Kathy Reichs Books In Order

 When it comes to forensic crime mysteries, Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite authors in the genre. Reading the Kathy Reichs books in order means getting up to speed on all her series.

Here are the books in order of publication for both series – the chronological order is listed in brackets. This is the very order I love reading my books as well. The Tempe Brennan series has currently 19 books, while the Virals series includes 4 books, with a 5th to be published next March.

New Kathy Reiches Books

The Bone Code
The Bone Code (Temperance Brennan #20), 2021

Temperance Brennan Books In Order

  1. Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan #1), published 1997
  2. Death Du Jour (Temperance Brennan #2), published 1999
  3. Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan #3), published 2000
  4. Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan #4), published 2001
  5. Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan #5), published 2002
  6. Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan #6), published 2003
  7. Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7), published 2004
  8. Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan #8), published 2005
  9. Break No Bones (Temperance Brennan #9), published 2006
  10. Bones to Ashes (Temperance Brennan #10), published 2007
  11. Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan #11), published 2008
  12. 206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12), published 2009
  13. Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan #13), published 2010
  14. Flash and Bones (Temperance Brennan #14), published 2011
  15. Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15), published 2012
  16. Bones In Her Pocket (Temperance Brennan #15.5), published 2013
  17. Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan #16), published 2013
  18. Swamp Bones (Temperance Brennan #16.5), published 2014
  19. Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17), published 2014
  20. Bones on Ice (Temperance Brennan #17.5), published 2015
  21. Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan #18), published 2015
  22. A Conspiracy of Bones (Temperance Brennan #19), 2020
  23. The Bone Code (Temperance Brennan #20), 2021

Virals Series In Order

  1. Virals (Virals #1), published 2010
  2. Seizure (Virals #2), published 2011
  3. Shift (Virals #2.5), published 2013
  4. Code (Virals #3), published 2013
  5. Swipe (Virals #3.5), published 2013
  6. Exposure (Virals #4), published 2014
  7. Terminal (Virals #5), published 2015
  8. 8. Spike (Virals #5.5), published 2016

Sunday Night Series In Order

  1. Two Nights (Sunday Night #1), 2017

Standalone Novel in Order of Publication

Should we read the Kathy Reichs books in order?

I have read all her novels and while it is nice to read them in order (that’s how I’ve usually read most of the crime series I pick up), it’s not an absolute must.

Each book stands on its own with its own case for Tempe (or Tory & gang) to solve. However, there are some recurring themes (relationships at work and overall character development, as well as the basics of her life) that is nice to follow the way they actually occur.

So should you read the Kathy Reichs books in chronological order? Yes if you like reading your series in order of how things develop, but no if you came across a book in the series and want to start with it, without having to go back to the previous ones. You won’t lose much.

Kathy Reichs Biography

Kathy Reichs authorKathy Reichs was born in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. She studied anthropology at American University, following which she graduated with a B.A in 1971.

Next, she continued her studies and got her M.A in 1972, followed by her Ph.D. degree in physical anthropology, which she got at Northwestern University.

For four years, between 1974 and 1978, she worked as an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University, and next she moved to work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In the 1980s she started consulting the office of the chief medical examiner in North Carolina. Over the years, she was also a professor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va, while she also worked for a bit each year at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in Quebec.

During her long-time career, Kathy Reichs helped identify the remains of many victims after the 9/11 attack, wrote numerous scholar papers in her field, and edited three non-fiction books related to the fields of physical and forensic anthropology, followed by her popular Temperance Brennen series and her newer Virals series.

In her books, Kathy Reichs draws from experience, being a well known forensic anthropologist in Montreal. As part of her job she has taught FBI agents on the art of finding and recovering human remains has traveled to far away countries like Rwanda and Guatemala and she has helped identify WWII, Korea and Southern Asia victims remains.

I didn’t know that before, but it seems that there are only 82 US forensic anthropologists officially certified, and Kathy Reichs is among them! So when you read her novels, you know that she writes from a point of authority, even though most of her books are fictional (she has written two non-fictional academic books as well in the 1980’s).

The first book I’ve read by Kathy Reichs was incidentally her first Temperance Brennan novel called Deja Dead. If I am not mistaken, it was that very book that sparked my interest in forensic crime fiction – way before the CSI TV series became popular. I’ve read since many other books in this genre, but Kathy Reichs is for me the authority on the subject, no questions asked.

Currently, there are three mains series written by Kathy Reichs: the Temperance Brennan series (which prompted the creation of the Bones TV series), Virals, a Young Adult series co-written with her son Brendan Reichs, and Sunday Night, a new series that started in 2017. In Virals, the main character is Tory Brennan, the great-niece of Temperance Brennan.


  1. Hi Kathy and fans,
    Glad to see this article as our family was recommended watching the series. Don’t know if I’ll have access in any order from library but good to have this as a reference.
    BTW my 17yo has Arthrogryposis which is a musculoskeletal condition. More specifically amyoplasia. Dr. Riechs ever study or at least encounter a person with this? Would be interesting to look into it.

  2. I am also trying to find out why Two Nights is not available as an ebook. Will it ever be released as an ebook?

  3. Hi Miss Reichs, I’m sorry but I haven’t read any of ur books I’ve been watching bones for years and I just found out what ur name really is sorry I just didn’t have a computer but now I know and I’m going to try and see if they have any of ur books at the library I’m really looking forward to read one I just don’t have the money but I just wanted to tell u how much I really love the show bones and I’m so great full u have inspired so many people with ur work and books thank u so much

  4. Dear Kathy,

    I have just started reading your Temperance Brennan books in order I’m quite confused going from “Ashes to Bones ” to “Break No Bones”. Leaving “Asher to Bones” Brennan was left with Ryan returning to the Mother of his daughter. Pete was engaged. When starting Break No Bones, it appears to have no story line containing those events.
    What happened?

    ~Deirdre Morrison~

  5. Dear Kathy

    i watched Bones all the way thru, and the books are also great;
    i would like to see you write a series about cowboys or something leaning toward the westerns sort of mix.
    to dig up a Doc Holiday or a Sun Dance Kid, a wagon train series from James Town; or an Iron Horse series.
    Have a great new year.

    Papa Gonzo

  6. Dear Kathy,

    I have read all of your books. Did you write a book with ice in the name. you only have it in ebooks.

    My name is Judith Anderson, my address in Australia is 12 Locksley Road, Rye. 3941 Victoria

    I have had cancer 3 years ago and I am now on remission. I do a lot of sitting down and love your books.

    1. Hi Judith I quite agree with you Kathy’s books are quite riviting, I all so throughly enjoy the series & will be sorry to see it end. Virals is an excellent spin off which I hope run for a long time.

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