If you're a fan of bestselling author Kathy Reichs' novels and her Bones television series, then you will be pleased as punch to know the new Bones book Flash and Bones has hit the shelves! This story is set in the world of speedway racing so you know it will be a bumpy ride for Dr. Temperance Brennan!
Twelve years ago a pair of teens disappear with barely a trace. Cindi was a promising racer and her boyfriend Cale was known to have ties to a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. The authorities investigated but they came up with a dead end. Did the pair of lovebirds go into hiding? Was there some sort of cover-up? Flash forward to present day and a partially decomposed body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Could it be Cale's or Cindi's body, or did someone else meet this gruesome fate?
Q & A with Kathy Reichs
WLY: What inspired you to have a career as a forensic anthropologist?
KR: Actually, I trained to work as a bio-archaeologist, analyzing ancient remains excavated from archaeological sites. As the “Bones” doc at the university, police started bringing me cases. I liked the relevance of coroner work, retrained, obtained board certification, and never looked back.
WLY: You wear many hats as a forensic anthropologist, a bestselling author and a producer of the Bones television series. If you had to give up one, how would this effect the other professions?
KR: It would certainly free up some of my time! But I think the fact that I work in a medico-legal crime lab gives an authenticity to my stories that would otherwise be lacking. I would not want to give that up. Or the writing. Or the Hollywood experience.
WLY: You have a connection to Canada as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council of Canada and you are a consultant for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Do you find any differences between your American and Canadian readers?
KR: Not really. My fans everywhere are the reason I produce the books and show. Their enthusiasm is beyond gratifying. The Canadians are better at snow and ice removal than the folks back home, I suppose.
WLY: After 14 thrilling Bones mysteries would you ever consider writing a romance?
KR: No. I will leave contemporary women’s literature to my daughter, Kerry Reichs. (The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life; Leaving Unknown). Her books are poignant. And hilarious.
WLY: Did you enjoy speedway racing before writing about the culture or did you become a fan while researching it for Flash and Bones?
KR: Prior to writing Flash and Bones I had attended only one race. But I know many people involved in the sport, and many ardent fans. I hope they enjoyed bringing me into their world as much as I enjoyed entering it.
The new Temperance Brennan novel, Flash and Bones, was just released in the United States and Canada. The paperback version of Reichs' young adult novel, Virals just arrived in bookstores, and later this Fall, the second book in the Virals series, Seizure, will be released in hardcover.
If you want to learn more about the new Flash and Bones book or any of Kathy Riechs' novels then you can check out the author's website, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @Kathy Reichs. You can also listen to an excerpt from the Flash and Bones audiobook.
YUMMY MUMMY BOOK CLUB
The Yummy Mummy Book Club is reading Flash and Bones for the month of September. Our Twitter virtual book club chat is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th, from 9:30 -11:00 PM EDT so mark your calendar! If you want to participate in the #YMBC discussion on Twitter just follow my @YMCbookalicious tweets and use the hashtag #FlashBones during the chat.
Hint: if you pay attention to my tweets saying to "RT this book draw", then you have a chance at winning a copy of Flash and Bones and/or Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King during the Twitter book club chat!
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BOOKALICIOUS BOOK GRAB GIVEAWAY
Simon & Schuster Canada has copies of Flash and Bones to give to two lucky Bookalicious readers who leave a comment related to Kathy's novels or the Bones television series.
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