Mortal Remains, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


When Tempe is called to the scene of an autoerotic death, she has little idea of the tangled chain of events that will follow. Because the man whose body she is examining apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam 40 years before.

So who is buried in the soldier's grave? Tempe's investigations take her to Honolulu where she is caught up not only in the mystery of the unidentified body in the soldier's grave, but also dragged into investigating who, or what, killed the young men whose body parts have floated up onto a popular Hawaiian beach. And as Tempe gradually unravels the tangled threads of the mystery, it becomes clear that there are some who would rather the past stays dead and buried. And when Tempe proves difficult to frighten, they turn their attention to the person who means more to her than anyone else in the world.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780434014712



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One of the reasons I keep on reading this series is because Reichs uses her own experience to fuel the plots which brings the reader a sense of authenticity which is missing from other books of this ilk, and which leaves me feeling virtuous as I feel that I learn something new with each book. Other than that they tick the relevant boxes of this genre and are a fast fun read. This is another interesting addition to the series and I particularly enjoyed how I was left guessing as to the true identities of each body right until the end. The sub-plot involving the two daughters also advanced Brennan's and Ryan's relationship in an unexpected way. But the series is beginning to feel a little tired and too formulaic - no I'm not contradicting myself, sometimes a book can tick just one too many boxes in the genre and I'm getting a little fed up of Brennan's life always being under threat as it doesn't always add to the plot - so it may be time for Reichs to rest the series and I see that she had a book coming out early next year with a different, but related, protagonist.

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