American author Kathy Reichs is not only a novelist, but also an anthropologist. This comes in handy writing her Temperance Brennan novels, as Tempe is an anthropologist as well. They also share several of the same personality traits and many of the places that Reichs writes about are places she has been to herself. Kathy also writes the Virals series for young adults.

Kathy Reichs also works as a producer on the television show Bones, which is inspired by Reichs’ own life in addition to her writing. Below is a list of all of Kathy Reichs’ fictional published works to date in order.

Publication Order of Temperance Brennan Books

Déjà 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 / Mortal Remains (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 ofthe Lost (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Swamp Bones (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones Never Lie (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones on Ice (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Speaking in Bones (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Conspiracy of Bones (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bone Code (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Temperance Brennan Collections

The Bone Collection (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tory Brennan (Virals) Books

(with Brendan Reichs)

Shock (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Virals (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seizure (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shift (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Code (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Swipe (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exposure (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Terminal (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spike (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trace Evidence (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Two Nights (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bones Books

(with Max Allan Collins)

Buried Deep (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

I'd Kill For That(2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Rest for the Dead(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
MatchUp(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Code is co-authored by Brendan Reichs.

If You Like Kathy Reichs Books, You’ll Love…

Kathy Reichs Synopsis: In the first novel of the Temperance Brennan series Deja Dead, Tempe Brennan finds a fresh corpse that has been decapitated. After more murders match the M.O. of this one, Tempe is soon convinced that she has a serial killer on her hands, although the police are not convinced. Without any help from the police department, Tempe does her own detective work in order to find the killer, which now makes her the killer’s target.

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16 Responses to “Order of Kathy Reichs Books”

  1. susiepuma: 3 years ago

    I had A Conspiracy of Bones on pre-order from B& N…just got an email it is no longer scheduled for release…..does anyone know why?

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    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      It has unfortunately been canceled due to health issues Kathy has. She is taking a sabbatical from writing and touring etc for now.

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  2. carl brookins: 4 years ago

    I just finished a wonderful YA novel, VIRALS. My review will appear soon. I know “Bones” and the aiuithor’s adult novels to a degree. Frankly, the TV series does not give adequate credit to the talent of this wonderful writer.
    I suspect her YA series will also be a hit series. I hope so. And, I might say, if you like this YA series, find Susan Runholt’s series about Kari and Lucas and their adventures in the internationalworld of art.

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  3. Justbecuz: 4 years ago

    Hi, Graeme! In ” The Bone Collection,” which you mentioned in an earlier post, I see where it contains a total of 4 Novellas. In the synopsis available from my local Library, “First Bones” was listed as a “prequel” to the very first Temperance Brennan Novel, “Deja Dead.” I’ve not, however, been able to ascertain what the chronological order should be for the remaining 3. The titles are, “Bones In Her Pocket,’ ” Swamp Bones” and “Bones On Ice.” As an avid reader, I ALWAYS adhere to the chronological reading order for any Series, whenever possible. Is there any way you might be able to help me with this? Thank you for any advice you can offer. As an aside, you ALL there at Order Of Books do an AMAZING job and I, for one, would be lost without you! Take Care and Happy Reading! “Justbecuz”

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    • Graeme: 4 years ago

      First Bones is a prequel as you mentioned.

      Bones in Her Pocket takes place before Bones of the Lost.

      Swamp Bones is before Bones Never Lie.

      And Bones on Ice is before Speaking in Bones.

      I believe all that is correct 🙂 Thanks for the kind words.

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      • Justbecuz: 4 years ago

        Graeme, Thank you so very much for your quick(!) response and for untangling this for me! I even tried to puzzle this out from the author’s website myself and left still scratching my head… My apologies for my previous post being somewhat lengthy. Seems I apparently “type” the same way I “talk”…as in, way too much! 🙂 Again, my thanks. Take Care, “Just”

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  4. artios48: 5 years ago

    Among the “also read” authors should be Jefferson Bass, Based on cases by Dr Bill Bass of UTenn.

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  5. Patp: 5 years ago

    Any idea when the next Temperance Brennan book will be published?

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    • Graeme: 5 years ago

      Haven’t heard anything about a new one yet. There is a new collection book coming out though called the “Bone Collection”.

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  6. Beartooth Bronsky: 5 years ago

    It’s always interesting to compare the characters and settings in the book series with the television series. Except for the fact that Tempe is a forensic anthropologist, they are entirely different. Different locales, different personalities, different plots, different everything.

    Charlaine Harris has done the same thing with her Sookie Stackhouse books and her True Blood series, though the local and some main characters are (somewhat altered) in both.

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  7. linda stone: 6 years ago

    is bones on ice a Kathy R book or is it the diff title for one of the others

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  8. bernice mclemore: 6 years ago

    I can’t believe we had to wait until book 6 before she slept with Ryan

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  9. Buffie Biddle: 7 years ago

    Love her! She is absolutely wonderful. The science is fascinating and well explained without being condescending. The stories are fun to read and intelligently written. The sidebar historical nuggets are intriguing and wonderful educational. And of course there is Tempe, wonderful sense of humor and great personality. As a woman and artist who loves science and intelligent people she is someone that I would love to hang out with and converse and laugh with for hours. Definitely someone that I would hang out with. She is not only intelligent but exceptionally empathetic as well (which many of her fellow mystery female heroines are not). And a huge part of the stories come from Reich’s own personal experience, so she is not just making something up or using information that she got second hand but is actually in many cases, giving us real information.Super fun, very interesting and great stories. Keep them coming Kathy.

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  10. Jan solomon: 7 years ago

    I have only just begun to read Kathy. I became addicted, rather quickly, to the Bones television series. Tnt having run 4 episodes a day 5 days a week. (Other shows had me missing the series before). I’m an avid reader, and decided I couldn’t wait to read the books my favorite show was based off of. I

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  11. lizbeth: 9 years ago

    Absorbing plots and interesting details. After reading a few of her later books, I read her earliest ones. She really matured as a writer. I’m glad she found her sassiness.

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  12. Debtak: 9 years ago

    While her plots are interesting, this author does not possess the writing talent to make me look forward to the next installment. Airport reads at best.

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