Break No Bones: A Novel

Written by:
Kathy Reichs
Narrated by:
Dorothee Berryman

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2006
6 hours 17 minutes
From bestselling author Kathy Reichs comes a book set in Charleston, South Carolina, the center of a lucrative, clandestine, sophisticated trade in body parts—the kind that leaves the donor dead.

Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.

The body count begins to climb. An unidentified man is found hanging from a tree deep in the woods. Another corpse shows up in a barrel. There are mysterious nicks on bones in several bodies, and signs of strangulation. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened.

Tempe’s love life is also complicated. Ryan, her current flame, has come down to visit her from Montreal, and Pete, her former husband, is investigating the disappearance of a local woman—and he and Tempe are staying in the same borrowed beach house. Ryan and Pete compete for her attentions, and Tempe finds herself more distracted by her feelings for both men than she expected.

Break No Bones is a smart, taut thriller featuring the kind of high-stakes crime that makes the headlines every week. Reichs, the inspiration for the hit Fox TV show Bones, is writing at the top of her form, and Tempe has never been more compelling.
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I too could not get past the first disc....definitely not a good narrator for this writer. Perhaps Ms Reichs needs a BREAK of her own!

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Christine B.

I barely made it through the first disc - it was plodding, the narrator was flat, and there really wasn't anything to keep me interested enough to try the second disc. Not enough suspense, not enough character, not even a very interesting discovery was established early enough in the book. Total pass on this one.

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This book was good, just not as good as some of the author's others. It tended to be slow and drag on in the middle chapters. There were also so many characters added in throughout and some of them didn't seem necessary.

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Edie Myers

A friend loaned me two of Kathy Reichs books which I read and really enjoyed. However, Break No Bones didn't hold my interest as well. It was difficult to keep up with the characters. Perhaps it was because she didn't seem to spend as much time examining the evidence as in looking for other clues outside the coroner's realm.

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I really liked the book. I've read several books by Kathy Reichs and have enjoyed each one.

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Judy Duval

I really like the TV show. I found the book to be very slow. Its like the Doctor didn't have much of a personality, unlike the Doctor on the TV show.

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