In Bones To Ashes a series of cases involving missing girls in Montreal seems to connect to an event in Brennan's childhood in which her girlhood friend suddenly disappears one summer. The book also introduces a sad development in the tenuous romance Brennan has been enjoying with a colleage, Detective Ryan. Ultimately it is not resolved by the final page of the book, and so I look forward to the next book in the series mostly to see what happens between these two.
This book is a fairly quick read and a definite must read for Brennan series fans. Fans of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series and Tess Gerritsen's Isles/Rizzoli series will also enjoy this series, specifically for the unique perspective of a forensic anthropologist narrator as oppossed to a medical examiner narrator (Scarpetta) or medical examiner/police detective main characters (Isles/Rizzoli).
If you're new to the Brennan series, I recommend starting at the beginning with Deja Dead; this is followed by (in order), Death Du Jour, Deadly Decisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, and, the most recent installment, Bones To Ashes. You can visit Kathy Reichs' website, http://www.kathyreichs.com/, to learn more about the author, the series, or the field of forensic anthropology.
On another note, fans of the Brennan series who are also TV watchers will enjoy the series Bones that airs on the Fox channel locally on Tuesday nights. It is loosely based on the Brennan series and Reichs serves as a consulting producer for the show. If you enjoy watching crime procedurals with witty writing, you will enjoy the show. I highly recommend you tune in sometime.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie