girl’s body launches an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that leads into the murky world of in­ter­na­tional crime, drag­ging Bren­nan and her loved ones into trou­ble while teach­ing the reader a lit­tle some­thing about the world of foren­sics.

Much like TV’s CSI, Re­ichs spe­cialises in thrillers for those who like a pinch of science with their gore. Her writ­ing is the lit­er­ary equiv­a­lent of a barista-made cof­fee: pro­vid­ing an easy quick­en­ing of heart rate without too much ef­fort on the reader’s part.

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