Kathy Reichs Bones Bibliography Website

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, Bones of the Lost, Bones Never Lie, Speaking in Bones and the Temperance Brennan short story collection, The Bone Collection. In addition, Kathy co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, and Terminal along with two Virals e-novellas, Shift and Swipe. These books follow the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan. Dr. Reichs is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

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 mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to 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. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.

"Reichs" redirects here. For other uses, see Reich (disambiguation).

Kathleen Joan Toelle Reichs (; born July 7, 1948[2]) is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic.[1] She is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; as of 2016[update] she is on indefinite leave.[3] She is also affiliated with the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of 100 anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology[4] and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her schedule also involves a number of speaking engagements around the world. Reichs has been a producer for the TV series Bones, which is loosely based on her novels, which in turn, are inspired by her life.[1] She has two daughters, Kerry and Courtney, and one son, Brendan.[5]

Academic career[edit]

Reichs earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in anthropology from American University in 1971. In 1972, she completed her Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University, and in 1975 she completed her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Since then, Reichs has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, and McGill University, and is currently on leave from a position as adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past, Kathy Reichs has consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina.[6]

Reichs has appeared in Tanzania to testify at the United Nations's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.[7] She has assisted Dr. Clyde Snow and the Foundation for Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology in an exhumation in the area of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of southwest Guatemala. She was a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team assigned to assist at the World Trade Center disaster.

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Academic books[edit]


In addition to technical books, Reichs has written 19 novels to date, which have been translated into 30 languages.[8] Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.[9]

The fictional heroine in her novels, Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, is also a forensic anthropologist. Her lifestyle closely mimics that of her creator,[10][11] with Reichs stating that Brennan and she "have the same CV"[10] and that "Some of Tempe's personality traits are also mine",[11] but there are differences in their personal lives such as the character's alcoholism.[10] A good portion of the novels are based on real life science, and Reichs has stated that she is "fastidiously conscientious about getting the science right".[12] She has used experience from her career in her novels, and said about Déjà Dead that "Everything I describe in the book, I actually did".[11] In the novel Grave Secrets, she uses her experience from her visit to Guatemala.[12]

She has also written the young adult novels series named Virals centered on Tempe's great-niece, Tory Brennan, and a pack of her friends Ben, Hiram, Shelton, and wolfdog Cooper.

Her latest novel, Two Nights, published July 11, 2017 and features Sunday Night, a tough-talking, scarred heroine.[13]

Temperance Brennan series[edit]

Stand-Alone Books[edit]

Virals series[edit]

Main article: Virals


Reichs has released six downloadable short stories -

Shift2013Set in the Virals country, but featuring both the Virals characters and Temperance Brennan.
Bones In Her Pocket2013A Temperance Brennan story giving details of a case briefly mentioned in Bones of the Lost.
Swipe2013A Virals story, also featuring Temperance Brennan, set at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Swamp Bones2014A Temperance Brennan story set in the Florida Everglades.
Shock2015A Virals story telling how they first meet.
Bones On Ice2015A Temperance Brennan story of how she gets wrapped up in the ultimate cold case: a death on Mount Everest.


Main article: Bones (TV series)

The 2005 Fox television series Bones is inspired by Reichs' life and writing.[17] The series borrows the name of the books' heroine, Temperance "Bones" Brennan.[18] As in the books, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a forensic anthropologist; however, there are many differences: the television character is younger, more socially awkward,[18] and is based in a fictionalized version of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.[18] Additionally, the TV-Brennan moonlights as an author,[17] writing about a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.[19] Aside from the character name and occupation, there are few tie-ins between the TV show and the books.

Reichs works as a producer on the show to "keep the science honest"[18] and has appeared in the episode "Judas on a Pole" from the second season, in which she played Professor Constance Wright, a forensic anthropologist on the board conducting Zack Addy's dissertation defense.[20] Additionally, she wrote the Season Five episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe"[21] and the Season Nine episode "The Dude in the Dam" and the Season Eleven episode "The Stiff in the Cliff" with her daughter Kerry.[22]

Casey Anthony murder trial[edit]

Main article: Death of Caylee Anthony

In 2011, Reichs was an expert witness in the Casey Anthony murder trial. After initially refusing to be a part of Anthony's defense, she cited biased media coverage as the reason she changed her mind. “Initially, I said no, and then I started seeing media coverage and it made me angry. This woman needed to be tried in court, not in the press.” Reichs did a full skeletal analysis of Anthony's daughter, Caylee, but could not determine a cause of death. She concluded that there was no evidence of abuse and that the child appeared to be well-nourished.[23]


  1. ^ abcde"Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online (see below: References).
  2. ^"Kathleen J. Reichs Biography". notablebiographies.com. 
  3. ^"Reichs among '30 Most Innovative Women Professors'". UNC Charlotte. February 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^"ABFA - American Board of Forensic Anthropology". theabfa.org. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. 
  5. ^Reichs, Kathy (2002). Grave Secrets: A Novel. Simon & Schuster, Inc. pp. XII. ISBN 978-0-671-02838-1. 
  6. ^"Kathy Reichs - About Kathy". kathyreichs.com. 
  7. ^"History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places - Smithsonian". smithsonianmagazine.com. 
  8. ^Kathy Reichs book suppliersArchived 2007-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.. Personal website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
  9. ^Arthur Ellis Award - list of past winnersArchived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Crime Writers of Canada website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
  10. ^ abc"This much I know:Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist and writer, 60, London". Tom Templeton. The Guardian. 2008-10-26. 
  11. ^ abcMudge, Alden (September 1997). "Meet this season's best discovery: Kathy Reichs". Bookpage. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  12. ^ ab"Kathy Reichs: The ice queen of crime". Peter Stanford. The Independent. 2006-07-21. 
  13. ^Kathy,, Reichs,. Two nights. Toronto. ISBN 9781476726458. OCLC 960987420. 
  14. ^GoodReads. GoodReads. Retrieved 2016/12/23.
  15. ^Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 2016/12/23.
  16. ^Website. Website. Retrieved 2016/12/23.
  17. ^ abBones Show InfoArchived 2007-09-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ abcd"Kathy Reichs: 20 Things You Need to Know". Yahoo!7. Yahoo! Pty Limited. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  19. ^"Bodies in the Book". Bones. Season 2. Episode 15. 2007-10-14. 
  20. ^IMDB profile for Bones episode Judas on a Pole
  21. ^IMDB full credits for Bones episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe"
  22. ^"BONES Recap: 'The Dude in the Dam'". givememyremote.com. 
  23. ^Reichs Examines Murder Victim Caylee Anthony


  • "Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2009, webpage: EBc-KReichs.

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