Kathy Reichs

Interviewed 29 October 2016

Kathy Reichs

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her forensic thrillers.

For years she consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Kathy has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. She has aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Kathy also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She is the author of the Temperance Brennan series, and also co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. Kathy is also a producer of the Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

Kathy is a native of Chicago, where she received her PhD. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.


Books by Kathy Reichs

A Conspiracy of Bones

Forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is drawn deep into the murky world of conspiracy theorists and child abusers as she tries to unravel the mystery of a faceless corpse.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Two Nights

Sunnie Night is asked to investigate a bomb blast from a year ago and to hunt for a teenager missing since then.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Linda Wilson

Speaking in Bones

Some bones found near a remote mountain beauty spot lead forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan into an investigation into a young woman’s disappearance.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Bone Collection

Four short stories featuring forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Linda Wilson

Exposure

When two of the Virals’ schoolmates are kidnapped, the gang are determined to find them. They find blood in the basement of the missing students’ house, and the Virals realise that their help is urgently needed. 

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones Never Lie

Forensic scientist Temperance Brennan is called in to assist with a cold case investigation, and learns that DNA from a recent case links it to Anique Pomerleau, an old adversary.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones of the Lost

A girl is killed in a hit-and-run on a lonely stretch of road. Was it an accident or murder?  Then Temperance Brennan is drafted in to analyse the remains of two Afghan nationals killed by a marine during a raid on a village. 

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones of the Lost

A girl is killed in a hit-and-run on a lonely stretch of road. Was it an accident or murder?  Then Temperance Brennan is drafted in to analyse the remains of two Afghan nationals killed by a marine during a raid on a village.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson