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  #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kathy Reichs to be Published by Scribner

NEW YORK, June 4

#1 New York Timesbestselling author Kathy Reichs, whose Temperance Brennan novels were the basis for the popular “Bones” television series, will publish her next two novels with Scribner, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Simon & Schuster UK. The deal marks the first time the bestselling author’s books will be published globally by one publisher. Simultaneous audio editions of the two novels will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio.

The first novel, A Conspiracy of Bones and Blood, to be published in March 2020, marks the return of Reichs’ popular heroine forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. In this chilling tale, Tempe must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number. A Conspiracy of Bones and Blood will be the 19th installment in the Temperance Brennan series.

“I’m excited that my new Tempe Brennan novels will be published around the world by the Simon & Schuster publishing group,” said Kathy Reichs. “And I am delighted to be returning to Scribner, my first and longtime publishing house.”

“We could not be more thrilled for the opportunity to publish Kathy Reichs at all our Simon & Schuster companies around the world,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc. “We know that hers is a truly global audience, that there are Temperance Brennan fans in every corner of the world who eagerly await her next adventure, and that by putting a worldwide Simon & Schuster publishing effort behind her we will be able to help yet more readers discover the particular pleasures of reading Kathy Reichs.”

“The return to Scribner of Kathy Reichs and her inimitable Temperance Brennan is a glorious homecoming,” said Nan Graham, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Scribner. “We started publishing Kathy two decades ago with her #1 bestselling Deja Dead, years before the hit FOX series “Bones” was developed, and we are thrilled to be publishing her books again with A Conspiracy of Bones and Blood in spring 2020.”

A highly regarded forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Québec.

World and audio rights were acquired by Nan Graham, Ian Chapman, CEO of Simon & Schuster UK and Commonwealth, and Kevin Hanson, President of Simon & Schuster Canada, from Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly. Reichs is also enormously popular in translation, and Scribner will be handling foreign rights.

Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a part of CBS Corporation, a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Typical Kathy Reichs.  Kick ass mystery and Tempe’s brain synapse works overtime figuring out another case that looks impossible.

Speaking in Bones Kathy ReichsTitle:  Speaking in Bones
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series:  Temperance Brennan #18
Publish Date: July 21st 2015
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: For every case Temperence Brennance has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases.

One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found.

What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead.

Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-change proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. (In other words… SPOILERS)

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Normally, I read nothing but paranormal.  I make exceptions for about three authors.  One is Sue Grafton (she’s my hero) and another is Kathy Reichs.  Kathy Reichs writes her books with such a flair that it’s practically impossible to predict where the twists and turns in the road to her ending will take you.

The Good:  Tempe is in turmoil.  Andrew Ryan has asked her to marry him.  Usually, I’m all about “woot woot!”  But I understand where her reluctance comes into play.  Ryan’s a good guy, but he’s left her before.  How do you override those self preservation instincts?  She’s then thrown into the deep end of a very cold missing person’s possible homicide case.  She’s also learning about the world of web sleuthing.  It seems there are armchair detectives out there in the world that put hours and hours of time, personal funding and lots of thought into solving cold cases.  Missing persons, possible homicides and homicides.  Hats off to these folks even if they may be a pain in the backside to the professionals.

badge4v4The Bad:  There are very few hints or leads to help Tempe and Zeb Ramsey, deputy sheriff figure out what the hell is going on. Somehow, through four years of weathering on a mountain, she finds remains…actually,..Gunnar the cadaver dog finds them..  Whose remains is remaining to be seen.  (See what I did there? Hee…ok. Not funny. Sheesh)   Anyway, Tempe runs into people who are close mouthed, secret keeping and UBER God fearing.  The parents of the missing kids won’t help.  The parents of the dead children won’t help.  It’s totally amazing to me how a person can be swayed into a way of fanatical thinking resulting in harm coming to their own child.

The Ugly:  Spotlight rests on religious fanaticism of one defrocked priest and what happens to children when their parents are convinced by said priest that their children are inhabited by a demon.  It’s a sad outcome for those children.

The Takeaway:  I really liked this book.  I didn’t love it, because it has no paranormal, but that isn’t the author’s fault.  That’s just me.  I really enjoy Tempe Brennan and she and I go way back to the first book Deja Dead in 1997.  Long live Dr. Brennan.

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