Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs


7/7/1948, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Kathleen Joan Toelle


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Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reichs is a forensic anthropologist, an academic and a bestselling author of crime books about anthropology, who resides in Chicago. She travels back and forth from the United States and Canada as her job requires. She is a Professor of anthropology at the University of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Like her Temperance Brennan character from her novels, Kathy has a cat named Birdie and a dog named Boyd.

    • In 1968, Kathy married Paul Reichs who is an attorney. They have three children together -- two daughters and a son.

    • Kathy is a forensic anthropologist, whose job is to identify unidentified bodies. These bodies are usually too decomposed for police to identify.

    • Kathy has visited Guatemala to identify victims of the brutal civil war there, which ended in 1996.

    • All eleven of Kathy's books have been international bestsellers.

    • Kathy has a B.A. in anthropology.

    • Kathy has a Ph.D. in physical anthropological studies from Northwestern University.

    • As of 2009, Kathy Reichs has published following novels of her Temperance Brennan series:
      Déjà Dead [1997]
      Death du Jour [1999]
      Deadly Decisions [2000]
      Fatal Voyage [2001]
      Grave Secrets [2002]
      Bare Bones [2003]
      Monday Mourning [2004]
      Cross Bones [2005]
      Break No Bones [2006]
      Bones to Ashes [2007]
      Devil Bones [2008]
      206 Bones [2009]
      Spider Bones [2010]

    • Kathy decided that her character in her books, Dr. Temperance Brennan, shouldn't be perfect and so gave her a history of alcoholism.

    • Kathy has examined the remains from the tomb of The Unknown Soldier.

    • Kathy's first novel Déjà Dead received the Arthur Ellis Award in 1997 for Best First Novel.

    • Kathy was a member of the DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Teams) which helped at the World Trade Center atrocity.

    • Kathy has appeared in Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide.

    • Kathy is the inspiration behind the show Bones which features her fictional character Dr. Temperance Brennan.

  • Quotes

    • Kathy: I'm not writing great literature. I'm writing commercial fiction for people to enjoy the stories and to like the characters. Hopefully it's well written and hopefully people learn something. I'm fastidiously conscientious about getting the science right - unlike some authors.

    • Kathy: One of the surprising things I hadn't expected when I decided to write crime fiction is how much you are expected to be out in front of the public. Some writers aren't comfortable with that. I don't have a problem with that. I was a university professor, I could talk on and on and on. Give me a podium and you have to drag me off with a hook.

    • Kathy: Some of Tempe's personality traits are also mine. Friends who have read the book tell me that her dialogue sounds like me. She can be a bit of a smartass at times. She can be a bit abrasive. But in terms of her personal life, it's fiction. And while I do go out to exhumations if we get a tip, I would never pursue the investigation in the way that she does. I stay in the lab.

    • Kathy: What makes Déjà Dead unique is that I write about the things I actually do. Being in the autopsy room, autopsy procedure, skeletal analysis. I don't need to research that. I live it. That's what I do every single day.

    • Kathy: As a kid I pictured myself as a scientist, I never anticipated writing fiction.

    • Kathy: Book festivals ... are the payoff for all the solitary hours spent at the keyboard.

    • Kathy: People love the cliffhanger endings to chapters, ... I get a lot of comments that I've changed people's lives, how they've never read and now they have, how they were depressed and now they have a passion.

  • Great!!

    Kathy Reichs is a fabulous writer!! She always has a great book that keeps me reading!! At the moment I'm reading Deadly Decisions and it's AMAZING!! I can't stop reading!

    Kathy also helps produce the TV show bones which is fabulous! The TV show is inspired be her forensic career, which is highly interesting.

    She even guest starred in an episode and she is not a bad actress! She's quite good. I think she should make an appearance in a few more episodes throughout the series. That would be pretty cool!

    All in all Kathy has great writing skills and seems like a great woman!moreless