Cross Bones : Temperance Brennan

  • by Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by Michele Pawk
  • Series: Temperance Brennan
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history.
Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that might have fronted for the trade of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found.
They make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?


What the Critics Say

"Such bloody good beach reading." (USA Today)
"There's nothing like a morgue mystery to brighten up a summer day." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm." (People)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

struggling to keep listening

If you could sum up Cross Bones in three words, what would they be?

Lots and lots and lots of education and research went into this book. You have to hand it to Kathy - she is indeed a smart cookie and will teach you something new with each book

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is, unfortunately, a must better read than a listen. I have been at it for awhile and have to keep going back because I tune out.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michele Pawk?

Probably not. She sounds angry or perhaps very confused about the characters she is mimicking. She has difficulty giving the characters depth or personality even. I found her attempt to sound like a certain ethnicity just terrible and confusing.

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- Kristi

Not my favorite Bones book

Any additional comments?

I'm going through the entire series and so far I've liked this book the least, though the historical "mystery" was an interesting concept. I am glad it departed a bit from the predictable formula of "Tempe almost gets killed near the end but is saved by some unlikely miracle at the last minute," like all the preceding 7 books. Cross Bones feels like it was written more as a vessel to float some theories from the writer's real life research. It's a little different than the prior ones in the Bones series, so maybe it foretells a refreshing update to future books, but this one didn't really do a lot of world-building with Tempe's life & character background so it fell a bit flat.

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- NorthernPerson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio