Reading Matters

Bestselling Kathy Reichs has a new thriller out in July

A park in the Derita neighborhood off Nevin Road is the site of a dead female body in Kathy Reich’s latest thriller, “Speaking in Bones,” due in late July.

Reich, who lives and writes in Charlotte, gives us another spine-tingling adventure, this with a religious twist, with the brilliant forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan once again leading the way.

Police detective Andrew Ryan is ramping up his pursuit of Brennan.

“You’re dodging me, Tempe,” he says, “and avoiding the issue. I’m not talking about putting off a trip to the dentist. Or coming up here. I’m talking about our lives.”

“I know,” says Tempe. Barely audible.

“Avoidance is corrosive.”

“I hate long-distance discussions,” she says.

“I do love you. And I’ll wait. But not forever.”

And you won’t have to wait many more weeks to read this latest by the woman who’s written 17 New York Times bestselling novels. Like Brennan, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and a professor in the anthropology department at UNC Charlotte. Reichs’s own life, as well as her novels, is the basis for the TV show “Bones,” one of the longest-running series in the history of Fox network.