Temperance Brennan (“Tempe” for short) is a fictional character created by anthropologist-turned-author Kathy Reichs. Like Reichs, Tempe is an anthropologist born in North Carolina, now working in Montreal.

The character has been loosely adapted into the main character for the Fox television show Bones (portrayed by Emily Deschanel). The TV show character is more based on Reichs herself (although younger), works in Washington D.C. and is more socially awkward. Reichs works as a producer on the series. Reichs has written 16 novels in the Temperance Brennan forensic thriller series. Below is a list of all of the Temperance Brennan books in order of when they were published.

Publication Order of Temperance Brennan Books


Deja Dead(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death du Jour(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Decisions(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fatal Voyage(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grave Secrets(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bare Bones(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Monday Mourning(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cross Bones(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Break No Bones(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones to Ashes(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Devil Bones(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
206 Bones(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spider Bones(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flash and Bones(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones Are Forever(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones in Her Pocket(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones of the Lost(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones Never Lie(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Temperance Brennan Synopsis: Devil Bones is the 11th novel in Kathy Reich’s Temperance Brennan series. Here Tempe must ID two corpses much to the shagrin of a group of citizen vigilantes. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Tempe is investigating some bones that were found during a renovation that may be linked to voodoo. Does the skull of a teenage girl the head of the decapitated body found at a lake?