My Monday must-read this week is Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.
If you’ve ever watched the series, Bones, on television, the main character in Reichs’ series will sound familiar.
Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist that works for Charlotte, North Carolina and in Canada. (On the television show, Brennan works for the fictional Jeffersonian Institute.)
In the first installment in this series, Brennan finds a body that has been dismembered in a nearly expert manner and some patterns crop up that send Brennan head first into the search for a killer.
I was excited to see how these books read because they were the basis for the television show. The books, in turn, were loosely based on Reichs’ own experiences as a forensic anthropologist.
Fair warning: the Brennan in the books is not really the Brennan in the series though.
Brennan is a recovering alcoholic in the books and there is no Seely Booth. There’s a Booth-like character, but he doesn’t work for the FBI and he has a lot of demons. Also, don’t expect the ending that Booth and Brennan have on the series.
Despite all that, this series is entertaining. I enjoyed reading them and I look forward to reading the latest installment, Speaking in Bones, which came out last week.
For mystery lovers, this series is a definite must-read.